21 Feb 2018

Organics-How important is this to the consumer?

Although, it is always valuable to learn what the upcoming food trend predictions are for the year, it is even more interesting to see what has transpired within the marketplace related to those trends. Let’s take a closer look at organics, one of the macro-trends that has consistently appeared on various trend reports over the past two years.

Today, organics is fast becoming a growing and important mainstream market segment within Canada. In fact, according to the Canadian Organic Trade Association, “two in three Canadians (66%) are spending at least some of their weekly grocery budget on organic items, up 10 points from 56% in 2016.1  With annual growth of organic pre-packed foods outpacing traditional pre-packaged CPG food sales at +7%1 versus just 2.4%2  respectively, this is a viable option for food manufacturers to consider when searching for their next potential category market growth opportunity. Also, with 83% of millennials indicating they are purchasing organics, this is one trend expected to prevail for quite a long time.1

To help support this growing shift in the market, Dealers Ingredients is proud to announce the launch of new organic Butter Buds flavours now available in Canada. To explore the complete list of flavours available and to request a sample, please contact your Dealers Ingredients Sales Consultant or 905 458 7766 or info@dealersingredients.com.

1 http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/new-data-from-canada-organic-trade-association-reveals-dramatic-increase-in-canadians-2233507.htm

2 https://www.statista.com/statistics/731265/growth-rate-of-consumer-packaged-goods-canada/

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21 Feb 2018

Alex Graham Robinson, current Chairman and past President passed away

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Alex Graham Robinson, current Chairman (and past President from 1980 to 2009) of Dealers Ingredients Inc. passing away at the William Osler Health System Hospital in Brampton, Ontario on February 3, 2018.

Alex loved golf, reading about North American history and sports of almost any kind. Alex’s favourite hockey team was the Buffalo Sabers and in his youth Alex was an accomplished baseball player and once played against Ferguson Jenkins.

Alex wasn’t a big fan of vegetables and disliked hypocrites. I use the word “Disliked” because Alex would never have used the word ”Hated”. Alex was a good Christian and lived a life of reflection always searching for truth and the best in himself and others.

When Alex left us for that glorious golf course in the sky he left behind his loving wife Nancy and his two sons Scott and Richard. He also left behind many friends who will miss him dearly.

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21 Feb 2018

Inspiring the Extraordinary-Summarizing the Top Food Trend Predictions for 2018

    If you are like many of us within the food industry, you have probably turned to one or more of your favourite food prediction lists to help determine what the latest food trends will be for the coming year. Yet, this can still be a challenge especially since there are so many lists. Out of the 22+* food trend lists we reviewed for 2018, one thing we did notice is that many had their own, unique twist on the items listed. Despite this challenge, there were several key trends found to be common amongst the soothsayers of the industry.  Check out the summary below which includes practical tips on how to capitalize on each trend.

    • Plant-based proteins are projected to continue to dominate into 2018 as more consumers are predicted to choose a flexitarian and vegetarian lifestyle. Although, diets are considered passé today, there continues to be a concentrated effort by consumers to lead a healthier lifestyle. Even though engineered protein-based innovations continue to draw a lot of media coverage especially in the development of alternative meat products, there are ingredient solutions available today that can expand this type of excitement beyond just the meat and dairy categories. Wondering which big category will be the next to explode? We recommend taking a closer look at vegan options of classic desserts or creating “healthy-ish treats” as the one to consider. Not sure where to begin? One way of creating market-ready high protein vegan dessert solutions is to utilize the expert knowledge of the Dealers Ingredients R&D team to incorporate award-winning Profi, a complete high protein plant-based composite (HPPC) in value-added cakes, artisan breads, cookies and so much more. As Profi is 100% vegan, halal, kosher and non gmo and gluten free, it is ideal for creating not just vegan and vegetarian desserts but value-added (ie. protein) versions.
    • Ethnic flavours continue to expand. Several of the food trend lists we reviewed indicated at least one and sometimes several ethnic food trends mentioned. Some of the trends focused on a specific product category such as taco modifications while others focused on regional flavour trends within a specific area. The regional flavours that appear to be driving this demand are middle eastern flavours from Persian, Israeli, Moroccan, Syrian as it relates to cardamom, za’atar, shakshuka and halloumi; Asian island cuisine from Malaysia, Philippines such as sambal, kaffir lime, adobo; and East African fare such as berbere spice blend and Tanzanian BBQ. Consumers today are also demanding great tasting healthy options of these types of blends and flavours.  Butter Buds, with over 50 functional ingredients including ghee, yogurt and milk buds Asia and Peru options can help meet this demand. With new Butter Buds organic flavours and non-dairy cheddar option now available, food manufacturers today have more resources to help them create healthier traditional dish options.
    • Snacking is changing. Not only is it “expanding into a light meal but meals themselves are taking on a snack-like appearance”. The trend of sipping on soup instead of juice could be viewed as an example of this “snack-like appearance”. Some categories such as seafood are projected to become one of the new snacks for 2018. Despite these shifts, snacking occasions are currently twice as likely to be driven by desire for a reward or indulgence rather than meal-based occasions.  Accessing outside resources such as trusted supplier partner to gain unbiased marketing and sales perspective on how best to capitalize on category market shifts is key.

    *For a complete list of the 22+ food trend reports used to create this list, please click here.

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    21 Feb 2018

    Links to Various Top Food Trend Predictions for 2018

      Below, are the links to various resources used to create Dealers Ingredients “Inspiring the Extraordinary-Summarizing the Top Food Trend Predictions February 2018 article”

       

      Foodservice and Hospitality (Canada)

      http://www.foodserviceandhospitality.com/top-10-food-trends-for-2018/

      RC Show (Canada)

      http://www.foodserviceandhospitality.com/rc-show-highlights-2018-food-and-dining-trends/

      Loblaw (Canada)

      https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/loblaw-2018-canadian-food-trends-encourage-nation-to-rediscover-and-rethink-659278083.html

      Global News (Canada)

      https://globalnews.ca/news/3918905/2018-trends-pinterest/

      Huffington Post (Canada)

      http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/01/09/food-trends-2018_a_23327293/

      Chatelaine (Canada)

      http://www.chatelaine.com/food/trends/2018-food-trends/

      Innova:

      http://www.foodingredientsfirst.com/webinars/top-ten-trends-2018.html

      Whole Foods Market

      http://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/whole-foods-market-reveals-top-food-trends-for-2018

      Campbell’s Culinary and Baking Institute

      https://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2017/12/11/Campbell-s-six-food-trends-for-2018

      McCormick

      https://www.mccormick.com/flavor-forecast-2018

      IFT

      http://www.ift.org/Food-Technology/Newsletters/IFT-Weekly-Newsletter/2017/December/122717.aspx

      Mintel

      http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/food-and-drink/mintel-announces-five-global-food-and-drink-trends-for-2018

      Phil Lempert for Forbes

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/phillempert/2017/12/13/10-food-trends-that-will-shape-2018/#d51072741046

      Dataessentials

      http://smartbrief.com/original/2017/12/top-10-flavors-watch-2018?utm_source=brief

      Food & Drink Resources

      http://www.foodanddrinkresources.com/2018-food-drink-trends/

      Andrew Freeman & Company as per Nation’s Restaurant News

      http://www.nrn.com/beverage-trends/15-food-and-beverage-trends-expect-2018/gallery?slide=1

      Sterling Rice Group

      https://www.srg.com/attachments/Culinary_Trendjectories_2018.pdf

      Baum and Whiteman

      https://www.baumwhiteman.com/trend-reports

      National Restaurant Association

      http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/Research/What-s-Hot

      Restaurant Business with Technomic

      http://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/consumer-trends/7-trends-will-shape-restaurants-2018

      Supermarket News

      http://www.supermarketnews.com/product-categories/10-food-trends-2018/gallery?slide=1

      Unilever

      https://www.unileverfoodsolutions.com.my/en/chef-inspiration/latest-trends/2018-food-trend-predictions.html

      Packaged Facts

      https://www.packagedfacts.com/about/release.asp?id=4252

       

       

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