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food service | bulk | ingredient custom blends | private label Emerging natural and organic food and beverage trends Beets, bee-free 'honey' and algae milk top the list BOULDER COLO BOULDER, COLO. - Bee-free honey, B f h algae milk and African superfoods are among the emerging natural and organic food trends identified by the Sterling-Rice Group, a Boulder-based consulting firm. "Certainly as you would expect in this space, health is a driver for almost every one of these," said Christie Wood, account director and culinary strategist for the firm. "Sourcing also is very important." The group collected insights from food industry executives, publications and trade shows to identify emerging trends within the natural and organic segment. Ms. Wood and Kara Nielsen, culinary director at Sterling-Rice Group, discussed the trends with Food Business News. "We always try to identify trends that have the potential to go mainstream," Ms. Wood said. "Everything we identified has the potential to manifest in mainstream products. Certainly, algae milk is far out, but it's not hard to imagine Kellogg doing a line of cereal with plant-based protein." Plentiful lentils From snack chips to pasta to waffle mixes, lentils boost the protein and fiber content in a variety of products. "We know consumers are looking for plant-based protein and fiber, and there's also an increasing amount of concern around soy and for some people, an avoidance of gluten," Ms. Wood said. "So, anything that can deliver on those multiple fronts is rising to the top, and lentils are one of those key products right now. And what we're finding especially interesting about lentils as opposed to other legumes like beans and chickpeas is the breadth in how they are being used. It's not just appetizers, spreads or dips; it's really across all day parts." There is no substitute for All-Natural SALT All-natural salt has always been nature's number one Switch to SaltWorks®, the leader in gourmet salt. The beet goes on Beet has taken root in such recently launched products as Lifeway beet kefir, Blue Hill beet yogurt, and Veggie-Go's Cinnamon Spiced Beet fruit and vegetable strips. "Beets are really leaving the salad bowl," Ms. Wood said. "What is interesting is they are being incorporated into products that are traditionally sweet: yogurts, fruit leather snacks, juices. Beets are becoming more versatile and really expanding consumer perception of how they can be used." Sip your cereal From quinoa smoothies to multigrain milks, whole grain beverages have emerged, offering on-the-go nutrition to busy consumers. "What we found in these grain drinks is they're formulated to still offer the fiber and protein and some of the vitamin E and other things that traditional whole grains do, but in a form that can be June 17, 2014 Call our salt experts today for a sample kit: 800-353-7258 800-353-7258 * FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® 29

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Food Business News - June 17, 2014
Tyson building a prepared foods powerhouse
Sodium reduction: Aiming at the target
Mid-year markets spotlight
Web Contents
Editorial - Preventing food fraud must be a priority
Peanut butter innovaton propels Smucker
Pinnacle opens pilot plant at Rutgers
Consumer interest in protein remains high
Trashing trillions of calories
Health science at the center of Nestle’s strategy
Nestle sees emerging markets as an e-commerce opportunity
McDonald’s U.S. sales still slipping
Innovation popping at Diamond Foods
Emerging natural and organic food and beverage trends
B&G Foods goes clubbing
C-suite focus shifting toward greater effi ciencies
Krispy Kreme looks to create buzz with licensed coff ee
Private label, sustainability shaping Hain Celestial’s strategy
Quality Egg executives plead guilty to selling adulterated products
Redefining food allergens
Have your cake and quinoa, too
Three snack makers to watch
Flavor mining
Ancient grains for modern trends
Ancient grains in America
All systems go on sustainability strategies
Targeting sodium reduction
General Mills launches Cheerios Protein
Wonka introduces Peel-a-Pops
Ready Pac expands on-the-go meals
Pacifi c Foods adds to hummus offerings
Big chicken fi llet sandwiches debut
Breyers off ers gluten-free ice cream
oCrunch and Kellogg’s partner to create cereal bowl
Stoneridge Orchards launches new dried whole fruit products
GoOrganic debuts fruit chews
popchips rolls out veggie chip line
On the Border debuts smart menu selections
Annie’s announces snack and mini meal kits
Gold’n Plump upgrades frozen chicken patties
Ingredient Market Trends - U.S.D.A. raises U.S. and world wheat ending stocks forecasts
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - June 17, 2014