In the midst of volatile commodity costs, it’s not just big grain prices that have put manufacturers under pressure: Sugar, nuts, black pepper, mint and cocoa are also among top concerns – and flavor firms are providing cost-cutting strategies.
US tree nut prices are likely to remain high over the next five years on the back of strong demand, both domestically and from export markets, particularly China, according to a new report from Rabobank.
US consumers are still pessimistic even though the recession officially ended two years ago – but there are opportunities for manufacturers to appeal to ‘downturn consumers’, according to a new report from SymphonyIRI.
Formulators looking to incorporate ginseng into functional food products should minimize the ingredient’s bitter and earthy flavors in order to succeed on the US market, suggests new research published in the Journal of Sensory Studies.
Vancouver-based Functional Technologies claims it has developed a new, faster-acting proprietary yeast strain capable of reducing acrylamide under most food processing conditions, regardless of the presence of other yeast nutrients.
Canadian plant protein specialist Burcon NutraScience Corporation is in talks with a potential partner to commercialize its novel pea protein isolate ‘Peazazz’ and the associated extraction technology.
The number of new products launched in the US market featuring the term ‘diet’ in the brand or product name has plummeted in the last five years as weight conscious shoppers seek out more positive messages, according to market researchers.
There is “no silver bullet” to reverse the growing trend of alienation from today’s farms, according to the Center for Food Integrity (CFI), a non-profit industry-backed group that aims to ease consumer fears about the US food supply.
Negative publicity concerning the possible adverse effects of energy drinks has only encouraged US energy drink growth in recent years, with consumers attracted by ‘edgy’ product positioning, but another formula is needed to boost growth.