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Fruit Spreads Go Natural

Word is spreading that consumers are avoiding artificial ingredients and are looking for all-natural ingredients in their fruit spreads. Whether they like sweet or savory spreads, people will give up the longer shelf life of a product for clean food. Brands, in turn, are eliminating the artificial ingredients in favor of more natural, pure recipes. […]

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Carob Makes A Comeback

Decades ago, brands tried to convince consumers that carob was a healthy alternative to chocolate. As much as consumers tried to make the switch, it fizzled fast. Many were skeptical that something could ever replace the taste of chocolate.   Consumers are now looking to carob to stand on its own and respecting it for […]

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Floral+Fruity Flavors Pairings

We are in a Renaissance of flavors as many consumers around the world say that they love trying new things. To keep up with the demand, food-and-beverage brands are finding new and unique flavor combinations.   As so often happens with new trends, the younger generations push the demand. Unlike times of old, they are […]

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3 Hot Sauce Trends Heating Up the Sauce Category

Life is heating up in the sauce department. Over the years, consumers have ventured into ethnic restaurants with more confidence. The rich flavors and unique tastes spur them towards a more adventuresome spirit when ordering food outside the home or creating something new in their kitchen.   What Is Old Is New Again   Spices […]

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6 Japanese Flavors to Enjoy Amid the Postponed Olympics

While life is full of postponements this year, consumers are mustering up creative ways to enjoy what they are missing. Avoiding a 13-hour flight to Tokyo can be a blessing, especially if replacing those hours with time in the kitchen. Adding unique Japanese flavors into new recipes will make the consumer feel as though the […]

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Sugar Alternatives in Ice Cream and Confectionery

Indulging in a little guilty pleasure now and again will always keep consumers happy, but trends today require that brands stay focused on healthy alternatives. Sugar creeps into the diet where people least expect it. For example, ketchup, peanut butter, salad dressing, and bread contain sugar. The average American may consume 152 pounds of sugar […]

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Spun Into Innovation: Cotton Candy Trends

During complicated times, consumers yearn for memories of childhood bliss and an age of innocence. Positive emotions bubble up when we remember the sweet indulgences of youth. As we consume these delicious treats, moods lift, and our motivation and energy increase. Place cotton candy in front of your consumers, and it will be difficult not […]

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4 Coffee Trends That Continue to Delight

Coffee is a universal pick-me-up. While the hot beverage may always remain an early morning ritual, the iced-coffee trend is growing as consumers look for healthier alternatives to carbonated soft drinks. The ready to drink (RTD) market provides a spectrum of choices in flavor, caffeine quantity, and added functionality through iced beverages.   Plant-Based Formulations […]

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Flavor Enhancers

Consumers take their health and nutrition seriously. Restaurants and grocery stores are responding by providing alternatives to artificially flavored products. Americans are looking for natural products when they shop or order food, and the industry is developing creative ways to flavor food with less salt and sugar.   Artificial Flavors: No Longer in Favor   […]

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The Next Wave in White Tea

Nope. It isn’t just quiet old ladies from Britain drinking tea anymore. Popularity for the beverage is soaring in America as the number of tea-flavored products, which includes white tea, doubled in the last five years.   During the ancient Song Dynasty, royal families were the exclusive recipients of white tea. While white tea and […]