Looking back on 2017 and spotting trends for 2018.
Food & Beverage
Plant protein sources—both novel and familiar—are set to win big with consumers this year.
Curcumin—no longer merely a culinary spice or folk medicine, but an ingredient with a track record of research-backed health benefits—is set for another big year in 2018.
Caffeine's myriad benefits for body and brain make the alkaloid a consumer favorite.
Since its commercial debut in 2008, stevia has become an increasingly popular and natural way to sweeten beverages without calories.
The company says that its first food-grade potassium chloride facility will help manufacturers lower products' sodium content by up to 50%.
Comax noted that while the global yogurt market is set to grow at a 6.5% CAGR from 2017 to 2022, the U.S. yogurt market declined 0.3% in 2016.
The report found that sales of non-dairy milk—which Mintel defines as both refrigerated and shelf-stable ready-to-drink almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, and other refrigerated milk substitutes—have steadily grown since 2012.
The newest research on blood sugar nutraceuticals is aimed at both at-risk and diabetic individuals where they shop: in the functional food aisle.
Top flavor houses and experts predict which flavor trends will be big in 2018.