Studies by the NPD Group show that nutrition and healthy eating habits are top meal- planning priorities for Baby Boomers...Boomers will focus on their health and intake of antioxidants as they continue their search for the fountain of youth. Boomers will control more than half the dollars spent on grocery foods by 2015, look for more heart-healthy antioxidant-rich foods nearly two-thirds of consumers said they purchased specialty foods within the past six months, an 11 percent increase over 2011, and a big jump from the 46 percent who reported buying these products in 2009. (Source: Progressive Grocer)
In 2012, 78 percent of consumers made a strong effort to get more vitamins and 57 percent tried to consume more products with specialty nutritional ingredients. Among the top vitamins were vitamin D, vitamin C, B vitamins and omega-3s, antioxidants, vitamin E, and vitamin A, along with more protein (MSI, 2011).
Nine in ten people think fresh foods are healthier, and 80 percent look for the descriptor “fresh” when it comes to retail and 58 percent in restaurants (Technomic, 2012).
With all of today’s food hot topics, most adults have given some thought to food safety in the past year, while up to 17 percent have stopped buying a certain food or brand due to certain safety concerns (IFIC, 2012).
In 2013 24% of retail bakery operators reported manufacturing Sugar-free/no sugar added offerings. An 11% increase from the same group studied in 2011. - Modern Baking
40 years of experience comes full circle into the 21st century
Low aW ingredients and products are commonplace in the food industry today, but the Stewarts have been at the development forefront in this area for over 30 years.
In collaboration with a major food concern in Chicago and the Food Science and Nutrition Department of the University of Minnesota we developed non fig low water activity fruit fillings for a fold over cookie application in the late 1970’s. We continued similar project work including the development of low aW, vitamin fortified fillings for filled shredded wheat R.T.E. cereal with national launch in 1983. Extending shelf life without compromise in quality attributes and food safety have been a core focus for decades.
We developed all varieties for a 1/3 calorie reduced, good source fiber, vitamin C and calcium co extruded bar cookie for the worlds largest retailer in the mid 1990’s. At about the same time we developed and supplied a line of all natural bar fillings which were NSA and fruit juice sweetened. Specialty retail and obesity revelations are driving others to learn to reduce calories, provide cleaner labels and choose more natural, less processed ingredients. We have been developing and providing such products for over 20 years.
“In the snack category, our products represent a vehicle for delivering healthy ingredient inclusions, meeting both expectations of supporting wellness and providing a pleasurable eating experience. Additionally, through opportunities represented by ‘better for you’ ingredient additions, we can help our customers tell a better story when going to price as required by a steadily increasing commodities price environment.”
- Keith F. Stewart, Jr. President, SIS, Inc.
Other product offerings in the Health and Wellness category available upon request:
- Less processed
- No HFCS
- Natural Preservatives, Preservative Free
- Claims-driven projects
- Many “Good Source” claims opportunities
- Exclusion sensitive formulations
- Naturally sweetened
- All Natural varieties
- Reduced calorie content
- Sustainability-driven projects
- Clean Label
- Micro-nutrient inclusions