Consumer concern about the environmental impact of animal sourcing and processing combined with an interest in the link between alternative proteins and health are feeding a growing interest in plant proteins. As plant proteins gain market traction and as innovation drives supply chain efficiencies and improves sensory and functional characteristics, we help fast-moving consumer goods companies evaluate strategies and seize opportunities in space.
Taking a broad view, we assess technical aspects, including impacts to labeling, consumer perception, regulatory status, supply chain, and product development. …
How is sustainability defined and how does sustainability change the innovation process? About 10 years ago, Innovation Advisor Dr. Jamie Pero-Parker collaborated on published research that looked into those questions.
The research predicted that
Fast forward to the present, and much of what Jamie Pero-Parker postulated is playing out.
Today, European legislation has begun to enable systems change by holding companies accountable for the waste…
By Emily Vernon, Innovation Analyst
Does your organization want to know what your competitors are protecting? Or has your organization ever questioned whether it could license a potential partner’s technology? Patents are great tools for finding protected technologies and innovations.
But what additional value can you derive from analyzing intellectual property?
Patent analysis can be overwhelming. You can quickly amass an intimidating spreadsheet of hundreds of patents in a specific technology space. Wrestling insights from this monster spreadsheet can be even more challenging.
At the same time, patents can be a great source of competitive and innovation intelligence that you…
How can ingredient suppliers and food manufacturers accelerate the development and delivery of plant-based foods to meet the ever-growing consumers’ desires for protein alternatives that
· support health,
· provide dietary variety,
· encompass sustainability, and
· taste great?
While there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, intentional strategies that incorporate innovation, technology, and foresighting can accelerate your new product development.
Today, many plant-based ingredients and products struggle because they don’t deliver on sensory or functional attributes (e.g., non-dairy melting cheese), can’t be made at scale, or are too costly. …
As Innovation Advisors, we stay current on industry trends relevant to all of our clients. One trend that has been particularly prevalent in the food and beverage industry is fermentation and fermented foods.
The industry has been overwhelmed with fermentation fever and making sense of this rather nebulous field can be daunting. Partly because the term is a catch-all, seemingly used to describe all things at the intersection of biotechnology and food. And partly because it’s fast-moving, dynamic, and touted to disrupt everyone from sweeteners to fats to meats and beyond. …
We’ve all heard the phrase “if you build it, they will come.” And in theory, it sounds great. When innovating, however, this phrase doesn’t typically hold true.
It’s not always a foregone conclusion that thoughtfully engineered systems or great ideas bundled into products or services will achieve sustainable, scaled adoption. Many of us can point to innovations that are pushed, rather than pulled, into markets. …
By Pranali Aher, Innovation Marketing and Social Media Intern
In April 2020, Dr. Jamie Pero Parker represented RTI Innovation Advisors at the Association of Plastics Recyclers’ Plastics Recycling Conference. Dr. Parker works extensively in sustainability and the plastics recycling space and co-led an effort to help use RTI International’s (RTI) Innovation Ecosystems methodology to build a plastic recycling industry cluster in the Ohio River Valley. She also helps our corporate clients identify technologies used to recover and/or recycle a variety of plastics including hard to recycle plastics such as multilayers and films
We sat down with Dr. Parker to ask…
By Cary Strickland, Senior Innovation Advisor
We are what we repeatedly do. But when it comes to environmental sustainability, research in recent decades has shown a gap between our intentions and actions. Surveys suggest that most consumers say they want to buy from brands that prioritize purpose and sustainability, but few will pay more to support this commitment.
A 2019 Harvard Business Review article suggested this intention-action gap existed for as many as 40% of consumers.¹ At the same time, solutions that offer environmental sustainability — whether in the form of solar panels, electric cars, or bioplastics — have tended…
While everything around us has changed in the past year, as innovation advisors our purpose remains unchanged, as it has for over 50 years.
We continue to ensure clients achieve greater innovation maturity. From helping manufacturers and ingredient suppliers uncover white space opportunities across their value chain, to forming strategic partnerships that yield technical advances, and linking consumer insights to new product development opportunities–we solve our clients’ toughest innovation challenges.
What’s the secret to our more than 50 years of success…
At a recent Future Food-Tech virtual event, we heard from engaging speakers, listened to terrific roundtable discussions, and participated in energizing networking opportunities. We heard prominent — and oft-mentioned — themes including sustainability, plant proteins, meat alternative, investment, and scale-up.
The focus on these themes didn’t surprise us. We hear these same topics in conversations with our clients — from large consumer product companies to ingredient manufacturers, start-ups, and investors.
From our more than 30 years combined experience, we have five insights…