PB&J 2.0

PB&J (Peanut Butter & Jelly) is an iconic, American classic. The first written peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipe was published by Julia Davis Chandler in 1901. Today manufacturers are getting creative and launching new PB&J applications for kids and adults alike to enjoy.  It’s PB&J 2.0.

Hormel Foods’ dropped Skippy P.B. Fruit Bites, a line of bite-sized real dried fruit snacks covered in peanut butter. Described as “portable and poppable,” they are offered in two variants: Strawberry-flavored Dried Cranberry and Dried Grape. In the frozen aisle, Hormel Foods’ introduced Skippy P.B. & Jelly Minis, bite-size buns filled with Skippy Peanut Butter and Grape or Strawberry Jelly in White Bakery Bread or Whole Grain Bakery Bread.

Smucker’s has upped the peanut butter ante with a variety of new Jif launches. Jif Power Ups Chewy Granola Bars feature peanut butter and granola in five flavors: Creamy Peanut Butter, Chocolate Flavored, Salted Caramel FlavoredStrawberry, and Banana. Jif Power Ups Creamy Clusters highlight a peanut butter center rolled in toasted oats in three flavors: Creamy Peanut ButterApple Cinnamon, and Strawberry. Jif Poppers are a new Peanut Butter Coated Popcorn snack in three varieties: Peanut Butter Coated Popcorn and Dried StrawberriesPeanut Butter Coated Popcorn and Pretzels, and Peanut Butter Coated Popcorn and Chocolate Covered Pretzels.

Bobo’s just launched Stuff’d Oat Bites, which are snack-size whole grain oat bars filled with organic fruit jam in Apple Pie and Peanut Butter and Jelly flavors. The products are gluten-free, vegan and non-G.M.O. Halo, the cult-followed ice cream maker, even joined the cause and launched Peanut Butter and Jelly ice cream made with peanut butter ice cream, a strawberry swirl and cannoli bites. Theo Chocolate introduced PB&J Chocolate Clusters, which are organic, Fair Trade, non-GMO, and free of soy and gluten while Kraft Heinz has partnered with The Hershey Company to offer a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup whipped topping.

The humble PB&J sandwich is so well-liked that it has trickled its way into hair color and has inspired the “Peanut Jelly Hair” treatment, a golden brown and purple balayage.

For those that enjoy celebrating food holidays, you’re in luck because April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Go ahead, mark your calendars!

Edible Straws – Creative Sustainable Packaging

Sustainable packaging is a continuing subject of interest. The latest trend is the banning of plastic straws.  In response, consumer goods manufacturers have gotten creative and are launching sustainable, edible flavored straws.

PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) season is upon us and Starbucks announced the arrival of Pumpkin Spice Cookie Straws while Kellogg’s brought back its original Froot Loops Cereal Straws, which were discontinued in 2009.  These edible straws were only available at the Kellogg’s NYC Café for the week of August 6, 2018.

For those looking for an alcoholic cocktail, Ruffino Wines and Sweet Saba Candy Couture released a limited-edition line of Prosecco-infused candy straws. These hand-painted paper straws are offered in three flavors with edible candy charms garnished with edible gold: Peach (peach emoji charm), Elderflower (flower charm) and “Bubbles and Celebration” (gold bars charm). Diageo recently launched a range of edible flavored straws to complement its premixed canned RTD cocktails in the UK. The Gordon’s Pink Gin and Schweppes Tonic and Pimm’s and Lemonade feature strawberry flavored straws while Gordon’s & Tonic comes with lemon and lime flavored straws. A chocolate straw accompanies Baileys Iced LattePernod Ricard announced a collaboration with Loliware, the edible plastics company, which will produce the “straw of the future” made from hypercompostable and marinedegradable materials.

So go ahead, drink responsibly and get a hold of an edible straw!  Cheers!  Watch for additional edible straws and creative sustainable packaging.

2016 Flavor, Food & Beverage Trends

Image courtesy of chawalitpix at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of chawalitpix at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

It’s the end of the year and all of the marketers and trend forecasters have weighed in on their 2016 flavor, food & beverage trend predictions. Here is a comprehensive list I compiled of trend predictions for what food & beverages we’ll be eating in 2016…

Some of the trends are on-going and the evolution of an earlier food or beverage prediction. I’m most excited about African and Cuban cuisine and their culinary influences. I foresee unique flavor profiles in new consumer packaged foods & beverages inspired by these multicultural, ethnic cuisines.

The National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot 2016 Culinary Forecast

Baum & Whiteman’s 11 Hottest Food & Beverage Dining Trends In Restaurants & Hotels, 2016

Top Trends & Predictions For 2016 according to Andrew Freeman & Co.

2016 Cutting-Edge Culinary Trends from the Sterling-Rice Group (SRG)

The Top 14 Trends for 2016 from Starchefs International Chefs Congress

Whole Foods Market experts forecast top 10 food trends for 2016 

Innova Market Insights’ Top Food & Beverages Trends for 2016: “Clean Eating” Trend Inspires a Back to Basics Approach and trends 6-10

Technomic’s Take: 2016 Food Trends

Mintel Identifies Global Food And Drink Trends For 2016

Seaweed Is the New Kale: 11 Hot Food Trends for 2016 from CNBC

Wellness food and drink trends for 2016: It’s time to upgrade your green juice from WGSN

2016 Wellness Trends from Well + Good

Key Trends in Functional Foods & Beverages for 2016 from New Nutrition Business

Specialty Food Association’s Trend Forecast: 10 Specialty Food Predictions for 2016

The Top 8 healthy food trends for 2016 from the Fit Foodie

McCormick Flavor Forecast 2016

Comax Flavors reveals flavor trends for 2016

Bell Flavors and Fragrances: New Year, Next Flavors

Happy holidays and New Year!  Most of all happy eating and drinking!

Since When is Beer Healthy?

Cheer for Beer
Cheer for Beer – photo by Mor Naaman

I’ve heard that red wine and dark chocolate have health attributes because of the ingredient resveratrol found in both. Now it appears that beer is being touted as healthy, particularly for a post-workout recovery beverage. Some research studies suggest that beer can help the body rehydrate. For example, Lean Machine Ale from Canada is a low-alcohol, protein-packed “fitness” beer in four variants – Lager, Lemon Ale, Honey Ale, and Pepper Ale. Across the pond, Dune Surfer claims to be a post-exercise recovery beer made with antioxidants from Goji, Acai and Yuzu fruits.  

Although not a beer, Ficks All-Natural Cocktail Fortifiers are formulated with a proprietary blend of vitamins, electrolytes and antioxidants “designed to help promote liver health and reduce some of the negative effects of alcohol consumption such as preventing hangovers.” They are offered in Lemon, Lime, and Ginger flavors. And for those that aren’t interested in the health benefits of beer or alcohol, there’s always Chaser Strips. They are like Listerine strips that can be used after a shot to “alleviate the harsh after taste.”

Cheers to working out and drinking!

Ads Get Splashy

Fairlife Purely Nutritious Milk, Milk Life, and Schick Hydro Silk ads
Fairlife Purely Nutritious Milk, Milk Life, and Schick Hydro Silk 2014 print ads

Seems like print ads are getting splashy. The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) has replaced the National Milk Mustache Got Milk? ad campaign with the Milk Life campaign. The new ads focus on the “8 grams of high-quality protein found in each 8 ounce glass of milk” and use images of propelling milk splashes that fuel consumers through activities such as playing sports.  Similarly, Chicago-based Fairlife LLC introduced a sexy ad campaign of women dressed in milk splashes in pin-up poses to promote the company’s new Purely Nutritious Milk, which contains 50% more natural protein and calcium than ordinary milk. To connote hydration, Schick’s Hydro Silk Sensitive Care ads feature water splashes on the legs of active young women doing activities such as kickboxing and skateboarding.

Noticed other recent ads that are using splashes?  Please share.

Visit 4 Latin Countries Without Leaving NYC

You’ve got to love NYC because it’s truly a melting pot.  According to the latest 2012 Census figures, the Hispanic population in the US grew to 53 million and is expected to more than double to 128.8 million by 2060.

With this is mind, if you’d like to visit Mexico, Spain, Brazil, or Chile and you don’t have a passport or a plane ticket, you can visit 5 specialty shops* without leaving NYC.

Las Palomas Mexican Grocery Store & Deli (by Sonny D. Foursquare)
Las Palomas Mexican Grocery Store & Deli (photo by Sonny D., Foursquare)

 

Las Palomas Mexican Grocery Store & Deli is a tiny grocery that features a variety of Mexican goods such as espazote, dried chilies, spices and fresh-made tamales on weekends.

219 West 100th Street (Amsterdam & Broadway)
New York, NY 10025
(212) 729-3469

Zaragoza Mexican Deli & Grocery (photo by Nicole Franzen)
Zaragoza Mexican Deli & Grocery (photo by Nicole Franzen)

 

Zaragoza Mexican Deli & Grocery is a bodega stocked with authentic Mexican ingredients and a Mexican restaurant, which serves tacos along side a wide selection of imported beer.

215 Avenue A (13th & 14th Street)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 780-9204

 

Despaña SoHo (photo courtesy of Despaña)
Despaña SoHo (photo by Despaña)

 

 

Despaña SoHo is part market and part tapas café with an endless array of Spanish specialty items including Iberico and Serrano ham and 50+ specialty cheeses.

408 Broome Street (Centre & Lafayette)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-5050

 

 

Buzios Boutique (photo courtesy of Buzios)
Buzios Boutique (photo by Buzios)

 

Buzios Boutique sells an eclectic range of Brazilian products from groceries and drinks to souvenirs and beauty products.

20 West 46th Street (Fifth & Sixth Avenue)
New York, NY 10036
(212) 869-6552

 

Puro Chile (photo by Puro Chile)
Puro Chile (photo by Puro Chile)

 

Puro Chile features a variety of Chilean products including handicrafts, jewelry and gourmet products with a sister wine store next door.

221 Centre Street (near Grand)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-7871

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Go on, take a trip to Latin America by way of NYC. Know of any other Hispanic specialty shops? Please share.

*Trendincite LLC has no affiliation with any of these shops.

Candy On Tap

beer-foam
Beer on tap trickling into candy flavors

Trend Alert – seems like beer is the newest flavor to trickle into candy. Jelly Belly debuted a non alcoholic Draft Beer Jelly Bean while ChocOBeer in Europe introduced a line of nine chocolates filled with different Belgium beers. They are cleverly packaged in small shaped beer bottles.

The beer and chocolate combination is not new and has been emerging as craft brewers experiment with a variety of ingredients. February is a popular month to launch these seasonal, limited edition chocolate flavors. This year Woodchuck Hard Cider launched the Cellar Series Chocolate and it is crafted with McIntosh and Northern Spy apples and crushed cocao beans. Foothills Brewing is offering it’s Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout that is infused with cocao and is described as having a “big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit.”  For those who are not beer drinkers, there’s ChocolatRouge, which features three chocolate flavors blended with red wine – Milk Chocolate, Dark Red, and Sweet Red.

Watch as beer spills into other unexpected categories.

2014 Food & Beverage Predictions Continue…

2014 arrived…here are a few more food & beverage predictions for this year…

5 Booms to Shake the Beverage Room in 2014 by BeverageDaily.com

14 in 14: Our Food Predictions for the Coming Year by Epicurious Editors

14 Food Resolutions to Bring in the New Year by HuffPost

Food trends in 2014: from digital dining to healthy junk food by Amy Fleming from The Guardian

Fast casual execs predict 2014 menu trends

Restaurant Trend Mashup: What to expect in 2014 from Fast Casual

FoodNavigator predicts top five industry drivers in 2014

The chocolate prophecies: Industry fortune-telling for 2014 from Confectionery News

2013 StarChefs.com Trends Report (a look at 2013 culinary trends)

Happy eating!

More Food & Beverage Trends 2014…

2014 is around the corner and here are a few more food & beverage trend predictions of what we’ll be eating….

The 2014 Culinary TrendScape report identified by Campbell’s Culinary & Baking Institute

This year’s major menu trends for 2014 “What’s Hot” culinary forecast from the National Restaurant Association

Top 12 trends for food, nutrition and health from New Nutrition Business

Happy Eating and Happy Holidays!

What We’ll Be Eating in 2014…

(photo by Dinner Series)
A place setting (photo by Dinner Series)

Thanksgiving is around the corner with Christmas on its heels and soon it will be a new year.  Here is a list I compiled of some interesting predictions for what food & beverages we’ll be eating in 2014…

Innova reports Top food and beverage trends of 2014

The Flavor of ’14 from the Sterling-Rice Group (SRG)

Technomic’s Take: 10 Trends for 2014

Andrew Freeman & Co. predicts Hot restaurant menu trends for 2014

Top 12 hottest food and beverage trends for 2014 from Baum & Whiteman

London Bar + Drink Trends 2014 from Lost in Catering London

Chefs Convene to Discuss Food Trends from FSR magazine

DNA Response, Inc. Released The Top 8 Food Trends for 2014 From Celebrity Chef and eatcleaner.com Founder, Mareya Ibrahim, “The Fit Foodie” from PRWEB

Jim Meehan: five leading trends driving the New York bar scene from www.diffordsguide.com