Ingredient Spotlight

Blending brings more opportunities for tropical fruits

Manufacturers use blends to incorporate tropical fruits
September 17, 2012

As consumers embark on exotic vacations to tropical regions of the world, they encounter a number of new foods and beverages. 


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Popularity of citrus soars with consumers

Emerging varietals, new flavor combinations reinvent citrus
August 15, 2012

 Orange, lemon and lime were three of the top flavors used by beverage formulators last year, according to Beverage Industry’s 2012 New Product Development Survey.  


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A growing base for vanilla

Traditional flavor sees increased usage on- and off-premise
July 17, 2012

Beverage manufacturers have more options to choose from these days when developing flavor profiles for new products, but many are sticking to an ingredient with a long-established history — vanilla. 


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The buzz surrounding coffee

Health properties, taste profiles increase ingredient’s use
June 13, 2012

 A study of mice with Type 2 diabetes found that a significant amount of coffee consumption could help protect against memory loss associated with advanced diabetes, as well as reduce weight gain and lower blood sugar levels, according to a May 10 article published in New York Daily News.  


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Coconut craze expands across categories

May 14, 2012

 The fictional personal ad in the song “Escape” famously seeks someone who likes piña coladas.  


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Stevia sees surge in applications

Zero-calorie sweetener appeals to health concerns
April 16, 2012
Growing concerns about increasing rates of obesity and related diseases such as diabetes have bolstered the need for new sweetener solutions. From 2009 to 2010, 35.7 percent of U.S. adults were obese, according to data released in January by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta.
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Herbs and botanicals offer fortification, flavor

March 12, 2012
As beverage-makers continue to develop products that do more than satisfy consumers’ thirst, the number of beverages that carry a functional claim continues to increase. According to “Functional and Natural Ready-to-Drink Beverages in the U.S.,” a report by Rockville, Md.-based market research publisher Packaged Facts, sales of energy drinks, ready-to-drink (RTD) teas and sports drinks have helped the functional and natural RTD beverage market grow to $23 billion.
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Vegetable juices work behind the scenes

February 15, 2012
Children can get crafty when it comes to eating vegetables. They can push them around their plates to try to make it look like they’ve eaten more than they have; or they might hide them in their napkins or underneath other food. The last resort for most kids is actually eating the vegetables. However, manufacturers and parents alike are hoping that incentives and constant exposure to vegetables might help these picky eaters adapt.
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Superfruits expand beyond exotic varieties

Nutrient levels highlight more fruits under superfruit umbrella
January 12, 2012
Better-for-you beverages continue to appeal to consumers, and beverage companies continue to find ways to address that trend. According to Chicago-based Mintel Group Ltd.’s “Juice and Juice Drinks” report, 5 percent of launches from January to June 2011 contained antioxidants, which represents a 1 percent increase from the previous period. The report adds that many launches sourced their antioxidant content from superfruits such as acai berries, blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates.
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Reading between the leaves

Tea shows off its colors, benefits and many functions
December 11, 2011
Hot or cold, bottled or bagged, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, according to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc., New York City.
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International Pineapple Day at Bahama Breeze

In celebration of International Pineapple Day on April 2, Bahama Breeze locations across the country invited the media and consumers to celebrate with cocktails that feature the tropical flavor of the pineapple. (Photos by Liz Parker and Jennifer Haderspeck)

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