MINNEAPOLIS, April 19, 2021— Spoonshot, which delivers food and beverage innovation intelligence by leveraging AI and food science, announces the release of its comprehensive report, “Sugar Reduction: A Bittersweet Pill.” In the report, Spoonshot shares must-haves for food and beverage manufacturers responding to growing consumer demand for reduced sugar and sugar replacements.
The report examines in detail:
· The history of sugar
· The role of sugar in different food and beverage categories
· Top sugar variants, nutritive/caloric sweeteners and non-nutritive/low-calorie sweeteners used by home chefs
· Top sugar variants used in retail product launches
· Share of health-related topics linked to sugar reduction conversations on social media
· Impact of sugar reduction on health
· Sugar analysis in consumer and business media
· What’s new in sugar reduction
· Government influence in the sugar reduction space
· COVID-19 impact on sugar reduction
· Sugar reduction and the environment
Based on Spoonshot’s research, both consumers and businesses have demonstrated a growing interest reducing sugar. Businesses are showing nearly twice as much interest compared to consumers. The company attributes this divide not only because of consumer pressure but also because governments are intervening with various health directives.
“Most of us love sugar,” said Spoonshot Co-Founder and CEO Kishan Vasani. “It’s a key ingredient in many of our most indulgent treats linked to good times as well as a popular go-to when we’re feeling low. It’s an affordable and easily accessible source of energy, but sugar can be potentially dangerous.”
According to Spoonshot’s findings, this presents food and beverage manufacturers with both opportunities and challenges. “For years, manufacturers have been able to rely on taste to attract consumer demand,” said Vasani. “Today, these companies need to keep health and wellness as well as taste top of mind. Removing sugar from certain foods like chocolate just isn’t that simple. For many foods, sugar is not only a flavor carrier but adds to texture, appearance, and mouthfeel among other attributes.”
When sugar, both cheap and readily available, is removed from a product that adds layers of complexity to the entire production process in terms of functionality, economics and safety. Sugar reduction has an environmental impact as well.
“Sugar crops are increasingly becoming unviable in an era when environmental and climate issues are at the forefront of everyone’s minds,” added Vasani. “Sustainability has stopped being a nice-to-have buzzword and is increasingly becoming an important measurable metric for consumers. Not surprisingly more and more companies across the food and drink sectors are pledging to go carbon neutral or even carbon negative. That, along with consumer demand for healthier foods is giving sugar alternatives a real leg up in promoting companies’ sustainability credentials by reducing their carbon footprints.”
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