Skim through any list of food and beverage megatrends and you’ll likely run across a mention of 1) probiotics, 2) digestive health, 3) the human microbiome or 4) some combination thereof. That's because the more consumers learn about how the goings-on in their guts reverberate throughout their bodies, the more they want to know about the "good gut bugs" at the center of it all.
Obsession with millennials so pervades contemporary culture that even millennials, notorious for their self-regard, have grown weary of hearing about themselves. But while there was a time when non-millennials could at least dismiss their juniors' fancies for Frisbees, breakfast cereal and nonstop Nickelodeon as kid stuff, that's getting harder to do now that members of the generation born between 1981 and 1996 (as defined by the Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C.) are having kids of their own.
It's official: Americans' love affair with sugar is over, and they're breaking up en mass with their ol' sweetie. In the International Food Information Council's (IFIC) 2017 Food & Health Survey, 76% of respondents said they are trying to limit or avoid sugars in general, with six in 10 declaring that they view sugars negatively.
Energy beverages had a rough year in 2012. The trouble started that April, when Illinois Senator Richard Durbin petitioned FDA to "take regulatory action and to address the rising health concerns around energy drinks."
You've got to be pretty quick to keep up with the changing dairy beverage space these days. Dairy brands are looking for new ways to compete not only with sodas, which are finally starting to cede market share to better-for-you options, but also with a growing array of better-for-you beverage options.
According to 2017 ice cream research from global market research firm Mintel, only 11% of U.S. consumers claim to be cutting back on ice cream or frozen treats for health-related reasons. What’s more, 10% of consumers went on record as actively avoiding healthy frozen dairy treats because, well, frozen dairy is supposed to be a treat, not a health food.
Despite all the changes that racked the world — and our corner of it — these past 12 months, as dairy developers survey the trends and technologies that will shape their R&D efforts in 2018, one theme looms above all others: clean labeling.