Health and Wellness

  • Extend the Shelf Life of Meat and Poultry‚ĶNaturally

    Microbial spoilage in minimally processed meat products is a serious concern during storage and distribution. Temperature variations, extended distances of distribution and various other environmental factors can foster rancid flavors, discoloration and the growth of spoilage organisms in meat products. Chemical-sounding oxidation inhibitors and antimicrobials may help extend shelf life but are not popular choices […]

  • 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 […]

  • Acerola Extract for Meat Protection

    Acerola has been increasingly used in food products as a clean label ingredient to provide nutrition as well as functionality. From 2017 to 2019, over two hundred new products were launched globally that use acerola extract in their formulation, among which, meat products are a major application (Mintel, 2020). The acerola (Malpighia emarginata D.C.) tree […]

  • 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 […]

  • Top Food Trend Predictions for 2020

    Kalsec 2020 Food Trend Predictions The trend experts at Kalsec carefully reviewed 20 of the top food trend prediction lists below and analyzed research to predict five trends that we expect to see in 2020. From connecting with consumers to authentic global flavors – we expect 2020 to be a year of innovation and meaningfulness, […]

  • Trend Brief: Fermented Beverages

    Fermented Beverage Innovation This month we are diving into the fermented trend and looking at a subcategory of this trend – fermented beverages. What comes to mind when you think of the term ‘fermented beverage?’ This trend category ranges from emerging options like kombucha to spiked seltzers and even beer with chocolate – double the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Trend Brief: Snacks

    A [Healthy] Snack Attack Snacking is not a new trend. However, the way that consumers snack is ever-changing. People are all about convenience while still wanting a clean label. They do not want to sacrifice nutrition or health benefits, but they want to be sustained at the right moment in the right place with the […]

  • White Paper: Ensuring Oxidative Stability in Meat

    Clean Label Solutions Consumers consider convenience when making purchase decisions, which enables processed meat products to be an important food category. In addition, these consumers want meat with a clean (and clear) label. They want the best meat options to support their lifestyle; whether that is a ready-to-eat product like beef jerky or a high-protein […]