In a world of increasingly label-conscious consumers, this year we launched our Natural and Clean Label platform to create food and beverage experiences that are great-tasting, natural and traceable. Combining our mastery of taste and naturals with our world-class science and consumer understanding, this new platform enables us to create the most authentic taste profiles in full transparency. Our goal is to go far beyond the label to offer the authenticity, familiarity and transparency consumers expect. We have the ambition to provide end-to-end traceability in a format that consumers can understand and trust – from the source of the ingredients and country of origin all the way to the production process.
SUGAR AND SALT REDUCTION
The global increase in sugar consumption has led to a rise in health concerns such as obesity and diabetes. Firmenich provides flavor solutions to customers who want new and innovative ways to reduce sugar while providing tasty products. We were among the first in the industry to do so. Our TasteGEM® portfolio is our most advanced range of technical flavor solutions designed to make healthier food and great-tasting beverages. These innovations enable customers to reformulate their brands and create new products to meet consumer demand in a wide range of product categories including beverages, dairy, sweet and savory.
Find out more about our flavor division here and our breakthrough innovations to make healthier food and beverages taste great here.
IMPROVING PLANT-BASED PROTEINS
With the global population predicted to reach more than nine billion by 2050, the rising consumption of animal-based proteins is not sustainable, yet many plant-based proteins are seen as a bland alternative to “the real thing.”
Our scientists and chefs are helping bring more plant-based proteins to the mainstream by improving their flavor and authenticity of texture, as well as mouthfeel. Starting with pulses, grains and seeds, we have just completed an in-depth sensory and physical chemistry analysis of these proteins. Based on our promising results, we look forward to expanding our work across more plant-based protein alternatives.
To find out more about our work on Shaping the Future of Proteins, watch the movie below and learn more here.
Firmenich has been an active member and sponsor of the Juice CSR Platform since its inception in 2013. The Juice CSR Platform is a sustainability initiative for the fruit juice industry, which aims to support, guide, and inspire stakeholders to integrate corporate social responsibility (CSR) throughout the supply chain. The platform facilitates collaboration among all sector and supply chain stakeholders to address sustainability-related opportunities and challenges. Firmenich is the only flavor house associated with the European Fruit Juice Association (AIJN) Sustainability Expert Group. In 2015, we became a board member of this multi-stakeholder, global organization focused on increased sustainability in the fruit juice industry.
In FY18, Firmenich signed the Sustainable Juice Covenant, joining forces with leading European beverage and food companies to create 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030. Under the coordination of IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and with the support of AIJN, the European Fruit Juice Association, this coalition will work on the certification and verification of their supply chains, and jointly set up projects to address specific sustainability issues such as smallholder farmers’ inclusion, working conditions, soil erosion and degradation, as well as climate resilience.
To find out about the operationalization of our commitment under the Sustainable Juice Covenant, please consult our Performance and Sustainability Report 2019.