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Vegan vs. Vegetarian – What’s The Difference?

According to the Plant-Based Foods Association, US retail sales of plant-based foods increased by 27% in 2020 alone and are expected to skyrocket as more shoppers adopt a meat-free lifestyle. With so many new approaches to what we eat, how do you distinguish between the different meat-free diets of today? Join us as we explore […]

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How Soya, Nut, Rice, Oat, Hemp and Potato Milk Are Shaping the Future of Dairy Alternatives

For those with lactose intolerance or who prefer a strictly plant-based diet, choosing dairy alternatives is their only alternative to dairy products, apart from complete abstention. In addition, many cutting down on animal products to prioritize plant-based choices also emphasize dairy alternatives, including milk, cheese, yogurt, ice-cream, cream, desserts, and novelty items.   As a […]

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Low or No Alcohol Drinks Are in

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how we live, work, communicate and consume, causing us to reevaluate our values and behaviors. Prolonged isolation resulted in an uptick in some harmful habits; however, at the same time, many have experienced renewed interest and concern in their health and wellbeing. This emphasis includes switching to more ‘good […]

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What is Sustainability in the Food Industry?

Sustainability and food security are interconnected concepts that directly impact the food and beverage industry. Food sustainability centers around using resources responsibly to ensure continuous nourishment for subsequent generations, protecting the future of our planet and people. As the global population expands, the food industry must adopt new production processes to meet the growing demand […]

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What are “Organic Foods”?

US organic food sales have experienced consistent growth over the last fifteen years1, and the USDA reports that organic products are now available in nearly 75% of conventional grocery stores nationwide. Although the interest in organic food is soaring, many consumers are still unsure what the term actually means. In this article, we unpack the […]

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Coffee and Avocados in Short Supply?

There is a growing international concern over the security of numerous tropical crops, including coffee, avocados, cashews, and palm oil. Researchers suggest that while the booming global coffee market is projected to reach over US$144 billion by 20251, the industry faces the risk of collapse due to the impending environmental effects of climate change. In […]

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What Does “Natural” Mean in Foods?

There is currently no regulation of the use of the word “natural” on food and beverage labels, making it challenging to understand the true meaning of the term. Both the FDA and USDA have loose definitions for natural ingredients in place that may serve as guidelines until more explicit rules arise. Join us as we […]

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Whole Food Trends for 2022

It’s no surprise that the global pandemic wrought havoc on eating and drinking habits. However, as life slowly returns to normal, research suggests that the ‘new normal’ offers some intriguing emerging novelties and an increased emphasis on food, social security, and sustainability.   Healthier and more responsible behaviors are starting to replace unhealthy pandemic patterns. […]

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Discover the Health and Environmental Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Recent years have seen changing attitudes to eating and using our precious natural resources. This impetus has spurred an increased interest in healthier eating, more responsible farming and manufacturing, and greater compassion for ourselves, our fellow beings, and the planet.   In response, we’re embracing cleaner, healthier, more environmentally friendly, and cruelty-free food. Plant-based vegetarian […]

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An Introduction to Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

The recent international interest in alcohol-free alternatives may create a demand for more sophisticated non-alcoholic cocktail offerings. According to Bacardi’s 2022 Cocktail Trends Report1, 58% of consumers worldwide reported higher consumption of non-alcoholic and low-alcohol cocktails over the last year. This article explores the origin of mocktails, the benefits they offer, and how to intensify […]