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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Today’s consumers are placing an emphasis on healthier eating, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re trying to lose weight. According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 10th anniversary Food & Health Survey, 57% of respondents rated their own health as very good or excellent, yet 55% of those respondents are either overweight or obese.Read More
According to a recent report from Canadean, bottled water is expected to overtake carbonated soft drinks as the #1 packaged beverage of choice among U.S. consumers by the end of this year, thanks to the continued desire among consumers to live healthier lifestyles. The report predicts that packaged water consumption will reach over 233 billion liters in 2015, whereas carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) are expected to reach 227 billion liters. With bottled water expected to take over as the new favorite among consumers, today’s beverage manufacturers have a great opportunity to cash in on consumers’ healthier preferences.Read More
As consumers continue to be more health-conscious about the foods and beverages they purchase, sodas are being replaced by non-carbonated better-for-you (BFY) beverages. There have been several highly publicized reports linking soda consumption to the growing U.S. obesity epidemic, and consumers are heeding the warning. In 2013, overall sales volume fell 3% to 8.9 billion cases – the 9th straight year of declining sales. And while there haven’t been any official reports for 2014, forecasts suggest yet another decline.
It’s no secret that fruit juices aren’t the healthiest drinks on the market. Though it’s common for consumers to assume that fruit juice would be a healthy beverage option, most of them are in for a surprise when they look at the nutrition label and find that juices are loaded with sugar and made with corn syrup. Even juices that claim to be “100% Juice” are often made from juice concentrate, adding more confusion to consumers’ perceived healthfulness.