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Salt Substitutes for Convenience Foods

Salt use dates back to prehistoric times, emerging from Egyptian, Chinese, and Roman civilizations, where they extracted it from seawater or brine through sun evaporation. Considered a “sacred mineral” by some cultures, it was used for flavoring, preserving, as a trading commodity, and in religious rites.   The mineral remains an indispensable ingredient to satisfy […]

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Making More Colorful Food Without Artificial Ingredients

A food or drink’s color is as important as its taste. The color of a food product can attract or repel and suggest the item’s taste, nutrient profile, quality, and freshness. Although not strictly functional, we associate colors with specific tastes and sensations – sweet, sour, or bitter, for example – which our brains anticipate. […]

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The Future of Plant-Based Pork

Plant-based eating is growing globally for compelling reasons such as health, compassion, and eco-consciousness. Euromonitor International reports that 12% of US consumers are attempting a plant-based diet, while 17% are reducing their meat consumption1. Growth is expected particularly in North America, representing over a third of the market, with Asia-Pacific enjoying the highest growth rate2. […]

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What Makes Healthy Eating Hard?

Healthy eating is experiencing a continuing global evolution with increasing emphasis on whole foods, clean and sustainable production, and nutrition. This growth is driven by enhanced evidence and awareness of the benefits of food components, such as fiber, antioxidants, and minerals, on improved wellness and longevity. There is also increased understanding and caution around the […]

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Colorful Chocolate

Consumers are turning to healthier lifestyles and cleaner labels for their and the planet’s health. Concerns around sugar, fat, and unnatural additives impact several categories, including chocolate. More stringent regulations and legislation, too, have put increased pressure on these segments.   At the same time, the demand for chocolate shows no sign of slowing down. […]

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Waterless Beauty 101

Water is one of the most common components of many cosmetics and often appears first or second on the ingredients list. In fact, a large bottle of shampoo, conditioner, or moisturizer can contain up to 95% water1. This water doesn’t allow much room for the active ingredients, leaving many beauty enthusiasts asking why they add […]

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Using Essential Oils for Bug Bites

Apart from causing itching and swelling, bug bites can be dangerous. Keeping spiders, ticks, and mosquitos at bay is crucial to avoid insect-borne diseases. And if you do sustain a mild infection, having something on hand to curb the itching can prevent scarring after it’s healed. While most commercial insect repellents and itch-soothing gels contain […]

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Gen Z is Leading the Demand for Precision Fermentation

A new survey by the Hartman Group revealed that 40% of US consumers are willing to try new foods made with precision fermentation technology. The participants most responsible for this figure were Millennials and Gen Z shoppers. These consumers are currently in their teens, twenties, and thirties, and are driving new opportunities in biotechnology with […]

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The Story of Piña Coladas

The Piña Colada is the quintessential summer cocktail – it’s fruity, indulgent, and refreshing, and is a best seller at beach bars around the world. With a simple recipe of pineapple, coconut cream, and white rum, this iconic vacation beverage appeals to almost any drinker. Piña Colada means “strained pineapple” in Spanish and has a […]