India, Indonesia and Vietnam are among the world’s fastest growing markets, according to market intelligence company Mintel.

The health and wellness trend is thriving worldwide today. ‘Vegan’, ‘vegetarian’, ‘plant-based’ are just some terms being seen more commonly on labels, but what do these all mean? How can manufacturers better label their products to grab the right consumers’ attention? By Dr George M Jacobs, & Dr Nicolas Greliche, learning support teachers, James Cook University Singapore, Subramaniam Jayavel, researcher, government engagement team, Animal Allies Singapore.

The Omegavie DHA algae quality silver by Polaris is fish-free and natural. Made from sustainable sources of microalgae, the omega-3 oil is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Omega-3 is used both in the dietary supplement and food markets. DHA omega-3 contributes to the maintenance of normal vision, as well as regular brain and heart function. Applications for food include dairy products such as milk and butter, as well as bread and cereals.

The oil is non-GMO, free from allergens, does not contain toxins, and is five times more stable than standard algal oil. This results in shelf-life optimisation and preservation of its nutritional, flavour, aroma and mouthfeel qualities.

A significant rise in number of veggie and vegan foods available in Australia has been observed over the past few years, and Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) reports vegan food launches grew by 92 percent between 2014 and 2016.

Wacker’s Cavamax W6 alphadextrin is a vegetarian-grade emulsifier substitute for innovative egg-free baked goods. Of plant origin, the emulsifying, soluble dietary fibre stabilises oil-in-water emulsions effectively, making it possible to prepare a wide range of vegetarian baked goods—from cakes and waffles to pancakes—that do not need the addition of egg or egg powder.

Available in a water-soluble, white powder form, the purely vegetarian-grade sugar molecules are low in calories, contain no cholesterol or fat, are non-allergenic, and made entirely from renewable raw materials. Being a non-animal product, the alphadextrin also suits consumers who are consciously avoiding products that contain animal ingredients.

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