HERE to attend Dairy Processing’s live webinar and discussion on dairy processors’ outlook for new product innovation in 2023 and beyond. Cypress Research surveyed dairy processing professionals in mid-2022 and respondents shared their input on prioritization of new product development, both pre- and post-pandemic; ingredient priorities during the next 12 months; and new product development initiatives for the coming year, and more. I will assist with discussing findings from this survey—as well as showcase recent innovations that speak to the trends--during a free webinar on Feb. 8, 2023. Nutrient density will be part of the discussion. Link HERE to register.
Before we discuss nutrient density, I am sharing a quote from my friend Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, that she provided in an interview to DairyReporter.com (Jan. 25, 2023).
“While we did hit some challenges several years ago around the anti-dairy movement or plant-based, we’ve seen the pendulum swing back dramatically back to dairy, back to brands that consumers know,” Smolyansky said.
Lifeway Foods saw a 29.1% increase in sales during the third quarter of 2022, driven in part by a strategy to expand its product offerings for on-the-go consumers and boost awareness of probiotics, according to Smolyansky. Lifeway’s main products are dairy-based kefir, a nutrient-dense fermented dairy food loaded with protein and probiotics.
If you missed the January 20 blog titled “Commit to Innovating with Probiotics and Protein in 2023,” you can link to it HERE. That Dairy Processing research I mentioned at the top of this page, identified protein and probiotics as the two most important ingredient trends for U.S. dairy processors.
- Are affordable and value-based (70.4%)
- Are easily accessible and convenient (59.1%)
- Support immunity (57.6%)
- Fermented Foods, such as yogurt, kimchi, kombucha tea and pickled vegetables
- Seeds, such as chia and hemp
- Nuts, including pistachios, almonds and walnuts
- Leafy Greens, such as spinach
- Aquatic Greens, such as algae, seaweed and sea moss
- Green Tea
- Ancient Grains
- Non-Dairy Milks
“In the study, we show that as a polyphenol reacts with an amino acid, its inhibitory effect on inflammation in immune cells is enhanced. As such, it is clearly imaginable that this cocktail could also have a beneficial effect on inflammation in humans. We will now investigate further, initially in animals. After that, we hope to receive research funding which will allow us to study the effect in humans,” said Professor Marianne Nissen Lund from the Department of Food Science, who headed the study.