Children’s NPD: healthier but fun

Dec 2017

With the rise of smaller families, parents tend to invest more in better foods for their children. New products have grater chances of success when they satisfy the needs of both the parent and the child. Parents pay more attention to healthier claims such as reduced sugar, no additives or preservatives, baked instead of fried, “made with real fruits and vegetables” and organic. Kids, on the other hand, are looking for tasty and fun options, whereas character licensing of their favorite cartoons plays an important role in new product launches. A look at ten innovators that meet both of these demands.

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  • Stauffers Whales Baked Cheese Crackers: White Cheddar (US): Crispy, crunchy and delicious whale shaped baked crackers made with real white cheddar, in a carton box.


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.