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Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2008


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Taste, convenience, and health continue to be the primary drivers of food choices, both at home and away. However, evolving world, regional and local cultural, political and economic climates are impacting the relative importance of each of these for individual consumers. In 2008, expect to see the marketplace respond as consumer preferences and priorities change and grow increasingly complex.

In this edition, Packaged Facts takes a look at seven key categories that will drive flavor and ingredient trends in the coming years. To gauge how trends are (or are not) moving forward, we’ve included our expectations for last year, along with predictions for 2008 for each of the following categories:

  • Global Flavors
  • Health & Wellness
  • Local & Organic
  • Flavor & Freshness
  • Functional and Flavorful Fruit
  • Protein Power
  • Sweet Endings

Report Methodology
The information in Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2008 is based on both primary and secondary research. Primary research involved on-site examination of the retail place, 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 and blogs.

What You’ll Get in this Report
Food Flavors & Ingredients Outlook 2008 makes important predictions and recommendations on the key drivers that will affect the food industry in 2008. Those drivers that will impact flavors and ingredients for foodservice and retail heading into 2008 include continued higher energy prices, global warming and heightened consumer awareness and interest in the ability to “go green” when it comes to food choices.

No other market research report provides the comprehensive analysis that Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2008 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 fifth 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 retail and foodservice arenas.


  • Executive Summary
    • Scope
      • Report Methodology
      • Key Drivers
    • A Look Back and Ahead
      • Global Flavors
      • Health and Wellness
      • Local and Organic
      • Flavor and Freshness
      • Functional and Flavorful Fruit
      • Protein Power
      • Sweet Endings
  • Global Flavors
    • Globalization of Food Preferences
      • Old Favorites and New Friends
        • Table Ethnic Foods Appeal (2007 vs. 2006) Ratings of Extremely/Somewhat Appealing
        • Table Percent of Consumers Eating Ethnic Foods in the Past Year)
      • Latin Lives On
      • Asian, Asian, and More Asian
      • Mediterranean Going Strong
      • Debutants
      • Crossover For Maximum Flavor
  • Local - The New Organic?
    • Organic Still Growing
      • Table Organic Food Sales by Category (2006 and 2007 Projected)
      • Organic Seafood
      • Organic Shortage Drives Global Sourcing
      • Chinese Ingredient Worries
        • Table Select Agricultural and Seafood Imports from China (2006)
      • Food Safety Paramount
      • Converging on Local: Eco-friendly and Ethical
    • Production, Delivery, and Promotion
      • More Locavores
      • Local Rumination
      • Carbon Footprint
      • Tap vs. Bottle
      • Beyond Fine Dining
      • Rethinking the Drive-Thru
  • Tracking the Trends
    • Snacking
      • Crossover Foods - Flattery at its Best
      • Takeout or Bring In?
      • Baby Boomers Drive Bold and Spicy Flavors
        • Table Reports of New Products Launched: "Hot", "Spicy", or With Select Sensory Irritants (2004 - 2007)
      • Umami - Discover the Fifth Taste
      • Fresh and Natural Here to Stay
        • Table Natural and Organic Food Purchases by Outlet Type (2006)
        • Table Number of New Product Launches with "Fresh" and "Natural" Related Package Tags -All Categories (2004 - 2007)
      • Niche Dining
      • Tempting Textures
      • Small Plates: Entrées Under Threat?
      • Sandwiches Sell
  • Health & Wellness Winners
    • Superfoods - Time to Check-In
      • Nutrition Moves to the Front
      • Downsizing Expands
      • Live Longer, Feel Better, Enjoy More
      • At the Heart of It
      • Seeing is Believing
      • Beauty - No Longer Skin Deep
      • Stress - Sip It Away
      • Avoidance Behavior
      • Antioxidants Still Battling Free Radicals
      • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
      • Probiotics and Prebiotics - Now Easier to Digest
      • Fiber - From Regularity to Weight Control
  • Beverage Bonanza
    • On the Menu
      • Mocktails on the Rise
      • Tis the Season…
      • Appealing to Ethnic Tastes
      • Functional Beverages
      • Soft Drinks Reinvented
      • Coffee
      • Beverages for Kids
  • Functional and Flavorful Fruits
    • Superfruits: Race to Mainstream
      • Table Number of Products Launched Containing Select Superfruits (2005 - 2007)
      • Superfruits Take Functional Beverages Mainstream
      • In or Out?
      • Blood Orange
      • Dried Fruit - Or Not
      • Grill-Friendly Fruits
      • Fruit Salsa
  • Protein Power
    • Egg-ceptional
      • Cheese - Now The Main Event
      • Meat and Poultry
        • Table Top 10 Seafood Consumption by Species (annual pounds per capita) 2000, 2003, 2006
  • Sweet Endings
    • Cupcakes - Is the Party Over?
      • Bite-Size Still Big
      • Building with Bite-Size
      • Samplers and Flights
      • Dessert Tasting Menus on the Rise
      • Dessert-Only Served Here
      • New Takes on Old Favorites
      • Apple Pie
      • Cheesecake
      • Ice Cream
      • Chocolate Desserts
      • Bread Pudding
      • Animal, Vegetable or ….. Dessert?
      • Chocolate Still Strong
      • Ethnic Desserts
  • Appendix A

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