New products, flavors and formats keep dairy processors growing. Whether you have an in-house department or contract with consultants, you need to be investing in research and development because no one wants to buy a stale product.
Consumers are pretty savvy. Many know that probiotics promote a healthy gut. But delivering probiotics at the right level in yogurt is easier said than done. The cultures used in processing can affect the viability of probiotic bacteria.
While a pleasing flavor is a prerequisite to consumer acceptability of all foods, the texture of fermented milks is as important — if not more important — in determining consumer preference of fermented milk products.