The Grande Whey Blog

15 Facts About Savory Snacks Food Manufacturers Can’t Ignore

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 09:55 AM

As U.S. consumers trends continue to shift away from the traditional diet approach of eating three square meals each day, snack food sales have really taken off. Increasingly, consumers look for convenient, functional and better-for-you snack options that are better suited for their busy schedules. And while snack food sales in every category are up across the board, the savory snacks category has seen considerable growth over the past few years and now makes up 40% of snack sales in North America.

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Crunchy & Snacks


Top Rated Snack Bars Combine Nutrition and Flavor

Posted by Nicole Mueller on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 09:40 AM

Snack bars - including granola bars, protein bars and cereal bars - are taking up more real estate on grocery and convenience store shelves these days. The global snack bars market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% between 2018 – 2023.

Snack bars that offer health benefits and feature clean labels are one of the fastest growing segments in the market, and food manufacturers are working on formulations that combine nutrition and taste to appeal to a growing number of health-conscious consumers.

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Categories: Crunchy & Snacks, Snacking, Grande Bravo, WPCrisp


Reducing Costs Without Impacting Texture: There’s a Whey

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 08:04 AM

Food manufacturers are facing a dilemma. Current food trends indicate that consumers want wholesome, nutritional, sustainable, natural, ethically sourced and easy-to-pronounce ingredients on their labels. That’s quite a list, and that lineup alone can be a major application challenge. Add to that the enduring trend that demands convenience and value, and some manufacturers are left in a quandary.

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Categories: Reducing Costs, Improving Texture, Crunchy & Snacks


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


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


Answers to Questions About Functional Whey Protein & WPI

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 @ 08:02 AM

This is the third in our series of blog posts that answer questions we’ve received about Grande Custom Ingredients Group’s products and services. This post highlights the questions we’re asked about whey protein in tablets and bars, and about heat and its effect on formulations. If you’ve got a challenge related to these topics, read on!

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Categories: Ingredient Replacement, Crunchy & Snacks, Functional Whey Protein, Whey Protein Isolate


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


How to Balance Taste & Nutrition in Protein Bars for Kids

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 08:02 AM

We’re getting a lot of questions lately about whey protein’s potential application in products for kids – specifically, products that satisfy the flavor demands unique to kids yet with more nutritional value than the foods they typically gravitate toward, like cookies, chips and candy bars. It seems even the youngest generations (or more accurately, their parents) are understanding the long-term negative effects of sugar, salt and fat in popular treats and want something that contributes positively to health and well being.

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Categories: Crunchy & Snacks, Health Benefits


Satiety and Snacking: High Protein Products Continue to Attract Consumers

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 08:07 AM

For anyone who’s ever been on a diet, some of the hardest things to do are maintaining healthy portions and avoiding unhealthy snacks. As the home of the super-sized value meal, Americans aren’t exactly known as portion control experts, and when we get hungry between meals, we usually crave something sweet or salty, and that’s rarely good for us. With more and more people starting to change their snacking habits and get serious about eating healthy, however, many consumers are turning to products that make them feel fuller longer—particularly products that have a high protein content. 

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Crunchy & Snacks, All Natural


Snack Subscription Services Are a Success

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

Snack subscription and food box startups are popping up all over the US. Since the first appeared in 2010, companies like Mouth, NatureBox, and have been sending subscribers weekly or monthly gift boxes filled with an assortment of snacks. Catering perfectly to the growing Foodie population, these subscription boxes offer consumers a way to satisfy their snack cravings while giving their taste buds something new and interesting to try. The best part? Subscribers get it all delivered right to their doorstep. 

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Crunchy & Snacks, All Natural