Consumers have long viewed frozen food aisles in grocery stores as catering to convenience and little else. The typical sodium-laden, refined carb-intensive ready-made meal selections simply don’t align anymore with their desire for fresh, highly nutritious foods that support their healthy lifestyles.
The better-for-you trend in consumer preferences isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, leaving ready-made meal manufacturers in a quandary: how to balance the competing consumer priorities of health and convenience.
Many food suppliers are turning to all-natural ingredients that boost fiber and protein while managing carbs and calories. The from-the-kitchen-pantry quality is appealing to consumers, as are the easy to understand foods: whole grains, colorful vegetables and lean meats. These ready-made meals tick the boxes for convenience and nutrition, but adding more, typically expensive ingredients drives up costs and poses another manufacturer dilemma: generally higher price points and potentially lower market share.
Thankfully, manufacturers aren’t left with an either/or proposition when it comes to ingredients selection that could threaten nutrition, competitive advantage or profitability.
Whey protein ingredients like Grande Bravo® functional whey proteins give manufacturers an all-natural solution to producing quality, convenient and cost-effective frozen meals that meet consumer expectations including:
- Protein-rich food choices that recent studies suggest help prevent osteoporosis, slow aging through preservation of glutathione and other essential tri-peptides, and speed metabolism and fat oxidation.
- Consumption confidence through sought-after “clean” labels and easily recognizable ingredients.
- Uncompromised and possibly improved taste, appearance and texture.
Grande Bravo is a natural, functional whey protein concentrate that:
- Is designed to be low-fat, low-cost alternative to high-fat, high-cost dairy ingredients like cream, butter, fat and cream cheese -- popular items that health-conscious people actively avoid.
- Is an ideal substitute for eggs.
- Reduces reliance on starches and emulsifiers.
- Introduces water-holding capabilities that enhance food texture and provide an unparalleled creamy mouthfeel.
- Has freeze-thaw stability, making it perfect for frozen meals.
- Meets all USDA/FDA, Kosher Dairy and EU requirements and certifications, and is made in our SQF Level III-certified facility.
Perceptions of grocery store frozen food aisles are changing, especially since food manufacturers are choosing to include whey proteins in their ready-made meals to keep nutritious food convenient and affordable -- and consumers satisfied.
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