I’m lecturing to students taking Berkeley’s Edible Eduction course. Details about the course are here. It can be watched livestream: details here. In person, it’s at the Anderson Auditorium at the Haas School of Business. I’ll be speaking on current food politics and also about Slow Cooked.
Food Navigator-USA presents options for protein formulations
If you are a maker of processed foods, and have exhausted low-carb and low-fat marketing options, all you have left is proteins—the hot new marketing tool. Protein-supplemented products are all over supermarket shelves. Never mind that most Americans get twice the protein required, and that even vegans can easily meet and exceed protein requirements.
As FoodNavigator-USA puts it, “manufacturers are now competing to impress shoppers with how much they can pack into bars, beverages and yogurts. In this FoodNavigator-USA special edition we’ll look at what protein options are available for formulators, from new insect and algal-based proteins to pea, soy, and dairy-based proteins.”
- Protein water hits the mainstream as Protein2o rolls out at Walmart: Protein2o – a rapidly-growing line of flavored waters infused with electrolytes and 15g of protein – is rolling out to 750 Walmart stores this month, says the firm, which is targeting consumers that are looking for more refreshing beverages that pack in a meaningful amount of protein, without the calories… Read
- Flapjacked meets demand for more protein with easy-to-make pancake and muffin mixes: High protein, easy-to-eat foods are no longer limited to bars and shakes – now they can also be found in familiar baked goods that appeal to carb-loving consumers, thanks to companies like Flapjacked. .. Watch now
- fairlife: ‘We’re responsible for a large portion of the growth in the value-added dairy category‘: Coca-Cola-backed high-protein milk brand fairlife isn’t sharing any numbers, yet. But if you’re wondering how it’s performing, the answer is very nicely, says communications director Anders Porter, who says the firm is also working on a suite of products utilizing the milk “that can be consumed during any day part”. .. Read
- Earth’s first superfood? Solazyme’s whole algae protein gains traction as formulators seek more vegan options: New sources of protein from edible insects to hemp are being incorporated into a growing number of products from bars to beverages. But does microalgae have what it takes to become a serious player in the so-called ‘alternative proteins’ market?.. Read
- C-fu’s new processing platforms could help pave the way for an insect commodity market: Two new, versatile production platforms created by ingredient supplier C-fu FOODS could crack open the nascent insect protein commodity market in North America by “abstracting the product from its source,” a company co-founder says… Read
- Tiny plants with huge potential: Introducing two new players to the plant-based protein market: Two firms that generated a lot of buzz at the IFT show this year were Parabel and Hinoman, which are both selling brand new nutrient-packed ingredients from tiny aquatic plants. But do they have what it takes to give more established players in the plant-based protein category a run for their money?.. Watch now
- EPIC Provisions: ‘If an opportunity came with the right strategic partner, we would absolutely take it’: Revenues at EPIC Provisions more than tripled to $6.8m in 2014, and are on course to triple again to $20m in 2015 as the EPIC brand – which first hit shelves in 2013 – continues to lure new consumers to a category (premium meat snacks) that has rapidly gone from lukewarm to red hot… Read
- Jerky is the ultimate high protein, low fat, low carb, healthy snack, says Oberto: Most Americans eat meat. But only a small percentage eats meat snacks. So does this disconnect simply reflect the fact that beef doesn’t pair too well with a mid-morning mocha-latte, or is it proof of a huge, still largely untapped, market opportunity? .. Read
- Blending soy and dairy proteins adds benefits for consumers, manufacturers, DuPont says: Two sources of protein in a finished product are better than one when it comes to blending soy and dairy, according to DuPont Nutrition and Health… Read
- Trend toward higher protein doses to continue, but big tubs will still rule, consultant says: Innovation in protein sources and mixtures continues, but delivery mode innovation has not kept pace, at least not in the US market, said consultant Ralf Jaeger, PhD… Read
- Protein powders: The heavyweight in the $16bn sports nutrition market: The US market for sports nutrition plus energy/nutrition bars and sports drinks is set to cruise past $20 billion by 2020, says Euromonitor International, but which segments are driving growth, and how is the ‘regimentation of fitness’ influencing product development?.. Read
- Protein is hot, but customers are getting more discerning about the source and quality, says Glanbia Nutritionals: Glanbia Nutritionals has expanded beyond its dairy roots to add pea, chia and flax protein concentrates to its portfolio to meet growing demand for vegan protein, says business development manager Vicky Fligel, who caught up with us for our special edition on protein… Read
- Ancient, yet modern? Sacha inchi and hemp give formulators new options in plant-based proteins: Hemp and sacha inchi – two ‘ancient yet modern’ sources of protein from seeds – are gaining traction in the burgeoning plant-based protein set, although their premium price tag means they are unlikely to become as big as rice or pea protein – at least in the short term, says AIDP. .. Read
Just remember: Diets adequate in calories are highly likely to be adequate in protein, and average protein intake in the population is twice the amount required. From the standpoint of nutrition, protein is a non-issue. But that doesn’t stop marketers from looking for ways to push it.