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  • Food Matrix Matters in Heat Delivery

    When developing spicy food products, understanding how the heat intensity will be perceived by consumers is a complex challenge. Kalsec scientists conduct sensory analysis to understand heat delivery across different applications. The application that you are adding heat to, and the level of fat that is present, both affect the heat expression. When it comes […]

  • Trend Brief: Hard Seltzers

    The hard seltzer category’s unbelievable growth has cooled off slightly due to market saturation, but it is still a large market and booming trend in the beverage space. Consumers have a lot of choices, so small market entrants will need to differentiate themselves through their positioning; for example, they can lean on ingredient and functional […]

  • Expanded Collaboration with Codexis, Inc.

    Kalsec expanded our research collaboration with Codexis, Inc., a leading enzyme engineering company enabling the promise of synthetic biology, by entering into an exclusive supply agreement for a novel enzyme to sustainably produce Kalsec’s newest generation of natural hop acid. Novel Natural Hop Acids Codexis’ latest novel performance enzyme product, developed in close collaboration with […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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: Snacks

    A [Healthy] Snack Attack Snacking is not a new trend. However, the way that consumers snack is ever-changing. People are all about convenience while still wanting a clean label. They do not want to sacrifice nutrition or health benefits, but they want to be sustained at the right moment in the right place with the […]

  • Market Insight: Shareable Natural Colors

    Are Your Colors Shareable? With the growth of social media, color is even more important to product development for food manufacturers. Consumers have long lived by the adage, “We eat with our eyes.” From sharing images of what is on our plate to food-centric events, there is a proliferation of food-focused content across social media […]