Ingredient Spotlight

Honey sparks flavor trend in craft beer, spirits

Natural sweetener also offers fermentation benefits
July 16, 2014

At picnics and other outdoor events during the summer and early fall, consumers have to watch out for bees that might crawl into their unattended beverage cans.


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Hydrocolloids help beverages meet mouthfeel expectations

Gums add texture after sweetener, fat reduction
June 16, 2014

When playing Jenga, players have to carefully remove small wooden blocks to simplify a tower’s structure without pulling out the wrong block, which can cause the tower to topple. In some ways, formulating beverages is like playing a game of Jenga: Formulators add and remove certain elements to simplify beverage processing or meet consumer interests; however, if they pull out the wrong ingredient, the beverage’s structure can fall apart.


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Vanillas with specific origins, claims gaining traction

Virginia Dare turns to higher-fold vanillas for halal applications
May 16, 2014

Although some people might use the word “vanilla” to describe events, people and objects that are ordinary or boring, researchers have found that people who like vanilla flavor actually are the life of the party.


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Specialty malts add variety to craft beer

Micro-malting industry incorporates local ingredients, sustainability
April 16, 2014

In the craft beer segment, hops tend to steal the spotlight when it comes to formulation. They’re prominent within India Pale Ales (IPAs), which is the segment’s top-selling style, according to Information Resources Inc., Chicago. Plus, they’re even measured in most beers by International Bitterness Units (IBUs), which assess the bitterness of a beer as provided by the hops that are infused during brewing.


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Consumers seek protein to promote healthy diets

Beverages should clearly note protein content on label
April 16, 2014

As the old saying goes, only two things are absolute in life: death and taxes. As many of us just finished the hustle and bustle of tax season, I think we can add another item to today’s list of absolute certainties, and that’s the discussion of obesity.


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Iced coffee sales boost interest in cold-brew coffee extracts

Ingredient suppliers use fruit pairings to enhance iced coffee flavor
March 14, 2014

Although many people might not enjoy cold weather — especially as many parts of the country have faced multiple rounds of cold temperatures and snow this winter — data are showing that consumers do enjoy cold coffee.


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Aloe use expands in functional drinks

Ingredient could offer gastrointestinal, immune, beauty health benefits
February 14, 2014

Traditionally known for its skin-soothing benefits, aloe vera can be found in a multitude of consumer packaged goods (CPG) products, including tissues, soaps and lotions.


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Teas dominate antioxidant beverage development

Consumers seek familiar, tasty sources of antioxidants
January 15, 2014

When the cold and flu season strikes, a glass of orange juice is many consumers’ solution to getting their daily dose of vitamin C to help strengthen their immune systems.


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Tea's health halo boosts popularity as beverage ingredient

Beverage-makers use tea to add benefits to other beverages
December 16, 2013

In the CBS drama “The Mentalist,” consultant Patrick Jane surveys the crime scene looking for clues that others might have overlooked. But the pesky former psychic also seems to be on the hunt for more at every crime scene: a cup of tea.


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Protein-fortified beverages carving out niche in beverage market

Vegetable and milk protein bases offer unique selling points
November 15, 2013

Whether they’re used by fitness enthusiasts or as on-the-go meal replacements, protein-fortified beverages are carving out their place in the beverage market.


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