The pandemic found many Americans working from home, with easy access to the kitchen and baked goods and snacks. Snack sales increased by double-digits in some categories during 2020 as people treated themselves and ate to relieve stress. While sales since have slowed, food companies predict ample opportunity for snacks in the ‘better-for-you’ category.
“Perfect circumstances” for baking are a notion best left to literary fiction. In commercial bakeries, it’s likely a baker will encounter functional challenges with dough-based systems. A common issue is lack of extensibility in sheeted doughs, which are used to create popular items like croissants, tortillas and pizza crust.
Pasta has been a fixture on tables around the world for centuries, but annual sales of the venerable staple have stagnated as consumers cut back on carbohydrates to support weight loss. In fact, a Mintel 2020 overview projects “negative value growth” in the Americas pasta market over the next five years.
Still, Mintel notes in a 2019 global report that food developers in some markets can “counter the growing avoidance of refined carbs” with the use of legume and pulse flours such as chickpea and red lentil in their pastas.
WHAT is ProTerra™ textured pea protein?
It's a brand new addition to MGP’s line of textured, plant-based proteins. It mimics the appearance and texture of meat for replacements or extensions and it’s gluten-free and allergen-free. It has enhanced texture and mouthfeel compared to powdered pea proteins, which further helps to improve the meat alternative eating experience. It comes in a range of textures and sizes, giving it the flexibility to be used in almost any application.
Let’s take a look at the last ten years of food trends: Keto, Paleo, low-carb, Whole30®, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, pumpkin spice, avocado everything, Doritos® Locos Tacos, etc. Long story short, food fads change faster than you can say “Sriracha.”
Today, the market is hungry for healthier and more sustainable plant-based meat alternatives. And this trend is taking hold among a broad range of consumers, not just vegans or vegetarians. And with Millennials and Gen Z more in-tune with their health and the health of the planet, this is a trend that will be here for a while. Which is great news for our customers, who seek to innovate with plant-based proteins.
Fibersym® RW is a resistant wheat starch that acts like a dietary fiber and is FDA-approved as a dietary fiber source. Resistant starches like Fibersym have many health benefits beyond just digestive health. Long story short, Fibersym gives food a boost in fiber content with lower carbs and calories. It can also be produced to meet FDA guidelines on gluten-free foods of less than 20 parts per million gluten, making it a highly flexible ingredient.