Top ten trends 2018: On trend product innovation

Jan 2018

The increasingly thoughtful and mindful consumer will continue to catalyze changes in the way that companies produce, package and label their products. “Mindful Choices” leads the list of Innova Market Insights’ Top Ten Trends for 2018, where the company continuously analyzes global developments in food and drinks launch activity and consumer research to highlight the trends most likely to impact the food and drinks industry over the coming year and beyond.

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  • 5. Beyond the Coffeehouse: Coffee is clearly trending among Millennial and Generation Z consumers, while tea seeks to reinvent itself among these younger generations. Dunkin' Donuts S'mores artificially flavored ground coffee shows how branding with coffee flavors can go both ways.   


Zesty flavor combinations: Dairy trends

Oct 2018

Today’s consumers are seeking dairy products that offer the best of all worlds. New dairy launches increasingly carry health and clean label claims, without compromising in convenience or taste. Beyond traditional sweet flavor profiles, savory and spicy flavors are making their way into dairy, including exciting pairings like champagne rhubarb and mango habanero. 


From luxurious to raw: Chocolate NPD

Oct 2018

While indulgent flavors and textures remain key drivers in chocolate NPD, the quest for cleaner and lighter chocolate continues with confectioners launching more options featuring clean label, sugar reduction and ‘thin’ claims. Vegan claims in chocolate are gaining momentum with a CAGR of +47 percent globally over the past five years. Furthermore, chocolate NPD experiences a colorful wave of ruby, blond and matcha tea chocolate.


Tantalize the taste buds: Creative flavor trends

Sep 2018

Food and beverage manufacturers are getting creative with flavors. Bowls have emerged as smart carriers for mixing and matching flavors and textures while ethnic tastes are on the rise, calling for spicy, smoked and hot flavors. Alcoholic drinks, coffee and tea NPD have also led to new levels of flavor sophistication. As consumers are increasingly seeking natural and minimally processed foods, products with floral, botanical, nut and vegetable traces emerge, often alongside honey and syrups for a hint of natural sweetness.