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RANKED: 2022 Flavor Trends That Will Shape Innovation

As we cruise through the first part of 2022, we’re ranking all the top trending flavor combos that’ll tease the tastebuds. From our gold medal winners all the way to the honorable mentions that have followed us from the last year, there’s a lot to look forward to. Take a scroll – and reach outContinue reading “RANKED: 2022 Flavor Trends That Will Shape Innovation”

Functional fungi in sports nutrition

Rising awareness of adaptogenic mushrooms presents an attractive opportunity in sports nutrition and active lifestyles from pre-workouts to recovery. Reishi, chaga, cordyceps, and lion’s mane among others have the potential to regulate the body’s stress response, lower fatigue, increase attention and reduce other stress-induced impairments. Virginia Dare recently published an article through Natural Products InsiderContinue reading “Functional fungi in sports nutrition”

Tea varietals and wellness flavors are flourishing

As health and wellness becomes the top driving force behind consumer goods, holistic nutraceuticals and ancient medicine rally back to the spotlight with tea leading the functional fight. Beverage Industry recently featured Virginia Dare’s taste perspective on trending wellness flavors and herbal varietals in tea beverages. “By integrating wellness flavors into their applications, tea brandsContinue reading “Tea varietals and wellness flavors are flourishing”

WHITE PAPER: Formulating Convenience for Today’s At-Home Consumer

Time is a limited resource for today’s consumer. Consumers are increasingly eating at home, buying ready-to-drink beverages, and using meal kits. However, consumers are unwilling to sacrifice nutrition, taste, or texture for convenience. Successful convenience format applications will save time, satisfy appetites, and deliver preferred taste and sensory experience. Brands can drive loyalty and reachContinue reading “WHITE PAPER: Formulating Convenience for Today’s At-Home Consumer”

Tune in to our Fireside Chat about the Global Vanilla Market

Our Vice President of International Operations Henry Todd recently held a Fireside Chat with the Institute of Food Technologists’ Jay Gilbert, Scientific Programs and Career Pathways Director. During the conversation, they discussed how global vanilla leaders like Virginia Dare remain committed to improving Malagasy vanilla smallholders’ livelihoods by working to reduce market volatility, promote financialContinue reading “Tune in to our Fireside Chat about the Global Vanilla Market”

In quarantine, the role of snack and granola bars is shifting

Consumers are placing a higher emphasis on health and wellness, and for that reason, gravitating toward clean label snacks and bars even more than usual. Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery recently published an article on this trend, including some insights from the team at Virginia Dare about flavor profiles that will excite these consumers. “InContinue reading “In quarantine, the role of snack and granola bars is shifting”