The Grande Whey Blog

Sustainability and Food Health: A Growing Trend

Posted by Nicole Mueller on Tue, Nov 06, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

While healthier foods continue to be a focus for consumers — and thus food manufacturers — the ways in which those foods are harvested, produced and packaged are becoming just as important, especially among Millennials.

A study analyzed 12.5 million social media posts and other online commentaries to determine that sustainability and company transparency are priorities that rank right alongside health and flavor. A Nielsen Report also surmises that Millennials are a demanding generation that wants to be more informed about companies, their products and their business practices.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Social Responsibility, Whey Protein

 

2018 Soup and Salad Trends Reveal Opportunities

Posted by Nicole Mueller on Tue, Sep 18, 2018 @ 10:35 AM

The popularity of the traditional soup and salad bar in restaurants is slowing a bit, according to the 2018 Soup & Salad Consumer Trend Report by Technomic. But that doesn’t mean these staples in the American diet have seen their day.

While soup and salad sales are lagging in some restaurant chains, others are getting creative with their offerings and capturing the attention of patrons (and capturing market share). Though some restaurateurs see the downward trend as a potential threat, others see it as an opportunity.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Functional Whey Protein

 

3 Tips for Developing Food Products for Kids

Posted by Nicole Mueller on Tue, Sep 04, 2018 @ 01:03 PM

The sooner people are introduced to a product, the more likely they are to become loyal, lifelong customers. This is perhaps most notable when it comes to food and its influence on individuals. One study showed that your earliest recollections of meals as a child create strong, associative memories and can influence your psychological and physical well-being throughout your lifetime.

A recent report by Packaged Facts stated that “industry players must engage kids earlier and retain relationships through the teen years to realize full market potential.” Developing products that children love can have a significant impact on a food manufacturer’s future market share, but those products need to cater to families in different ways now than they did in the past.

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Categories: School Lunches, Consumer Trends

 

Three Challenges of the Online Food Sales Trend

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Aug 07, 2018 @ 01:10 PM

Instead of reaching for products on grocery store shelves, many consumers are reaching for their mobile devices or computers. Online grocery sales are on the rise and, according to Nielsen, the number of U.S. consumers buying groceries online could triple in less than 10 years.

Meeting the growing demand for online grocery sales presents some major challenges for food manufacturers. Let’s take a look at three problematic concerns, as well as some solutions.

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Categories: Consumer Trends

 

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: Snacking, Consumer Trends

 

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

 

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: Research & Development, Consumer Trends

 

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