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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

5 Fast Facts about the SNAP Vitamin and Mineral Improvement Act

Published on Apr 10, 2018 By: George Glass

Did you know that families can use SNAP benefits to purchase soda and candy, but not multivitamins? Proposed bipartisan legislation H.R. 3841, known as the SNAP Vitamin and Mineral Improvement Act of 2017, would allow certain multivitamin-mineral supplements to be purchased with SNAP benefits.

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Tags: Custom Nutrient Premix

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

What's Behind the Refrigerated Nutrition Bars Trend?

Published on Apr 5, 2018 By: George Glass

Why put a nutrition bar in the refrigerated produce section? Because that’s where the customers are! Grocery store perimeter sales continue to outpace center aisle sales, growing at more than twice the rate.1 Be on the lookout for bars with front-of-package terms like refrigerated, chilled, and especially, fresh

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Tags: Custom Nutrient Premix

A Look Ahead at Pet Food Trends in 2018

Published on Apr 4, 2018 By: George Glass

The question on every pet owner’s mind seems to be “What’s in my pet’s food?”. Americans have increasingly been scrutinizing food labels when they shop for their families, and their pets are no exception. A healthy diet for pets is a major theme this year, along with a few disruptive distribution innovations. Here are the pet food trends for 2018:

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Tags: pet food

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

A Guide to Healthy Eating Patterns

Published on Feb 12, 2018 By: George Glass

The start of a new year is a blissful period of hope filled with the best of intentions. Top on many people's lists of New Years’ resolutions is eating better. But without a clear idea of what “healthy eating” means, it’s at best an elusive goal and at worst a setup for failure. The thing is, there isn’t just one way to “eat healthy,” but there is a way to overhaul your diet to make it healthy, while still providing you with plenty of delicious foods to eat.

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Tags: 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

How Gluten-Free Living is Impacting the Food & Beverage Industries

Published on Jan 25, 2018 By: Blake Powers

A strong appetite for foods that are thought to be “healthy” or “clean” has been fueling gluten-free product sales for years. People suffering from celiac disease—an autoimmune disorder that in which consuming gluten damages the small intestine—make up the core of the gluten-free foods market, but health-conscious consumers have also embraced the gluten-free lifestyle. According to the consumer data group Euromonitor, worldwide gluten-free food sales grew to $3.5 billion in 2016, up from just $1.7 billion in 2011. By 2020, the group expects the market to reach $4.7 billion.1

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Tags: Custom Nutrient Premix

Is Grocery Shopping Going Digital?

Published on Jan 23, 2018 By: Blake Powers

In today’s digitally connected world, the way consumers shop—for everything from cars and homes to food and personal care items—seems to be in constant flux. As online and mobile shopping technology has been refined, doing the regular grocery shopping online from the comfort of your home or mobile device has become ever more appealing.

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Tags: nutrition

7 Things Food Manufacturers Can Do to Reduce Food Waste

Published on Oct 27, 2017 By: Blake Powers

Food waste occurs when a food that could be consumed but isn’t—whether due to spoilage, premature discarding, loss in transit, improper storage, or buying practices. Some examples of food waste might include tomatoes that fall off the tomato truck in transit, a carton of tomatoes that spoils because of improper storage or overbuying, and excess food purchased and discarded by consumers.

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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

The Chemistry Behind Baking-Flour

Published on Mar 16, 2017 By: Abbie Walker

One of the coolest things about baking is that it’s a science. Meaning, that when you scale out your ingredients and mix them together, they undergo chemical reactions to bring you your final product. Which makes you, technically, a scientist!

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