• May 2019 Trend Brief: Crafted Infusions

    Craft Food and Beverage Infusions Handcrafted at a premium is a trend that we predict to see more of in 2019. The craft beer movement has led to an increase in diverse flavors within the beer category, just as craft foods are influencing product development. Craft markets are gaining traction in several different areas of […]

  • Case Study: Heat Delivery in Salsa

    Understanding Heat Delivery Differences A US salsa manufacturer was seeking help to ensure that their products labeled ‘mild,’ ‘medium’ and ‘hot’ were representative of the targeted pungency intensity ranges in their established markets. The manufacturer realized that they did not have the resources to conduct this research. They sent samples of their salsa base and […]

  • HeatSync Heat Index

    Mainstream Heat With the help of Innova Market Insights, Kalsec has tracked a steady growth in global new product introductions with hot and spicy flavors and ingredients through our HeatSync® heat index for 11 years. As leaders in heat management and capsicum extracts, we invest in maintaining the most up-to-date knowledge on hot and spicy […]

  • March 2019 Trend Brief: Spicy Specificity

    Specificity in Spicy Foods Consumers are intrigued by more than just a heat level in the spicy foods and beverages they consume. Their preferences are expanding beyond mild, medium and hot to specific pepper flavors, like ancho, serrano and habanero. The macro trend for specificity delves deeper than peppers, as consumers seek transparency in the […]

  • Pickling and Fermenting

    Food Preservation As the notion of reducing food waste gains momentum among consumers, the importance of food preservation is taking the spotlight. This is in line with the macro trend for clean label. “Consumers are increasingly demanding the use of naturally derived preservatives in foods as concerns over the safety of chemical additives has arisen […]

  • Consumer Trends: Clean to Clear Label

    Clean Label Expectations Clean label is a macro trend and expectation for premium products. This trend is evolving and expanding as younger generations enter the workforce and gain buying power, therefore influencing trends. Understanding what consumers are looking for on their label affects almost every aspect of product development. Regardless of how great a product […]

  • Differences Between Black and White Pepper

    Black Pepper vs. White Pepper Although very different in appearance, black and white pepper are obtained from the same botanical source. They are the fruit or berries of Piper nigrum L., a perennial climbing vine that is widely cultivated for its long slender spikes of small fruit. They are harvested at different stages of maturity […]

  • Top Food Trend Predictions for 2019

    Flavor Trends That are Here to Stay What is the next kale? Are consumers done with sriracha? What is chocho? Do you ever find yourself anxiety baking? Kalsec compiled a list of top food trends from expert sources in the food industry. In doing this, we developed our own predictions for 2019. We encourage you […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Journey to a Flavor Revolution

    The Spice Route There are many versions of the spice route written in history, as there were several different routes based on location. One story states that the spice route originated in India and made its way through Arabia, North Africa, Egypt and western Europe.1 Trade in spices began in ancient times and was significant […]