Published on Aug 20, 2019
According to a recent survey by The Center for Food Integrity, only 33% of consumers have strong confidence in the safety of their food, down from 47% the prior year.1 Consequences of this perception can include consumers rejecting certain types of products and seeking out alternative (sometimes unreliable) sources of information to learn more about their food. Here we outline the top strategies for building trust with consumers.
Published on Jul 25, 2019
One of the many recent nutrition label changes underway is the change in units for four nutrients—vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and folate. Here’s a quick guide to how these units are changing and the reasons why.
Published on Jul 16, 2019
Better-for-you foods continue to proliferate as food companies vie for the attention of increasingly health-conscious consumers. It’s become such an expectation that in some categories, you face a competitive disadvantage if your product line isn’t "better for you" in one way or another. But what are the health benefits consumers are looking for today? Are your products delivering the right ones? And how are current food and diet trends influencing consumer perceptions of what’s healthy?
Published on Apr 23, 2019
If there’s one mineral Americans know a lot about, it’s calcium. Thanks to the long-running “Got Milk?” campaign, we know calcium is important for strong bones and that milk contains plenty of it. So why are Americans falling short on this important nutrient? Learn everything you need to know about calcium and the new FDA regulations that affect calcium labeling.
Published on Apr 4, 2019
There’s RDA, RDI, DV, and more—when it comes to understanding nutrition, it can seem like they’re feeding you alphabet soup! Here we break down the differences among these important nutrient guidelines and see how they impact the nutrition label.
Published on Mar 7, 2019
Although anything can be eaten at breakfast, traditional foods like cereal, toast, yogurt, eggs, and bacon hold a special place in people's hearts when morning comes. Comfort and familiarity are highly valued at this eating occasion, but consumers’ growing demand for healthy nutrition and convenience means manufacturers have to get creative. Check out this year’s breakfast table trends, which include a fresh focus on plant proteins and whole grains, keto and paleo breakfasts, and flax and chia seeds everywhere!
Published on Feb 25, 2019
Plant-based product claims increased by a whopping 62% globally between 2013 and 2017, according to Innova Market Insights, with plant-based proteins playing a key role.1 Plant-based proteins have pushed beyond meat and dairy alternatives, vegan nutrition bars, and protein-fortified beverages into mainstream products like chips, pasta, and frozen meals. This year manufacturers can expect to see growth in pea protein-fortified products, as well as the emergence of new proteins like lupin and water lentils.
Published on Dec 12, 2018
As features like non-GMO and gluten-free become mainstream in cereal, cereal manufacturers continue working hard to get ahead of the next trends. New themes include cereal designed by kids for kids, new grains like Kernza, meat and veggie cereal bars, snacking granola, and the addition of functional ingredients like collagen for skin health and choline for brain health. Taste, health, and convenience are key drivers for these emerging trends.
Published on Nov 7, 2018
Environment-friendly nutrition will be trending big this year across the dairy industry, according to market research firm Infiniti Research.1 From reducing greenhouse gas emissions to recycling food waste, dairy companies are finding that environmental sustainability also makes good financial sense.
Published on Nov 5, 2018
When Kraft Mac & Cheese was revamped to exclude artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, we had to admit that clean label had gone mainstream. As the meaning of clean label continues to expand, simply removing undesirable ingredients may no longer be sufficient to satisfy consumers—especially for dairy products.