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 & Snacking

 

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

 

Dairy Remains Central to Snacking Trends and Innovation

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 @ 01:47 PM

 

Have you reached for a snack lately? If so, you’re among the 91% of consumers who do so multiple times every single day. Cultural shifts and lifestyle changes have upended traditional eating patterns and will continue to drive the snack market, as demonstrated by more than one in five consumers saying they snack a lot more or somewhat more often than they did five years ago.

The types of snacks that consumers buy have shifted throughout the years, too. Sugar-laden treats and high-fat products are increasingly being replaced with more nutritional options to appeal to those who choose healthier and more active lifestyles. 

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Categories: Crunchy Snacks & Snacking

 

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, Crunchy Snacks & Snacking

 

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 & Snacking

 

The Evolution of the Confectionery Market and Clean Label Trends

Posted by Brad Nielsen on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 @ 03:40 PM

There’s been a lot of emphasis on the clean label trend as it relates to meal-time staples. There’s an increasing demand for simple, familiar and natural ingredients, and innovative food manufacturers are responding by reformulating their products to accommodate this health-conscious mindset.

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Categories: Improving Nutrition, Crunchy Snacks & Snacking

 

How to Add Protein to Nut & Seed Butters

Posted by Brad Nielsen 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 & Snacking, 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 & Snacking

 

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 & Snacking, 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 & Snacking, Ingredient Replacement, Whey Protein Ingredients, Frozen & Desserts, Beverages