Plant-based products and global flavors dominated the biennial global food exposition.
Four-year-old Waterdrop Microdrink GmbH, Austria, showcased its line of namesake water enhancers. The individually-wrapped, dissolvable cubes are packed with flavor and functional plant extracts and formulated to get people to drink more water. The company recently entered the United States via Miami and hopes to grow the patented concept and replace ready-to-drink functional beverages. Cold concepts include Boost with blackcurrant, elderflower and acai; Focus with lime, baobab and acerola; and Relax with hibiscus, aronia and acerola. There also are varieties for hot tea, including Oriental Spice (ginger, turmeric and chili) and White Blossom (white tea, blueberry and linden blossom).
Spain’s Grupo Alverez Camacho featured OvoPlus homogenized, pasteurized liquid eggs. This perishable product is available to consumers and foodservice and is simply eggs processed using patented technology into an end product that has 70% cholesterol and 45% fewer calories than traditional shell eggs. The company uses the eggs to make OvoPlus Pasteis de Nata, a typical Portuguese tart. By using OvoPlus and making a few other adjustments, the tart has half the sugar, 30% less fat and 85% more protein than a traditional egg-custard tart. The tart was recognized as an Anuga taste innovation winner.
Coolives was a Top-10 Anuga taste innovation winner. Manufactured by Aceitunas Torrent, Spain, the single-serve cups of olives come in plain and flavored varieties. The green olive line includes options with coconut, garlic paprika and curry flavors. The black olive line includes cherry, pineapple and black truffle flavors. The easy-open can contains no liquid.
Germany-based Lotao received a Top-10 Anuga taste innovation award for its Green Jackfruit Veggie Balls. The vegan, organic “meat” balls contain 57% jackfruit along with pulse flours, sesame seeds and spices. They have a firm texture and juicy mouthfeel. The application also is available in a patty format.
Freshcourt, a Mexican company with US offices in Coral Gables, Fla., is taking avocados beyond being a toast spread and chip dipper. A new line of avocado salads comes in three varieties. The classic includes diced cucumber, red and yellow bell peppers, and mango with a touch of habanero and other seasonings. The pomegranate variety includes peaches and serrano chili, while the Southwest version has corn, black beans and poblano.
There also are two avocado desserts in single-serve 2-oz cups. One is avocado blended with coconut cream and whole blueberries. The other is avocado blended with kiwi pulp and peppermint. There also is a thicker version of the kiwi mint recipe being marketed as jam for toast.
K.K. Orchard, Taiwan, innovates with sweet potatoes. The company’s tri-colored frozen sweet potato fries received accolades as an Anuga taste innovation. There also is golden and purple frozen, par-fried sweet potato balls. The golden balls have a purple sweet potato filling, while the purple balls have a golden sweet potato filling. The company’s newest concept is sweet potato tea, which is a sachet of dried sweet potato pieces ready for steeping in a hot cup of water.
Meatless Farm in The Netherlands was one of many companies to debut new meat alternatives at Anuga. The company stood out for its Fresh On Wheels frozen concept, which was recognized as an Anuga taste innovation winner. The line of heat-and-eat meals features flavorful food-truck-style vegan recipes made with fresh ingredients. They are flash frozen after cooking to preserve flavor and nutrition.
Leone, a Slovenia ice cream manufacturer, has ventured out of the freezer with new AL!VE Chocolate Drops, an Anuga taste innovation winner. The line consists of three chocolate concepts in a bite-size shape that allows for a functional filling. The milk chocolate variety has a peanut filling while the chocolate variety has a hazelnut filling. Both fillings are enhanced with milk proteins, vitamins and minerals and sport a reduced-sugar claim. The vegan option — Energy — is dark chocolate with an orange-flavored guarana-containing filling.
Zhero is an Italian company that makes infused ice cubes. They are purchased at ambient temperature, much like freezer pops, and used to enhanced adult-style beverages once frozen. They are natural and contain zero calories. Varieties are: lemon lime, raspberry elderflower, rosemary mint, and ginger. Each package breaks up into 24 cubes.
Willicroft Farm started in 1957 in The Netherlands as a dairy farm that made farmstead cheeses. A few years ago, the family-owned company entered the plant-based cheese space and today manufactures a range of varieties. Fondue is made with rice and chickpeas, while the Italian Aged, meant to resemble parmesan, is made with cashews. The cheese sauces — original and truffle — are also made with cashews. The other four varieties — Greek white, Italian white, mature and young Dutch — are all made with white beans.
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