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Generation Z Is Shaking Up the Food and Beverage Industries - Here's How

Published on Jun 4, 2018 By: George Glass

Did you know that Generation Z and Millennials combined now comprise almost half of the U.S. population?1 But don’t expect that what worked for Millennials will work for Gen Z. In many ways, how they think and what they expect are worlds apart. 

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Tags: Custom Nutrient Premix

Food Trend Spotlight: An Overview of Plant-Based Meats

Published on May 14, 2018 By: George Glass

The plant-based meat category is experiencing rapid growth in recent years. A MarketsandMarkets report projects that the $4.6 billion meat substitutes market will reach $6.4 billion by 2023, at a compound annual growth rate of 6.8%.1

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Tags: food

How the Mediterranean Diet is Impacting Packaged Foods

Published on May 9, 2018 By: George Glass

Do you remember watching the explosive growth of packaged hummus, pita chips, and Greek yogurt? And now harissa? These foods have more in common than just category disruption—they are all components of the traditional Mediterranean diet.

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Tags: on-trend

Food & Beverage Trend Spotlight: Drinkable Soups

Published on May 7, 2018 By: George Glass

Have you heard that souping is the new juicing? Soup cleanses have gone mainstream thanks to coverage by media giants such as The New York Times, the Food Network, and GQ. But while the soup cleanse hype may be settling down, the drinkable format it launched has created a new niche for soup that busy consumers are responding to. As a convenient, healthy, flavorful, and versatile food, the drinkable soup may have staying power.

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Tags: on-trend

Consumer Demands for Transparency Are Impacting the Food Industry: Here's How

Published on May 3, 2018 By: George Glass

Food purchasing decisions have, traditionally, been based on taste, price, and convenience. While these aspects continue to be important, evolving drivers such as transparency are becoming critical to many consumers. Transparency is one of the biggest buzzwords in the food business today; it encompasses a broad range of values including health, safety, free from GMO or secret ingredients, social impact, environmental responsibility, charitable causes, humane treatments of workers, and many others. 

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Tags: food labeling

Recent Posts On Pet Food Trends

Published on May 2, 2018 By: Blake Powers

So far in 2018, we've added a lot of exciting new content on the subject of Pet Food Trends. This includes multiple blog posts on everything from functional foods for pets to Edible Glitter™ for dog treats to the rise of grain and gluten free pet foods. We've also published a 16 page E-Zine which incorporated all of these posts into an easy to read format. Continue reading for excerpts of these posts and a link to our free E-Zine.

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Tags: pet food, pet food ingredients

The Role of Fortification in Hunger Relief

Published on May 2, 2018 By: George Glass

Micronutrient deficiency affects 2 billion people worldwide or more than one-quarter of the population.1 This so-called hidden hunger can occur when people don’t have access to a diverse diet. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals may be simply unavailable or may be too expensive to buy. In some parts of the world, the problem is compounded by poor nutrient absorption due to parasitic infections.

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Tags: Fortification

Living with Celiac Disease

Published on May 1, 2018 By: Edwin Vargas

The first time I came across someone with Celiac disease was in college on a night out to a restaurant. I never heard of the disease and I rarely ever heard about gluten-free food. So as we were ordering food, hearing someone say they couldn’t eat most things on the menu was surprising to me, even a little annoying, because I couldn’t understand why it was such a big deal. However, when I learned how painful and demoralizing it can be to have Celiac disease, it really made me rethink how important it is to for the victims to have food that is good for them to eat.

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Soybean Oil

Published on Apr 16, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

In Asian countries, the soybean is a traditional protein staple. Soybeans contain high amounts of isoflavones, which are beneficial to health. Isoflavones are compounds derived from plants that give estrogenic activity. 

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Tags: Spray Drying, nutri-knowledge

The Rise of Grain-Free and Gluten-Free Pet Foods

Published on Apr 12, 2018 By: George Glass

When it comes to healthy pet foods, what’s not included may be as important as what is. The clean label and free-from trends resounding throughout the food industry have undeniably expanded into the pet food industry. Gluten-free is no exception.

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Tags: nutri-knowledge

A Guide to Beta-Glucans: What Are They and Why Are They Beneficial?

Published on Apr 9, 2018 By: George Glass

Did you know that Americans consume only about half of the recommended amount

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Tags: baking

Functional Foods for Perky Pets

Published on Mar 28, 2018 By: Callie Pillsbury

Consumers are becoming more and more concerned about their pet’s health. Functional foods are foods that provide additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition (1). Functional foods have been promoted to prevent disease and promote overall health. There is a huge offering for functional foods for humans including: oat cereals, yogurts with prebiotic, nutritional beverages, specialty oils, high omega eggs, whole grain breads, and the list goes on. Consumers often care about their pet’s health as much as their own. The pet food aisle has an array of products targeted for healthy animals.

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Tags: pet food

Cooks for Canines

Published on Mar 15, 2018 By: Moira Watson

Last night, I prepared simmered chicken breast and roasted sweet potatoes. The whole house smelled wonderful; there’s nothing more mouth-watering than the aroma of slow-roasting sweet potato. This feast wasn’t for my husband and myself, however, it was for our furry kids. Yes, I am one of those pet parents: I augment my dogs’ foods.  While I do feed both of my guys canned dog food, I also then top it with extras like chicken, turkey, lamb, or salmon, and veggies like carrots, peas, pumpkin, and yes -- slow-roasted sweet potatoes. 

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Tags: pet food ingredients

Dogs and Unicorns

Published on Feb 26, 2018 By: Moira Watson

Last year, 2017, was the year of the unicorn. We saw unicorn pancakes, unicorn frappuccinos, and so much glitter, everywhere! This trend continues this year as well, sites such as Instagram and Pinterest are bursting with images of glitter in foods and beverages.

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Tags: pet food

How the New Nutrition Label Serving Sizes Will Affect Consumers

Published on Feb 21, 2018 By: Nikki Sepe

The Food and Drug Administration has finally decided to make some changes to the nutrition facts label in hopes of improving the diets of American consumers.  Scanning the label from top to bottom the first difference that will be noticed is the serving size.  This will be changed to a more accurate depiction of what is typically consumed, rather than the prior reference amount.

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Tags: diet, food, nutrition, food labeling, millennial

Dairy-Free Milk Provides Calcium for Children with Milk Allergies

Published on Feb 19, 2018 By: Nikki Sepe

A recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 6% of children with an allergy to cow's milk had a lower bone mineral density in their lumbar spine than those that consumed milk (1).  Milk allergies are the most common allergies among children, estimating 2.5% of youth.  Calcium intake was significantly lower in those with a milk allergy and few subjects supplemented their diet with calcium and vitamin D, two important nutrients for children obtained from milk (2). 

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Tags: Fortification, diet, nutri-knowledge, food, nutrition

Facts About Potassium That Will Make You Go Bananas!

Published on Feb 15, 2018 By: Blake Powers

In the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, potassium is noted as a nutrient of public health concern. This is due to low intakes of fruits, vegetables, and dairy (1).

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Tags: nutri-knowledge, nutrition

What's New in Center Aisle Baking in 2018?

Published on Feb 5, 2018 By: Blake Powers

Did you know that in the past four years, the grocery store perimeter has experienced a growth rate of more than double that of the center of the store, with a CAGR of 3.8% for the perimeter, compared to 1.8% for the rest of the store?1 Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and subsequent price cutting initiative in fresh foods indicates strong awareness of this trend.

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Tags: Custom Nutrient Premix

The Role of Enzyme-Based Dough Improvers in Bakery Products

Published on Oct 18, 2017 By: Blake Powers

What’s in a loaf? A basic loaf of bread contains four ingredients: flour, water, yeast, and salt.1 But if we stop there, we’ll have a European-style bread that goes stale in a day.2 Bread that is mass produced and distributed needs a little help from food science to achieve machining tolerance, volume and texture consistency, and delayed staling.

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Tags: baking

Rising Trends: Emojis

Published on Aug 7, 2017 By: Abbie Walker
You’ve seen them everywhere, those wide array of emotions on little yellow faces winking or laughing up at you. They are the craze right now and they are making their way into baking.

Emojis are a great start if you are looking for something new to revamp your products.

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Tags: Edible Glitter

Ascorbic Acid: The Dispute

Published on Aug 4, 2017 By: Abbie Walker

Ascorbic Acid, or more commonly known as Vitamin C, is naturally found in citrus fruits and many vegetables. It is considered an antioxidant.

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Tags: nutri-knowledge, baking

It's All in the Mix

Published on Aug 2, 2017 By: Abbie Walker

The baking industry has made huge leaps in the gluten-free trend. As people become more aware of their food habits, their demand for food they can safely eat has increased. Here at Watson, we have come up with a line of gluten-free mixes that can be used in restaurants and food service institutions.

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National Bagelfest Day

Published on Jul 25, 2017 By: Blake Powers

July 26th is National Bagelfest day! Bagels are unique in the bread world for their hard chewy outsides and their soft, warm insides. There are so many varieties of bagels like the everything bagel, sesame seed bagel, blueberry bagel, etc. There are even rainbow bagels to keep up with food trends.

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Tags: baking

National Doughnut Day

Published on Jun 2, 2017 By: Edwin Vargas

Today is National Doughnut Day!

I honestly never knew so many days existed for foods, but getting a free doughnut from Dunkin’s was nice. Also, did I mention? Dughnuts are yummy.

Anyways, going back to me not knowing so many days existed dedicated to foods, some of these days include National Rotisserie Chicken Day, National Moonshine Day, and National Fish and Chips Day in England (though that is’t a huge surprise).

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Tags: Edible Glitter, Holiday Theme, National Doughnut Day