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Brad Nielsen

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The Digestibility of Whey Protein Compared with Plant Proteins

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jan 08, 2019 @ 11:41 AM

More than half of all U.S. consumers say they consider protein content when buying food for their households. The form of protein they choose varies widely, from meat, cheese and yogurt, to protein concentrates used in sports beverages, supplements and snack bars.

One of the fastest growing segments among protein ingredients is the plant protein market. Despite its growth, however, plant proteins fall short of their more traditional counterpart, whey protein, when it comes to overall nutrition, functionality and digestibility.

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Categories: Whey Protein

 

Top 5 Food & Beverage Industry Trends for 2019

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Wed, Jan 02, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

Some food trends have come and gone while others have become mainstream. 2019 will be an exciting year for the food and beverage industry, and consumers will reap the benefits with healthier, more natural formulations that offer unique flavor profiles. While some food trends may not seem revolutionary or new, they have continued to evolve from previous years and will greatly influence the food industry as we move into 2019.

Here’s a look forward at the 2019 food and beverage trends to help food manufacturers position themselves for success in the coming year and beyond.

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Categories: Consumer Trends

 

Energy Drink Manufacturers Use Protein to Boost Declining Sales

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 @ 08:38 AM

High caffeine, high sugar energy drinks have traditionally appealed to consumers with promises for a quick energy boost and enhanced mental focus among busy Americans. However, given warnings by the FDA over the safety of high doses of caffeine and its effects (in addition to concerns over sugar consumption), some energy drink manufacturers have seen overall sales start to slow.

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Beverages, Whey Protein Isolate

 

The Growing Influence of Generation Z on Food Marketing & Manufacturers

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 09:18 AM

With a lot of emphasis (and billions of research and marketing dollars) being placed on the food preferences of Millennial consumers, food manufacturers may be overlooking their younger counterparts — Generation Z.

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Categories: Grande Bravo, Consumer Trends

 

How to Improve Nutrition in Creamy Sauce Applications

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 @ 08:34 AM

Cream, butter, Parmesan cheese, a little pepper and a dash of nutmeg: Alfredo sauce is a fairly simple recipe that requires just a few primary ingredients. That’s one reason people love it. The other? It tastes fantastic. Traditional Alfredo sauce is a delicious combination of fats and oils, but unfortunately, it’s also loaded with fat and calories and is a real artery clogger.

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Categories: Improving Texture, Creamy

 

4 Things Whey Protein Makes Us Thankful For

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

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If you’ve used whey protein ingredients in your foods or beverages, you know they provide a number of benefits to your formulations. In addition to its well-known health benefits and ability to improve the flavor, texture and functionality of an application, whey protein can lower costs by replacing high-cost dairy ingredients and eggs and reduce the need for artificial ingredients to support clean label efforts.

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Categories: Functional Whey Protein, Whey Protein

 

15 Facts About Savory Snacks Food Manufacturers Can’t Ignore

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 09:55 AM

As U.S. consumers trends continue to shift away from the traditional diet approach of eating three square meals each day, snack food sales have really taken off. Increasingly, consumers look for convenient, functional and better-for-you snack options that are better suited for their busy schedules. And while snack food sales in every category are up across the board, the savory snacks category has seen considerable growth over the past few years and now makes up 40% of snack sales in North America.

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Crunchy Snacks & Snacking

 

Growing Sports Drink Market Calls for More Protein-Enriched Beverages

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 @ 09:36 AM

Grocers and convenience stores are expanding their beverage aisles. With consumers becoming more and more health-conscious, it should come as no surprise that the sports drink industry has seen considerable growth. The U.S. sports drink market reached $852 million in 2017 is expected to grow to more than $1135 million by the end of 2023, reflecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% and far outpacing earlier predictions.

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Beverages

 

A Solution to the Cost of Cage-Free Eggs

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Oct 09, 2018 @ 01:45 PM

Cage-free eggs: they’re becoming a staple on restaurant menus and, increasingly, in the ingredient decks of a variety of grocery products. More than 200 retailers, restaurants and food manufacturers have committed to using only cage-free eggs, and most of them have promised to do so by 2025. Many others are following suit.  

However, these commitments may have been made prematurely, and not because the practice of using cage-free eggs and responding to consumer demands isn’t a noble endeavor. Rather, it’s because some analysts suspect it simply may not be possible.

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Categories: Reducing Costs, Egg Replacement

 

Want to Promote Anti-Aging Benefits? Start With Whey Protein!

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Oct 02, 2018 @ 12:56 PM

 

When most people hear the words, “whey protein,” the first thing that likely comes to mind is giant tubs of protein powder used by bodybuilders and athletes to refuel and recover after a long workout. Despite its rigid perception as a workout supplement, however, whey protein has many benefits that extend beyond its use in the realm of fitness.

Not only is it known to help with weight management and muscle growth, it’s even been known to reduce the effects of aging! To help you learn more about whey protein’s unique benefits, we’ll take a look at some factors that contribute to aging and share examples of how it can be used to promote growing old gracefully.

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Categories: Whey Protein Ingredients, Improving Nutrition