The Grande Whey Blog

What is Umami and How Can Food Manufacturers Feature this Fifth Sensation?

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 07:45 AM

Ask anyone what the familiar tastes are in most foods and you’ll get the same response, “Sweet, sour, bitter and salty.” In recent years, however, chefs and foodies have been putting an emphasis on the fifth taste sensation: umami.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Research & Development


Don’t Miss the 2018 Annual RCA Conference & Culinary Expo!

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

Food manufacturers and food scientists alike look forward to the annual RCA Conference and Culinary Expo. It’s where they can learn from dozens of influential speakers such as Ethan Brown, Gerry Ludwig, Sharon Lykins, Matthew Raiford and others about the hottest topics in food product development today, including food labeling trends, alternative ingredients, beverage development and more. Attendees can also network with a dynamic community of food professionals and learn about the latest innovations from various trade show participants.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Community


Whey Protein Named 2018 Top 10 Food Trend

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 08:13 AM

Some of the food trends named in the top 10 list for 2018 — as compiled by Datassential, a supplier of trends, analysis and concept testing for the food industry — aren’t likely to become staples in food manufacturers’ formulations anytime soon. Persimmon in your pudding? Rose water in your Ravioli?

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Categories: Whey Protein, Consumer Trends


Top 3 Food & Beverage Industry Trends for 2018

Posted by Darian Fuselier on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 @ 08:06 AM

When we attended the Institute of Food Technologists annual event in Las Vegas this past summer, many of the trends for 2017 were already in full swing. Some are perennial issues in the food industry, such as food safety and offering healthier formulations. How those issues are defined, however, continue to evolve and will greatly influence the food industry as we move into 2018.

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Categories: Consumer Trends


How to Improve Nutrition With Clean Label Solutions

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Nov 07, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

Reading label at grocery store

Having transparency about the ingredients that make up many popular food items is a growing concern for consumers. Baby Boomers are leading the clean label trend, along with all their purchasing power. Concerns about overall health are causing consumers to take more interest in nutrition labels - and what do they want to find? Ingredients they recognize and can pronounce.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Improving Nutrition


Clean Labels vs. Ingredient Transparency: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 08:37 AM

These days, the terms “clean label” and “label transparency” are everywhere. Both are major trends in the food and beverage industry, and both are in high demand by consumers. That said, while the terms are similar, they’re also quite different and can add to the confusion caused by today’s food labeling. Ironically, both terms are key for earning consumer trust, but they’re not interchangeable. To help clear things up, we’re here to explain the difference.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Chain of Custody


Is Butter the Best Option for Your Formulations?

Posted by Darian Fuselier on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 @ 08:16 AM

There was a time when butter was perceived as an “enemy” of the heart- and health-conscious. While dietary moderation remains key, the long-held belief has changed. Consumers now clamor for “natural” foods and fats, and their purchase decisions are driving a butter renaissance that has netted 2016 sales totaling $2.8 billion. Compare that against $1.4 billion in vegetable oil-based margarine sales over the same period, and butter’s popularity is anything but spread thin.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Reducing Costs


2017 Healthy Fall Menu Trends for QSRs

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 @ 08:14 AM

If there’s one thing that signals the start of fall in the U.S., it’s the introduction of seasonal pumpkin dishes and drinks at restaurants around the country. But while pumpkin has long been seen as the king of fall, quick service restaurants (QSRs) and casual dining brands are also trying to incorporate non-pumpkin flavors and trends into their fall menu offerings to entice consumers. From the flavor of caramel apples to hearty soups and sauces - even dishes with carved turkey and cranberries - plenty of new fall-themed recipes will be hitting menus in late August and early September.

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Categories: Ingredient Replacement, Consumer Trends, Improving Nutrition, Creamy


Top Takeaways from IFT 2017

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 08:12 AM

Attendees took away many valuable insights from the 2017 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) event this year in Las Vegas, all of which make it even more important for manufacturers to find the right ingredient solutions to align with today’s hot food and beverage trends.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, IFT


Why Food & Beverage Manufacturers Must Address Consumer Demand for Ingredient Transparency

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Today’s consumers are demanding to know more about the ingredients in the food and beverages they consume; they want to know what those ingredients are, how they might affect one’s health, the ways in which they’re sourced and produced, and how any animals that might be involved in the process are treated.

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Categories: Consumer Trends