The Grande Whey Blog

How to Prevent Fish Eyes and Clumping in Food Formulations

Posted by Darian Fuselier on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 11:53 AM

What can make a savory sauce, rich dressing, velvety filling or creamy soup less than appealing? Inconsistent textures caused by clumping of powdered ingredients aren’t only unappetizing to those who consume them, but they’re a major frustration and challenge for food manufacturers that want to eliminate these issues in their formulations.

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Categories: All Natural, Creamy, Reformulation


5 Great Uses for Yogurt Powder

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jan 02, 2018 @ 01:14 PM

Fresh yogurt is a popular ingredient for health-concious consumers, but many food manufacturers find it challenging to incorporate into their formulations because it requires a specific type of permit, has a relatively short shelf life, and has some risk of contamination that other products don’t. That's why, when we first introduced Grande Primo™ Dried Yogurt, there was a lot of excitement around the fact that food and beverage manufacturers now have a way to put “yogurt” on their labels without needing to use fresh yogurt in their formulations. 

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Categories: Improving Texture, Creamy


How to Improve Nutrition in Creamy Sauce Applications

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Sep 05, 2017 @ 08:42 AM

Cream, butter, Parmesan cheese, a little pepper and a dash of nutmeg: Alfredo sauce is a fairly simple recipe that requires just a few primary ingredients. That’s one reason people love it. The other? It tastes fantastic. Traditional Alfredo sauce is a delicious combination of fats and oils, but unfortunately, it’s also a real artery clogger.

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Categories: Improving Texture, Creamy


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


How to Add Protein to Nut & Seed Butters

Posted by Darian Fuselier on Tue, Aug 01, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

If you haven’t noticed the growing variety of nut and seed butters on the market, you haven’t been paying close enough attention. Protein is the hottest trend in the food and beverage industry, and today’s health-conscious, on-the-go consumers are looking at new peanut butter alternatives to give them the same protein-rich spread, and they’re finding it in almond, sunflower and cashew butters, to name just a few.

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Categories: Enhancing Protein, Crunchy & Snacks, Creamy


New Year's Resolutions: Focus On Low-fat Is an Opportunity for Food Manufacturers

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 01:07 PM

New Year's resolutions: we’ve all made them…and we’ve all broken them. One of the most cited reasons for falling off the wagon when it comes to resolutions related to dieting is that the food that’s low-fat, low-calorie, low-carb and other “lows” just isn’t as good as rich, or as decadent as other food that are available; we’ve all tasted light versions of our favorite foods and felt the disappointment. Food and beverage manufacturers continue to rush to the shelves with products that tout their healthier versions of popular products, hoping to capture people who, as of January 1, are committed to changing their eating habits. But usually by about January 3, they’re back to the better-tasting products.

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Creamy


How Whey Proteins Can Add Sparkle to the Holidays

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 08:11 AM

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!

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Categories: Ingredient Replacement, Whey Protein Ingredients, Frozen & Desserts, Beverages, Crunchy & Snacks, Creamy


How to Make a Yogurt Claim On Your Food or Beverage Label

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 08:03 AM

This blog post is a continuation of our series that answers questions we’re frequently asked by food and beverage manufacturers. Our goal with this series is to give manufacturers practical insights that help in developing successful formulations and end products. 

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Categories: Ingredient Replacement, Frozen & Desserts, Creamy


Increasing Demand for Better-for-You Sauces & Ready to Eat Meals

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

Despite an increased demand for fresher, healthier foods these days, ready-to-eat meals are still a popular choice among American consumers. In fact, U.S. sales for prepared meals are forecasted to grow 7.2% over the next decade to more than $195 billion by the end of 2026. In order to keep these meals appealing to today’s health-conscious consumers, however, it’s important that food manufacturers emphasize and improve the health benefits of their ready-to-eat offerings.

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, All Natural, Creamy


What Soaring Soup Sales Means for Food Manufacturers

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

When you think of foods that Millennials love, you probably think of things like pizza, burgers, burritos, and bacon (to name a few). However, there’s one food category that’s growing in popularity with the Millennial demographic, and that’s soup. 

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Categories: Improving Texture, Reducing Costs, Creamy