20 Dec 2017

Exciting News at Dealers Ingredients!

    We are pleased to announce that Myriam Côté has re-joined the organization in the newly created role as Manager, National Accounts. In this role, Myriam will be providing additional sales leadership and strategic planning throughout North America to help Dealers Ingredients strengthen their brands and expand their focus on creating natural food ingredient solutions that positively impact healthy lifestyle choices.

    We are also pleased to announce that Chris Kovachis has joined the organization in the role of Controller. Chris’s extensive background and experience in accounting and finance for various manufacturing companies including a flavour ingredient company will be instrumental in supporting Dealers Ingredients Inc. and its affiliates with financial reporting, cost analysis and documentation.

    Congratulations Myriam and Chris!

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    20 Dec 2017

    Three Key Soup Trends to Watch for and How to Capitalize On Them

      With the cold winter temperatures upon us, hot, flavourful bowls of soups have always been a popular choice amongst consumers at this time of year. To better understand the soup category and the key opportunities for growth, here are our top three picks in terms of market trends to watch for and how to capitalize on them.

      Three key future trends

      1. Although, retail dollar sales in Canada for the soup category are down slightly at -1% (2016)1 due to three key consumer trends (aging population, growing interest in cooking at home and a shift towards healthier soup options)2, the good news is that on a global basis, the soup market is projected to grow. The CAGR for soup is projected to be at CAGR 3.7% globally during the period from 2016-20213. Increased consumer demand for convenience foods is the main reason/driver for the projected growth within the category. However, only through the introduction of new product launches (ie. healthier and memorable soup options) will ensure the future growth of the soup market.
      2. Wondering which healthier soup options will have the greatest future appeal? “Soups, stocks and broths will likely be more popular in the next couple of years. Given the interest in bone broth and healthy eating, there will be a growing interest in beef soup, according to Dave Meli, The Healthy Butcher, Toronto and Kitchener”.4
      3. Creating healthy yet craveable soups may be the key for driving future growth within the category. According to Technomics, “cravings beat out healthfulness as reasons consumers eat soup and salad; with more than half citing cravings and fewer saying health for their rationale (ie. 58% and 55% vs 29% and 48% (soup and salad % split compared between cravings vs health reasons respectively).5 Creating the perfect balance between craveable and yet healthy option was recently demonstrated by one chef. For example, with a heavier soup bowl variety such as potato, the cream/milk was replaced with a lighter and signature twist on flavour option such as a spicy salsa relish6

      How to capitalize on these three trends

      1. Have you ever considered launching a drinkable soup to satisfy the growing consumer demand for convenience foods? Fawen drinkable soups have been identified as one of 2017 biggest food trends on “We could make that” website. These soups, available in three non-meat varieties including Beet/Purple Cabbage with Cumin, Broccoli/Cauliflower with Turmeric and Sweet Potato/Red Lentil with Cinnamon also address the growing market segment of vegans/ vegetarians and flexitarian consumers7
      2. If a more traditional creamy tasting yet healthier soup option is required, this may be an ideal time to consider reducing a portion of the cream/dairy/butter/fat with the addition of one or more Butter Buds dairy flavour ingredients. Butter Buds natural flavours, available in Canada through Dealers Ingredients, may be the perfect solution for creating and/or reformulating a low fat soup recipe. With 50 varieties of dairy, butter and cream flavour ingredient options in Canada to choose from including non-dairy creamers, popular flavours such as bacon and cocoa, organic (now totalling six organic flavours including three new flavours as of Dec 2017), finding a solution could not be any easier.
      3. One of the biggest challenges with creating a healthier and yet still tasty soup is the high level of salt. One option available to reduce the salt without compromising on taste to consider is replacing a portion of the salt with Akzol Nobel OneGrain sodium reduction solution available through Dealers Ingredients.


      Interested in creating healthier soup options? Contact your Dealers Ingredients sales rep or info@dealersingredients or 905 458 7766 to get more information/copy of complete list of products, receive product development support and/or to ask for a sample of Canadian Butter Buds flavours, Akzol Nobel OneGrain salt replacement, Natralein pea or brown rice protein or Profi, high protein plant-based composite (HPPC).

      1Source: “Stock: options Canadians are choosing healthier soups made with wholesome, locally sourced ingredients” (Page 24 of Nov/Dec 2017 issue) Food in Canada. Retrieved from http://www.foodincanada.com/digital-edition/?documentID=171206213054-f6de3cea9aa44c3fb23f53c81ba57042

      2Source:  Retrieved from http://www.euromonitor.com/soup-in-canada/report

      3Source: Retrieved from https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170929005250/en/Global-Soup-Market—Growth-Trends-Forecasts

      4Source: Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/andrew-coppolino-2017-food-trends-african-street-food-coffee-delivery-1.3935118

      5Source: Retrieved from https://www.technomic.com/soup-and-salad-will-face-heightened-competition-definition-health-evolves

      6Source: Retrieved from https://www.foodfanatics.com/food/take-on-soup\

      7Source: Retrieved from http://wecouldmakethat.com/soup/

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      05 Oct 2017

      Winner of Canada’s top 10 best contributions to healthcare and pharma 2017

        Dealers Ingredients is very honoured and proud to be selected as one of Canada’s Top 10 Best Contributions to Healthcare and Pharma Awards 2017.

        “Over the years, we have had a lot of success providing healthy, plant-based protein options for the foodservice industry for healthcare, retirement homes and long-term care facilities and are proud of the work we have done.” said Chuck Harvey, President and CEO, Dealers Ingredients Inc. and its affiliates.

        With the proposed changes, the first in almost a decade, to Canada’s Food Guide, and an emphasis on plant-based proteins, it will become even more important for those serving the healthcare sector and food manufacturers to partner with food ingredient suppliers who have the knowledge, expertise and experience working with plant-based proteins.

        To learn more about the natural ingredients Dealers Ingredients have been supplying to leading food manufacturers across Canada since 1976 and to access the complete article posted in the ghp (global health and pharma) August 2017 magazine with a circulation of more than 260,000 worldwide, please click here. 

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        28 Aug 2017

        Market trends towards plant-based proteins within meat, milk and bread categories

          Many categories and companies today are experiencing changes due to the inclusion and growth of plant-based proteins. Here are just a few examples of the more recent trends.

          Meat Category

          According to Markets and Markets the global plant-based meat market is set to reach $5.96 Billion USD by 20221 and could potentially make up one-third of the market by 20542.

          In Canada, there has been a lot of activity and innovation within the meat category. For example, Gardein, the award-winning alternative vegan protein brand, was first developed and launched in Canada before being acquired by Pinnacle Foods in 2014.

          Maple Leaf Foods, one of Canada’s largest meat processors, purchased Lightlife Foods in 2017. Lightlife Foods, a maker of plant-based meat substitutes like tempeh, sausages and burger, has 38 percent share of the US refrigerated plant protein market.

          M&M Foods, a retail shop, known for selling a wide variety of frozen meat options changed their name from M&M Meats, just over a year ago to better reflect the diversity of the food options available.

          On a North American basis, Cargill’s recent sale of its two remaining feed yards to redeploy investment to other investments3 including alternative proteins is another example.

          As well, many companies today are not only exploring the use of plant-based proteins as a meat replacement option but are also using plant-based proteins as meat extenders due to its positive nutritional profile and physical properties.

          Milk Category

          Today, refrigerated plant-based milks are no longer considered a specialty or ancillary item.

          In Canada, “consumer demand for milk alternatives is increasing significantly, especially for almond milk”. According to Nielsen Home Scan data, Canadian sales of almond milk have tripled over the past two years for the period ending January 2016.4

          Contrary to what many believe, amongst non-dairy milk alternative consumers in US, only ”5% are lactose intolerant diet conscious and even more surprising only 11% are vegetarian/vegetarian leaning.”5

          “What is even more surprising is that from a consumer perspective, a higher percentage of adults who consume dairy milk alternatives vs whole milk agree on the following statements:

          • 70% versus 54% agree (respectively) that they are trying to eat healthier food5
          • 49% versus 34% agree (respectively) that their diet is very healthy.”5

          With 30% of US households already using dairy alternative beverages and the fact that many plant-based products in the market such as Silk, a cashew milk product, Ripple, a pea milk product and So Delicious Almond Plus, an almond and pea protein milk product have not “tried to conceal their non-dairy identity”5 any regulatory enforcement of non-dairy product terminology might be a moot point.

          Bread Category

          Manufacturers today are exploring not only the inclusion of single source plant-based proteins but also a high protein plant-based ingredient composite such as Profi Bake™ due to the nutritional profile boost it can provide and the way Profi Bake manages water similar to wheat flour in breads.

          On the international scene, Canada is being viewed as the place with the knowledge and expertise to help manufacturers create protein rich plant-based bakery items. For example, in 2016, Warburtons Ltd, the UK’s largest bakery brand began working with Canadian researchers to develop “dough from pea flour that produces bread that looks and tastes almost like any other loaf, but which also has more protein and less of the carbs and gluten that more consumers are trying to avoid.”6

          Protein breads are also starting to show up on the shelves at Canadian retailers. There has been a total of three CPG companies that have recently launched high protein breads. Canadian made Dimpflmeier’s Carb Smart High Protein Bread claims to be the highest protein and lowest carb bread in North America. Weston Bakeries launched a high protein bread under their Country Harvest brand containing soy and wheat protein.

          Alternative Sources of Plant-based Proteins

          While plant-based proteins were once limited to protein powder shakes, these are just a few examples of categories but not all demonstrating the penetration and growth of plant-based proteins within traditional consumer product categories.

          Looking to work with an ingredient supplier who understands and has the expertise working with plant-based proteins in a variety of applications?  Contact your Dealers Ingredients Sales Consultant or 905 458 7766 or info@dealersingredients.com to enquiry about application support and/or a marketing trends presentation.

          Dealers Ingredients is the creator of award-winning Profi, the complete high-protein plant-based composite (HPPC) is non-GMO, gluten-free, 100% vegan, neutral to mild sweet taste, PDCAAS, Halal and Kosher certified. If you are looking for a single source protein, we also have our high quality, extensively tested Natralein Pea and Brown Rice Proteins available.


          1Source: Marketsandmarkets. Retrieved from http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/PressReleases/meat-substitutes.asp

          2Source: Lux Research Inc. Retrieved from https://members.luxresearchinc.com/research/report/16091

          3Source: Bird, Susan (2017, May 9) www.care2.com. Retrieved from http://www.care2.com/causes/another-major-meat-supplier-is-investing-in-plant-based-proteins.html

          4Source: Retrieved from http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/sis16088

          5Source: Sprinkle, David, Research Director, Packaged Facts. Retrieved from Packaged Facts white paper Terminology Tempest in Dairy Case. https://www.packagedfacts.com/White-Paper-Terminology-Tempest-Dairy-Case-11010355/

          6Source: Skerritt, Jen, (2017, March 13). Bloomberg Markets. Retrieved from https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-13/bread-made-frohttps://www.packagedfacts.com/White-Paper-Terminology-Tempest-Dairy-Case-11010355/-peas-bakers-look-at-protein-to-boost-loaf-sales

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          03 Aug 2017

          Canada’s new food guide is shifting away from meat and dairy. Do you have a plant-based strategy in place?

            The Canadian government has just issued draft recommendations for Canada’s new Food Guide. Unlike the previous Canadian Food Guides, these recommendations were deliberately developed without consultation from industry but instead were based on almost 20,000 responses received from Canadian consumers.

            The three main areas of differences with the recommendations for Canada’s new versus the current Food Guide are a) the focus on eating patterns instead of food categories and b) the emphasis placed on the importance of including a “high proportion of plant-based foods”1 and c) the impact that certain food choices have on our environment.

            Under the “Guiding Principle 1” of the draft recommendations, the focus is on the importance of eating nutritious and wholesome foods such as vegetables along with fruit, whole grains and plant-based proteins.

            The draft recommendation goes even further advising that the shift to plant-based foods will help Canadians eat less red meat. As well, the recommendation provides food suggestions that can help consumers with busy lifestyles. For example, the recommendation includes the suggestion for Canadians to choose items such as “fortified plant-based beverages” and “pre-packaged foods and beverages for convenience.”

            Included in the draft recommendation is the suggestion to shift to foods that contain mostly unsaturated fats rather than mostly saturated fat. To consumers, this is encouragement to shift away from foods derived from animals such as cream, high fat cheeses and butter and meats containing high levels of saturated fats.

            Under “Considerations”, the draft recommendations acknowledge the impact our food has on our environment. Again, emphasis is placed on a shift towards diets high in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods that are associated with “lessor environmental impact”.

            Phase two of the draft recommendation provided all Canadians the opportunity to comment online of the proposed guide until July 28, 2017 with plans in place to publish the results in late 2017. In early 2018, part 1 of the new dietary guidance policy report for health professionals and policy makers will be released with part 2 consisting of healthy eating patterns and recommended amounts and types of foods scheduled to be released in early 2019.

            What does this mean to manufacturers and product developers?

            Given the large emphasis placed on plant-based proteins in Canada’s new Food Guide recommendations, now is the perfect time for any food and beverage company to create and implement a strategy in anticipation of addressing the growing demand for plant-based protein products expected within the marketplace

            This is especially important given that consumers today, are not even waiting for government implementation of these guidelines. For example, 38% of consumers are claiming to eat meatless meal once a week or more. (Source: Innova Market Insights 2016 surveys). The percentage of consumers claiming to be vegan/vegetarian (once considered to be a very niche market) has jumped 600% in the last couple of years to represent 6%. The new food guidelines should continue to fuel this already growing trend toward plant-based food consumption.

            With the long lead times associated with modifying existing product formulations and even greater lead times required when creating and launching new product innovations, it is important to start as early as possible. Given the complications associated with working with plant-based proteins, it is best to work with an ingredient supplier that has the experience and knowledge to guide a company effectively through the process on how to modify every day foods and beverages as well as how to create innovative product concepts from scratch using plant-based proteins.

            The speed at which small, entrepreneurial companies are launching new products into the marketplace that address today’s consumers health needs, is another reason not to wait.

            These are exciting time for Canadian consumers and there is no better time for food manufacturers to help consumers improve their eating habits today by providing a wide variety of convenient, plant-based protein food and beverage options.

            Interested in receiving a plant-based protein trend presentation or application support for any product development opportunities? Please contact your Dealers sales consultant or 905 458 7766 or info@dealersingredients.com.


            1Source: Pippus, Anna (2017, July 12, updated July 18) Progress! Canada’s new Food Guide will favor plant-based protein and eliminate dairy as a food group. HUFFPOST. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/progress-canadas-new-food-guide-will-favor-plant_us_5966eb4ce4b07b5e1d96ed5e 


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            06 Jun 2017

            Key Trends in Proteins Over the Past Decade

              You have probably read in many publications about the popularity and growth of proteins and more specifically, plant-based proteins. However, you may feel you still do not know enough about this growing trend to capitalize on this opportunity with products developed by your company.

              Below, is a summary on the protein and plant-based protein trends among consumers showing just how much the demand has grown.

              • The percentage of consumers seeking out foods that are high in protein has grown significantly to 53%1. This is a significant jump from 39% back in 2006.
              • One of the key reasons for the increased drive to search out foods high in protein is that 21% of consumers consider themselves deficient in protein.1
              • Non-animal sources of protein are gaining in popularity as 39% of consumers are now using plant-based proteins versus whey protein at 21%. 1
              • The percentage of consumers checking for protein most often on food/beverage product label has grown to 27% from low of 19% back in 2006. 1
              • The types of consumers most likely to be checking labels for protein are the “Well Beings®” (with 40% checking for protein most often on the product label) followed by “Fence Sitter®” (with 29% checking protein) and “Food Actives®” (at 28% checking for protein).2
              • Specific consumer groups represent ideal target opportunities for protein. For example, both “Well Beings®” and “Fence Sitters®” are high protein seekers (ie. Percentage seeking out foods that are high in protein at: 74% and 62%) as well as Millennials (61%) and Households with children (60%).1
              • With whey protein migrating from niche (ie. sports nutrition) to mainstream (ie. infant nutrition and healthy aging) 1, it is anticipated that plant-based proteins will follow the same trends.

              Interested in learning more about how to best work with plant-based proteins? Contact your Dealers Sales Consultant at 905 458 776, info@dealersingredients.com to request a sample of Profi Pro, Profi Bake, Natralein Pea Protein and Natralein Brown Rice

              1Source: Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) Health & Wellness Trends Database® (HWTD)

              2Well Beings® Most health proactive and the most green. Healthy eating already a priority; Fence Sitters® ‘Wannabe’ healthy and eco-minded. Health strivers; Food Actives® Mainstream Healthy and eco-minded. Self-directed health. Source: Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) Health & Wellness Trends Database® (HWTD).

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              02 May 2017

              Dealers Ingredients Hires Vice President Marketing & Sales

                TORONTO, Ontario, Canada-May 1, 2017-Dealers Ingredients Inc., is pleased to announce that Ryan Crelinsten has joined our team as the new Vice President Marketing and Sales, providing additional leadership and support as Dealers Ingredients continues to strengthen the brands we represent and expand our focus on creating natural food ingredient solutions that positively impact healthy lifestyle choices.

                Ryan brings extensive, strategic business experience, having spent over 12 years at Reebok – CCM Hockey in various marketing roles with increasing responsibility, including the last four years as the Business Unit Director. Ryan completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Queens University and received his MBA from Concordia University in 2010.

                Chuck Harvey, President and CEO, Dealers Ingredients Inc. and its affiliates said, ”Ryan’s extensive senior level management experience is a key addition to Dealers Ingredients Inc. With Ryan joining our team, we view this as our commitment to continue to strengthen the brands of our suppliers and provide innovative ingredient solutions to our industry. With the increased demand by consumers for healthy food choices and alternative protein sources, there will continue to be even more increased pressure and demand on food ingredient manufacturers and suppliers to deliver cost-effective, environmental sustainable, healthy long-term food solutions. I have great confidence in Ryan in this key role and his potential to drive the growth of Dealers Ingredients Inc. and its affiliates.”


                About Dealers Ingredients

                Since 1976, Dealers Ingredients has been specializing and supplying natural, nutritional ingredients and solutions to leading food manufacturers and processors across Canada. Our dedicated team of research professionals/food consultants are committed to working together to create improvements in product performance embracing our vision of “Creating a healthy tomorrow, today – naturally”. With our focus on creating and distributing healthy lifestyle ingredient choices, we are committed to helping our customers revolutionize every day food choices for consumers.

                For more information, contact:


                Debra Tomotsugu

                Manager, Marketing and Sales Support

                Dealers Ingredients Inc.

                905 458 7766 ext. 29



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                25 Nov 2016

                Celebrating our 40th anniversary

                  Interview with Alex Robinson, Partner with Dealers Ingredients

                  Canadian company Dealers Ingredients is proud to be celebrating 40 years of supplying quality, natural ingredients to food manufacturers and processors across Canada in all sectors of the food industry including bakery, meat, beverages, soups, sauces, snacks, and confectionery.

                  We had the opportunity to sit down with Alex Robinson, one of the partners who were instrumental in helping Dealers become what it is today. Below, are some of the key highlights from that meeting.

                  “In 1976, Dealers Ingredients started as a distributor of dairy products and continues to this date. Over time the company had gone through several changes. I was fortunate enough to be asked to join Dealers on October 29, 1984 to help them expand their distribution of dairy products in Canada. In the mid 1990’s, Dealers Ingredients expanded to become the official Canadian distributor of the Butter Buds line, a functional dairy concentrate and natural flavour alternative. Last year, the company celebrated Butter Buds’ twentieth year in Canada. During the 90’s Dealers built a very strong reputation as a key supplier of whey powder in Canada through their ability to secure large and consistent inventory contracts from many of the large manufacturers within Canada. Up until 2001, Dealers was actually called Dealers Dairy Canada Ltd. when I spearheaded the name change to Dealers Ingredients reflecting the shift occurring within the marketplace and Dealers towards value-added, branded ingredients. In 2013, Dealers Ingredients acquired the Canadian distribution rights for OneGrain, a unique salt reduction solution from AKZONOBEL of the Netherlands.
                  In terms of revamping our facilities, in 2014 we completed the construction of a test kitchen facility and presentation room at our head office enabling us to create and consult on product development concepts as well as have the ability to conduct customized customer presentations. Up until 2014, we were strictly an ingredient distributor for the Canadian marketplace. However, in 2015, Dealers Ingredients evolved further to focus on the development and distribution of their own products as well as providing product development expertise. The start of this change occurred with the recent introduction of the award-winning PROFI line of products. PROFI Pro is a high protein plant-based composite (HPPC). PROFI Bake is a high protein plant-based composite HPPC with added fiber and designed specifically for the bakery industry. PROFI is also available for International shipping. This year, Dealers Ingredients was the proud recipient of the 2016 DUX Ingredients and Technology award for PROFI and was also the Finalist in the Specialty Products Category of CTAQ 2016 Food Innovation Award with the improved PROFI Pro and improved PROFI Bake ingredient products.
                  Although, the transition from dairy to other categories was planned, it happened relatively fast to match the recent changes within the marketplace by consumer’s increased demand for healthier, plant-based proteins and fibers. With the report by World Health Organization (WHO) indicating that the consumption of prepared and cured meat products were found to be “carcinogenic to humans”, we expect that this will create even more demand for products containing plant-based proteins.
                  As an innovative company, plans are in place for many more initiatives and we look forward to sharing them with all our current and new customers in the very near future.” said Alex Robinson, Partner, Dealers Ingredients Inc.

                  We would like to thank Alex Robinson for taking the time to meet with us and share some of the history of Dealers Ingredients Inc.

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                  18 Oct 2016

                  Did you know that October 16 was World Food Day?

                    With this year’s theme “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”, Chef Michael Smith appealed to all Canadians to support this day and beyond by “taking a climate-friendly approach to food and eating more pulses”
                    Check out the article on “Eating Pulses is a great way to show your support for World Food Day”

                    Did you know that PROFI contains pulses?
                    PROFI, a unique blend of pea and lentil proteins as well as chickpea powder and other plant-based ingredients, makes it very easy for any manufacturer to help create nutritious, tasty vegan products that are high in protein and fiber. Contact us to learn more, receive a sample or recipes.

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                    13 Oct 2016

                    Mix®it launches High Protein Oatmeal Cereal containing Natralein Pea Protein

                      Congratulations to Mixit on the launch of their new, innovative and complete breakfast, high protein oatmeal cereal mix called “Hungry like a Wolf” containing Natralein Pea Protein isolate! An innovative, convenient and complete breakfast mix containing 13g of protein per serving of 50g makes it ideal for athletes as well as active life-style consumers.

                      “Our customers are always looking for something new, different and unique. Adding Natralein Pea Protein by Dealers Ingredients to one of our oatmeal cereal mixes as well as including it in our list of ingredient Mixit items meet the growing trend for plant-based proteins.”said Stephanie Jackson, Owner, Mixit.

                      As personalization continues to be one of the mega trends with consumers today, Mixit also carries a list of many different ingredient options including Natralein Pea Protein isolate for consumers to choose from if they desire to create their own or add on to one of the current mix options.

                      Interested in learning how to best incorporate Natralein Pea Protein or PROFI into your own product concept recipe? Please contact your Dealers Sales Consultant or call our office at 905 458 7766 or i info@dealersingredients.com

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