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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.
Tags: Custom Nutrient Premix
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
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.
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.
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.
Tags: food labeling
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know that Americans consume only about half of the recommended amount
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.
Tags: pet food
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.
Tags: pet food ingredients
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.
Tags: pet food
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.
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).
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).
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.
Tags: Custom Nutrient Premix
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.
Emojis are a great start if you are looking for something new to revamp your products.
Tags: Edible Glitter
Ascorbic Acid, or more commonly known as Vitamin C, is naturally found in citrus fruits and many vegetables. It is considered an antioxidant.
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.
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.
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).