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The Demand for Food Stuffs that Promote Environmental Health

In 2023 we witness increasing global concerns around climate change, single-use plastics, and pollution. In addition, food waste is an accelerating global concern, with an estimated one billion tons of food lost annually1. Instead, conscious businesses focus on food waste as a valuable ingredient in fresh products and other materials.   Upcycling and a circular […]

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Flavor Mashups in Condiments

Condiments and sauces are essential to our food experiences. Perennial favorites such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, ranch, and salad dressing add flavor, excitement, and texture to everyday dishes and snacks. At the same time, expanding consumer pallets yearn for new sensory experiences and indulgences.   These taste adventures include novel and innovative combinations. Consumers enjoy […]

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Natural Ingredients in the Pet Food Industry

From breakfast cereals to skin care products, natural ingredients are becoming increasingly popular as the safer choice among health-conscious consumers. This preference for all-natural products has made its way into the pet food realm, prompting people to re-evaluate familiar dog and cat food labels. Many pet owners are switching to foods that meet their pet’s […]

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The Benefits of Fragrance in Household Products

While “fragrance-free” might be trending in the beauty world, most consumers still prefer their cleaning products, air fresheners, and dish soaps to smell good. According to the latest P&G data, scented products represent 89% of laundry, 79% of surface cleaning, and 99% of dishwashing product sales in the US.   The preference for natural fragrances […]

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The Increase in Popularity of Meal Subscriptions

According to leading industry market researcher, Packaged Facts, 90% of people who subscribe to meal kit delivery services recommend them to their friends and family.1 Meal kits contain all the ingredients you need for a specific recipe and often come with pre-prepared produce and pre-measured spices. US meal kit sales jumped by 85% from 2019 […]

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3D Food Printing – A Trend to Watch?

3D printing has become a buzzword over the last decade, prompting many businesses to experiment with the technology in their production processes. Private households can now own 3D printers and use them for personal projects, such as printing machine parts, toys, furniture, and more. Over the last few years, people started creating edible objects using […]

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The Introduction of Healthy Vending Machines

The familiar vending machine has graced government, industry, business, transport, hospitality, retail, and educational institutions since the late 1800s.   While the first of its modern kind dispensed stamps and postcards, more contemporary versions offer sweets, snacks, sodas, water, hot beverages, tobacco products, beers, toys, electrical items, toiletries, prophylactics, over-the-counter medication, and anything else you […]

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Factors Shaping Craft Beer Trends in 2023

The Craft Beer Market includes lagers, pilsners, ales, and specialty beers, with products available worldwide, on and off-trade.   Major craft brew distilleries players include ABInBev, Molson Coors, Heineken, and The Boston Beer Company, with countless smaller brands contributing to the trend. The range of offerings is wide, with the global leader – ABInBev – […]

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GMO Labeling – Business Move vs. Ethical Reasons

Genetically modified (GM) foods have been available in US grocery stores since 1994 when the FDA approved the “Flavr Savr” tomato. Today, genetically engineered crops account for 93% of the corn and 95% of the soybeans the US produces.1 Although genetically modified food crops are commonplace, many people are concerned about their potential health and […]

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Taste Buds vs. Genes – How Genes Affect Taste

From sweet tooths to spicy food haters, everyone has unique flavor preferences that affect how they eat. Taste is a fundamental sense that helps us detect chemical substances in food, preventing us from ingesting toxins and steering us toward the nutrients we need. While the tongue is often credited as the primary taste organ, there […]