The Grande Whey Blog

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


The 5 Hot Food Trends to Look for at IFT 2017

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @ 08:14 AM

So, you’re headed to IFT 2017…what’s your “show goal?” Most attendees are focused on finding vendors with the expertise to help solve their formulation challenges, identifying new product ideas and approaches, or learning more about ingredients that can help establish a competitive advantage. Another focus could be getting a glimpse of the most promising food and beverage trends on the horizon, and this year the IFT experts have outlined five:

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Categories: Consumer Trends, IFT


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: Ingredient Replacement, Consumer Trends, Grande Primo, Beverages


How to Meet Consumer Demand for High-Protein Snacks and Bars

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, May 30, 2017 @ 09:37 AM

Not surprisingly, the pace of modern life has redefined “mealtime” for millions of people. Nearly 40% of consumers report that snacks serve as at least one of the three major meals of the day, and 91% polled for the same study acknowledge snacking multiple times throughout the day.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Crunchy & Snacks


The Hype About Hummus — How to Improve Your Formulation

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, May 23, 2017 @ 08:14 AM

While hummus has been a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries, its rise in popularity in the U.S. is striking, occupying 34% of global hummus consumption, and its popularity continues to rise. It was named “Dish of the Year” by Bon Appetit Magazine in 2015, and is projected to exceed $1 billion in global sales by 2022. Hummus also fits well with the current consumer snacking trends.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Improving Nutrition, All Natural


The State of Frozen Foods: Healthy Meals & Snacks Driving Growth

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 08:21 AM

Earlier this year, Packaged Facts released a report, Frozen Foods in the U.S.: Hot Meals, Sides and Snacks, that showed sales in this category have been steady since 2012 – not largely growing but not losing ground, despite the increasing consumer demand for fresh and non-processed foods. Combined, the specific frozen categories being reported on – dinners/entrees, pizza, side dishes, and appetizers/snacks – reached sales of $22 billion last year (the entire frozen foods market is expected to reach nearly $73 billion by 2024, according to

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Categories: Ingredient Replacement, Consumer Trends


Why Food & Beverage Manufacturers Need to Tout Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 08:04 AM

The connection between the consumer push for clean labels and the explosion of natural products in the marketplace is no coincidence. Responsive food and beverage manufacturers continue to actively seek out healthful ingredients and formulations that fit the bill for consumer clean label expectations and demand.

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Categories: Social Responsibility, Consumer Trends


5 Ways Whey Protein Can Improve Food Formulations

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 @ 08:14 AM

Consumers are scrutinizing product labels more than ever before. Research reveals that 72 percent of consumers read nutrition panels on food products, and that number jumps to 81 percent if the respondents indicated that they’re trying to manage their weight.

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Categories: Consumer Trends, Whey Protein Ingredients


Top Food and Beverage Trends Incorporating Greek Yogurt

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 08:06 AM

The top foods trends of 2017, compiled by various researchers, show a shift in consumer behavior. Increasingly, consumers are moving away from merely reading fat grams and calorie counts and are demanding “clean labels” with ingredients they recognize and can pronounce. Trends show they want to make food choices that they believe will make them healthier, but don’t want to sacrifice taste in the process. Moreso, consumers are willing to pay a premium for these products.

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Categories: Consumer Trends