By Chris Guo
20 Oct, 2021
Background of the nut foods market
Nuts are rich in protein, vitamins, unsaturated fatty acids, and other nutrients, which are good for health. Different from puffed food, nut food is more nutritious and healthy. From 2014 to 2019, the CAGR of traditional snack food in the United States is about 3% - 4%, and the CAGR of better-for-you snacks is more than 10%, which is at least three times than that of traditional food. Consumers' increasing demands for healthy foods will continue to maintain strong momentum in the nut industry.
Consumers crave for clean label and flavor innovation
Flavor innovation is an inevitable trend in the development of snack foods. Novel taste can attract consumers to try, and there is no exception for nut products.
According to the global healthy diet report released by Nielsen, consumers pay more and more attention to the concept of health, and they begin to change their food consumption habits. The survey shows that "no artificial pigment" (49%) and "non genetically modified" (49%) are the most important attributes of healthy food, while "no artificial flavor" (48%), "purely natural" (45%) and "organic" (39%) are also key factors, and consumers are willing to pay a higher price for these claims.
Besides, more and more consumers take care on the ingredients list, and prefer using natural spices, natural sweeteners, natural pigments, and other raw materials for flavor nut products to avoid using food additives. In addition, consumers' demand for low salt, low sugar, and low-fat products is also increasing.
Upgrade nut foods taste with yeast extract
Yeast extract is a specialty food ingredient designed for taste innovation. It perfectly meets the requirements of snack foods enterprises that can boost the flavor innovation and upgrade of nut foods. Yeast extract is derived from baker's yeast, rich in natural flavor amino acids, nucleotides, and small peptides, and is classified into the food category. For manufacturers, adding yeast extract in nuts foods have below functions:
> Synergistic effects in enhancing Xianness/umami taste: Snack foods commonly have MSG and I+G, which are mainly used for umami enhacement. Yeast extract is rich in umami components. It can be used together with MSG and flavor enhancers in nut foods to enhance the umami taste more times.
> Clean label: Reducing the dosage of food additives is not only the demand of current consumers but also a method for manufacturers to upgrade their products. For example, the products marking " no added preservative, no added MSG, no chemical pigment" are clean label claims. Pistachio, Bigen, Padan, cashew nuts, are rich in protein, vitamins, unsaturated fatty acids, and other nutrients. Eating more is good for health. Therefore, consumers are willing to buy products developed with natural seasonings, while yeast extract is an ideal choice, it is a natural flavor substance with high umami components which can be used to replace MSG and develop "NO ADDED MSG" foods.
> High-temperature resistance: Yeast extract has characteristic of high temperatrture resistance during boiling and cooking. In the production of sunflower seeds and peanuts, MSG is easy to lose umami taste under high-temperature cooking, while Yeast Extract can generate umami taste when heated for a long time, and can improve the lingering taste of sunflower seeds and peanuts.
> Balanced the overall taste profile: Yeast extract is rich in free amino acids, small molecular peptides, and other substances. When it is used in nut foods, it can coor dinate the overall taste profile, increase the mouthfulness, especially in coordinating the salty and sweet taste and masking the bitterness.
Application examples：(Caramel cheese flavor almonds )
|Soaking Solution recipe|
Caramel cheese flavor
* Make sauces according to the recipe, ideal for nut seasoning
The salty and sweet taste is more harmonious, the Umami taste is mellow, and the overall taste is improved.
Application examples：(chicken flavor pisum)
|Chicken flavor seasoning recipe：|
White pepper powder
Chicken flavor powder
Use 3% of the Chicken flavor seasoning in pisum and mix well.
The chicken flavor is improved, and the overall taste is more richness. Discover more applications.