Clean label becomes the new food industry standard

Innova Market Insights at IFT Food Expo 2015 (Chicago, July 12-14)

Clean label has moved beyond being a trend and is now regarded as standard in the food industry.

Consumers are demanding shorter and more recognisable ingredient lists and manufacturers are responding by increasingly highlighting the naturalness and origins of their products.

With growing concerns regarding the lack of a definition of 'natural, however, there is a need for more clarity and specificity, with consumers, retailers, industry and regulators all driving the demand for more transparency in food labelling.

This will be just one of the areas addressed by Innova Market Insights at its Taste the Trend Pavilion (Booth 873) at this year’s IFT Food Expo in Chicago (July 12-14).

More than 20% of US products tracked in 2014 featured a clean label positioning, up from 17% in 2013, according to Innova Market Insights data.

Significant rises in the use of clean label ingredients have also been tracked, with growing interest in natural sweeteners, such as stevia and monk fruit, natural colours such as those based on spirulina, elderberry and beetroot, and thickeners such as tragacanth and gellan gums.

'This demand for clean labelling has now brought the need for clear labelling equally to the fore,' reports Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights, 'resulting in a move to clearer and simpler claims and packaging for maximum transparency and necessitating an industry response in terms of reformulation and new communication strategies.'

'From Clean to Clear Label' was identified by Innova Market Insights as the number one in their top ten trends for 2015, recognising that it is no longer a niche area for the food and drinks industry.

Innova Market Insights will provide visitors to the IFT Food Expo 2015 with key insights on the latest trends in food and beverages, with the eleventh installment of its 'Taste the Trend presentations and will also showcase three daily live presentations:

  • 12.00 pm: Clean Label and the Consumer
  • 1.30 pm: Top Trends for 2015
  • 3.00 pm: The Incredible Rise of Free-From