Looking back at 2020 and a look ahead to 2021.
2020 was certainly challenging for many businesses. Meeting guidance for social distancing and protecting our staff has been vital, whilst ensuring we can continue to provide the very highest quality service to customers. We managed to remain operational throughout the pandemic and we would like to thank all our customers for their support during this difficult time.
We’ve been kept extremely busy both fulfilling orders and manufacturing a wide variety of fruit and vegetable-based inclusions. In addition, our R&D, NPD and sales teams have been working hard developing a number of innovative new ranges to support food and drink manufacturers in creating new products to meet the latest consumer trends.
Here’s an overview of just some of the things our divisions have been up to over the past 12 months:
Our most successful and ground-breaking project this year was the launch of our innovative range of allergen-free nut flavoured granulates from Solutions, which is expected to open doors for manufacturers looking to produce allergen free products that deliver an authentic nutty taste.
Available in eight flavours including Almond; Peanut; Peanut Caramel; Peanut Chocolate; Hazelnut; Pecan; Walnut and Pistachio, the granulates are proving popular with manufacturers of snacks and baked goods, plus many more applications, as they are bake stable, free flowing, easy to dose and have a minimum twelve month shelf life.
Using the granulates as a complete replacement to nut-based ingredients also means manufacturers can operate a completely nut-free and allergen safe production line or facility too.
Earlier in the year, our Freeze Dried division achieved a major expansion through the Immekath production plant. In addition, we also extended our product range with the introduction of our new Crunchy inclusions and Smoothee Drops.
Available in both fruit based and floral flavours and delightful combinations such as Lime & Matcha and Strawberry & Basil, Crunchy is manufactured through a specially adapted freeze-drying process that allows customers the option of a one component recipe made of 100% fruit, or a combination with yoghurt or additional carriers. The range is available in bespoke shapes and cut into sizes, ranging from 1mm to 10mm, making them ideal for use in sweets, confectionery and baked goods, as well as other applications.
Smoothee Drops are an innovative range of naturally healthy fruit-based snacks made from organic pure fruits using a gentle, low temperature production process which preserves their natural goodness. The Drops can be supplied as single fruits or in combination with yoghurt, vegetables or added sugar and increasing their functionality and health benefits, they can also be fortified with Vitamins, Omega-3 and Proteins.
In the summer, the Frozen division saw a significant increase in orders for the refinement of IQF fruit from across the globe. As a result, our Frozen plant was working at full capacity.
As our international customer base continues to increase, we are working on expanding the facility even further to increase our capabilities and meet this rise in demand.
Through wise and anticipatory planning, Paradise Garden managed to maintain all origins of raw materials and avoid corona-related shortages so that we were able to provide our well-known reliable service, with all our delivery commitments having been met.
The pandemic brought an increased awareness of the need to make healthier food choices and improving immunity. So, it is no surprise that 2020 saw products that contain health boosting ingredients such as vitamins and minerals become very popular and we predict they are set to do so even more in 2021.
With working from home now the new normal, the popularity of single snack packs and grab and go foods is also being taken over by store cupboard treats and multipacks such as low sugar biscuits and fruit filled, low sugar/fat baked goods. This is due to consumers having more time to enjoy their lunches during the day and, when doing so, including an afternoon tea style treat that is both healthy but offers a sense of indulgence and comfort to help break up the isolation.
Over the next few years, foods that cater to special dietary requirements will also be expected to become even more mainstream, with allergens such as nuts and dairy a key focus. This is especially relevant as research has shown that as many as 11.7% of the European population could be affected by a nut allergy**.
And, finally, as touched upon in our previous blog, Flavour Trends to Look out for in 2020/21, botanical flavour combinations, such as elderflower, lavender and rose are set to become more mainstream, particularly with confectionery and beverage manufacturers. That’s because these ingredients will appeal greatly to consumers that want premium flavour blends and functionality; with botanicals providing subtle, sweet and floral flavours that replace the need for added sugar alongside additional health and wellbeing benefits.
For more information about how Paradise Fruits by Jahncke can work alongside your R&D and NPD teams in 2021 to develop new and exciting products that contain naturally healthy and delicious ingredients, click here to contact us.
**Research carried out in 2016 ECARF Report.