Meat free tastes: Flexitarian trend

May 2018

The increased demand for plant-based diets has resulted in a diverse range of product innovation which targets vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian consumers. The trend represents a growing opportunity for high-quality meat alternatives, which is also reflected in the 11 percent average annual growth in global meat substitute launches recorded between 2013 and 2017. A desire to cut down on meat, rather than cutting it out altogether, has given rise to growing numbers of consumers who identify themselves “flexitarians.” These consumers regularly swap meat for plant-based proteins, for environmental and ethical reasons, and generally prefer quality over quantity when it comes to purchasing meat.

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Global flavors: Diversity in ready meals

Jun 2018

There is an ongoing interest in ethnic recipes for ready meal categories and vegetarian and vegan options continue to soar. Protein claims have seen the greatest rise in interest with its share more than doubling from 12 percent in the first half of 2016 to 26 percent in the first half of 2017, according to Innova Market Insights. Offering a great variety of flavors, formats and recipes, while tapping into consumer trends and health benefits, is paramount to keep consumers engaged.


Scoring on flavor: Russian NPD inspiration

Jun 2018

With the World Cup kicking off in Russia this month, flavors and cuisines from the hosting country are in the spotlight. Today’s connected world creates an opening for ethnic flavors, street food inspired goods and the revival of culinary classics. Russian cuisine is a diverse collection of different cooking traditions and includes soups, salads, pickled foods, meat and fish dishes, stews, and dumplings. On the innovation side, suppliers are looking to capitalize on the interest in Russian flavors and cuisines.


Sweet and salty snacks: Almonds

Jun 2018

Snacks are not only becoming healthier but also more wholesome, satisfying and nutritious. Almonds can be used in healthy and indulgent products alike, adding a premium appeal. They can also help inspire new products since they come in several forms – sliced, diced, meals, flours, butters and milks. Moreover, they are versatile, working well with both sweet and salty flavors. Snacking is at the forefront of food innovation and almonds are a trending ingredient for suppliers looking to capitalize on consumer appetites for new flavor experiences.