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Sugar Alternatives

Sugar Alternatives   It isn’t news that sugar consumption is at an epidemic level. Whether born with a sweet tooth or not, added sugar finds its way into much of today’s food, and consumers are demanding alternatives. The industry is responding with sweeteners that are all-natural and others that contain zero calories. While a fit […]

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Vanilla Flavor Market and Applications

Vanilla isn’t just for ice cream anymore! While it conjures feelings of nostalgia and home-baked goods, we are finding many new uses for the product.   Mexico introduced vanilla to the world, but it is now grown throughout the tropics with Indonesia and Madagascar being the world’s biggest producers. While Mexico and Madagascar grow vanilla […]

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Smoothies Continue to Shake Up Menus

The reason why smoothies are so popular isn’t rocket science: they’re quick, versatile, nutritious, and delicious. Smoothies are the perfect food for anyone who wants to make sure that they consume an optimal diet packed with essential nutrients. Even the busiest person can grab a smoothie from their local smoothie shop when they’re on the […]

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Summer Salad Trends

In the distant past, if a consumer ordered a salad for lunch, it implied he or she was following a boring diet recommending lettuce leaves, cottage cheese, and a tomato.   Not anymore!   Fast-casual restaurants are popping up all over the country, offering salads to entertain all palates. By adding ingredients that are healthy […]

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Innovations in Chips

Snacks are staples in consumer diets and probably will be for a long time to come. What is changing, however, is our approach to the ingredients and nutritional value of the snacks that consumers enjoy. As snacks become healthier, there is increased pressure on food enterprises to balance flavor and nutrition. People want to enjoy […]

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Summer Craft Beers

Long gone are the days of your dad’s mass-brewed beer. The creativity and innovation in the craft brew industry keep flowing, and consumers stand to benefit. Whether your audience is grandparents or college-aged enthusiasts, there isn’t a craft beer out there that won’t appeal to the tastes that inspire them. Summer is the ideal time […]

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Is Chicken the Plant-Based Meat of 2020?

In 2019, we watched as plant-based beef alternatives exploded onto the scene. Sit-down restaurants and fast-food restaurants alike began offering plant-based burgers to an ecstatic audience. This year, it’s becoming apparent that the demand for meatless “meats” doesn’t stop with beef. Indeed, 2020 is shaping up to be the year of plant-based “chicken.”   Plant-based […]

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Supplement Trends

Dietary supplements are becoming more and more popular all the time and will likely continue to grow in the coming years. That’s primarily because of the convenience of achieving specific health goals by merely taking a pill or powder. Here are some of the biggest trends in supplements we see in 2020.   Clean label […]

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Beef Jerky Increasing in Popularity and Flavor Trends

Meat snacks are becoming increasingly popular with consumers who choose to focus on adding more protein to their diets, so it’s no wonder that beef jerky is flying off the shelves. As a result, the global jerky market is experiencing impressive growth. Jerky is both convenient and diet-friendly, as well as offering an exponentially-increasing variety […]

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Sleep Aids in Foods and Beverages

Consumer interest in functional foods is skyrocketing as people strive to choose foods that pull double duty, both filling them up and helping them achieve other health goals, such as more energy, a healthier heart, or better sleep.   This “better sleep” function is somewhat of a new kid on the block when it comes […]