Radical shifts in how consumers and the FDA are viewing oils and fats today are influencing the fats and oils supply chain and creating a market for new ingredients that appeal to both. In addition, demand for sustainable seed production practices, better land management, and—most especially—the push for clean-label and non-GMO ingredients has product developers digging for new food oil sources.
Last year’s predictions pointed to the increasing interest in naturally high-omega chia oil and clean-tasting, high-smoke-point almond oil, and those continue to trend up. So, too, do the more long-legged trends in avocado oil and grapeseed oil. All of these healthy oils are rich in omega fatty acids and already readily available to processors.