Chart Stopper: Gluten-Free Stair Stepping into the Mainstream February 25th, 2015

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Chart Stopper: Gluten-Free Stair Stepping into the Mainstream

Gluten-free sales are booming in supermarkets with no anticipated slowdown.  Even more impressive, we’re seeing growth across all categories.

Gluten-free candy, gluten-free free pasta even gluten-free beer! Many U.S. consumers have turned their back on this protein, and food and beverage manufacturers are jumping on the new product development bandwagon hoping to get a slice of the market.

The key: converting gluten-filled formulas to gluten-free without killing the taste, mouthfeel and texture of the product. It’s a challenge, but not insurmountable. Regardless of your product line, honey is a great ingredient to have in your gluten-free formulation arsenal.

Honey’s sweet flavor helps mask off-flavors of some gluten-free flours, and the ingredient’s moisture content brings a much desired mouthfeel to some dry products. Plus, who doesn’t love honey! The ingredient’s name and iconography on gluten-free food packaging may sway consumers that are hesitant about the taste of gluten-free products.

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Going Nuts Over New Products Made with Honey February 23rd, 2015

Going Nuts Over New Products Made with Honey

Consumers have gone crazy for nuts, in large part due to their positioning as a better-for-you snack.

But the craze goes beyond just plain nuts. Everything from nut butters to nut beverages are gaining popularity. Here are a few of our favorite foods and beverages made with nuts and honey!

Suja Vanilla Cloud Juice

This organic, raw and cold-pressed drink is flavored by coconut, almond, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and—of course—honey. The Suja Juice story started when founders Eric Ethans and Annie Lawless met at a yoga studio and struck up conversation about their love for cold-pressed juices. Today, Suja Juice aims to help people transform their lives through nutrition.

Sahale Snacks Almonds with Cranberries, Honey and Sea Salt Glazed Nuts

Seattle-based Sahale Snacks’ line of glazed nuts blends nuts, dried fruit pieces and natural sweeteners such as honey using a two-step dry roasting process resulting in a light glaze and hearty crunch. The company’s Almonds with Cranberries, Honey and Sea Salt Glazed Nuts variety contains whole almonds, orange blossom honey, naturally dried cranberries, toasted sesame seeds and sea salt.

Bon Breaker’s Almond Butter and Honey Energy Bar

Take a break and recharge the batteries with Bonk Breaker’s Almond Butter and Honey Energy Bar. Bonk Breaker bars are the official energy bar of the Ironman Triathlon Series and are gluten-, soy- and dairy-free. The entire line is sweetened with honey and includes peanut butter and jelly, almond cherry chunk, fig and apple pie varieties.

Almond Breeze “Hint of Honey”

This almond-based beverage is sweetened with honey, has a rich and creamy taste, and is free of dairy, soy, lactose, cholesterol, peanuts, casein, gluten, eggs, saturated fat and MSG. Blue Diamond® is a brand and supplier of almond products in more than 80 countries.

Franz Western Hazelnut Bread 

Franz’s Oregon Hazelnut Bread contains honey, two grams of dietary fiber and five grams of protein per serving. This variety joins other natural bread varieties made with honey, including Cannon Beach Milk and Honey; Oregon Trail Wheat and Honey; and Lake Washington Honey Oat and Nut. Franz Bakery is a fourth generation, family-owned baking company based in Portland, Ore.Going Nuts Over New Products Made with Honey

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Lola Granola Bars, Consumer Insights, How Honey is Made and More February 18th, 2015

Have you checked out our recent monthly eNewsletter? It features great stories on food manufacturers, new products and information on how honey is made.

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