• 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 […]

  • October 2018 Trend Brief: Craft Beer

    Trends in Craft Beer Things are getting hoppy. The craft beer scene is seeing an increase in growth and diversification across the global IPA segment. Sour beers are continuing to make a splash and lighter styles of beer like lagers, wheat and blond ales are making a comeback. An interesting trend that we are following […]

  • September 2018 Trend Brief: Digital Media

    Digital Technology in the Food Industry Food is a highly visual industry. One of the quickest and most effective forms of sharing information and images across all generations has become social media. This form of digital advertising has given brands a more traceable outlet for persuasion. Advances in digital technology are making foods and recipes […]

  • August 2018 Trend Brief: Burgers

    How Do You Like Your Burger? Medium? Rare? Plant-based? The options are endless. With new technology for plant-based alternatives to meat, everyone – from vegetarians to flexitarians – is able to enjoy a burger with their favorite toppings. Burgers are becoming one of the most versatile menu options as opportunities for innovation continue to expand. […]

  • IFT 2018: A Matter of Food + Reflection

    Crafted by Kalsec As IFT 2018 comes to a close, it is time to reflect on all that was featured by the leading brands in the industry. We hope you had a chance to say hi and try one of our porter pulled pork sliders, bloody mary pretzels or IPA mustard pretzels that we were […]

  • July 2018 Trend Brief: Fermented Foods

    Trends in Fermented Foods Fermentation has been used as a method of preservation for perishable foods for centuries. What comes to mind when you hear ‘fermented foods’? Probably your favorite flavor of yogurt, a generous side of kimchi or happy hour. But where would the food industry be without cheese, chocolate, and gochujang? As the […]

  • June 2018 Trend Brief: Barbecue

    Global BBQ Trends With the arrival of summer comes the season of smoking meat and savory barbecue sauces. New product launches around the globe are showing an increase in intriguing new BBQ flavors like beer style flavors to create sauces such as pilsner and dark lager shiner, as well as other flavors like mango chipotle, […]

  • May 2018 Trend Brief: Snacks

    Snack Time When it comes to snacks, each consumer has their own interpretation of what that means. It could be a bar full of grains, a meat stick, or a doughnut – the options are endless. According to Innova Market Insights, one of the top 10 trends for 2018 is ‘from snacks to mini meals,’ […]

  • April 2018 Trend Brief: Pet Food Trends

    For the Love of Pets Pets are an integral part of many people’s lives, including many at Kalsec®. A lesser-known fact about the Kalsec headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is that a “doggie daycare” is available on-site for employees. This allows employees at this location to bring their furry best friend to work to have a […]

  • March 2018 Trend Brief: Meat or No Meat?

    Trends in Animal and Plant-Based Proteins Catering to the needs of consumers has become increasingly challenging for food manufacturers as consumers change their diets and experiment with different sources of protein. The rise of flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan diets in 2017 was a large contributor to this. Both sides of the spectrum – animal and […]