The Grande Whey Blog

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: Beverages, Better Beverages, Consumer Trends


How to Formulate Nutritional Clear Protein Drinks

Posted by Darian Fuselier on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 08:58 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.

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Categories: Beverages


How to Create a Clear High-Protein Drink

Posted by Darian Fuselier 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: Beverages, Grande Ultra


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: Consumer Trends, Beverages, Ingredient Replacement, Grande Primo


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


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: Beverages, Grande Ultra


How to Appeal to Healthy Beverage Shoppers

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 08:03 AM

Given the growing number of good-for-you foods being produced today, it should come as no surprise that good-for-you beverages are also seeing a surge in popularity. According to Linda Gilbert, founder and CEO of EcoFocus Worldwide, LLC, 46% of shoppers are “healthy beverage shoppers,” as consumers seek out healthier alternatives to high-sugar, high-calorie soft drinks. That being said, healthy beverage consumers are a unique group, as the majority are less cost-conscious, but also more socially and environmentally aware. They don’t mind paying a little extra for healthy or environmental benefits, and will avoid more cost-effective options in favor of products that meet their standards. In order to capture these consumers’ attention and win them over, beverage manufacturers should focus on including ingredients that provide functional, nutritional benefits, while also appealing to consumers’ environmental concerns.

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Beverages, Whey Protein Isolate


Meeting Consumer Demand with Sports Nutrition Product Innovation

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 @ 07:55 AM

As  consumers look for healthier, more functional products to fit their more health-conscious lifestyles, the sports nutrition sector has grown considerably over the past few years thanks to interest from both athletes and mainstream consumers alike. With roughly half of today’s consumers actively trying to lose weight, the same products that athletes and fitness nuts use to stay in shape are now the same products casual consumers are learning more about and using themselves. For food manufacturers, this means it’s worth noting and taking advantage of the different strategies sports and nutrition products employ, so that they can be used in your own food and beverage applications. 

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Beverages, Whey Protein Isolate