Ingredient Spotlight

Focused articles on popular and upcoming ingredients, including fortifications, flavors and featured additions.

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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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Getting your fill of fiber

Fortification helps deliver ingredient’s benefits
October 11, 2013

Whether it’s because of its weight management capabilities or its preventative links, fiber is putting its stamp on the American diet.


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Tropical fruits add a taste of the exotic

Tropical fruits add variety to beverage applications
September 16, 2013

Although summer has come to a close, some consumers might want to grab ahold of the last drops of the season by indulging in the exotic, tropical flavors of the warmer climates. While flavors like pineapple, mango, passion fruit, coconut and lemon, among others, offer consumers a tropical escape, they also offer some nutritional benefits for their bodies.


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Citrus varietals add new dynamic to beverages

Formulators receive increasing requests for varietal-specific flavors
August 16, 2013

When it comes to fashion, the saying “What’s old is new again” can be used quite frequently. And when it comes to beverage formulation, that same adage still applies.


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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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Ditch the weighting agents: A cost effective solution for delivering flavors and actives

Available On Demand Learn how to reduce costs and energy use by enabling high oil load emulsions, eliminating the need for weighting agents like brominated vegetable oil (BVO).

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