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Breaking Down the Functional Ingredient Trend

Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 9/5/18

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We all know that Millennials have high expectations for food products; a product needs to offer some sort of experience, take them on an adventure, taste amazing, AND look enviable on their Instagram. Not only that, but they want their food to function for them – and they want to know how. Food isn’t just fuel for Millennials; it’s an opportunity to receive desired health benefits. For that reason, we’ve seen a huge increase in demand for “functional ingredients” – food ingredients that offer some sort of health and wellness value.

AdobeStock 159040816Perhaps one of the trendiest functional ingredients these days is activated charcoal, which is being sought after for its potential detoxifying properties. If you’ve seen black ice cream, lemonade, lattes, or pizza crust on restaurant menus or social media, you’ve witnessed this trend in action. It’s made from burnt coconut shells or bamboo and gives food products a striking black or dark gray appearance. While it changes the color of the food product and claims to help flush toxins out of the body, it doesn’t add much, if anything, by way of flavor. There’s also been a lot of controversy as to whether or not activated charcoal in food items is actually detoxifying. Nonetheless, it has become one of the most sought over functional ingredient in the past year or so.

AdobeStock 159418926Another popular functional ingredient? Matcha. Like activated charcoal, matcha is believed to have detoxifying properties, and is also perceived to have a slew of other health properties, as it is high in antioxidants. In addition to its potential health properties, match is also in-line with Asian flavor trends and beverage inspired flavors. We’ve been seeing an influx of requests for seasonings featuring this bold, sweet flavor as functional ingredients have grown trendier. Matcha adds a bright green pop of color to products like popcorn, baked goods, and cocktails.

AdobeStock 175138803Turmeric, too, adds a pop of color to food products like snacks, baked goods and sauces, giving them a yellow appearance. This spice has witnessed major growth over the past year and half, and it is frequently touted for its potential health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties. Many products featuring turmeric claim that it supports digestive health. Turmeric has long been a key ingredient in many Asian curries, giving them their bright yellow hue. Therefore, given the rise in popularity of ethnic cuisines and curries, it isn’t surprising that consumers have become more familiar turmeric. Outside of curries though, turmeric is now being added to beverages, like coffee and tea, crackers, baked goods, and snacks, as a “functional ingredient.”

In addition to these popular functional ingredients, botanicals, mushrooms, and “superfoods” are all being sought after for their potential health benefits. Consumers are seeking out these specific ingredients to try to address specific health problems. And, given that many of these items are trendy for other reasons – like their Instagram-worthiness or ethnic origins – this trend won’t be going away anytime soon.

Our marketing and regulatory teams can help you make sense of health and wellness trends and what makes sense for your products. Contact us today.

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Oktoberfest, Oh Yes! A Sneak Peek at Our Upcoming Collection

Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 8/14/18


We are beyond excited to be announcing the upcoming launch of our Oktoberfest Collection of seasonings! With this collection, we wanted to celebrate our company’s rich history, which has its roots in Germany. Dieter Fuchs founded the Fuchs Gruppe in Dissen, Germany, selling spices off of the back of his bicycle in 1952, and we’re proud to be part of this company as it has grown to become among the largest privately held seasoning and spice manufacturers in the world. As Germany celebrates Oktoberfest, we wanted to raise a glass to our heritage with this collection.

Not only is this collection a way for us to pay homage to our company’s roots, but it’s also particularly on trend. As the demand for authentic foods and flavors from around the world continues to increase rapidly, we’ve noticed that cuisines from around Europe have been making gains in foodservice and retail. It’s all about being able to get to experience other cultures, without having to leave the comfort of your home or hometown.

Here’s your sneak peek at the four yummy seasonings in this collection, which all offer our own twists on popular German foods and flavors.

AdobeStock 126499825 1Our Apple Cider Caramel Sauce Base has quickly become one of our new favorites around here. Caramel and apple is a match made in heaven, but by adding a pleasant touch of vinegar we balance out the sweet with just the right amount of sour and bring this match into the realm of unforgettable! This sauce is versatile too, as it can be used as a dip for fruit or as an ice cream topper.

Perfect for brats, burgers, pork and sandwiches, our Horseradish Mustard Sauce Seasoning is a lively mixture of spicy horseradish and mustard, which join forces to help give you a kick of intense flavor.

AdobeStock 153664076 1It wouldn’t be the Oktoberfest Collection without beer! Close your eyes and you’ll think you were right in the action at your local Oktoberfest with our tasty Beer & Bratwurst Style Snack Seasoning. Savory and meaty notes with a touch of mustard and then finishing up with a slight hoppy flavor…it’s an all in one that will keep you coming back for more!

The beer keeps flowing with our Beer & Cheddar Cheese Dip Seasoning. The classic combination of beer and cheddar cheese come together to help you create a crowd pleasing dip for your next tail gating party.

Hungry yet? Request samples of the Oktoberfest Collection here

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Happy Hour Inspiration

Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 7/31/18

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At the beginning of the year, when we were looking at what flavors were going to be trending in 2018, we noticed that cocktail inspired flavors were picking up steam in foodservice and retail. Everyone loves a good, refreshing beverage after all, and popular cocktail flavors translate well into a number of food items. Snacks and menu items inspired by happy hour beverages allow consumers to enjoy the flavors of their favorite adult-beverages, but minus the alcohol. For consumers, these products are a guilty pleasure without the guilt. 

While lately we’ve been seeing more and more cocktail inspired desserts, this trend works in a wide variety of formats: beer, whiskey and bourbon flavored barbeques, wine-flavored gummy bears, and cocktail flavored ice cream. Alcohol-infused barbeques have long been popular, and allow for numerous regional and local variations. Wine-flavored gummies and candies have been gracing Millennials’ Instagram pages for the past couple of years, but have quickly gained steam as rosé and flavored champagnes have risen in demand.

BloodyMary4But the possibilities with happy hour inspired flavors don’t stop there. While alcohol flavored barbeques work well on chicken and pork, cocktail flavors, like Mojito and Bloody Mary pair well with seafood. Tequila based beverages tend to translate on chicken and wing products. Popcorn products, which about half of consumers see as an indulgence and half see as a healthy snack, are typically targeted at Millennial females, who cocktail inspired flavors appeal to the most. Choose just about any cocktail, and its flavor will translate well on popcorn. Other snacks, like chips and nuts, make excellent bases for some of these flavors as well.

AdobeStock 104620226Alcoholic beverage inspired flavors will be making a home in the dairy aisle. Think Appletini dip, chocolate malted stout cream cheese, Sangria yogurt, and strawberry daiquiri ice cream. Millennial-friendly ice cream shops and fine dining restaurants alike have been introducing more beverage inspired ice creams and sundaes, and eventually those flavors will make their way into ice cream products at the grocery store.

Dark19Need your own Happy Hour inspiration? Check out our new limited edition Shaken & Stirred Collections, which offer cocktail and beer inspired flavors for snacks and proteins. Contact us to request a sample.

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Christmas in July! 

Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 7/17/18

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Okay, not really. But what better time to start talking about holiday and seasonal trends than now? As our customers begin planning their winter lineups and LTOs, we see an uptick in requests for holiday-themed items around this time of year. Besides your typical “pumpkin spice” and “peppermint,” what flavors are consumers craving during the holidays? Let’s take a look at some holiday flavor trends.

Beverage Inspiration

Hot beverage LTOs have almost become synonymous with the holidays. It started with pumpkin spice, but now extends to a whole slew of warm, sweet and cinnamony drinks. Popular holiday beverage flavors like peppermint mocha, gingerbread latte, and spiced cider translate particularly well to snacks, desserts and dairy. Pay attention to what the national coffee chains are offering as LTOs, as these beverages receive a lot of buzz, making them craveable and the flavors more recognizable to consumers.

Treats & Sweets

AdobeStock 69063334When you think of the holidays, a lot of the foods that come to mind are sweets. What better way to get consumers in the mood for the holidays than to offer flavors inspired by their favorite holiday sweets? Flavors like iced sugar cookie, gingerbread, red velvet cake with cream cheese icing, caramel apple and spice cake will get consumers in the holiday – and snacking – spirit. The holidays are usually a time when consumers view indulging as permissible, so these types of flavors may help them ditch their diets until after the New Year.

Comfort Food

Given that consumers tend to give themselves a bit of a free pass on indulging around the holidays, it is no surprise that comfort food flavors see a major spike around this time of year. Drawing on inspiration from home cooking, these flavors will begin to rise in popularity as fall rolls around. Warm, herby flavors typically begin picking up steam in the market around early September and continue to rise in popularity until after the holidays are over.

AdobeStock 105975959Don’t be surprised to see savory flavors inspired by dishes like pot roast, butternut squash soup, chili with cornbread, and chicken pot pie. Not only will dishes like these be offered on restaurant menus as LTOs, but they’ll also make appearances in frozen meals, canned soup, and even snacks at the grocery store.

Moving Forward with Fuchs

Whether you’re looking for seasoning options to make your products more appealing to health nuts or indulgent snackers, here at Fuchs, we’ve got you covered.

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