January 2015

"The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear."

~ Socrates


This month’s edition includes stories on top 2015 menu trends, clean label trends; millennial meal trends; consumer shopping habits and our Recipe of the Month. Bon Appétit!

Ranch Dressing and Italian Top 2015 Menu Trends
Flavor & The Menu | January 15, 2015

Modernized brunch menus, Italian in fast-casual format and a new respect for ranch dressing are among ten major influencers driving menu trends for 2015, predicts Flavor & The Menu magazine in its newly released Top 10 Trends edition. The article notes that ranch is undergoing a culinary rediscovery, reinvented in new flavor blends, housemade versions and new forms to explore.

Consider the Sauce
Progressive Grocer | December 2014

Writer Bridget Goldschmidt takes a dive into how manufacturers and retailers market easy prep, value, variety and even health to time-starved shoppers. Top brands discuss 'clean-label' jarred products and what this means for retailers catering to today's consumers.

What Consumers Are Avoiding
Food Technology | December 2014

The 'free-from' movement in which consumers opt for food that are free of specific ingredients has moved into the mainstream. Collective year-one sales of new foods/beverages touting 'lower-in," "reduced," or "free-from" claims totated $1.6 billion in 2013, according to IRI's New Product Pacesetters report. *Article available to Food Technology subscribers.

Street-food-inspired Products Popular with Millenials
Food Navigator| January 9, 2015

Consumers, especially urban millennials, are seeking out quick and easy meals inspired by international street food, according to Packaged Facts. Food manufacturers can tap into this trend with low-prep versions of popular street snacks, charred vegetables and fruit, said David Sprinkle, research director at Packaged Facts.

Recipe of the Month: Bacon Marmalade
Click here to see our awesome recipe of the month and 2014 Sauce of the Year: Bacon Marmalade!

Blend with your favorite vinaigrette to make a wildly unique salad dressing. Delectable on miniature appetizer toasts or toasted sliced baguettes with aged cheddar cheese, brie or goat’s cheese.

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