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The Increasing Need for Natural, Sugar-Free Sweeteners

The average American consumes 17 teaspoons1 of added sugar a day. That’s much higher than the American Heart Association’s daily recommended limit of six teaspoons for women and nine teaspoons for men. This excessive sugar consumption aligns with the booming convenience foods market. Convenience foods often contain added sugars that may have adverse health effects […]

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The Rise of Coffee Alternatives

The global coffee substitute market is growing and is expected to be worth over $2 billion by 20291. As more people ditch classic java for tasty new infusions, coffee companies worldwide are introducing flavored herbal blends, tea lattes, and other innovative hot drinks to suit the changing market. In this article, we explore a few […]

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New Spice Trends for a New Year

Still trending are healthier ingredients in foods and beverages, interest in ethnic international flavors, and more sustainably produced seasoning and spices.   This growing interest in spice blends and ethnic tastes means new flavor profiles are in demand.   Increasing numbers of consumers are keen on Middle Eastern and African flavors, including the exotic sumac […]

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What’s New in Frozen Desserts?

While traditional retail ice cream sales have lost out slightly over the past 12 months, frozen desserts are growing.   According to global information provider NielsenIQ, 52-week data ending January 2021 indicates that while the overall frozen desserts category is down by 1.2% ($15.2 billion), frozen cake sales increased by 8.2% ($549 million), frozen pies […]

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Trends in the Global Plant Extracts Market

Globally, high-quality plant extracts are essential for effective and natural scenting and flavoring across various industries and applications, including food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. Extracts include essential oils, flavonoids, alkaloids, carotenoids, oleoresins, and more, available in various forms, including soft, liquid, and solid extracts, to accommodate different flavor or aroma needs.   […]

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Developing Products That Support Immune Health Naturally

During and post the recent Covid-19 pandemic, issues around immunity and ways to boost the body’s natural defenses have come to the fore.   While no one diet, lifestyle change, or supplement can protect us from contracting a virus, boosted immune health can help the body cope with and eliminate viruses and other illnesses faster […]

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The Evolution of Natural Flavors and Ingredients

Although natural flavors are the fourth most common ingredient listed on food labels, many people don’t know what the term means. Where do these flavorings come from, and how do we extract them from nature? Keep reading to learn more about how natural flavorings found their way into modern food processing, why we use them, […]

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Flavors Can Affect Your mood: Myth or Reality?

It’s true: flavors can affect your mood.   It’s no secret that aromas and tastes affect how you feel – physically and by generating associated emotions and memories.   This phenomenon is thanks to the nervous system connecting the nose and tastebuds to the part of the brain that processes emotions.   While noses are […]

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Vegan vs. Plant-Based: What’s the Difference?

An increasing emphasis on climate change, natural resource wastage, improved post-pandemic immunity and health, and animal welfare concerns mean consumers are looking for healthier food and ingredient choices, kinder and more responsible farming and manufacturing, and more compassionate ingredient sourcing.   Extending beyond food and beverages to include beauty, personal, pet care, homeware, and healthcare […]

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The Advancement of Synthetic Aromatics for Allergy Sufferers

There is a common misconception that natural is better when it comes to fragrances – but in reality, many natural ingredients pose allergen risks. Some of the world’s largest perfume brands use synthetic ingredients to build complex and consistent scent profiles that last longer on the skin. The FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission currently […]