Innovations

There’s more to life than peanut butter in a jar (though we still love peanut butter in a jar very much). From peanut pop-up stands to peanut flour to all the latest trends in peanut products and uses, this is your go-to source for the stories that shine a light on the amazing versatility of the USA-grown peanut.

New Peanut Products Up 5% in the Past Year

According to Mintel data, new peanut product introductions increased five percent from Q4 2017 to Q3 2018. Sixty percent of new peanut product introductions are classified as snacks, and the snack category continues to maintain growth and innovation for peanuts with a 28% increase.

Top growing package claims for new peanut product introductions over this period included ease of use, microwaveable, time/speed and functional-cardiovascular. These claims align with consumer demands for food that's convenient and supports health. 

Plastic Straws and Peanut Seeds: Think Small for Big Impact

Peanut breeders are thinking small and innovating with peanuts seeds to improve the sustainability of peanut production. Developing new varieties that maximize peanuts’ already sustainable traits can help reduce the environmental impact of peanut farming, make production more cost-effective for farmers, and make peanuts one of the most sustainable crops.

Top 3 Life Hacks for Your Peanut Butter Jar

Do you ever wonder how you can prevent the oil from rising to the top of your peanut butter jar? Or what to do with the almost-empty peanut butter jar? Below are our top three hacks to make your life (and your peanut butter) better than ever.

What’s Next for Street Foods

The ease, convenience and affordability of street foods is what launched them into the hearts and stomachs of people throughout the world. The food trucks, carts and booths that sell street foods are unique – they are often locally owned and operated, but feature global cuisines. The offerings are ever changing, adapting to new trends and testing new flavors, always providing consumers with tasty and trendy dishes.

So, what’s hot and next for street foods?

2 Chefs Dish on Competition-Worthy Creations

Food inspiration can come from anywhere, anyone….or more specifically, from a battle against the clock at a Market Basket Challenge during the National Peanut Board’s Millennial Food Summit. The three-hour challenge tested attendees of the summit to create new food concepts that would contend with some of the millennial food trends we are seeing in today’s consumer market. Here are three creations that really hit the mark on flavor, creativity and overall highlighted use of peanuts.

Here’s How to Build a Healthy & Tasty Power Bowl

At some point in your life, you’ve probably heard the term, “balanced meal.” If you’re unsure of what that really means, why it matters and how to create it, keep reading.

Dairy & Cereals Lead Category Innovation for Peanuts, along with Snacks

New peanut products in the dairy category have spiked since the start of 2018. In both the dairy milk and alternative milk spaces, product introductions with peanut ingredients are up 200%, according to data from Mintel. New breakfast cereals with peanuts have increased 50%.

Former Skinny Kid Builds a Strong Food Business on Peanuts

You wouldn’t know it by looking at him now, but Juan Salinas was a self-described skinny kid who spent his time hanging out with friends and playing video games. One fateful day, his dad challenged him to join the local swim team, “just for a month”. After the first week, Juan fell in love with the sport and ended up competing on the Honduran National Swimming Team.

Juan has been giving things a try, overcoming challenges and excelling ever since. 

Creamy, Crunchy, Sweet and Salty Rule New Peanut Products

Peanuts are a tasty and convenient snack, and new product introductions reflect our love of snacking. Snacks are consistently a top performer for new peanut product introductions and this category shows no signs of slowing down. In the past quarter, new product introductions in the snack category increased 46 percent compared to last year, according to Mintel. These newly launched and recently announced product introductions like peanut milk will also contribute to continued growth in snacks.

Grain Bowls Are in Your Future – And That’s a Good Thing

The food trends list are out detailing what's hot, what's not, and what you're likely to see and eat in the near future. Air frying and plant proteins are definitely in, while spiralized vegetables are on their way out. But one trend that isn’t going away anytime soon has as much to do with the food as the vessel that it’s served in. Meals served in bowls continue to be a popular trend, and grain bowls are the new black.

         

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