Food & Beverage Insider Digital Magazines deliver feature-style analysis, columns, and in-depth stories in an always on, always accessible format. Since each issue is thematic, our audience, your customers, finds exactly what they need exactly when they need it to help them along their specific decision-making process.
Rising demand for low-calorie, organic, sugar-free and functional products are driving lucrative growth in the confectionery market, which got an additional lift during the COVID-19 pandemic. This issue will review market forecasts, and examine novel ingredients and formulation considerations for applications such as chocolates, gummies and hard candies.
Commitment deadline: Feb. 11
Materials Due: Feb. 16
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Manufacturers and consumers are realizing fiber’s role in maintaining overall wellness, including improved digestive health, support for weight management, and a satiety and immune health booster. In fact, boosting fiber intake is a key recommendation by the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This magazine will examine fiber ingredients derived from natural sources that bulk up healthy products, as well as top considerations relative to sourcing, formulation and manufacturing, with an eye on innovation.
Commitment deadline: Apr. 14
Materials Due: Apr. 6
Plant-based eating is a red-hot category driven by consumer demand for delicious products that are minimally processed, made from clean label ingredients, and align with their values. This issue will explore the plant-based category, including dairy and meat alternatives, as well as categories poised to blossom from the power of the plant. Specific emphasis will be given to trending ingredients such as proteins, flavoring systems and texturants, as well as formulation considerations, supply chain and policy issues related to labeling.
Commitment deadline: May 12
Materials Due: May 14
Snacking habits are changing across the globe, with consumers eating fewer traditional meals, yet still wanting healthy options. This issue will provide a market update for the explosive category, review trending ingredients for healthier products, and discuss formulation trends, challenges and innovations that can help brands capture the soaring demand.
Commitment deadline: June 15
Materials Due: June 17
As consumer interest grows in the healthy beverage category, brands are launching drinks that are superior in form, function and taste than their predecessors. Here, we will look at growth sectors, investigate novel ingredients such as botanicals, adaptogens and probiotics, as well as familiar and essential ones such as proteins, vitamins, minerals, sweeteners, colors and flavors being used to create shelf-stable and refrigerated drinks.
Commitment deadline: July 7
Materials Due: July 9
Consumers, especially during times of unrest, desire the indulgence and nostalgia found in the bakery aisle. But they also increasingly seek products and ingredients that can deliver indulgence without the guilt. This magazine will focus on key growth categories and formulation strategies, and review ingredients such as grains, flours, gums and starches, preservatives, bulking agents, eggs and egg replacers, texturants, acidulants, and inclusions like nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables.
Commitment deadline: Aug. 16
Materials Due: Aug. 18
Colors & Flavors
Colors and flavors can make or break a product because if it doesn’t look appealing, it probably won’t rank high on the old taste meter. Today’s consumers want natural ingredients derived from plant sources that can be more challenging (and sometimes costlier) to work with than their synthetic counterparts. This magazine will examine options and technologies for natural colors and flavors as well as formulation solutions and supply chain considerations for brands to succeed in going “au natural.”
Commitment deadline: Sept. 15
Materials Due: Sept. 17
Coffee & Tea
Natural brands continue to disrupt the coffee and tea categories, and consumers are drinking it up. Whether hot or cold, coffee and tea brands are finding success with innovative, flavorful and mission-driven beverages. Here, we’ll review trending ingredients for creating healthy and unique coffee and tea drinks, and discuss formulation trends, challenges and innovations that can help brands capture the increasing demand.
Commitment deadline: Oct. 7
Materials Due: Oct. 11
As consumers become more health-conscious, they are often eschewing foods and beverages high in sugar and artificial sweeteners. However, launching or reformulating food and beverage products to appeal to these changing consumer dynamics requires more than simple sugar reduction. This magazine will examine growth categories for natural sweeteners, trending sugar alternatives, formulation solutions and supply chain considerations.
Commitment deadline: Nov. 8
Materials Due: Nov. 10
Deep Dive Reports
Long-form underwritten reports that take an in-depth, editorial look at overarching themes and innovations helping to shape the ingredient and manufacturing worlds, with a focus on impact on key categories in the natural and organic products industry. Deep Dives allow you to exclusively align with relevant third-party content.
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Frozen RTE Meals
The market for frozen foods—particularly entrees, meal kits and convenience products—shifted into high gear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other frozen subcategories such as bakery, fruits and vegetables also experienced huge surges in sales. In this Deep Dive, we will examine current and forward-looking market opportunities and examine trending ingredients such as flavors, gums, starches, stabilizers, fruits and vegetables, fats and more, as well as formulation solutions necessary for brands to succeed in the frozen aisle.
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Ketchup, mustard and mayo have ruled the condiment aisle for decades, but innovative products that pack unique flavor and texture profiles and address dietary tribes from keto to vegan, low-carb and low-sugar are disrupting in the category. In this Deep Dive, we will examine opportunities in the ever-growing condiment space and review ingredients such as flavors, spices, healthy fats, natural sweeteners and more, as well as formulation solutions for brands to launch innovative condiments.
Commitment deadline: Aug. 17
Commitment deadline: Oct. 29
Product Development Guides
Co-branded monthly content geared toward a formulator audience, featuring a quick category overview, and a sponsor Q&A and advertising section. These cover topics related to relevant conditions, ingredients and sourcing practices.
Pulses: nutritious solutions for grain reduced products
Pulse ingredients offer stand-out formulation options. Consumers looking for nutrition-packed, protein-enhanced products also want products taste good. They’re also seeking non-GMO, reduced grain, plant-based products with sustainably sourced ingredients. Pulse ingredients, derived from chickpeas, lentils, peas and beans, offer all the nutritional advantages and are sustainable, using less non-renewable energy than other crops; and produce their own fertilizer by fixing nitrogen in the soil. Pulses today are in demand.
Commitment deadline: Jan. 20
Materials Due: Jan. 27
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Whether it’s over concerns about the treatment of livestock, the environment or declining personal health, consumers are interested in alternatives to their burgers, brats, sausages and poultry. But they want all that without sacrificing the umami quality and flavor they get from the real thing. This guide will cover innovations in meat alternatives that help achieve a satisfying, center-plate experience, while also providing plant-based nutrients and animal-like texture and color.
Commitment deadline: Feb. 22
Materials Due: Mar. 1
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Clean Label Baking Trends
Many consumers have become excited about baking, but soon the novelty wears, and time constraints have them turning back to packaged baked goods. However, this home baking trend has also awoken the desire for products with that made-at-home appeal. Sourdough and fermentation have become hot topic on social media, and flakey pastries have replaced many a donut. We’ll explore some of the latest trends in commercial baking, including fats, artisanal and ancient grains, and label friendly shelf life stabilizers.
Commitment deadline: Mar. 15
Materials Due: Mar. 22
Sourcing fruit & vegetable ingredients
Fruits and vegetables provide not only high nutritional value, in the work of packaged foods, they add color, flavor diversity, texture and fiber. As consumers look for nutritional value in their products, with label-friendly, whole-food ingredient panels, the needs for both industrial fresh food sourcing and dried fruit and vegetables—whole and concentrated—are diverse, yet equally in demand. We’ll look at fresh food market trends and consumer demand for whole food nutritional solutions in this PDG edition.
Commitment deadline: Apr. 19
Materials Due: Apr. 26
Non-dairy dairy innovation: flavor & texture solutions
Rarely are texture and flavor under as much scrutiny as with non-dairy alternatives. But, whether it’s for health, allergy/intolerance or environmental reasons, forecasting shows that consumer demand for non-dairy alternatives won’t slow. In fact, eliminating/reducing dairy intake is a more popular option than eliminating/reducing meat intake with nearly 1 in 5 consumers now making the decision to go dairy free. This guide sheds insight on the ingredients that can pleasantly meet demand for non-dairy versions of everything from beverages, dips and dressings to cheeses and frozen treats.
Commitment deadline: May 19
Materials Due: May 26
Hemp and CBD for food applications
Hemp and hemp derived ingredients are hot. Industrial hemp for food products remains in demand as consumers look for balanced plant-based solutions in their diets. Formulators continue to turn to hemp for its top-notch nutritional profile, rich in essential fatty acids, protein and fiber, and its sustainable cultivation practice. Add to that the desire to include hemp extracts like CBD into functional foods, the need for quality sourcing and quality partners is only growing. Make sure you can reach brands looking for your hemp-based ingredient solutions in food and beverage.
Commitment deadline: June 18
Materials Due: June 24
Fats & Oils
Whether because of a special diet or because of an increased respect for fat’s place in a balanced health approach, consumers aren’t scared of fat anymore. But they are keen on seeking products containing fats and oils that are clean, minimally processed and healthy. With formulators knowing fats and oils have a profound effect on any application, this guide will cover the current solutions meeting functionality and clean label demands.
Commitment deadline: July 22
Materials Due: July 29
Global Flavors in Snacks and Convenience Foods
American is a culture of diversity, individuality and convenience. The “snackification” of food culture and packaged food profusion are an expression of a more flexible, spontaneous and individual society. There is a loosening of clear and learned structures of when, where and how to eat. With all this convenience and diversity, consumers’ pallets have been exposed to global cuisines and flavors. More than ever, variety and ethnicity have become the spice of life. This guide examines the snackification phenomenon and the fluidity of global cuisine driving more complexity in today’s convenience foods flavoring.
Commitment deadline: Aug. 20
Materials Due: Aug. 27
Consumers are here for the plant-based movement, but protein remains a concern. History of linking animal-based protein to quality lingers, so keen formulators are turning to a plethora of legumes, seeds and grains to solve for both the plant and protein desire. As protein emerges into formats beyond bars and shakes, formulators need solutions that achieve taste and texture desires in a multitude of food and beverage categories.
Commitment deadline: Sept. 15
Materials Due: Sept. 22
Eschewing sodium has long been a recommended strategy for consumers seeking health, but until recently, the focus has largely been on the saltshaker. Consumers are waking to the realization that most salt they consume comes in the form of consumer-packaged goods and restaurant meals. This guide features ingredients that solve for the high sodium issue and provide food, beverage and menu recipe formulators with desirable sodium-like flavor, texture and shelf life.
Commitment deadline: Nov. 16
Materials Due: Nov. 23
SupplySide Education Series
The SupplySide Education Series will feature a monthly webinar, each focused on a unique key topic (see below). Align your brand with innovation, best practices, and need-to-know information by underwriting topics within this series.
Packaging that pleases people, the planet and profits
Despite living through a pandemic and a bad economy, many consumers prefer brands that prioritize sustainable and environmentally friendly business practices. Packaging is a front-and-center, can-hold-in-your-hand reminder of how a brand’s operation affects the world. It’s clear from consumer surveys that sustainable packaging is in and single-use plastic is out. This session will help brands choose the best packaging option for their food and beverage products.
Commitment deadline: January 1
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Achieving sweetness naturally
Consumers crave the sweet taste of sugar, but are less inclined to suffer the consequences of consuming an ingredient that, in excess, can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Food and beverage brands are innovating with natural sugar alternatives, using formulation techniques to combat off-notes and provide bulk where needed. In this webinar, you’ll hear specific examples of how food and beverage brands are successfully offering tasty options that appeal to consumer’s sweet desires.
Commitment deadline: Feb. 25
Rising consumer awareness of the long-term benefits of health and wellness is driving innovation and market opportunity in the functional beverage category, which is expected to reach US$208.13 billion by 2024, according to Research and Markets. This education offering will cover the functional beverage market; opportunities in booming condition specific categories, such as brain health and immunity; and formulating with and souring natural functional ingredients, such as botanicals, adaptogens, proteins and natural colors.
Commitment deadline: Apr. 29
Sustainability to shape a better business
Food brands that continue to focus on how their operation and products affect the wider community will win and retain loyal customers, even while global economies are shrinking, and many consumers may be concerned about their household budgets. We’ll discuss how food brands can ensure “sustainability” is viewed holistically throughout company operations as well as available technology to improve carbon footprints.
Commitment deadline: July 1
Winning in Children’s Product Development
Formulating for children’s palates can be difficult on its own. Factor in parents’ demands for natural options that are free from unhealthy ingredients, and also add nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein and fat that help kids grow to their fullest potential, and food and beverage brands have plenty of challenges and opportunity in this sector. This webinar will offer formulation tips and discussions on how to best achieve success among younger consumers.
Commitment deadline: Sept. 2
Unlocking the Power of the Snack
Today’s snacks must offer healthier options than their sodium and sugar-laden predecessors, but can’t sacrifice any of the convenience consumers have come to enjoy for decades. This webinar will help brands identify the snack consumer; explain the category whitespace and innovative product launches that address personalized nutrition, sports nutrition and children’s nutrition; and explore ingredient trends, including healthier ingredients and formulation considerations.
Commitment deadline: Oct. 28
SupplySide Sponsored Intensives
SupplySide Network 365 introduces a series of customer-led webinar events. As note below, each month will focus on a topic and offers attendees the opportunity to hear from multiple suppliers around the category in an intensive 2-3 hour information deep dive. Limited to six sponsors maximum, each sponsor will give a 20-minute session. Networking will be highly encouraged before, during and after each SupplySide Sponsored Intensive!
Commitment deadline: February 10
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Snack Innovation & Technology
Sweeteners & Flavors
Plant-Based Ingredients & Technologies