Economics

  • Quality Control of Cumin Extract

    From consistent quality sources to industry-wide recalls and global pandemics, food ingredients, like ground cumin, can pose a challenge in product formulation. Yet, cumin is a very popular ingredient in many common dishes and prepared meals despite the threat of supply shortage or recalls. You may remember the cumin recall of 2015, when a number […]

  • Trend Brief: Connecting with Consumers

    We are seeing changes in consumers’ buying habits as they adjust to new ways of living. According to Mintel, U.S. consumers are stocking up on grocery store items as they reach for staples with a long shelf life.1 Stay-at-home orders impacted the food service sector greatly as restaurants adjusted in an effort to better connect […]

  • Rosemary Extract Origins

    Kalsec has been a pioneer in extracting rosemary for its naturally occurring flavor and powerful antioxidant components for over three decades. As farmers, we know that crops can change drastically in the blink of an eye. That is why not only do we grow our own vertically-integrated rosemary in Texas for our rosemary extract, but […]

  • Naturally Sourced Label Preferences

    Kalsec tracks consumer label preferences as they relate to the macro trend for clean label. In 2017, Kalsec conducted U.S.-based research to better understand consumer opinions about perceived differences between ingredients on labels.1 We found that naturally sourced ingredients are increasing in popularity when compared to more chemically derived ingredients. Given the increase in expectation […]

  • White Paper: Stabilizing Nuts and Seeds – Clean Label Solutions

    Improve Oxidative Stability of Nuts and Seeds How can you address malodors in nuts and seeds to prevent oxidative rancidity? Stabilizing nuts is challenging due to their high fat content, as well as their high percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). These high-fat properties accelerate the oxidation of nuts and nut-containing foods, leading to rancid […]

  • Trend Brief: Plant-Based Proteins

    New Sources of Protein “We’ll have nine billion people to feed by 2050, and it’s a known fact that there is not enough protein on the planet to feed everybody,” said Dr. Poulson Joseph, Principal Scientist/Team Lead – Protein, Kalsec. From global population demands to consumer interest in new forms of protein, plant-based proteins are […]

  • Case Study: Shelf Life Extension of Fresh Sausage

    Eliminating the Use of Artificial Preservatives There are high expectations among global consumers that meat and poultry applications should have clean label attributes. Four of 10 consumers are influenced in their food purchases by whether those products contain artificial ingredients.1 Due to the increase in consumer demand for clean label ingredients, a manufacturer of fresh […]

  • A Review of Top Food Trends in 2018

    Which Food Trends Happened in 2018? Food and flavor trend predictions for 2019 are already taking over inboxes, but Kalsec is taking a moment to reflect on trends from 2018. At the beginning of 2018 we predicted five trends that we expected to see develop throughout the year. An educated prediction has much more value […]

  • White Paper: Oxidative Stability of Commodity Oils

    Meeting Consumer Demand for Clean Label The removal of synthetic antioxidants from food is driving the clean label trend, while there is a need to maintain oxidative stability. One way that food manufacturers have compensated for removal of synthetic additives is switching over to more stable oils, such as high oleic oils. Compared to commodity […]

  • White Paper: Clean Label BHA/BHT Replacement

    Oxidative Stability in Meat Products Processed meat products offer a convenient protein source for consumers. Oxidative and color stability are critical components in ensuring consumer acceptability of these processed meats. BHA/BHT has commonly been utilized as a preventative strategy for processed meat products. In recent consumer research conducted by KalsecĀ®, U.S. and UK consumers chose […]