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non-dairy

Non-Dairy Products On The Rise

By Mary Kay LaBrie / April 20, 2021

Non-dairy products are booming and expanding. A few things helped us get to this point; one being cultural diversity (thank you coconut milk!) and the broadened ingredient list that diversity contributes to, two being health and wellness movements, and three being sustainability practices combined with people trying to curb their carnivorous and glutinous habits.  Why You Might…

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The Avengers to Pollution: Waste and Recycling

By Susanne Bukey / April 15, 2021

COVID 19 Takes Its Toll In 2020, the nation embraced remote work, social distancing, and wearing masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The health crisis necessitated massive shifts in American culture. As American businesses, restaurants and consumers were enthusiastically working on programs to reduce waste and carbon footprint, the pandemic put programs on hold placing a…

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interchangeable ingredients

Interchangeable Ingredients Made Easy

By Mary Kay LaBrie / April 13, 2021

Versatility affords operators the ability to test new concepts You’ve got a popular salad on your menu. So you decide to take some of the same ingredients and create a flatbread. That’s a success. So you decide to create a bowl. That works. Then a pizza and finally, a sandwich. Now you have not one,…

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Mediterranean cuisine

Mediterranean Cuisine Growing in Popularity

By Dawn Ferchak / April 8, 2021

People have known for years that Mediterranean cuisine is healthy for you. Certain Middle Eastern foods have always been familiar for quite a while, like hummus, falafel, and kabobs. But there is so much more to enjoy from these regions. Spices and flavors from the Mediterranean and the Middle East have begun to trend. These…

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seaweed

Seaweed & Aquaculture

By Mary Kay LaBrie / April 6, 2021

From nori, the seaweed paper used in sushi, to a topping on shrimp burgers, there’s no doubt that seaweed is gaining in popularity. You may not know that there are a staggering variety of seaweeds, almost 600 subtypes, and they all vary in texture, color, and shape. These include Kelps, Dulse, Hijiki, Kombu, Arame, Wakame,…

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african influences

African Influences Gain Steam

By Dawn Ferchak / April 1, 2021

From soul food to fine dining, African influences and flavors are finding their way to American restaurants. Driven by both the trend for global flavors and a new appreciation for African American chefs and history, foods and ingredients from the massive continent are something to watch and something to try. History Brings Inspiration African people…

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invasive seafood

Invasive Seafood

By Susanne Bukey / March 30, 2021

A Wave of Opportunity Today’s seafood is bringing a new balance and opportunity to menus. Innovative combinations, global flavors, and extended species have positioned seafood in a new light. Adding to well-known varieties of this premium protein is invasive seafood. In particular, an invasive species of fish is one introduced into an environment and negatively…

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global cuisine

The New Fusion – Experimental Global Cuisine on the Rise

By Dawn Ferchak / March 25, 2021

Fusion 2021 There can be no doubt about it – global flavors are trending in 2021. Driven largely by Millennial and Gen Z’s interest in new flavors and global influences, chefs are creating a global cuisine that marries different cultural techniques and ingredients in dishes that burst with flavor. And it’s not just Asian fusion.…

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adaptogens

Adaptogens & Products with a Bang

By Dawn Ferchak / March 16, 2021

Better than “Better-For-You” For years, the “health and wellness” movement has been influencing restaurant menus and grocery aisles. Many more product lines are looking to join the ‘with added health benefits’ club, and by creating a nutritional product (or one with a health halo) with the addition of adaptogens, they can do just that. Especially…

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nootropics

The New “Noo” – Nootropics are a Trend to Watch

By Nadja Jauregui / March 11, 2021

Wellness in a Glass What if you could sip your way to better brain function and a sharper mind? That’s the claim of proponents of nootropics, a word that means “mind shapers.” Like the similarly trending adaptogens, nootropics have actually been around for centuries and you probably drink one of them every day—caffeine is a…

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