• Quality Control of Cumin Extract

    From consistent quality sources to industry-wide recalls and global pandemics, food ingredients, like ground cumin, can pose a challenge in product formulation. Yet, cumin is a very popular ingredient in many common dishes and prepared meals despite the threat of supply shortage or recalls. You may remember the cumin recall of 2015, when a number […]

  • Trend Brief: Regional Flavors

    Consumers find themselves craving specific regional flavors from around the world. As travel is limited in many places, they are attempting to relive it by creating cuisines at home that are specific to certain regions. For example, highlighting Mexican flavors in the kitchen in new recipes that put a spin on comfort foods, or the […]

  • Case Study: Roasted Garlic Flavor for Croutons

    Product line extensions remain a sound strategy for bringing new customers to your brand while maintaining existing customers. A lot of work goes into brainstorming new flavors, and sometimes an idea can be hard to create. There is a bonus opportunity of product line extensions: to examine how you might create efficiencies when innovating within […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Case Study: Natural Heat Extracts for Fried Foods

    The Need for a Clean Label Food manufacturers must pay close attention to their ingredient lists to meet growing consumer and wholesale demand for clean labels. This can be particularly challenging in fried food applications, where high-performing ingredients tend to be artificial to survive the frying process. Recently, the need for cleaner labels combined with […]

  • Trend Brief: Savory Snack Trends

    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 snack trends point to increased heat levels and specific pepper flavors as the top trend for the snack category. We are also seeing an increase in functional snacking […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]