• Trend Brief: Savory Snacking

    Savory snacks are not a new trend in the snack space. Consumers enjoy a break from sugary snacks – but how are savory snacks evolving? Many savory snacking trends point to increased heat levels and specific pepper flavors as the top trend for this category. We are also seeing an increase in functional snacking with […]

  • Trend Brief: Pick Your Protein

    Both animal- and plant-based proteins have earned loyal followers, and these groups have strong opinions about protein choices. The reasoning for protein choice is often personal, and studies have found links to curiosity, taste, environmental and health concerns as motivators. Do you prefer a choice cut of steak, or are you looking for ways to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Case Study: Natural Color for Plant-Based Protein

    Formulating Plant-Based Proteins More consumers are embracing vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian diets today than ever before for various reasons. As a result, there is an increased demand for plant-based protein to provide balance in meatless and reduced-meat diets. To appeal to several of these consumer groups, plant protein manufacturers are making their products mimick meat […]

  • 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, […]

  • Review: Kalsec 2019 Food Trend Predictions

    Which Food Trends Came True in 2019? It is prediction time in the world of food trends. Before we start talking about our predictions for 2020, we took some time to analyze our 2019 top food trend predictions. We analyzed whether those trends evolved in 2019 or if they are still developing. This analysis helps […]

  • Trend Brief: Spicy Flavor Trends

    What is Trending in Spicy Flavors? When it comes to spicy flavors, the options can be daunting. From spicy flavors like piri piri to sriracha, consumers are becoming more aware of specific pepper varietals. Could this be attributed to pop culture with YouTube shows like Hot Ones? Consumers are definitely paying attention to spicy flavor […]

  • eBook: Spicy Perceptions

    Hot and Spicy Food Trends and Industry Insights What is the perception of heat levels in spicy foods? How do these perceptions vary across the globe? Which food applications are ready for spicy innovations? As the leaders in capsicum and pepper extracts, Kalsec conducted new and original consumer, analytical and sensory research to provide food […]

  • 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 […]