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Launching a Hybrid Beverage? Here's What You Need to Know

Published on Oct 22, 2018 By: George Glass

According to a 2017 Mintel report, 66% of consumers have tried hybrid beverages, with the most popular being nutrient-fortified bottled water and carbonated juice.1 With soda and juice sales flat and milk sales declining, the recent growth of hybrid beverages may provide just the boost the beverage industry is looking for.

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Tags: beverage


The Evolution of Plant-Based Milks

Published on Oct 22, 2018 By: George Glass

With an impressive 61% growth since 2012, it seems that plant-based milk is the new American way.1 Though almond, soy, and coconut milks are leading the pack, a surge in innovation is keeping consumers engaged—including new ingredients, clever claims, and spin-off products like plant-based whipped creams and new decadent creamers.

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Tags: health


Cold Brew: It Isn't Just a Beverage Anymore

Published on Oct 22, 2018 By: George Glass

According to the latest National Coffee Association trends report, 10% of U.S. coffee drinkers are now drinking cold brew coffee daily.1 The smooth, rich taste of cold brew has gained devoted followers—and now the food industry wants in. Cold brew coffee chocolate? How about yogurt? Let’s see what’s brewing in the food industry.

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Tags: beverage


The Top 7 Beverage Trends for 2018 and Beyond

Published on Oct 22, 2018 By: George Glass

Health and wellness continue to drive change throughout the beverage industry as consumers look to beverages for improved energy, stress reduction, digestion benefits, and extra nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and protein. This year’s trends include matcha, drinking vinegars, hybrid beverages, and clean label energy drinks.

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Tags: beverage


How Blockchain Technology is Simplifying Produce Recalls

Published on Oct 11, 2018 By: George Glass

Food traceability in the event of a recall is notoriously slow. The “one step forward, one step back” approach relies on a mix of paper records and various computer systems that can’t communicate with one another. By using the blockchain to integrate this data, Walmart demonstrated it could reduce the time to trace the source of a food from nearly seven days to 2.2 seconds.1

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2018's Most Notable Pizza Trends

Published on Oct 8, 2018 By: George Glass

Any way you slice it, 2018 is shaping up to be a strong year for frozen pizza. Growth was reported for all top ten companies, as well as for newcomers like CAULIPOWER. Key trends grabbing consumers’ attention include better-for-you pizzas, crust and topping innovations, an expansion of clean label, and more.

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Tags: food


The Latest and Greatest Snack Trends for 2018 and Beyond

Published on Oct 3, 2018 By: George Glass

The snackification of meals is fundamentally changing the snack foods industry. With multiple snacking occasions per day and the rise in snacks replacing meals, consumers’ expectations in snacks have expanded beyond indulgence and satiety. This year’s snack trends include a new health focus, new ingredients, and some serious flavor exploration. 

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Tags: food


Convenience is King with Single Serve Beverage Powders

Published on Aug 30, 2018 By: George Glass

Coffee pods continue to be the fastest growing category in coffee, with instant coffee mixes close behind.1 Consumers are loving today’s options for making their own single-serve beverages—including pods, stick packs, flavored water drops, and even dry beverage pouches that dissolve in water.

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Tags: beverage


5 Insights on the Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Beverage Market

Published on Aug 29, 2018 By: George Glass

Investors may be jittery, but not over ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee and tea! Learn why Inc. is calling RTD coffee and tea “one of the best industries for starting a business,” and how RTD beverages are evolving to meet the demands of today’s health-conscious consumers through natural energy, reduced calories, and more.1

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Tags: beverage


What Manufacturers Need to Know About the Proposed Microplastics Ban

Published on Aug 28, 2018 By: George Glass

You may have heard that plastic microbeads in personal care products and cosmetics have been banned in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in an effort to curb ocean pollution. But did you know that some scientists are now calling for a global ban on glitter? These festive, sparkly bits of fun become particularly problematic when washed down the drain—the ultimate fate of products like face and body glitter. (Learn about environmentally-safe glitter here). 

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Tags: Edible Glitter