Ingredient Spotlight

Honey’s versatility boosts usage rates

Sweetness, natural image help honey find favor with consumers
July 15, 2013

In Walt Disney’s 1966 animated classic “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree,” Pooh finds some creative ways to get his hands on his favorite treat: honey. Lucky for beverage manufacturers, dressing up like a little black rain cloud is not a strategy they need to employ when sourcing a sweetener for their products.


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Hydrocolloids help simplify beverage complexities

Hydrocolloids add stability to complex beverage formulations
June 14, 2013

Similar to how gamers try to navigate through the complex and intricate challenges of some of today’s latest video games, research and development (R&D) specialists for the beverage marketplace are navigating through their own sets of challenges as they develop more complex formulations.


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Cherries bring health benefits, value to beverages

Beverage-makers take the sour with the sweet
May 10, 2013

As consumers’ taste preferences shift away from intensely sweet and toward tarter flavor profiles, cherries have an opportunity to fill the flavor gap, according to experts.


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Ingredient Spotlight: Counting the benefits of omega fatty acids

New technology expands beverage uses for fatty acids
April 15, 2013

The American diet, which tends to be less rich in fish consumption compared with Japan, China and almost any other country where fish is the major source of dietary protein, also tends to be low in omega fatty acids, says Sam Wright IV, chief executive officer of Crowley, La.-based The Wright Group.


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Ingredient Spotlight: Coffee goes ‘green’

Interest in green coffee extracts increases.
March 15, 2013

According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), in 2012 the United States sustained its place as the largest coffee market in the world, consuming approximately 450 million cups of coffee each day, says Nina Hughes-Likins, senior marketing manager with Synergy Flavors, Wauconda, Ill.


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Aloe offers health possibilities

Aloe’s health benefits, mixability help it grow in the beverage market
February 15, 2013

Long revered as a solution for topical burns and healthy skin, aloe has become valued in the beverage industry for more than just its external benefits. 


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Antioxidants: The superheroes of the beverage world

Consumers recognize the health benefits of antioxidants
January 15, 2013

In comic books, superheroes like Batman, Spiderman and Superman use their special powers to protect cities and the people within them from harm. 


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The many faces of tea

Consumers seek traditional, exotic and healthy drinks
December 14, 2012

Tea and ready-to-drink (RTD) tea achieved estimated sales of $6.7 billion this year, according to Chicago-based market research firm Mintel. 


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Chocolate’s popularity invites new ingredient formats

November 15, 2012

Once considered a food of the gods by Aztec and Mayan cultures, chocolate today is an affordable indulgence with some health benefits that has retained its popularity even during rough economic times. 


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Health benefits of berries continue to resonate with consumers

October 16, 2012

What if humans could extend their lives just by consuming a particular type of berry?


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