Organic and natural ingredients continue to be imperatives for product developers, according to respondents to our annual Research & Development Survey. But showing up for the first time are cleaner, simpler formulations focusing on sustainable ingredients with a reduced chemical/additive footprint. Plus, the product development team keeps growing with more diverse members (from manufacturing and marketing) as product development cycles keep shortening.
Coming off a stellar year, Mars' U.S. Snackfood division is accelerating product development, mining dark chocolate for all is benefits and bringing custom-batch manufacturing to high-volume products such as M&M'S.
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Consumer interest in organic and healthy products is forcing R&D teams to learn agronomy, a little pharmacology and new methods of ensuring food safety, according to Food Processing's 35th annual R&D survey.