What do people look for in the foods they consume? The answer to that question has changed quite a bit over the last 5 to 10 years. Before, factors like convenience and taste were the primary (if not only) concerns for many consumers, especially in the snack food market.
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For the last five years, Silva International has been running a raw material supplier workshop in China. Each year we see higher attendance and a significant increase in participation from our partners in this region. This year the workshop spanned two days, with 42 raw material partners and farmers attending, bringing a total of almost 100 people to “our hometown” of Qingdao, Shandong province.
With summer and fall harvest about complete, we like to summarize the market sentiments for some of our major crops harvested in China and around the world. Our quality and procurement groups have been busy, together with our raw material partners, to produce and secure quality raw material to bring to our Illinois finished goods production facility.
If you’re a pet food producer, you know that pet treats have been a big part of the market for years. There are three trends in pet snacks you should know about (if you don’t already). Knowing these trends—and shaping your product offerings around them—will allow you to deliver exactly what customers are looking for, potentially growing your market share and profitability over the long term.
We like to eat things that are appealing. Sure, there are people who will blend together a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, and other food items and then drink down the thick, gooey liquid. But that’s not most of us. Most of us want to eat things we believe both are good and look good. With the different options available to food product development teams today, it’s possible to do some of both, resulting in products consumers love.
Steam Sterilization of Spices and Dehydrated Ingredients Still Leads the Way in Food Safety Processes
As technology has changed over the years, certain processes of ensuring that the food we produce is safe have gone in and out of style. Steam sterilization, though, has been around for a long time. And although its execution has been refined over the years, it remains an industry leader for reducing the microbial count of spices and dehydrated fruits and vegetables.
Whether you’re producing either a snack food or a pet food using puffed or extruded technologies, you need ingredients you can trust. Silva sources the best raw ingredients and then processes them in ways that meet or exceed industry standards.
Craft beer has been growing at a phenomenal rate in the United States in the last 10 years. This has led many brewhouses to develop beers that incorporate ingredients you wouldn’t normally associate with beer—fruits and vegetables.
Customers are drawn to products with vibrant colors that grab their attention visually. How can you provide the visual pop customers are looking for while avoiding artificial colors? Many companies are turning to the natural color of vegetables as a solution to this dilemma.