Frozen blueberries are hot. That’s why the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council has increased production to deliver stable supplies of formula-ready, frozen blueberries. This makes blueberries an exceptional value for savvy product developers to meet consumer demands for real blueberry-containing products. Last year, more than 1,300 blueberry products came to market boosting per capita consumption of real blueberries in baked goods, fillings and healthy snacks. Consumers prefer real blueberries for their fruit identity, rich flavor, lush color and real fruit benefits
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
San Mateo, CA
Caravan Ingredients has added an innovative, unique base to its line of Invisible Goodness products, called the Invisible Goodness Bar Base. This product is a versatile, whole wheat base that enables producers to add sweet or savory flavors to make a 0 g. of trans-fat snack bar. The bar base is the first single-serve, convenient, yeast-raised food bar product of its kind, which fulfills the consumers’ desire for better-for-you foods. Designed with versatility in mind, it is a great carrier for inclusions, flavor combinations and vitamin and mineral pre-mixes, provides an excellent or good source of fiber and qualifies for the basic Whole Grain Stamp label.
Plenish brand high-oleic soybean oil, produced by Pioneer Hi-Bred, is the next generation of healthy soybean products that provide nutritionally enhanced oil with the highest oleic content in soybeans under commercial development. Designed to meet food industry needs for a soy-based trans-fat solution with superior performance characteristics, Plenish contains about 80% oleic acid, which is more than three times higher in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats than commodity soybean oil. The soybean oil also can be used alone or in combination with other oils to optimize cost, functionality and taste.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
Virginia Dare’s “IFTea Room” at the 2009 IFT Food Expo provided several creative flavored iced tea concepts for tasting, thus demonstrating the company’s range of high quality tea flavors, extracts and concentrates for delicious sweets. Among the refreshing selections were Raspberry Hibiscus Black Tea, Nectarine Rose Green Tea, Lime Green Tea and Mangosteen Black Tea, as well as Orange Blossom Rooibus Tea Latte and Vanilla Rooibus Tea Latte.
Tree Top’s evaporated apples, or dried apples, are an amazingly versatile food ingredient. With a great taste and excellent texture, evaporated apples can be used in baked goods, fruit fillings, bars and more. Natural dried apples are shelf stable and offer a perfect palette for flavor and color additions.
Tree Top, Inc.
VegeFull, Archer Daniels Midland’s product line of bean ingredients, provides a convenient way for food manufacturers to take advantage of the many nutritional benefits of beans when creating better-for-you foods. Beans are the only food to appear in both the vitamin-packed vegetable group and the protein-dense meat and beans group of the USDA Food Guide Pyramid. This all-natural food staple is full of protein, fiber and beneficial nutrients, offers convenient storage and handling and provides a lean, cholesterol-free alternative to meat. Additionally, they can be used in several applications such as snacks, baked goods, breads and more.
Archer Daniels Midland Co.
**Photo courtesy of Tree Top, Inc.