Demand for plant proteins — and not just soy, but pea, seed, bean and more — is reinvigorating the sector in whole new ways. While a 2015 report by the research firm MarketsandMarkets predicted dairy proteins will reach a value of $18 billion by 2020, plant proteins are hardly far behind. Mordor Intelligence research from 2017 estimates their value will top $14 million by 2022.
For a fermented dairy beverage that originated in the Caucasus Mountains more than 2,000 years ago, kefir sure is having a moment. Innova Market Insights reports that the number of kefir launches grew more than threefold globally between 2011 and 2016. In the United States, beverages featuring kefir accounted for 40% of the drinking yogurt/fermented beverage introductions in 2016.
Many energy drinks are burdened with ingredients consumers don’t recognize or can’t pronounce but they understand ‘dairy.’ The road to developing dairy-based energy beverages may one day lead to ‘energy cheese’ snacks.
Dairy Foods Ingredients Editor Kim Decker is back with Part 2 of her trip to Senegal to see how acacia gum is harvested and process. She finds that climate change is introducing novel challenges to acacia farming.
When Stonyfield, America’s leading organic yogurt manufacturer, announced a comprehensive plan to reduce added sugars across its product line by 25% before this autumn’s end, Nichole Cirillo, the Londonderry-N.H. company’s mission director, stated in a press release that the mission is “to continually provide healthier food both for our consumers and the planet.”
Moviegoers don’t flock to the latest installment of their favorite superhero franchise for deep musings on the human condition. By that same token, consumers don’t dive into salted-toffee truffle sundaes to jumpstart their diets. They do it because it’s fun.
Protein may be a macronutrient the deficiency of which portends dire consequences for health. But it is amply represented in the American diet already. A 2015 analysis of the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that American men consume, on average, close to 100 grams of protein per day — nearly double the 56 grams generally recommended for the group.