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The 5 Hot Food Trends to Look for at IFT 2017

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @ 08:14 AM

So, you’re headed to IFT 2017…what’s your “show goal?” Most attendees are focused on finding vendors with the expertise to help solve their formulation challenges, identifying new product ideas and approaches, or learning more about ingredients that can help establish a competitive advantage. Another focus could be getting a glimpse of the most promising food and beverage trends on the horizon, and this year the IFT experts have outlined five:

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Categories: Consumer Trends, IFT


How One Manufacturer Used Yogurt Powder to Boost Protein in a Beverage

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 @ 08:06 AM

Are you developing a formulation that requires the uniquely tart flavor and creamy texture of yogurt…but working with fresh yogurt is becoming too costly to justify its use? This was the situation one of our customers was in a few months ago when they reached out to ask us to help with a smoothie reformulation project.

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Categories: Ingredient Replacement, Consumer Trends, Grande Primo, Beverages


Responding to Food Trends — Innovative Ways to Improve Labels and Reduce Ingredient Costs

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jun 06, 2017 @ 08:04 AM

Each year, experts announce the top food trends, and manufacturers respond with new formulations and product offerings. Clean labeling has been declared as the number one food trend for 2017, and research shows that 91% of consumers believe that a product is healthier if it has recognizable ingredients. Furthermore, 37% want labels to feature ingredients they can easily pronounce and understand. Trends of the past have not gone by the wayside, however; calories, fat and nutritional values are still important considerations.

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Categories: Whey Protein Ingredients, Reducing Costs


How to Meet Consumer Demand for High-Protein Snacks and Bars

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, May 30, 2017 @ 09:37 AM

Not surprisingly, the pace of modern life has redefined “mealtime” for millions of people. Nearly 40% of consumers report that snacks serve as at least one of the three major meals of the day, and 91% polled for the same study acknowledge snacking multiple times throughout the day.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Crunchy & Snacks


The Hype About Hummus — How to Improve Your Formulation

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, May 23, 2017 @ 08:14 AM

While hummus has been a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries, its rise in popularity in the U.S. is striking, occupying 34% of global hummus consumption, and its popularity continues to rise. It was named “Dish of the Year” by Bon Appetit Magazine in 2015, and is projected to exceed $1 billion in global sales by 2022. Hummus also fits well with the current consumer snacking trends.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Improving Nutrition, All Natural


The State of Frozen Foods: Healthy Meals & Snacks Driving Growth

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 08:21 AM

Earlier this year, Packaged Facts released a report, Frozen Foods in the U.S.: Hot Meals, Sides and Snacks, that showed sales in this category have been steady since 2012 – not largely growing but not losing ground, despite the increasing consumer demand for fresh and non-processed foods. Combined, the specific frozen categories being reported on – dinners/entrees, pizza, side dishes, and appetizers/snacks – reached sales of $22 billion last year (the entire frozen foods market is expected to reach nearly $73 billion by 2024, according to

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Categories: Ingredient Replacement, Consumer Trends


R&D Innovations in Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, May 09, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Processed foods, once prized for their convenience and longevity, are coming under increased scrutiny by the same consumers who once embraced them — and “big food” is feeling the squeeze.

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Categories: Research & Development


Why Food & Beverage Manufacturers Need to Tout Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 08:04 AM

The connection between the consumer push for clean labels and the explosion of natural products in the marketplace is no coincidence. Responsive food and beverage manufacturers continue to actively seek out healthful ingredients and formulations that fit the bill for consumer clean label expectations and demand.

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Categories: Social Responsibility, Consumer Trends


Improving Texture, Taste and Labeling of Food Fillings

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 @ 08:09 AM

No matter what food or diet fad is the trend du jour, savory cheese fillings and rich creamy desserts remain perennial favorites. There’s just no substitute for the satisfaction of indulging in a sweet, custard-filled pastry or biting into the delectable goodness of a cheese-filled appetizer.

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Categories: Ingredient Replacement, Whey Protein Ingredients


5 Ways Whey Protein Can Improve Food Formulations

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 @ 08:14 AM

Consumers are scrutinizing product labels more than ever before. Research reveals that 72 percent of consumers read nutrition panels on food products, and that number jumps to 81 percent if the respondents indicated that they’re trying to manage their weight.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Whey Protein Ingredients


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