The Grande Whey Blog

Trending Healthy Acidic Beverages and The Challenge of Adding Protein

Posted by Nicole Mueller on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 @ 09:15 AM

Consumers increasingly prefer tart and tangy taste sensations, which explains why sugary drinks and sodas are losing shelf space to trending sour flavors in beverage aisles. Sour foods are often associated with various health benefits, which is a major factor driving the trend.

Boosting nutrition in RTD beverages by adding protein is also on the rise, with the protein beverage market expected to grow 5.25% over the next few years. Combining both trends could be a boon for food and beverage manufacturers that want to gain greater market share, but there are major formulation challenges that need to be overcome.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Beverages

 

Formulation Tips to Eliminate Turbidity in Clear Protein Beverages

Posted by Nicole Mueller on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 09:37 AM

Protein drinks aren’t just for bodybuilders and fitness fanatics anymore. In fact, a study by McMaster University showed that the physical strength of senior citizens can be greatly improved by whey protein and other ingredients found in ready-to-drink (RTD) protein beverages.

Americans of all ages and fitness levels are becoming more interested in promoting health and wellness, and a clean, natural beverage can be a convenient way to provide a nutritional boost to a healthy diet. However, consumers are looking for more options than the typical protein “shakes” of the past. Increasingly, the market is demanding clear beverages to satiate thirst while providing health benefits, and beverage makers are capitalizing on the power of protein.

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Categories: Grande Ultra, Functional Beverages, Beverages

 

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

 

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

 

Consumers Demand Protein-rich Minimally Processed RTD Beverages

Posted by Nicole Mueller on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 08:03 AM

Consumer demand for ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages in the U.S. has grown considerably in recent years and is expected to reach $6.7 billion by 2019. The convenience of on-the-go drinks that are easy to drink while commuting or at the office is driving demand as is the desire for added nutritional values. Approximately one-quarter of beverages in many sectors now have protein, including carbonated soft drinks, bottled water, sports drinks, meal replacement beverages and more.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Beverages

 

How to Create a Clear High-Protein Drink

Posted by Nicole Mueller on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 08:09 AM

With soda sales on the decline for the 12th straight year, consumers’ demands have been loud and clear: they want healthier drink options. Unsurprisingly, ready-to-drink (RTD) sports and nutritional beverages have seen a large boost to their popularity, with sales totaling more than $8 billion in 2016. Both athletes and non-athletes alike are choosing them as a healthier alternative to sodas and other high-calorie, high-sugar beverages, and they’re not just drinking them before and after exercise, but throughout the day.

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Categories: Grande Ultra, Beverages

 

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

 

How Whey Proteins Can Add Sparkle to the Holidays

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 08:11 AM

Well, it’s that time of year again, when blog posts across the Internet are focused on the holidays– and this one’s no different! We’re hoping to get you into the spirit of the season by presenting our own version of The 12 Days of Christmas, with 12 holiday uses for Grande Custom Ingredients Group’s whey protein ingredients. Our line of natural whey and dairy ingredients solve a wide range of “everyday” challenges, and can be used to enhance or inspire holiday-inspired products, too. So, here you go…and from all of us at Grande Custom Ingredients Group, happy holidays and all the best in the coming year!

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Categories: Ingredient Replacement, Whey Protein Ingredients, Frozen & Desserts, Beverages, Crunchy Snacks & Snacking, Creamy

 

What Are WPI’s Characteristics When Added to a Beverage Formulation?

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 08:04 AM

That’s a question we’re asked often during meetings with beverage manufacturers, primarily those making ready-to-drink (RTD) products. It seems the perception out there is that all whey protein isolates (WPIs) lead to cloudy products, though in most other respects it’s seen as a great “whey” to add protein to drinks. 

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Categories: Beverages, Whey Protein Isolate

 

4 Key Areas that Drive Beverage Innovation

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 08:04 AM

If there’s one industry trend that’s been pervasive and growing over the last 10 years, it’s health-consciousness, and the trend is evident in nearly every aisle in the grocery store. In its early stages, the trend was focused on food, not beverages; at the time, beverages weren’t really considered unhealthy – even juices and diet sodas were considered “okay” – so for a long time manufacturers put their efforts primarily into packaged foods to satisfy consumers’ desires for good-for-you, lifestyle-enhancing products.

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Categories: Grande Ultra, Beverages