Ingredient Spotlight

Function rated No. 1 for botanicals usage in beverages

Botanicals offer natural, healthful alternatives to artificial ingredients
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Although artificial intelligence could be a wave of the future for retailers and plant operators, artificial ingredients might be a trend of the past for consumers.


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Citrus blends in beverages will trend next year

Citrus ingredients impacted by consumer demands and environmental challenges
By Stephanie Cernivec
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Citrus flavors have long been popular among U.S. consumers, whether the flavors appear in an orange soda or Key Lime pie.


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Honey sparks flavor trend in craft beer, spirits

Natural sweetener also offers fermentation benefits
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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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
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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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
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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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
By Stephanie Cernivec
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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
By Jessica Jacobsen
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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
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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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
By Stephanie Cernivec
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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
By Jennifer Haderspeck
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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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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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Iuliana Nita, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics global marketing manager of food and beverage, offers her insights about ensuring sanitary performance of beverage dispensing equipment in foodservice applications. She also will offer some tips about choosing the right kind of tubing to handle acidic beverages.

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