While we offer a very extensive range of food ingredients, we may be able to source you more unusual or rare ingredients that you cannot find elsewhere. However, with many natural fruits and vegetables having a limited growing season, some of the food ingredients listed may not always be available.
If you are struggling to find any specific food ingredients for your product, do not hesitate to contact our friendly team who will be able to assist you. If we don't already have the ingredient in stock, we may be able to source it for you.
Ambient Products for Industry
JC Dudley is a leading food ingredient supplier of ambient products used in food and drinks manufacturing. Ambient food products are ideal because they do not need to be stored in a fridge, which can be more cost-effective for a business that needs fresh food or drink ingredients.
Because of our strong working relationships with our supply network, we can source and supply you with a consistent stream of aseptically packed fruit, fruit juices, juice concentrates, pulps and purees from leading worldwide producers.
Making it easy to keep up with flavour trends
As consumers clamour to follow the latest trends for food and drink flavours, it can often be difficult for manufacturers to keep up with ever-changing demands.
JC Dudley is keen to keep a finger on the pulse of shifting consumer trends, so when we spot a new flavour trend hitting the headlines, we make sure that we have adequate stocks of the most desired flavour food and drink ingredients so that we help our customers keep up with demand.
We have seen bakeries needing to switch production to meet with emerging trends for flavours, sometimes overnight in anticipation for an increased demand for one flavour over all others.
As for what's going to be hot in 2021, we can see trends leaning towards four main areas. These are:
- Immunity boosting foods
- Breakfast at home products
- Home baking products
- Vegetable juices
With the ongoing pandemic, it is no surprise to see the general public seeking out more health-boosting foods that contain healthy, natural ingredients that are known for their immunity-boosting properties.
Immunity boosting ingredients
With people's health being front and centre this past year, consumers minds have turned to buying food and drink products that can help to boost their immunity. More consumers are reading food labels looking for functional ingredients to help them stay healthy. This includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, dairy products, baked goods and confectionery, as well as sports drinks and snacks to help boost performance in the gym or while working out.
Flavours that are popular with consumers looking for an immunity boost include apple, carrot, ginger, blueberry elderberry, and honey.
Breakfast at home products
Now that working from home has become a new way of life for many people, they now have more time at home to prepare breakfast and try something new while spending less time commuting to work where they may grab some breakfast on the go.
According to research figures from Nielsen, breakfast cereal sales rose 35% for the week ending April 25, 2020, compared with the year-earlier period.
Consumers are now more interest in breakfast food and the desire for healthy food has seen a boost in fruit yoghurt sales as more people are choosing to eat yoghurt at home as part of their breakfast.
Home baking products
Because consumers are spending more time at home and in the kitchen, it has led to a boom in home baking. In recent studies, 54% of consumers are cooking more and 46% are baking more at home than last year.
With more time of people's hands, many consumers are rediscovering baking and in response, the demand for home baking products has gone through the roof. It's not just the raw baking ingredients that have seen an increase is sales, such as flour and dried fruit, but home baking mixes such as cake mixes, cookie mixes and artisan bread mixes with dried herbs and seeds.
Demand has also risen steeply for food to eat at home such as baked goods, syrups, dairy, snacks, sauces, and confectionery. Who could have failed to notice the craze for baking banana bread taking over social media in recent months?
Demand for savoury food and drinks have also soared during the pandemic with chicken dishes being more popular than ever. What has also happened is a greater demand from consumers for savoury, health-boosting drinks that contain vegetable juices.
As more people attempt to reduce their sugar consumption, they are now turning away from high-sugar fizzy soda drinks in favour of drinking juices, especially savoury vegetable juices. As the juicing trend has been steadily growing in recent years, people are now looking for a convenient, ready-made alternative to having to buy loads of vegetables to juice at home themselves.
So if you are looking to introduce a new flavour in your product range, or maybe you want to try and spot the next up and coming trend and get ahead of your competitors? Why not take a look at our full product range to see what amazing flavour combinations you could create.
As one of the UK's leading food ingredient suppliers, JC Dudley are here to help you! Do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your needs.