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Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2007


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Flavors and ingredients will take on starring roles in 2007 as consumers increasingly demand bigger, bolder tastes; foods that are healthy; and ingredients that are natural or sustainable. This year, quality as well as comfort and convenience will rule. Ethnic flavors will expand and grow, and organic foods will continue to gain traction. Consumers are increasingly sophisticated and want more upscale flavors and ingredients. At the same time, though, there is a real move toward comfort and classic foods. Following are just some of the exciting, challenging and somewhat contradictory trends that will affect flavors and ingredients in 2007.

Packaged Facts' new report, Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2007, uses key industry research, along with interviews with leading food experts and culinary professionals, to highlight how today's emerging flavors and ingredients will affect tomorrow's food preferences at home, on the go, and in restaurants.

And, as part of an ongoing feature of this series, the report looks back at the trends we predicted would make it big in 2006, compare that to what happened, and how this will influence the food industry in 2007.

Report Methodology
The information in Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2007 is based on both primary and secondary research. Primary research involved on-site examination of the retail milieu, interviews with marketing, public relations and industry analysts within the food market and consultants to the industry. Secondary research entailed data-gathering from relevant trade, business, and government sources, including company literature.

What You’ll Get in this Report
Food Flavors & Ingredients Outlook 2007 makes important predictions and recommendations on the key drivers that will affect the food industry in 2007. No other market research report provides both the comprehensive analysis that Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2007 offers.

How You Will Benefit from this Report
Any food/beverage company that markets its products in the United States will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight on the changing nutritional mindset and the consumer palate not offered in any other single source. The fourth edition of Packaged Facts’ annual view into the food industry’s crystal ball analyzes how changing consumer preferences are affecting top ingredient trends, highlights what's hot and what's not, and discusses how flavor trends are moving through the various food industry channels.


  • Executive Summary
    • Scope of Report: Focus on Food Flavors and Ingredients Trends in 2007
      • Report Methodology
      • Flavors and Ingredients Take On Starring Roles
      • Key Cultural - Often Contradictory - Factors
      • New Technology, New Opportunities
      • Politics on the Plate
      • Food Fears
      • A Hot Career
      • A Look Back and Ahead
      • World Flavors
      • Health and Wellness
      • Flavor Trendsetters
      • Fruits and Vegetables
      • Green, Natural, and Fresh
      • Protein Power
      • Sweet Indulgences
  • International Flavors
    • International Flavors - Crossing New Borders
      • Ethnic Flavors Move to the Mainstream
      • Mexican the Number One Development Focus for Food Manufacturing
        • Table Ethnic Foods Appeal (Ratings of Extremely/Somewhat Appealing)
        • Table Chefs Rate "Hot" Ethnic Cuisines
      • Crossover Ingredients Lead the Way
      • Asian Invasion Continues
      • Asian Staples Going Mainstream
      • Mexican Moving Upscale
      • Spanish Still Sizzling
      • Mediterranean Making a Big Splash
      • Is Indian Finally In?
      • On the Horizon - Africa, Peru, Scandinavia, and German and Slavic
  • Trend Drivers
    • Flavor Trendsetters
      • Premium is Primo
      • Fresh and Quality-Oriented Marketing Claims
        • Table Leading New Menu Item Marketing Claims in Fine-Dining Restaurants (In order of popularity)
      • Popular Premium Flavors
      • Comfort Foods
        • Table How Americans Define Comfort Food
      • The Versatility and Comfort of Bread
      • Breakfast - Eye-Opening Opportunities
        • Table Most Frequently Mentioned Breakfast Items (Top 200 Chains, 2nd Half 2005)
      • Flavors, Herbs, and Spices
        • Table Top Ten Flavors, Herbs and Spices (Most Frequently Mentioned on Menus)
      • Science and Art Add Flavor
      • Aromatic Appeal
      • Water Flavors are Flowing
  • Health and Wellness
    • Wellness - Functional Favorites
      • Americans Are Paying Attention
      • Schizo Shoppers?
      • Avoiding Disease Almost As Important as Dieting
        • Table Top Health Issues Consumers Are Concerned about Preventing
      • Energy - Emerging Hot Button
      • Allergies and Gluten-Free Growing
      • Children's Wellness Is a Key Market
      • Low-Glycemic - Next Big Thing?
      • Antioxidants Booming
        • Table New Foods and Beverages in North America Claiming to Contain Antioxidants or Making an Immunity-Related Claim
      • Many Ingredients to Watch
        • Table Product Introductions: Positive Package Tags
        • Table Percentage of Consumers Worldwide Who Regularly Purchase Foods with Specific Health Benefits
      • Demonized Ingredients
      • Salt Moves to the Hit List
      • Looking for Mr. Good Weight
  • Vegetables and Nuts
    • Vegetables and Natural Good Health
      • Vegetables Moving Off the Sidelines
      • Locally Grown/Heirloom Are Hot
      • New Look at Traditional Favorites
      • Eats Shoots and Leaves
      • Colorful Vegetables Catching On
      • Micro Greens are Making Big Waves
      • Fresh Cut Leads the Way
        • Table Retail Fresh-Cut Sales in 2005
      • Salad Days
        • Table Salads Market Share
      • Moving into the Snack Aisle
      • Adding Spice For Life - Naturally
      • Tea Continues to Steam
        • Table New Product Introductions: Tea, 2004-2006
      • Hemp is Hot
      • Seeds Taking Root
        • Table New Product Introductions: Seeds, 2004-2006
      • Nuts for Nuts
      • Seaweed Spreads Out
  • Fruit - Exciting and Exotic
    • Super Fruits - Super Growth
      • Soon To Be Super
        • Table New Foods and Beverages in US and Canada Featuring Super Fruits (acai, pomegranate, goji berries, mangosteen, black currant)
        • Table New Product Introductions: Super Fruits, 2005-2006
      • Tropical Fruits Going Wild
      • Lulo and Feijoa on the Horizon?
      • Citrus is Still Sizzling
        • Table New Product Introductions: Citrus, 2005-2006
      • Berry Berry Good
      • Mixed Berries Growing
      • Black Currants May Bloom
        • Table New Product Introductions: Berries, 2005-2006
      • Dried Fruits Growing
      • Fruit Combos Heating Up
      • From Skewers to Soups
      • Fun Fruit Products
  • Green Cuisine, Natural and Organic
    • Sustainability and Ethical Hot Terms for 2007
      • Natural and Organic Post Strong Growth
      • Fresh Opportunities
      • Interest in Sustainable, Organic Crosses Demographic Lines
      • A Natural Leader
        • Table "Natural" Leads Food Labels, 2005-2006
      • Organic is Here to Stay
        • Table Why Shoppers Purchase Organic Foods and Beverages
        • Table Shoppers Buying More Organic, 2005-2006
        • Table Produce and Dairy the Largest Organic Categories
      • Paying Attention to "No" Labels
        • Table "No" Package Tags with Appeal
      • Move Over Organic - Kosher and Halal are Here
      • The Importance of Place
      • Farmers' Markets Growing Fast
      • Fair Trade
  • Powerful Proteins
    • Powerful Proteins - Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Cheese and Yogurt
      • Natural Leads the Way
      • Grass-fed Growing
        • Table "Natural" Leads Beef Sales
      • Premium and Gourmet Leading the Pack
      • Steak Hasn't Peaked
      • Nose to Tail
      • Bellies are Big
      • Smoked, Cured, and Salted Meats
      • A New Look for Old Favorites
      • Poultry
        • Table Percentage of Protein on Menus First Half 2006, Top 200 Chains
        • Table Top Menu Flavors, Poultry and Meat
      • Seafood - Rising Opportunity
      • Muddying the Water
      • Guilt-Free Fish
      • Farm-Raised Fish
      • Raw Fish Swimming Further Afield
      • Crab Moves Mainstream
      • The Next Wave
        • Table Top Menu Flavors, Fish and Shellfish
        • Table Most Frequently Mentioned Fish and Shellfish Species (Top 200 Chain Menus, 2nd Half 2005)
      • Cheese is Coming Into Its Own
        • Table New Product Introductions: Cheese
      • Yogurt Leading the Way
        • Table Yogurt Livens Up Variety of Cuisines
  • Sweet Indulgences
    • Chocolate Takes the Cake
      • Dark Chocolate's Good For You Image
      • Chocolate Crosses New Borders
        • Table New Product Introductions: Chocolate
      • Sweet Partnerships
      • Butter is Back
      • Honey is Hot
      • Maple Moving Up
        • Table New Product Introductions: Sweet Flavors and Ingredients, 2004-2006
      • Innovative Ice Creams
      • Familiar Flavors Take on New Look
      • Drinkable Desserts
      • National Sweeteners on the Horizon
        • Table Types of Desserts Ordered at Restaurants

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