1. 3D printed food, seen at ISM Cologne

    On Monday I paid a visit to the ISM, Europe’s biggest trade fair for sweets, chocolate and snacks. Though still majoring on candy, chocolate and ‘fine bakery’ products, ISM’s marketing noted that it had ‘expanded its offer to include current nutrition trends in the snacks sector and further products for in-between snacking enjoyment’. These included fruit &…

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  2. Branding tips for food & drink start-ups

    Dave and I recently visited the ‘Food Matters’ show in London. It was a great event with tons of really innovative brands in the health-conscious food & drink market. We drank, we ate and talked to many passionate people. As we walked through the stands sipping on 5 different types of coconut water, the first…

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  3. Different brands special edition packaging for Halloween

    It’s that time of year again when brands and retailers show what horrible, creepy, disgusting ideas they’ve dreamed up to entertain us at Halloween. Well don’t expect any surprises. Witches, ghouls, skeletons, pumpkins and dismembered body parts are trending yet again, and just like every year food and drinks and their packaging will be employing…

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  4. Graze packaging as an example of UK food trends

    Following last week’s post with insights from ‘drinkpreneur live’, a workshop (and contest) to help find the next big thing in soft drinks, this article reports on the new drinks (and foods) being offered to the UK’s retailers, as they try to satisfy workers’ insatiable appetite for a quick (but healthy) midday bite. Conveniently all…

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  5. Tapped, winner of the Drinkpreneur competition

    Recently I treated myself to a couple of days of trend-spotting. On September 23rd I was a mentor at the ‘drinkpreneur live’ event (a contest in which entrepreneurs compete for the attention and prizes awarded by drinks industry professionals, including some heavy-hitting supermarket buyers). The following day I decided to visit an exhibition of new food and drink concepts…

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