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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          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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              20 Dec 2017

              Best tasting, complete protein vegan tomato soup recipe

                Did you know that tomato soup is one of the top three most popular soup flavours in Canada according Euromonitor International1? For consumers, soups have the ability to elicit an emotional response.  A steamy bowl of soup on a cold winter day warms both body and soul.  These memorable moments and feelings coupled with a healthy recipe have proven to be real winners for soup manufacturers.  Below is what we believe to be the best-tasting, complete protein (vegan) tomato soup recipe made with Profi the complete, high protein, plant-based composite (HPPC).

                Preparation Instructions:

                1. Measure all ingredients.
                2. In a bowl, stir together spices and gums. Then, mix in the water.
                3. In another bowl, blend tomato paste and spice mixture until smooth and homogeneous.
                4. In small bowl, mix oil with Profi Pro until the mixture is homogeneous. Mix into the tomato paste mixture.
                5. In a food processor, blend soup for 3 minutes.
                6. Fill canning jar with tomato soup concentrate and cook in a pressure cooker at 15 psi for 5 minutes.
                7. To serve, empty soup concentrate into pot. Stirring constantly, slowly add an equal quantity of water to the concentrate. Heat to 75 degrees C (hot but not boiling), while stirring often.

                Profi Pro Contributes:

                5.0 g of Complete Protein per 125 g serving (or 250 g serving as fully prepared)

                1Tomato is the third most popular soup after chicken noodle and cream of mushroom soup in Canada. Source:  “Stock: options Canadians are choosing healthier soups made with wholesome, locally sourced ingredients”(Page 24 of Nov/Dec 2017 issue) article from Food in Canada. Retrieved from http://www.foodincanada.com/digital-edition/?documentID=171206213054-f6de3cea9aa44c3fb23f53c81ba57042

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                01 Dec 2017

                Technical Sales Representative, Ontario

                The Technical Sales Representative, Ontario reports to the Vice President of Marketing & Sales and is responsible for developing new business, managing existing customers and acting as a liaison with suppliers. You will participate in the development of strategy for your territory and the company.

                Responsibilities

                1. Create yearly sales plans for Ontario. Execute the plan, while tracking and reporting on progress through quarterly business forecasts and regular customer updates.
                2. Facilitate the sale of all Dealers Ingredients products and responsible for achieving sales and margin targets.
                3. Analyze customer needs, competitor activities, and marketplace trends to maximize sales volume of current products and provide insights to identify new products that would complement the company’s existing product line.
                4. Identify, develop, prepare and present high impact sales presentations to current and potential clients.
                5. Provide technical assistance, operational support, and customer service to Dealers Ingredients customers.
                6. Manage and participate in all necessary trade shows.
                7. Develop and display category expertise in all existing and future Dealers Ingredients product categories.
                8. Regular on-site visit for key customers

                Qualifications

                • Experience in the sale of food ingredients through direct and in-direct channels
                • Exemplify Dealers core values (Integrity, Innovation, Service Excellence, Trust, Passion)
                • Applicable degree or advanced diploma in Food Science plus directly related experience in a related position
                • Strong communication skills written and verbal in English
                • Expertise in the use of Microsoft Office
                • High level of self-motivation, independence, with strong time management and planning skills

                Core Competencies

                • Results Oriented – You are driven and vigilant in driving growth and achieving results
                • Organizational Agility – You exercise sound judgment, possess a strategic mindset and work
                • Relationship Management – You can build effective interpersonal relationships through good listening skills, development of trust and rapport, acceptances of differences, and willingness / ability to work with peers, supervisors, and subordinates.
                • Innovation – You can generate innovative ideas, solutions and opportunities. Approaches problems with curiosity and open mindedness. Can come up with new ways of looking at problems processes and/or solutions. Demonstrates a willingness to experiment with new ideas, within acceptable boundaries.

                Please submit your resume to info@dealersingredients.com or in the online form listed on the careers section of the website. 

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                05 Oct 2017

                How to manufacture a healthier, better tasting burger, while saving money

                Product development often results in trade-offs.  One might have to focus on taste while enduring an increase in costs. Alternatively, improving the nutritionals might mean sacrificing on taste.  There are very few instances when adding a single ingredient will help create a healthier product, while lowering costs, and improving taste.  Natralein pea protein is one such ingredient for food manufacturers creating meat products.

                The first benefit of using Natralein pea protein in a meat product is cost reduction.  Compared to lean ground beef, Natralein is 4.3 times less expensive on a per gram basis.

                Size and cost are usually highly correlated.  However, Natralein, which is less expensive than ground beef, when added to a hamburger can provide more weight and in turn provide more value to both the consumer and the manufacturer.  Hamburgers containing 5% Natralein pea protein (NPP) were 1.18 times heavier because they retained more moisture after cooking than those with no NPP.

                Table showing weight no NPP vs NPP & steak spiceAlong with lower costs and higher weight, Natralein pea protein helps reduce the amount of saturated/trans fat and increase the amount of protein. Using Natralein pea protein along with store-bought steak spice (for added flavour), clearly illustrates an improved nutritional declaration for the hamburger:Nutritional Facts Tables ground meat burger vs natralein & steak spice burger

                Adding Natralein pea protein to a hamburger can provide better volume, improved nutritionals, and better taste all at a lower cost.  Dealers Ingredients has developed a ready-to-use hamburger recipe using Natralein pea protein and Butter Buds dried beer extract that can be downloaded here.

                 

                Interested in learning how Natralein Pea Protein can help you create healthier meat based products and save money; how to incorporate Profi, award-winning complete plant-based protein or learning more about how Butter Buds can improve the flavour of your meat based product concepts? Please contact your Dealers Ingredients Sales Consultant and request a customized ingredient education presentation/product concept demo and samples or contact us at 905 458 7766 or info@dealersingredients.com

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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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