I coined the term “social ingredient” to encompass all those factors that are not physical ingredients but important components of a product nonetheless. I predicted that such social ingredients would soon be the most important food ingredients in the industry.
Uncovering trends and market forces in foodservice
August 22, 2017
I’ve got to say it: foodservice is fun, flavorful and fantastic. C’mon, where else can you touch a mystical creature or walk into a restaurant and ask for something naked? Of course, I’m referring to a few of the year’s most interesting limited-time offers: Starbucks’ Rainbow Unicorn (Frappuccino blended crème) and Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chalupa.
The Sweets & Snacks Expo fosters a positive context for pondering the forces at play in the snack and confections segments, if in no other way than providing attendees the opportunity to snack at will.
The growing backlash against negative ingredient messages seems to have reached a tipping point, with processors proudly touting meat (including half a dozen pork rind products!), full-fat dairy, butter, and other ingredients once perceived of as unhealthy. In fact, some companies even are using “whole milk” and “full-fat” as positive marketing tools.
2017 is a quarter complete, and national politics continues to dominate our news. Undoubtedly, you have scores of sources to keep you abreast of the developments in Washington, so I’ll spare you further commentary.
Prepared Foods talks new products with Jonathan Davis, senior vice president of research and development for ARYZTA LLC, Los Angeles
January 6, 2017
Editor’s Note: Jonathan Davis has been with La Brea Bakery since it opened its doors more than 25 years ago. He studied at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco before taking a position with Nancy Silverton at La Brea Bakery.
A new product development director’s perspective on fresh food formulation, shelf life and food safety
November 14, 2016
Prepared Foods talks with Dan Zakri, director of new product development at Sandridge Food Corp., a Medina, Ohio, processor of refrigerated entrees, sides, salads, soups and more for retail, in-store deli and foodservice channels.