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The Future of Ingredients: 2020

Key points included

  • Functional botanicals offer stress relief
  • Alternative plant proteins are on the rise
  • Sustainable ingredients have room to grow

The big stories

Ingredients that add value to products and to consumers' lives have stood out in 2019. Eco-friendly legumes and plant-based proteins, such as pea and fava bean, are offering nutrition and sensory benefits to new products, while functional botanicals are providing consumers with an antidote to stress.


In the next two years

Ingredients that support sustainable nutrition will be prioritized as consumers consider not only their health, but the health of the planet. This will include prioritization of biodiversity, innovative approaches to sugar reduction, and proteins produced using cellular agriculture.


In five years and beyond

Technology will continue to play a critical role in the future of food ingredients. The food industry will be inspired from technology used in other industries, such as synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. Even food systems designed to support space travel will be part of future ingredient solutions.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Stephanie Mattucci, a leading analyst in the Food & Drink sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

With many consumers around the world agreeing that they struggle with stress, functional botanical ingredients that offer consumers a way to relax are emerging in food, drinks and supplements. Adaptogens, nervines and other botanical ingredients with calming benefits can appeal to stressed consumers who are seeking new solutions that support mental wellbeing. Additionally, compounds such as CBD and psilocybins are being patented for their potential to treat mental health conditions. Stephanie Mattucci
Associate Director

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. The big stories

    • Functional botanicals offer stress relief
    • Alternative plant proteins are on the rise
    • Sustainable ingredients have room to grow
  2. in the next two years

    • Disruption is coming to the protein category
    • Sugar reduction gets innovative
    • Biodiversity will be a pillar of sustainability
  3. In five years and beyond

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