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Market Trends: Food Flavors and Ingredients Outlook 2006


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Today’s consumers are looking for a bigger bang for their bite. Whether it’s more flavor, nutrition, or exotic ingredients or less fat or other “demonized” ingredients, there’s no doubt that consumers are increasingly demanding food options that meet a variety of needs. And, as today’s fast-moving trends jump from chat rooms to cable TV shows with the speed of the latest “silver bullet,” food manufacturers, restaurateurs, retailers, and other food industry professionals are ever more challenged to stay on top of - and hopefully ahead of - flavor and ingredient trends in today’s competitive marketplace.

Packaged Facts' new report, Market Trends: Food Flavors & Ingredients Outlook 2006, 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 2005, compare that to what happened, and how this will influence the food industry in 2006.

Report Methodology
The information in Food Flavors & Ingredients Outlook 2006 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 2006 makes important predictions and recommendations on the key drivers that will affect the food industry in 2006. No other market research report provides both the comprehensive analysis that Food Flavors & Ingredients Outlook 2006 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 third 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
    • Key Cultural Drivers - Convenience, Quality/Luxury, Nutrition/Fresh, and Customization
      • Spices as Nutritional Ingredients
      • Breaking Down Barriers, Breaking Out of the Box
      • Food as Art
      • Emerging Research Will Affect Industry
      • New Technology Will Affect Flavor and Ingredient Trends
    • A Look Back and Ahead
      • World Flavors
      • Flavor Trendsetters
      • Sweet Partners
      • Fruits and Berries
      • Fresh, Natural, and Authentic
      • Protein Power
      • Health and Wellness
  • Distribution Channels
    • Dining Out Is A Way of Life
    • Variety of Flavors
    • Take Out Takes Off
    • The Search for Quality/Gourmet/Exotic
      • Making it MY Way
      • Specialized Restaurants
    • Comfort, Familiarity, and Tradition Also Key Drivers
      • Barbecue Back Again
      • Traditional Foods: Slow Food and Native American
    • Eye-Opening Breakfast Trends
    • Fresh and Healthy - Huge Influence in 2006
      • Salad Days for Greens
      • Portion Size Big Topic
      • Challenge: Healthy Doesn't Always Sell
    • Small Is Big
      • Sliders With a Touch of Class
      • Japanese Tapas
        • Table Fastest Growing Ingredients on Chain Menus in 2004
        • Table How Often Do You Order Carryout?
    • Supermarkets Adapting to Competition and Consumers' Needs
    • Demand for Convenience and Home Cooked
      • Table What is Your Definition of a Homemade Meal?
    • Health and Fresh Big Winners
    • Refrigerated and Frozen Items Warming Up
    • Manufacturer Perspective
      • Table Culinary and Foodservice Product Development Trends
  • World Flavors
    • Packaged Facts Flavor Picks: Asian, Latin, Spanish, Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa, Indian
    • Key Trends - Authentic, Yet Individual
    • Moving Beyond Borders - Chipotle, Wasabi, and Chimichurri
    • Asian Continues to Be Top Influence
    • Asian Trends 2005: Comfort Foods (Pho, Bao, Gyoza), Seaweed/Nori Kaffir Lime, Miso
      • Comfort foods - Pho, Bao, Gyoza
      • Seaweed and Nori
      • Key Ingredients: Miso, Kaffir Lime, White Soy
    • Latin Continues to Sizzle
    • Latin Trends 2006: Regional Cuisine, Sandwiches and Small Plates, and Beverage Flavors
      • Latin Regional Favorites - Peru and Yucatan
      • South-of-the-Border Sandwiches
      • Flavorful Beverage Trends
    • Spanish Continues to Grow
    • Spanish Trends 2006: Ham and Cheese, Safron and Paperika, Salted Seafood
      • Ham and Cheese Still Hot
      • Saffron and Paprika Going More Mainstream
      • Salted Cod, Cured Tuna
    • Eastern Mediterranean - Middle East and North Africa - Coming Into the Sun
    • Middle East and North Africa Flavor Trends 2006: Pomegranate Molasses, Turkish Kebabs, Middle Eastern Sweets, Harissa, and Ras el Hanout
    • Indian - In or Out?
    • Indian Trends 2006: Regional Cuisine, Chaat, Cardamom
      • Cardamom - Starring Role for 2006
      • Chaat - On the Move
      • Regional Cuisine
        • Table Ethnic Foods' Trendiness: Culinary Professionals Rate General Public's Awareness of Ethnic Foods
        • Table Ethnic Cuisines Most Often Represented on Menus
        • Table Which Ethnic Cuisines Do You Currently Eat on a Regular Basis?
        • Table Which Ethnic Foods Have you Eaten In/Out of the Home?
        • Table Ethnic Cuisines Highlighted by Consumer Media
        • Table Trend Map: Asian Influences
        • Table Asian Regional Recipes on Food Network
        • Table Latin/Hispanic Regional Recipes on Food Network
  • Flavor Trendsetters
    • Packaged Facts Flavor Picks: Smoky, Pungent, Cool/Fiery, Peppercorns, Salt, Nut Oils, and Sandwiches
      • Table A Taste For Adventure: What New Flavors Are You Interested In Trying In Your Cooking/Eating?, 2005
    • Layering Flavor Intensity
    • Sandwiches: Today's Top Flavor Ambassador
    • Beyond the Burn - Emerging Flavor Profiles
      • Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
      • Pungency Adds Punch
      • Cooling Down Assertive Flavors
    • The Evolution of Hot - From Peppers to Peppercorns
      • Peppercorns Hot in 2006
        • Table New Product Introductions: Peppers
    • Buffalo, Barbecue, Caesar, and Cajun - the Big Four
    • Pumping Up the Pantry
      • Condiments Coming On Strong
      • Ready Made Sauces and Marinades
      • Flavored Oils Heat Up
      • Vinaigrettes Add Tartness
      • Salt of the World
    • Color Intensity as a Flavor?
      • Table New Product Counts: Condiments
  • How Sweet It Is
    • Packaged Facts Flavor Picks: Sweet and...Spicy, Tart, Salty; Gourmet Sugar, Brown Flavors (Dulce De Leche, Caramel, etc); and Chocolate
    • Sweet - Top Partner in 2006
      • Sweet and Spicy Hottest Trend
      • Sweet and Tart - A Fresh Approach
      • Sweet and Salty - Going Nuts
      • Ice Creams and Gelatos Often Showcase Trendsetting Flavors
        • Table Most Popular Desserts on Menus
    • Sugar Goes Upscale
    • Sweet Brown Flavors
      • Table New Product Introductions: Sweet "Brown" Ingredients
      • Coffee, Tea, and Chai
        • Table Dessert Ingredients Highlighted by Consumer Media
      • Honey is Hot
    • Chocolate Heats Up
      • Chocolate Becomes Even More Specialized
      • Healthy Chocolate
      • Nibs, Beans, and New Flavors
        • Table New Product Introductions: Sweet Flavors and Ingredients
  • Fruits and Berries Lead the Way
    • Packaged Facts Flavor Picks: Pomegranate, Meyer Lemon, Black Currant, Acai, Guava
    • Sunny Long-term Forecast
    • Exotic and Tropical Fruits Blossom
      • Pomegranate Top Banana
      • Mango Continues to Lead; Tamarind and Passion Fruit Attracting Interest
      • Quince and Lychee Up and Coming
        • Table New Product Introductions: Exotic and Tropical Fruits
    • Citrus - Still the Leading Fruit Flavor
      • Meyer Lemons Looking Sweet
      • Seville Orange and Blood Orange Attracting Attention
      • Grapefruits Not So Sour
        • Table New Product Introductions: Citrus
    • Berries Bursting Out
      • Blueberries Lead the Way
      • Cherries and Cranberries Branching Out
      • Less Familiar Berries May Bloom
        • Table New Product Introductions: Berries
    • Emerging Exotic Super Fruits
      • Acai Creating Biggest Buzz
      • Gurarana Also Getting Notice
      • Goji Berries Going Places
      • Cupuacu on the Horizon?
        • Table New Product Introductions: Exotic Super Fruits
    • "New" Old Fruits
      • Fashionable Figs
      • Guava - Next Super Fruit?
      • Watermelon Ripening?
        • Table New Product Introductions: "New" Old Fruits
  • Fresh, Natural, and Authentic
    • Packaged Facts Flavor Picks: Organic; Kosher; Root, Micro, and Heirloom Vegetables; Pickling; Pre-cut Produce; Fresh Herbs
    • Terms that Promote Authenticity
      • Table "Natural" Most Popular Label
    • Organic - The Original Pure
      • Private Label and Produce - Top Picks
      • "No" Labels Gaining Ground
        • Table Why Americans are Purchasing Organic Foods and Beverages
        • Table "No" Labels Gaining Ground
      • A Cloud on the Horizon?
    • Kosher Label Gains Cachet
    • Vegetables' Day in the Sun
      • Table Top Premium Marketing Claims on Menus - Fruits and Vegetables
      • Back to Roots
      • It's a Small World
      • Heirloom Heir Apparent - the Tomato
    • Natural Can Mean Nostalgia - Pickles, Relishes
      • Saurkraut - Super and Sexy?
      • The Kimchi Cure?
    • Fresh-Cut is on a Fast Track
      • Pre-Cut Salads Gaining Sophistication
        • Table Retail Fresh-Cut Market Share by Segment, 2004
    • Fresh Herbs Continue to Gain Attention
  • Proteins Pack More Power
    • Packaged Facts Flavor Picks: Premium Meats, Game and Goat, Seafood, Cheese, and Tofu
    • Meat - From Natural to International
      • Premium, Natural, and Organic
        • Table Top Premium Meat, Fish, Poultry Marketing Claims on Menus
        • Table Organic Meat Market Trends
      • No Kidding, More Goat
      • Buffalo Stampeding Onto Menus
      • Specialty Value Cuts Winning Favor
      • Bacon Still Sizzling
    • A New Wave of Seafood
      • Tilapia Today, Black Cod Tomorrow
      • Shrimp, Crab and Octopus
      • Raw Strength
        • Table Most Commonly Menued Fish and Shellfish Varieties
    • Just Say Cheese
      • Burrata on International Horizon
      • Chocolate and Curds Coming Up
        • Table New Product Introductions: Cheese
    • Soy - Tofu and Edamame Gain Attention
      • A Second Wind for Tofu
      • Edamame, the Fresh Soy
  • Health Claims and Nutritional Ingredients
    • Packaged Facts Flavor Picks: Whole Grains, Antioxidants, Omega-3, No-Gluten, Glycemic Index
    • Fat Continues to Be Hot Button
    • Whole Grain, High Fiber Get Top Attention in 2006
      • Antioxidants and Super Foods
      • Omega-3 Fatty Acids Gaining Interest
      • Probiotics On the Horizon
      • Gluten-free Growing
      • Sugar Not So Sweet
      • Glycemic Index -Will it Catch On?
        • Table New Product Introductions Package Tags or Claims
        • Table Which Features Would Influence Your Decision to Buy a Brand at the Supermarket?
        • Table Percentage of Respondents Who Say They "Regularly" Check Food Labels
  • Wellness Winners
    • Packaged Facts Flavor Picks: Bread, Specialty Grains, Yogurt, Tea, and the Color Black?
    • The Carb Comeback
    • Bread is Rising and Shedding White Bread Image
      • Specialty Breads Add Cachet
      • Bread Coming into Its Own
        • Table Most Used Flavors in Bread Products
    • Go Go Grains
      • Kamut Coming on Strong
      • Quinoa Emerges
      • Barley Buzz
      • Farro/Spelt Takes Off
      • Buckwheat/Kasha Still Growing
      • Wheat Berry
        • Table New Product Introductions: Specialty Grains
    • Specialty Rice Takes On a New Role
    • Yogurt - The "Food of the Day"
      • Table Dairy New Products
    • Tea - Drink to Your Health
      • White Tea Passing Up Green and Black
      • Rooibos on a Roll
      • Yerba Mate On the Horizon
      • Tea Rooms Bubbling Away
        • Table New Product Introductions: Teas
    • The Color Black?
  • Trends and Opportunities
    • Make Fresh Easier
    • Health On-the-Go
    • Not From Concentrate
    • Beverage Bouillon Cubes?
    • Flavor + Convenience
    • Make it Fresh
    • High Quality Speed Scratch
    • Customizing for Fragmented Families
    • International Street Foods
    • Early Bird Gets the Word
    • Customizing Nutritional Information Can Build Loyalty
    • Looking for More Energy
    • Out of The Box, Into The Car
    • Premium Nutrition
    • Small is Big
    • The Jackpot

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