26 Jun 2018

2018 Flavour Trends in Sausages

To consumers, sausages are especially appealing because of their flavourful, indulgent and high protein qualities. As many consumers are concerned about their health, they are also looking for leaner yet still indulgent sausage options.

As protein is a trend that continues to evolve within the meat and more importantly sausage category, it is important for meat manufacturers to find new ways of addressing consumers’ needs for healthy yet flavourful choices.

One of the Biggest 2018 Meat Trends: Sausages

The good news is that sausages were identified as one of the three biggest trends for retailers at the 2018 Annual Meat Conference held at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Centre. Bold flavours such as andouille, spicy chorizo and bratwurst continue to be strong category leaders, while new flavours such as beer and cheddar combinations are becoming popular. For example, Mighty Spark Food Co. launched a bratwurst made with bacon, cheddar cheese and beer and Johnsonville displayed a new cheddar and beer bratwurst flavoured sausage called Tailgate at the show.1

A quick search online revealed several specialty Canadian manufacturers and grocery retailers are offering a wide assortment of flavoured sausages including cheese flavoured combinations. For example, Farm Boy offers as many as 16 different flavoured sausage varieties including various cheese flavoured combinations such as bacon & cheddar, hot chillies & pepper jack and cheddar & jalapeno. Seed to Sausage, a meat producer specializing in local, hand-crafted meats, offers a jalapeno cheese curd sausage.  Sobeys offers a bacon and cheese flavoured sausage under its Compliments brand.

On-trend Flavour Solutions

Did you know that there are solutions that can help address the issue of fat reduction while enhancing the cheese and even the meat flavours in sausages? Butter Buds, a functional dairy concentrate, can be used to boost cheese and meat flavours, mask off-notes and round off the harshness of spices in sausages and meats without adding fat. As Butter Buds has a variety of cheese flavours available including both dairy and non-dairy options as well as specialty flavours such as dried beer extract and bacon, it is an ideal solution for creating healthy, flavourful sausage options. A variety of ready-to-go Butter Buds flavoured sausage recipes including bratwurst, chorizo and andouille from Dealers Ingredients are also available to help when creating new and reformulated products.

Interested in learning more? Please contact your Dealers Sales Consultant or 905 458 7766 or info@dealersingredients.com to receive an up-to-date list of Butter Buds flavours available, samples and sausage recipes.


1Source: Retrieved from http://www.supermarketnews.com/print/96231

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26 Jun 2018

Quality of Beef Still Matters for Today’s Consumer

The demand for beef continues to remain strong! Despite a growing focus on alternative proteins such as plant-based, “by 2022, alternative proteins are still projected to make up only 2% of the total growth on a tonnage basis within the North America protein market, while meat constitutes the rest”1

Beef’s Value Proposition

So, what exactly is beef’s most important value proposition?  For the consumer “beef just has to taste good.”2. To be more specific, the quality and taste is a combination of “flavor, tenderness, texture, appearance and juiciness.”3 Although, this may seem rather obvious it is much more complicated for beef manufacturers. Until a consumer tastes the beef, they cannot determine if their beef purchase will live up to their expectations. For beef manufacturers, this often means they have just one chance to make a good impression with the consumer.

The Prefect Solution for Lower Quality and Lower Fat Beef

Even if meat manufacturers continue to focus on providing branded, high quality beef, the challenges associated with lower quality and lower fat beef options still exist. Consumers who have chosen low fat or cheaper cuts of meat for health or economic reasons now have so many more choices especially from the continuously growing alternative meat category. This puts even greater pressure on the meat industry to ensure that the consumer has a great meat eating experience regardless of the quality of beef chosen. Results from a five-study analysis conducted by the Colorado State University showed there were notable differences in the mean sensory rating of the beef and buttery flavours between premium versus lower quality meats by consumers2.

One-way manufacturers can reduce the risk of not meeting consumer’s expectations in terms of the taste of beef is by adding a broth or marinade that incorporates Butter Buds, a functional dairy concentrate flavour available in Canada from Dealers Ingredients.  Unlike traditional flavours, Butter Buds is proven to add rich, fatty flavour notes and enhance the meaty flavours while masking any off-notes. Consumers can enjoy the taste of lean, lower quality meat without the worry of added fats. Also, depending upon the flavour meat profile that manufacturers are looking for, Butter Buds has a wide selection of dairy and non-dairy flavours including specialty flavours such as dried beer extract, olive oil as well as a variety of non-dairy butter flavours.

Interested in learning more about Butter Buds or would like to receive a sample or recipe? Please contact your Dealers Sales Consultant or 905 4587766 or info@dealersingredients.com.

1Source: Retrieved from https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/plant-protein-products-aim-for -mainstream-with-new-research-investiments-1.3818194

2Source: Retrieved from http://www.beefmagazine.com/beef-quality/consumers-are-clear-beef-quality-matters

3Source: Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK216525/

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25 Jun 2018

Profi® is now Non-GMO Project Verified!

Dealers Ingredients is proud to announce that Profi, the award-winning, complete high protein plant-based composite (HPPC) is now Non-GMO Project Verified! Below, is the complete list of the current Profi ingredient products that are now Non-GMO Project Verified:

Profi Pro is ideal for adding plant-based protein in a variety of product applications including beverages, soups, protein bars, pasta, crackers, cereals and veggie burgers.

Profi Bake, especially designed to manage water in baked goods, is recommended for adding plant-based complete protein and fiber to a variety of bakery applications including breads, muffins, cookies, cakes and so much more

As the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing a new rule that would require food manufacturers that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about bioengineered food and food ingredient content, having the Non-GMO Project Verified will become even more relevant to both consumers and manufacturers. Although, the FDA has outlined a uniform labeling for bioengineered food and food ingredients that is based on a national standard, consumers should not assume that the absence of a bioengineered label means that their products are definitely non-GMO. Non-GMO Project has offered a method of labeling to point consumers to products that do not contain genetically modified ingredients. As Non-GMO Project utilizes third party certifying partners for inspecting and verifying the status, there is a high degree of confidence in the Non-GMO Project logo. Click on the link to access the full article at: https://bit.ly/2JOpr7k


Dealers Ingredients has been instrumental in providing major multi-national companies with knowledge on how to calculate the quality and the quantity of plant-based proteins for making claims. Interested in learning more? Please contact your Dealers sales consultant or call 905 458 7766 or info@dealersingredients.com to learn more about plant-based proteins, request a sample or recipes.

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