• Top Food Trend Predictions for 2021

    With many aspects of 2021 tentative – travel, consumption preferences, health and wealth – predicting food trends for 2021 is challenging. Covid-19 restrictions are still affecting how people consume food, purchase groceries, eat at restaurants and interact with quick-service restaurants in 2021. Kalsec global market research experts are predicting six trends that we expect to […]

  • Review: Kalsec 2020 Food Trend Predictions

    At the beginning of 2020 Kalsec predicted five food industry trends that we expected to grow over the year: savory snacking, connecting with consumers, plant-based proteins, classic flavors and authentic global flavors. A lot has changed throughout the globe since January 2020 as people and companies adjusted to the effects of an ongoing global pandemic. […]

  • Trend Brief: Healthy Snacks

    As consumers assess their overall health and consumption habits, healthy snacks are in the spotlight. The definition of a ‘healthy’ snack differs based on consumer perspectives, and taste remains important. For Asian Millennial and Gen Z consumers, ‘healthier’ snacks might mean an increased focus on sustainability and ethical sourcing with better-for-you ingredients. In the U.S., […]

  • Case Study: Naturally Color Snacks

    More consumers are opting for products that have clean and clear labels.1 This poses a challenge to manufacturers when creating vibrant snacks while using naturally sourced colors. Historically, natural colors have not provided the same level of vibrancy as synthetic colors. This case study solves the problem that many manufacturers face as they opt for […]

  • Trend Brief: Clean Label Colors

    The definition of clean label varies by region, market and customer while continuously evolving as consumer demand changes. We talk about clean label as the consumers’ favorable perception of labels with less complicated and chemical-sounding ingredients. For example, a product that is considered clean label by a consumer in the U.S. may not be considered […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]