Wine Diaries Part 6: 50 Shades of Pink

As the northern-hemisphere summer gathers pace rosé wine sales approach their traditional annual peak. But is the seasonal nature of this business over? And what impact could this have on vintners who traditionally rush to sell out year-on-year? Tom Smart takes a look at a global market that appears to be maturing. 

Wine Diaries Part 6: 50 Shades of Pink

When is a GMO not a GMO? Perhaps when it’s a GE?

Could a non-GMO actually be a GMO? Or is it just GE? Is there a difference? And what exactly does the WHO say about it? Tom Smart battles the acronyms to pick apart the science behind the latest swathe of food-based genetics creeping into our everyday lives. 

When is a GMO not a GMO? Perhaps when it’s a GE?

Top 3: Plastic Free

 The war on plastic continues to gather pace, but with supermarkets seeming reluctant to respond with anything other than vague rhetoric the opportunity has been seized by many in the natural products sector to lead the revolution. Tom Smart got out there and profiled some of those doing their best to pioneer a plastic-free future. 

Top 3: Plastic Free

BPA – What’s Your Stance?

Debate over the safety of BPA has raged on for decades, with little-to-no progress regarding what level is fit for human consumption, if any. Different countries have taken individual approaches to the situation, as have brands and producers. What does your stance say about your brand? And could it be set to change? Tom Smart examines the muddy waters of BPA and its alternatives. 

BPA – What’s Your Stance?

Fermented Foods; the Future Staple Steeped in History

Fermented foods are another piece of the natural products portfolio currently experiencing a surge in popularity. The rise of kombucha has been well documented, but it isn’t the only one out there. Tom Smart spoke to Adam Goldwater, Managing Director of Loving Foods, to find out more about the renaissance in traditional foodstuffs and the future of the market. 

Fermented Foods; the Future Staple Steeped in History

Wine Diaries Part 4: Top 5 Biodynamic Principles with Benefits

Biodynamic farming principles are nothing new. So why, almost 100 years after first being suggested are they beginning to gain traction? Tom Smart takes a look at the semi-holistic practices in greater detail, pondering whether they might be of benefit to the wider community and not just the vineyards who are championing them.

Wine Diaries Part 4: Top 5 Biodynamic Principles with Benefits

Low FODMAP – 3 Challenges for an Emerging Market.

Current estimations show that around 10-15% of people worldwide now suffer with some form of IBS or IBD, and numbers are on the increase. The low FODMAP diet has been touted as a solution, however is it really a front-line remedy for all? There is plenty of food for thought in the battle of the irritable bowel, writes Tom Smart.

Low FODMAP – 3 Challenges for an Emerging Market.

Top 3: Organic Tonics

You are probably more than aware that the world is in the midst of a gin revolution - it’s been difficult to miss. There simply isn’t enough shelf space to stock the bounteous supply of botanical delights now available. So where does this saturated market go next? Tom Smart ponders whether going organic might be just the tonic the industry needs.

Top 3: Organic Tonics

Wine Diaries Part 3: Warning, Contains Sulfites. The Viability of NSA/NAS Wines.

Sounds ominous, doesn't it? Which could explain why a growing number of consumers are pushing for a greater range of sulfite-free wine. Should you be taking note, or is it more hassle than it is worth for you and your vineyard? Tom Smart explores the science behind the warning label and the viability of sulfite-free/no added sulfites as an emerging market.

Wine Diaries Part 3: Warning, Contains Sulfites. The Viability of NSA/NAS Wines.

What Came First, the Evidence or the Marketing Plan?

Making any sort of claim about the benefits of a product, be it food-based or otherwise, can be a double-edged sword. It may be marketing gold, but are you building your house on sand? Tom Smart takes a deeper look at the latest scientific food trends.

What Came First, the Evidence or the Marketing Plan?

Wine Diaries Part 2: Drinking, mindfully

More and more people are cutting down their alcohol intake in a bid to improve health, ushering in a new wave of shoppers labelling themselves ‘mindful drinkers’. Could this be an opportunity for the skillful wine-maker to earn a share of a growing niche market? Perhaps, but only if they can deliver on flavour writes Tom Smart.

Wine Diaries Part 2: Drinking, mindfully