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Honey Declared Unstoppable Flavor Trend Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

 

Even though honey has been around as long as the bees, year after year it is named as a hot trend to look out for. And, 2014 is no different.

According to Food Navigator-USA, spicy, seasonal and limited edition flavors are driving new products in the food and beverage category. Honey, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry in particular are best sellers in the dairy category. With new yogurts hitting the shelves that contain honey, such as offerings from Honey Hill Farms, Muller and Noosa Yoghurt, dairy lovers have plenty of options when it comes to all-natural sweetener varieties.

Over in the snack aisle, expect manufacturers to answer the call for more spice. Comax Flavors reports that the spicy trend “represents a pairing of ethnic and cultural flavors that may appear in such applications as savory chips, sweets, confections, dips, sauces, beers and beverages.” Honey wasabi was even named as something to be on the watch for in 2014.

Ann’s House Honey Wasabi Snack Mix is a combination of honey sesame sticks, wasabi peas, roasted red pepper sticks and chili-spiced rice crescents. Kariba Farms’ Wasabi Peas and Honey Roasted Peanuts Mix is a natural snack mix of honey roasted peanuts and wasabi peas. Both offerings are the ultimate combination for spice lovers staying on trend with this year’s hot flavor pairings.

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Snack Lovers Going Bonkers for Nuts Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

 

Consumers looking for a nutritious, on-the-go snack are reaching for nuts more now than ever before.

Market research firm The NPD Group has ranked nuts among the top 10 snacking and convenience foods in the United States.

NPD cites health- and weight-conscious consumers as top nut purchasers, and 77% of households in the United States have nuts and seeds in their homes as snacking options. Further research of long-term attitudes shows that 19% of Americans eat nuts at least once in a two-week period.

Not only are nuts a filling snack option, manufacturers have innovated nuts to include different flavors and varieties. Honey is a top go-to sweetener for many nut companies.

Buffalo Nuts’ newest honey roasted peanuts include honey, peanut oil, extractive of paprika and Buffalo Nut seasoning. They are a part of a unique nut line that includes original, blue cheese and ranch flavors.

While Macadamias can be a tasty treat with no seasoning, Mauna Loa’s most popular flavor is the Honey Roasted Macadamia. Each nut is glazed in Hawaiian honey and immediately packed.

For even more of a kick, try Fire Dancer’s Jalapeno Peanuts. These peanuts are made with honey, contain no preservatives and are gluten-free.

 

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Berries always have been popular fruits, yet consumers have particularly taken notice of the blackberry recently.

Containing antioxidants and other nutrients, the blackberry has been announced as the “flavor of the year” by Firmenich.

According to FoodBev.com, the flavor profile and complexity of the blackberry makes it a powerful fruit heading into the new year. With last year’s flavor being lime, consumers are heading toward pushing boundaries with flavors that pop and wow the taste buds. Since blackberries are ripe, sweet, acidic, juicy, seedy, jammy, spicy and even sometimes floral, they are the perfect berry to include in a wide variety of foods.

Kashi’s Blackberry Graham Cereal Bars are soft-baked and include blackberry filling and wildflower honey. Each bar contains 11 grams of whole grams and three grams of fiber.

Lipton’s Blackberry Pomegranate Iced Green Tea blends blackberry and pomegranate juice with honey for a unique beverage flavor pairing.

In addition, blackberry honey can be found all over the United States and is a wonderful addition to sweeten bars, baked goods, dairy products, beverages and more. To learn more about where to find blackberry honey in your area, visit www.honey.com/honey-locator/.

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