The Grande Whey Blog

Consumers Crave Cocoa Snacks in 2018

Posted by Nicole Mueller on Tue, May 08, 2018 @ 07:49 AM

Perhaps no other food product has been so highly revered throughout the ages as chocolate. Its popularity has only grown in recent years because of its purported health benefits. Cocoa, chocolate’s key ingredient, is high in antioxidants which can help lower stress, regulate blood pressure and potentially lower memory decline.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Snacking

 

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, Better Beverages, Beverages

 

Is Butter the Best Option for Your Formulations?

Posted by Nicole Mueller on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 @ 09:00 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, as evidenced by the average butter consumption per person having gone up a full pound since 2006. Their purchase decisions are driving a butter renaissance that has netted $2.8 billion in sales in 2016. 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

 

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

 

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