The Grande Whey Blog

How to Extend the Shelf-Life of Ready-Made Foods

Posted by Darian Fuselier on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 08:12 AM

There are very few grocery stores that don’t have a hot bar or ready-made food section these days. In fact, some grocery stores have even added “grocerants”, where they offer restaurant-quality food in a part grocery store, part restaurant setting. According to a recent consumer survey, more than half of the respondents said they had purchased food at the fresh prepared-food counter of the grocery store before, with prepared foods becoming a $29 billion-a-year business—growing twice as fast as overall grocery store sales.

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Categories: Grande Bravo, All Natural

 

Why Protein Crisps Are the Perfect Answer for Sweet, Healthy Snacks

Posted by Darian Fuselier on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 @ 08:39 AM

With today’s busy consumers on the lookout for healthy grab-and-go snacks, protein-packed bars, cookies, and other snack options have exploded in popularity over the past few years. Whether it’s a crunchy peanut butter protein bar or nutty trail mix with yogurt-covered raisins, consumers are concerned about the healthiness of the snacks they’re eating, with 30% of Americans claiming to only snack on healthy foods.

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Improving Texture, All Natural

 

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

 

Is Whey Protein Concentrate a Natural Ingredient?

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Apr 04, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Unlike some food trends of the past, the trend toward all-natural food products has some serious staying power and shows no signs of slowing. According to a Nielsen survey, 88 percent of consumers are willing to pay more for healthier foods. And, 79 percent of consumers say that avoiding artificial ingredients is important to them, according to Consumer Reports.

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Categories: All Natural

 

How to Improve Nutrition of Spreads and Dips

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 08:11 AM

Visit any get together or party and you’re sure to find people grazing from a buffet of snacks, veggies and an array of dips and spreads that go along with them—hummus, yogurt, spreadable cheese and more.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Whey Protein Ingredients, Improving Nutrition, All Natural

 

How Does Whey Protein Affect My Nutritional Label?

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 08:04 AM

One of the questions we’re often asked relates to how our whey protein products are made; in particular they wonder if they can have a “clean” label while delivering the nutrition – minus chemicals – that consumers are looking for. In this blog post we’ll answer this commonly asked question and others associated with it.

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Categories: Whey Protein Ingredients, Improving Nutrition, All Natural

 

4 Leading Food and Beverage Trends for 2017

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

Looking back on 2016 and forward to 2017, trends in foods and beverages are nearly mirror images — indicating that what consumers want transcends fad and is integral to supporting their lifestyles.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, All Natural

 

Clean Labels Among Important Discussions at IFT16

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 08:28 AM

Last week, more than 21,000 food manufacturing and food science professionals gathered in Chicago for IFT16: The Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting & food expo.

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Categories: All Natural

 

Portable Breakfast Options Trending with Consumers

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 08:08 AM

You’ve no doubt heard the old saying before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When consumers skip breakfast, their metabolism and blood sugar levels are thrown off for the rest of the day, and research has shown that breakfast skippers are at a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes. The thing is, however, many consumers aren’t skipping breakfast because they want to cut an extra meal’s worth of calories out of their diet; the second most cited reason for skipping breakfast is simply not having enough time! 

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Improving Texture, All Natural

 

Keeping Up With Consumer Trend Changes

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @ 08:04 AM

For food and beverage manufacturers, keeping up with the latest consumer trends is a never-ending battle – especially with fickle Millennials having more buying power these days. In one quarter, your products might stand out as favorites with your audience, but if a trendy new superfood or diet fad enters your space, it won’t be surprising if your customers jump ship for the next big thing. Consumer preferences are changing much more quickly than they did in the past, and today’s brands need to be willing to change with them, or risk being ignored by consumers.

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Categories: Improving Texture, Reducing Costs, All Natural

 

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