Fast-Paced Lives Lead to Fast Meals July 2nd, 2015

As physical activity becomes more important, adults of all ages are turning to food and beverages for convenience and energy.

According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 36% of all adults in the U.S. consume sports drinks, and the nutrition bar market grew 8% in 2014.

New findings by Packaged Facts show that there has been a shift away from unhealthy drinks and snacks. More consumers are demanding natural sports drinks and nutrition bars, and consumer interest for more natural food and beverage products has extended to sports drinks.

Many market leaders have been reformulating their products to address criticism by highlighting the use of natural ingredients and using more natural sweeteners. Honey can be a great ingredient in sports drinks. Kerri Walsh Jennings, three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, uses honey as a natural energy booster in her workout regimen.

DIY Natural has a great recipe for a homemade, natural sports drink that uses honey.


  • 3 cups filtered water
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅓ cup juice from 1 lemon and 1 lime


Juice a lemon and a lime, straining out any seeds (and pulp if you wish). Add all the ingredients to a container with a tight-fitting lid, and shake well until honey and salt are dissolved. Chill in the refrigerator.

This makes about 1 quart.

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Natural Food Trends Take Off June 22nd, 2015

Natural Food Trends Take Off

The Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) recently selected nine natural food trends driving the natural and organic market.

The trends illustrate how food and beverage manufacturers are going above and beyond to meet consumer demands in exciting, innovative ways.

Kara Nielson, culinary director at SRG, assembled the list by tracking new product introductions, monitoring consumer interests and following general health and wellness trends in the United States.

Check out these four trends and Made with Honey products that are satiating consumer cravings.

Optimized Dairy Products

Simply Ghee, Lancaster County, Pa., produces premium butter that tastes great. All its products are made with ghee, the purified essence of butter. Simply Ghee Honey Ghee contains golden wildflower honey and Simply Ghee. It’s the perfect spread for toast and muffins or even roasted squash and hams.

Nuts Instead of Grains

Squirrel & The Bee is a grainless bakeshop in Shorts Hills, N.J., that produces gluten-free products with honey, nut flours and grass-fed butter. The company’s line of Goodness Grainless Granola uses a combination of honey and nuts to deliver a delicious gluten-free flavor.

Herbs, Mushrooms and Roots

Herbal Revolution was inspired by the tenaciousness of plants, and the Maine-based company uses plants in herbal medicine. Herbal Revolution Maine Mushroom and Roots Double-Extracted Elixir uses honey and mushrooms in this herbal supplement.

Hemp Protein Powder

Hemp & Honey Plus, Marysville, Ohio, uses natural Canadian Hemp Oil and Manuka Honey from New Zealand in all of its products. The Hemp & Honey Plus Hh+ Bar Soap Lavender and Tea Tree combines honey and hemp oil to penetrate the deep layers of your skin to hydrate and heal.

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IRI Identifies Pacesetters June 15th, 2015

IRI Identifies Pacesetters

Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) recognized last year’s most successful consumer packaged goods (CPG) in its “2014 New Product Pacesetters” report. The Pacesetters report covers new brands that hit the shelves in 2014 and had incredible success.

“Today’s consumers expect more from their favorite CPG brands. They want products that save time and energy; products that offer better and longer-lasting results,” said Susan Viamari, editor of Thought Leadership, IRI. “CPG manufacturers that highlighted and delivered on the expectations for bold and authentic taste and top-notch power and performance were rewarded with sizable launch-year returns.”

For the top 100 food and beverage products on this list, the average year-one sales were around $35 million. The products catered to consumers’ nutritional goals, while satisfying their desire to indulge. The strongest food and beverage launches of the year demonstrated consumers’ passions for bold and authentic flavors, homemade quality and easy, portable solutions.

These products made the cut for the 2014 Pacesetters report and are Made With Honey!

Chobani Flip Salted Carmel Crunch, Chobani

Chobani Flip received 6th place on the 2014 New Product Pacesetters List. The Salted Carmel Crunch variety is a combination of Greek yogurt, chocolate, caramel and honey. Just pour the toppings into the yogurt for a delicious snack.

Angry Orchard Summer Honey, Boston Beer Company

Angry Orchard was one of the top ten pacesetters in convenience stores. Summer Honey is a light, refreshing cider with notes of wildflower honey.

Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey, General Mills

Cheerios Protein was one of the 2014 Rising Stars in the food and beverage category. Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey cold cereal has toasted whole grains combined with crunchy granola clusters and honey.

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