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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.

February

Snacks & Sweets

Sweet and savory are the perfect marriage of indulgence and umami. In this issue, we will examine current and forward outlooks for the snack
and confectionery sectors that gained tremendous traction during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will
investigate category whitespace and innovative product launches, identify key consumer demographics, and dive into ingredient and formulation considerations for creating cravable,
yet healthy, sweets and snacks.

Commitment deadline:
February 11
Materials Due: 
February 15

MARCH

Children’s Food and Beverages

Designing products that foster healthy childhood growth and development is big business, with
significant go-to-market opportunity for clean label applications across the entire food and beverage
spectrum. This issue will examine market size and trajectory for kids’ products and investigate novel
ingredients to meet nutritional needs for bone, muscle, vision, brain, gut health and more.

Commitment deadline:
March 11
Materials Due:
March 15

APRIL

Fiber

Fiber’s status as a workhorse has never been more important than today as product formulators look
to develop healthier food and beverages to address nutritional deficiencies in the American diet. While they might not be sexy, they play a crucial role in the areas of heart health, digestion, glucose control, weight management and the microbiome, as well as
contributed to overall texture and stability in processed foods. This issue will examine categories benefiting from “fiberful” additions, new and novel ingredients, as well as formulation challenges and solutions.

Commitment deadline:
April 13
Materials Due:
April 15

MAY

Flavors & Colors

Move over Batman and Robin; colors and flavors are today’s superheroes. Natural colors and flavors are quickly becoming workhorses in the clean label food and beverage space not only for the brilliant hues and vibrant tastes they bring to products, but also for their appeal to consumers who want products made with natural ingredients. This issue will examine market drivers and opportunities for
natural colors and flavors, as well as considerations for ingredient selection, formulation and supply chain.

Commitment deadline:
May 11
Materials Due:
May 13

JUNE

Protein Battle Ground

Protein is a powerful ingredient armed with a multitude of nutritional and functional ammo. From plant- and animal-based to cell-cultured and insects, protein is a hot topic with tons of innovation coming down the pike. This issue will examine veteran and next-gen proteins and how they are adding value to the ranks of beverages, dairy, bars, snacks, ready-to-eat meals,
confections and more. We will also delve into flavor and formulation challenges (especially for plantbased
proteins) as well as best practices for sourcing sustainable proteins.

Commitment deadline: 
June 13
Materials Due: 
June 15

August

Dairy

The rising consumption of dairy products, particularly organic and non-GMO, and shifting consumer preference from meat to dairy products for protein enrichment are driving sector growth. Dairy products are rich in nutrients like riboflavin, calcium, vitamin A, niacin, potassium, vitamin D and phosphorus. This issue will examine the dairy sector’s “mooo-ve” to natural greener pastures, innovative product launches and category whitespace, trending ingredients, formulation and supply chain considerations.

Commitment deadline: 
August 15
Materials Due: 
August 17

September

Plant-Based

Plant-based foods and beverages, in literally every category, are in the forefront of the American food
culture. Brands are answering consumer demand for minimally processed products made from clean
ingredients that align with their values related to well-being and econ-consciousness. This issue will
explore the market opportunity for the plant-based food and beverage products and investigate novel
ingredients and formulation techniques product developers are using to create innovative and tasty
products.

Commitment deadline: 
September 14
Materials Due: 
September 16

October

Beverages

Globally, the nearly US$2 trillion beverage market’s cup is running over with innovation. Amid the
turbulence of COVID-19, many consumers gravitate toward drinks that promote (and deliver) health benefits such as immunity, relaxation, hydration, cognition, digestion and more—but not at a cost to flavor and enjoyment. This issue will look at market opportunities for healthy beverages, trending ingredients such as proteins, nootropics, botanicas,
vitamins and minerals, flavors etc., as well as formulation challenges and solutions.

Commitment deadline: 
October 6 
Materials Due: 
October 10

November

Less is More

From fats and oils to preservatives, sodium and sweeteners, less is more when it comes to ingredient decks and consumer preference. To
that, more brands are dialing back undesirable ingredients and replacing them with natural food
additives that support cleaner (and healthier) labels. This magazine will examine trending ingredients
and formulation solutions to replace ingredients such as fats, oils, sugars, sodium, and artificial preservatives, flavors, colors and more.

Commitment deadline: 
November 7
Materials Due: 
November 9

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.

February

Nature’s Colors

Clean label is the new norm, and brands are responding by reformulating to meet demand. Consumers want products free from artificial flavors and synthetic colors,
so it is important for formulators to understand ingredient selection and process for natural alternatives. To ensure your food or beverage makes it into as many mouths as possible—and then is enjoyed again and again—it is crucial to not only get your flavors straight–but to get the color just right. Color plays a powerful perceptive role in the enjoyment of food, and consumers want to understand the label; they don’t want to see artificial. Show your rainbow in this product development guide.

Commitment deadline:
December 23, 2021
Materials Due: 
January 3

March

Beverages

Beverages are perhaps the most ubiquitous consumable. Water is
the elixir of life. But for every occasion and life circumstance, be it
celebratory, functional, nourishing or simply quenching, beverage
brand holders continue to innovate. They need solutions for flavor,
sweetening, texture and more. Beverages serve as an expression
of individual tastes and values, while also being persistently functional. Today’s beverages may serve as a meal, or a nonalcoholic mixer may serve a up a social status cue. Beverages are perhaps the most dramatic disruptors in today’s food and beverage marketplace. Learn about ways to think outside the
bottle with new ideas for expanding and diversifying offerings to meet consumers’ evolving desires and needs.

Commitment deadline:
January 25
Materials Due: 
February 3

APRIL

Non-dairy Innovation: All Meal Occasions, Sweet to Savory

Demand for dairy alternatives is giving conventional dairy counterparts a run for their money, with innovation creating disruption in the marketplace. Consumer perception of what constitutes a good protein source is expanding to include a wider variety of plant-based protein ingredients that offer balanced proteins while catering to dietary and lifestyle restriction—or
simply changing preferences. Many ingredients also satisfy consumer demand for clean labels, and align with values related to sustainability and eco-consciousness. From desserts and plant-based milk options to cheese alternatives and dips, this product development guide provides the platform to tout the
benefits of your innovative non-dairy ingredient and food-tech solutions the dairy aisle.

Commitment deadline:
February 15 
Materials Due: 
February 24

MAY

Probiotics in Snacks

What happens when you combine two of the hottest CPG categories—snacking and microbiome health? A new slew of product innovation
opportunities emerges. R&D in potent shelf-stable probiotics is providing new ways to support getting these beneficial microbes into more diversified delivery systems, and consequently deliver more benefits to more consumers. Add to that the boom in snackification, nutrient-dense snacks with more varied flavors and textures create a perfect innovation storm for store shelves.

Commitment deadline:
March 22
Materials Due:
March 31

June

Specialty Diets

According to the Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) annual State of the Specialty Food Industry report
released in 2020, sales of specialty foods reached a record $158.5 billion in 2019, a 10.7% increase since 2017. But this trend has now increased with the advent of more eat-at-home occasions due to the
pandemic. Specialty foods cater to specialty diets, be they restrictions due to allergens lifestyle preferences
related eating less animal protein, or perhaps higher the higher protein requirements of the keto diet. This
guide will look at some of the leading ingredient trends feeding today’s specialty diet product category leaders.

Commitment deadline:
April 21
Materials Due: 
May 2

July

Condiments

Condiments emerged as a key growth product category in 2020,
as people spent more time preparing and eating meals at home. Consumers discovered that variety and convenience could fit hand-in-glove and brands heeded the call. The trend is not going away, but the continued growth in the category must also be meet consumer desires for label friendly ingredient decks, Clean label, application versatility and a shift to more adventurous
flavors are key attributes for differentiation. With texture and
stability needs rivaling the importance of taste and mouthfeel,
formulation considerations can be challenging. This product development guide will highlight some of the latest strategies for
spicing up the category!

Commitment deadline:
May 23
Materials Due: 
June 1

August

Fortification

Wellness-minded, label-reading shoppers seek functional foods
and beverages to optimize their health. Some are looking for
specific beneficial nutrients, others focus upon nutrient-dense, clean-label functional foods and beverages in convenient formats to support their active lifestyles. By way of example, grabbing a midafternoon nutrition bar fortified perhaps with nutrient-dense whole foods, they’ll score ample minerals, amino acids and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. Similarly, by snacking on crackers
fortified with organic beet root and kale ingredients, they’ll get a range of antioxidants. For brands, enhancing recipes with high-quality nutrients and other functional ingredients can create truly differentiated competitive products within a crowded marketplace. The opportunities to innovate are endless with a vast array of versatile clean-label ingredients to choose from.

Commitment deadline:
June 23
Materials Due: 
July 4

SEPTEMBER

Children’s Health: Healthy Foods &
Beverage in the Lunchbox

Parents want to raise healthy kids with good eating habits, they understand the benefits of a balanced diet from the beginning. While the latest Dietary Guidelines for American’s includes guidance for baby and toddler nutrition, including
recommendations like introducing peanuts and eggs in the first year of life, and avoiding added sugar during the first two years, moving through children’s life stages into middle school age and into high school presents particular challenges in a hurried and over-busy world. This product development guide will delve
into strategies for creating quality, clean label, nutrient-dense, and convenient grab-and-go solutions for lunch boxes and busy lifestyles.

Commitment deadline: 
July 26
Materials Due: 
August 4

OCTOBER

Grains

Staples like wheat, rye and rice continue to reign supreme in the world of grains, but brands face the
need to diversify production to meet growing desires for plant-forward eating, soil health and sustainable
production. Ancient grains like quinoa, chia, amaranth, kamut, millet and others have shown serious staying power thanks to their versatility, clean label attributes
and sustainable stories. From breads and baked goods to dairy replacements and baby food, grains are showcasing their versatility in myriad formats. It’s time for brands to truly go with the grain.

Commitment deadline: 
August 18
Materials Due: 
August 29

DECEMBER

Plant-Based Meat Alternatives

Rarely are texture, flavor and appearance together under as
much scrutiny as with plant-based meat alternatives. Whether it’s for health, allergy/intolerance or environmental reasons, forecasts
show consumer demand for plant-based alternatives won’t slow.
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. Creating plant-based meat alternatives that meet the complementary requirements of die-hard meat lovers, plant-only vegans and flexitarians can be daunting. We’ll explore some of the leading solutions for addressing this complex market.

Commitment deadline: 
October 14
Materials Due:
October 25 

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.

July

CBD

Despite FDA’s long-held position that CBD cannot be sold in conventional food or dietary supplements, the market has continued to grow, with a Consumer Brands/Ipsos poll finding 26% of Americans have used CBD. This Deep Dive will examine the current and future state of the CBD food and beverage market including category opportunities, current regulatory issues and the science behind cannabinoids as ingredients for food and beverage products.

Commitment deadline:
April 25
Materials Due: 
July 18

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. 

January

A New Kind of Brew: Innovations in
Coffee and Tea

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Coffee and tea have been consumed for millennia,
but evolving consumer demands have led to innovation in these two original functional beverages. From protein and mineral fortification
to creative new formats and deliveries, coffee and
tea are now expected to deliver more benefits than
ever. This webinar will explore changing consumer
preferences and the ingredient and formulation
innovation being utilized to deliver.

Commitment deadline:
December 30, 2021
Materials Due:
December 31, 2021

march

Raising the Bar(s): Innovation in the Cereal and Bar Market

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Cereals and bars may be an old mainstay in the natural food world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Today’s products are recreating what the category can do; think pre- and probiotic bars, grain-free cereals and the proliferation of savory products into the market. This webinar will highlight the latest ingredients,
formats and formulation strategies redefining the category.

Commitment deadline:
February 24
Materials Due:
February 25

MAY

Sustainability in Action: Creating a Greener Food System

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The global climate crisis has reached a crossroads, and consumers are increasingly voicing concerns about the future of the planet. As a result, they are turning to brands that share that concern and are responding in kind. This webinar will explore
sustainability efforts across the food and beverage industry, including regenerative agriculture, transparent and traceable supply chains and
innovations in packaging and manufacturing.

Commitment deadline:
April 28
Materials Due:
April 29

JULY

Natural Sweeteners: Achieving
Clean Label Sweetness

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For consumers keeping a keener eye on their personal health, sugar is often among the first ingredients avoided or reduced. However, the role sugar plays as both a sweetener and bulking agent must still be filled. This webinar will cover current trends in sugar reduction and avoidance, trending natural sweeteners filling the gap and formulation tips and best practices to achieve the taste and texture consumers desire without the sugar.

Commitment deadline: 
June 30
Materials Due: 
July 1

SEPTEMBER

Chew on This: The Future of Cultured Meats

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As an increasing number of consumers choose to avoid or reduce their consumption of animal products—whether for health or ethical reasons—
plant-based food and beverage took off. Now, the next phase of sustainable meat is beginning to find its footing—cultured meat products. This webinar will look at the latest technologies behind cultured meat products and what the future holds for this burgeoning market.

Commitment deadline: 
August 25
Materials Due:
August 26 

NOVEMBER

Looking Ahead: The Future of Food & Beverage

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As we close the book on 2022, it is only natural we look forward to 2023 and beyond. What trends are taking shape for the next year, and how is the food and beverage industry responding? This webinar
will look ahead at the ingredients, products, technologies and innovations expected to take off in the near future.

Commitment deadline: 
October 27
Materials Due: 
October 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 10-minute live presentation and will participate in a 20-minute live Q&A at the end of the session. Networking will be highly encouraged before, during and after each SupplySide Sponsored Intensive!

JANUARY

Cannabinoids

Despite a quelling of consumer spending through the pandemic, hemp-derived ingredients have remained steady on the list of products consumers are turning too for varied benefits, including support for stress, sleep, muscular function, sports performance, and a host of other researched benefits. Companies looking to innovate in the space must stay ahead of the curve and understand which cannabinoids, extracted through which processes, and derived through which supply chains will meet specified consumer needs. Participate in this intensive and explore the rapidly evolving science behind, and market for, CBD and other lesser-known hemp derived cannabinoids.

Commitment deadline:
December 14, 2021
Live Presentation:
January 12

FEBRUARY

Meat Alternatives

Meaty texture, flavor and appearance are often scrutinized together as desired characteristics for meat alternative products, but some consumers prefer a plant-forward approach.  Taking your product development that direction depends on clearly targeting your costumer. But, whether it’s for health, allergy/intolerance or environmental reasons, forecasting shows that consumer demand for meat alternatives and plant-based options is not slowing down. Sustainability concerns loom large, and the consumer for these products is committed.

Commitment deadline:
January 11
Live Presentation:
February 9

MARCH

Inflammation & Joint Health

Consumers of all types are looking to joint health products to ensure flexibility and quality of life, from younger athletes to aging Baby Boomers. Formulators have a wide range of substantiated ingredients from which to choose to develop innovative joint health supplements. No longer is joint discomfort the sole challenge. Today’s innovative ingredient solutions include science-supported solutions for inflammation and mobility support before dysfunction or discomfort manifest. Inflammation is the body’s normal response to various stressor, yet an over-active response to either acute or chronic conditions and be the cause of discomfort, and at worst, longer term chronic pain. Joint health for life is now the new normal, and this month’s SSN365 Intensive aims to explore some of the latest clinically supported ingredients that address the underlying functions to support joint health.

Commitment deadline:
February 15
Live Presentation: 
March 16

APRIL

Synbiotics

With still-growing consumer and practitioner awareness of the link between gut/microbiome health and the wellness of everything from digestion and skin to brain and immunity, the demand for pre-, pro- and post-biotics is big. Probiotic sales lead the category however, according to Nutrition Business Journal, 2021 led to 13% growth in prebiotic and more than 10% growth in synbotics (pre- and probiotic formulas). This Intensive program highlights the newest thinking and ingredient offerings to customize supplement offerings that influence the growth, replenishment and aiding of the beneficial bacteria that make up the complex gut microbiome, with a specific focus on synbiotics.

Commitment deadline:
March 22
Live Presentation:
April 20

MAY

Plant-Based Dairy

Plant-based eating has continued to gain popularity, with 39% of Americans trying to eat more plant-based foods. This growing demand for plant-based is fueling innovation in the dairy space–milks, yogurts, cheeses, desserts–creating more targeted, functional, delicious and cleaner products. Be part of this SupplySide Network 365 intensive to educate brands about plant-based dairy food tech that will appeal to consumers’ desire for the sustainable, healthy options. Brands looking to innovate in this growing segment are hungry for taste and texture solutions that appeal to a broad array of consumer sensory preferences. Showcase your technologies, ingredients and expertise in the flourishing plant-based dairy product innovation revolution.

Commitment deadline:
April 12
Live Presentation:
May 11

JUNE

Immune Health

According to Nutrition Business Journal, cold, flu and immunity supplement sales for 2021 were US$56.8 billion, and although the whopping gains we saw in the category through the early pandemic have slowed, the category will retain steady growth. In addition to normal seasonal concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to maintain consumer focus on ways they can proactively stay well. Holistic strategies for supporting optimal immune system function are leading the way for product producers wanting to support this need with new formulations. Microbiome support, healthy inflammation response, omega-3s, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, other natural botanical and herbal ingredients are all coming into play. Showcase your solutions for supporting a healthy immune system in this SupplySide Network 365 Intensive.

Commitment deadline:
May 10
Live Presentation:
June 8

JULY

Fiber

According to Allied Market Research, the global dietary fibers market size was valued at US$7.9 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $21,672.9 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 11.1%.Fiber ingredients offer versatility in texture, viscosity and mouthfeel, all important functional benefits, but many also offer added health benefits to aid in creating stand-out products. Dietary fibers naturally present in food may also be supplemented in products for their health benefits, and can provide a health halo for formulations, particularly because most are derived mainly from plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Fibers provide the dual benefit of formulating performance advantages and health benefits – depending on the type of fiber, helping the body transport waste, support the microbiome and can reduce risk of certain diseases by decreasing blood sugar and cholesterol, and keep weight in control. A key component of product production, understanding some of the options available for R&D is critical for maintain a competitive edge. Attend this Intensive to learn about some of the latest innovations in dietary fiber.



Commitment deadline: 
June 7
Live Presentation: 
July 6

AUGUST

Weight Management

Weight loss is about optimizing and fine-tuning metabolism as well as understanding the mechanisms behind hunger and appetite. The need for a balanced approach to weight maintenance is as equally important as reaching a goal. Supplements can support weight management via multiple mechanisms. At the core of today’s best weight management supplements are a broad spectrum of innovative, high-quality, extensively researched ingredients. This Intensive will explore some of the latest supplement ingredient approaches to weight loss, healthy metabolism and weight maintenance.

Commitment deadline: 
July 12
Live Presentation: 
August 10

SEPTEMBER

Confectionery

Sweets are never out of season. It seems occasions for indulgence are around every bend and with the pandemic curtailing larger indulgences for many, premium confections offered small comforts. Fortune Business Insights noted that the global confectionery market is projected to grow from US$194.37 billion in 2021 to $242.53 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 3.8% in forecast period, with the sudden rise in CAGR attributed to demand and growth returning to pre-pandemic levels. This said, consumers desire healthy alternatives that include sugar reductions, natural flavors and colors, and transparent supply chains, particularly in the chocolate market. We want to hear about your ingredient and supply chain innovations in the dynamic confectionary market. Use this SupplySide Network 365 Intensive as an opportunity to showcase your offering to the brands looking for a competitive edge.

Commitment deadline: 
August 16
Live Presentation: 
September 14

OCTOBER

Sports Recovery

Sports nutrition consumers seek super-charged functional foods and supplements that supply clean fuel, provide a training edge and aid in recovery–for all activities and through all generations. Consumers, athletes and otherwise, now understand that what they put in their body greatly 
affects their health, so when it comes to energy and recovery, they want solutions that are healthy, 
clean and can support performance for the long hall. Present your solutions on this Intensive and reach leading brands looking for the marketing edge.

 

Commitment deadline: 
September 13
Live Presentation: 
October 12

NOVEMBER

Healthy Aging

For healthy aging, it’s no surprise that women have specific health needs requiring targeted solutions. Certainly, woman’s hormone health always seems to be top of mind when considering gender-based health concerns, but what about digestion, bone health, active lifestyles? Women’s needs are whole-body and whole-mind, and they seek formulas that provide balanced nutrition and that target their unique needs. This Intensive provides the opportunity to present solutions that focus on condition-specific requirements for women through all life stages.

 

Commitment deadline: 
October 11
Live Presentation: 
November 9

DECEMBER

Children’s Health

The needs of children’s bodies and minds change rapidly through early life stages, to middle childhood, and adolescence. Parents want to raise healthy kids with good eating habits, they understand the benefits of a balanced diet from the beginning. While the latest Dietary Guidelines for American’s includes guidance for baby and toddler nutrition, including recommendations like introducing peanuts and eggs in the first year of life, and avoiding added sugar during the first two years, moving through children’s life stages into middle school age and even into high school presents particular challenges in a hurried and over-busy world. Supporting these needs can be met with innovative products that embrace scientific evidence. Join us for this Intensive as we overview some of the top product category trends and overview the science for specific health needs for children’s health.

Commitment deadline: 
November 8
Live Presentation: 
December 7