The Grande Whey Blog

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


Satiety and Snacking: High Protein Products Continue to Attract Consumers

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 08:07 AM

For anyone who’s ever been on a diet, some of the hardest things to do are maintaining healthy portions and avoiding unhealthy snacks. As the home of the super-sized value meal, Americans aren’t exactly known as portion control experts, and when we get hungry between meals, we usually crave something sweet or salty, and that’s rarely good for us. With more and more people starting to change their snacking habits and get serious about eating healthy, however, many consumers are turning to products that make them feel fuller longer—particularly products that have a high protein content. 

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Crunchy Snacks & Snacking, All Natural


Why Health Call-Outs Are Crucial to Snack Sales

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 08:02 AM

Are your snack foods making enough health claims? More importantly, are the claims being displayed prominently on your packaging? It could be the difference that helps them stand out on grocery store shelves.

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Categories: Whey Protein Ingredients, Improving Nutrition, All Natural


Snack Subscription Services Are a Success

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

Snack subscription and food box startups are popping up all over the US. Since the first appeared in 2010, companies like Mouth, NatureBox, and have been sending subscribers weekly or monthly gift boxes filled with an assortment of snacks. Catering perfectly to the growing Foodie population, these subscription boxes offer consumers a way to satisfy their snack cravings while giving their taste buds something new and interesting to try. The best part? Subscribers get it all delivered right to their doorstep. 

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Crunchy Snacks & Snacking, All Natural


How Quick Service Restaurants Can Better Court Calorie Counters

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 @ 08:05 AM

Given the rise of wearable activity tracking monitors, consumers across the country are watching their calories as closely as ever. In fact, according to a recent online survey from Healthline, some 15% of today’s consumers say they an activity tracker, with 74% saying they intend to purchase one in the next year. With the calorie counting craze only picking up steam in 2016, quick service restaurants (QSRs) have an opportunity to capitalize on these calorie-conscious consumers.

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Categories: Whey Protein Ingredients, Improving Nutrition, All Natural


Consumers Continue to Hunt for Lower-Calorie Food and Beverage Offerings

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

There have always been diet fads, and there always will be. From the low-fat craze of the 1990s to the low-carb Atkins diet, consumers have always been looking for ways to make weight loss easier. As consumers become more aware about the non-weight loss benefits of maintaining a healthy diet, however, eating healthy is taking on a whole new level of importance. Today’s consumers aren’t just eating healthier because they want a slimmer waistline; they’re eating healthier because they want to live longer, more active lives.

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Categories: Whey Protein Ingredients, Improving Nutrition, All Natural


Increasing Demand for Better-for-You Sauces & Ready to Eat Meals

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

Despite an increased demand for fresher, healthier foods these days, ready-to-eat meals are still a popular choice among American consumers. In fact, U.S. sales for prepared meals are forecasted to grow 7.2% over the next decade to more than $195 billion by the end of 2026. In order to keep these meals appealing to today’s health-conscious consumers, however, it’s important that food manufacturers emphasize and improve the health benefits of their ready-to-eat offerings.

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, All Natural, Creamy


2016 Food Trends: Time to Get Rid of Artificial Ingredients

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 08:14 AM

With the New Year in full swing, now is the time of year when consumers are most active about checking the nutrition labels on their groceries. It’s that time to make New Year’s resolutions, after all, and people are always the most committed to their diets and exercise routines at the start. For food manufacturers, this means brands that want to drive sales in 2016 need to carefully consider the ingredients they use in their products, how those ingredients affect nutrition, and what those ingredients mean to consumers—and they need to do it fast!

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Categories: Reducing Costs, All Natural