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The Essential Guide for Selecting a Custom Nutrient Premix Supplier

Published on Jul 18, 2018 By: George Glass

Functional foods and beverages—those that provide benefits beyond basic nutrition—are big business these days as consumers increasingly expect their food to “do more” for them. According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC)1, the category includes dietary supplements and vitamins, energy and sports drinks, and foods fortified with nutrients and probiotics—and it is growing rapidly. In fact, the category generated worldwide sales of $258.8 billion in 2014 and is expected to top $377 billion by 2020.2 

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Pet Food Trend: Home Meal Delivery for Dogs

Published on Jul 16, 2018 By: George Glass

Pet home meal delivery providers, like Ollie, NomNomNow, and The Farmer’s Dog, are offering a compelling value proposition—pet food that is fresher, customized, tastes better, and is delivered straight to your door. 

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Tags: pet food


How Frozen Foods Made a Comeback

Published on Jul 11, 2018 By: George Glass

Have consumers finally stopped giving frozen foods the cold shoulder? Frozen meals and appetizers are experiencing their highest growth in five years. Clean label reformulations, updated packaging, and innovative products are some of the strategic efforts being made by manufacturers to make frozen foods cool—even to millennials.

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Tags: food labeling


The Current State of the Bakery Industry

Published on Jul 9, 2018 By: George Glass

Here's a look at everything you need to know about what’s happening right now in baking—from spinach bread to charcoal croissants to crackers that resemble Swiss cheese. 

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Tags: baking


Sports Nutrition Trends Worth Watching in 2018

Published on Jul 5, 2018 By: George Glass

The U.S. remains the global leader in sports nutrition products in terms of sales and is responsible for more than one-quarter of last year’s new product launches.1 There is no doubt that sports nutrition has gone mainstream, indicating a bright future for sports nutrition companies. This year’s trends include a focus on plant proteins, exercise recovery, magnesium, and more.

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Will Personalized Nutrition Ever Go Mainstream?

Published on Jul 2, 2018 By: George Glass

There is no one-size-fits-all diet. Individuals don’t all have the same dietary needs, and their bodies don’t always respond the same way to the same foods. Personalized nutrition is a systems biology approach to designing a customized diet based on an individual’s specific needs. It evaluates factors such as genetics, gut microbiome, metabolism, body metrics, and lifestyle.

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The FDA's New Fiber Guidelines: What You Need to Know

Published on Jul 2, 2018 By: George Glass

For food and ingredient manufacturers keeping close track of the FDA’s list of approved fibers, this month brings more big changes. Eight additional fibers have passed the FDA’s scientific review—more than doubling the number of approved fibers—and greatly expanding manufacturers' ingredient options.

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Tags: nutrition


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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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


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


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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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