Bulk Edible Oil Blog

Strengths and Opportunities for Bakery and Snacks

Posted by Alchemy Systems

This article was originally posted by our friends at Alchemy Systems, and is shared here with permission.

Things are looking pretty sweet in Bakery and Snacks. Bread is back, and the sandwich is enjoying a bit of a renaissance in all its glorious forms: burgers, bahn mis, tortas, gyros. Enriched and sprouted grains are also on the rise, ensuring the low-carb craze has finally cooled off.

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A Book Review: Know Your Fats (The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol)

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Wanting to dive into the coconut oil debate more thoroughly this year, I read:

Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol, by Mary G. Enig

Enig was one of the first few scientists who lobbied against trans fats, and asked the FDA begin to require trans fat listings on the side of nutrition boxes (they listened, and that trans fat listing requirement on nutritional labels exists today). This research and information eventually led to their recent decision to take trans fats off of their GRAS List (Generally Recognized As Safe) starting in 2018. To learn more about this decision, you can read FDA Recommends Removing Partially Hydrogenated Oils From Food.

Needless to say, Enig (now deceased) was one of the most well-versed on oils of her time. In addition, she was a scientist who shared and tried to break down the complex concepts for consumers. She wrote this book in an effort to share the truth 

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Costco Increases Organic Sales, Eclipses Whole Foods Market

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

If you haven’t heard yet, Costco has now surpassed Whole Foods Market in organic sales. It happened a little while back, and it was a quiet race for the win.

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How To Taste Olive Oil

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Olive oil has a specific way that it should be tasted to get the full effect of the oil -- just like you would taste wine. I do a lot of olive oil tastings in meetings with customers, along with training our staff internally.

Here's a quick run down if you've never officially been taught how to taste olive oil.

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The Explosive Growth of Natural & Organic

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

It’s always interesting to me to look at the natural and organic trends on a larger scale; they show the incredible power that consumers have to shape what we as food manufacturers make. It’s also amazing to me how, by acting as consumers, can shape this change through what we buy.

With this in mind, I recently ran across an infographic that I thought would be worth sharing. It outlined the timeline of the growth of the “natural” and organic food market, from the mid-90s to now. The changes are gradual at first, but clearly snowball in recent years.

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The Top 10 Bulk Oil Blogs From Centra Foods In 2016

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

In honor of the last blog post of 2016, these are the top 10 articles of the last year.  The blog posts below are listed by popularity, from most to least.  Learn about olive oil grades and calculations, along with sunflower oil, coconut oil and goal-setting advice for purchasing teams.

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Annie’s President Predicts Organic Marketshare To Grow From 4-5% To 20%

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Today, the sale of organic products makes up 5% of the current food market, with the remaining 95% being conventional or non-GMO products. However, the demand for organic products has been on the rise, with growth percentages recently in the double digits.

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Non-GMO, Organic & Clean Label Product Claim Trends [Statistics]

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Today, we are going to review some of the trends in the natural food industry over the last few years.

There’s a lot of data surrounding the natural food industry showing how it’s growing. As food manufacturers, however, you’ll want to know which product claims are growing and declining and why — so that you can make educated decisions about your future product lines and how they will be marketed.

We are going to review some statistics based off of the product claims that are being used on packaging — and how the use of those product claims have changed over time. We’ll also review how natural grocery stores are growing and more importantly, why.

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Trends In Food Bars

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

As the popularity of snacks and convenience foods in the natural space has increased, food bar trends have also grown over the last few years.

The number of adults consuming nutritional bars grew by 11% between 2004 and 2014. Similarly, 44% of all adults ate cereal or granola bars in 2014. Not only do bars hold a large market share in the snack food sector, but their use is also on the rise.

In February 2015, Packaged Facts reported that the market for bars, which includes nutritional, granola and cereal bars, will hit $8 billion by 2019. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know if you’re a food manufacturer releasing a new food bar line.

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10 Year Evolution Of Oil Trends

Posted by Hannah Broaddus

Recently, we reviewed The 10 Year Evolution of Healthy Food Trends, using consumer data aggregated online by Google Trends.

Today, we will do a similar review looking at the trends of different oils over time to see which oils have the most interest, when popularity spiked, and which oils consumers are most interested in today.

This will give your R&D department some new tools to be able to answer the common question, Which oils should we use? Or better put, Which oils do our customers want us to use?

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