• Trend Brief: Spicy Flavors

    Many brands are adopting well-known spicy flavors to their lineup, as consumers seek comfort in familiar flavors and food applications. These consumers want to add heat to their expanding adventurous palate, but want the comfort of familiar pepper flavors. Trending spicy flavors include jalapeno, chipotle, habanero, sriracha, wasabi and chili, among others. Keep reading to […]

  • Updated Food Trends for 2020

    Events of 2020 altered the global food landscape in ways no one could have predicted, from food production to the global supply chain and consumer eating habits. Kalsec trend experts adapted our view of the food industry landscape and are considering how market trends and consumer preferences have changed. Drawing on insight from food manufacturers, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Trend Brief: Classic Flavors

    As consumers face new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a resurgence of interest in flavors that are familiar. This means a renewed interest in classic flavors for each region of the world like garlic, onion, teriyaki and Sichuan. Consumers are looking for comfort and convenience, and food is a source where they […]

  • 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, […]