Keeping it Clean

Formulating clean-label beverages, dairy products and food products.

March 5, 2014

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Keeping it Clean

Issue Summary

Consumers are increasingly seeking foods and beverages with shorter, more simple ingredient statements; however, great taste and quality are still top of mind. This Digital Issue explores consumer perceptions surrounding clean labels and the clean-label sweeteners, emulsifiers, preservatives and colors food product designers can use to help keep labels clean without sacrificing function, food safety or quality in a variety of applications.

Table of Contents

  • Crystal-Clear: Designing Clean-Label Beverages: When it comes to crafting clean-label beverages, product designers must not only clean up the ingredients label, but also provide the taste, sensory attributes and overall quality consumers expect.

  • Can Clean Labels and Preservatives Co-exist?: Whether antioxidant or antimicrobial, natural and clean-label preservatives can calm consumer concerns surrounding complicated ingredient statements—and preservatives specifically—while maintaining shelf life and quality of finished products.

  • Keeping Dairy Clean: For the dairy industry, clean-label formulations have long been one of its strengths. However, not all dairy products are simple formulations and, once emulsifiers and sweeteners become part of the product mix, careful ingredient selection is required to keep labels clean.

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Color and sweetener ingredients for use in beverages that meet consumers' clean-label requirements

  • Commonly used antioxidants and antimicrobials, both natural and synthetic, as well as clean-label preservative options

  • The role of stabilizers in dairy products, and why some don't make the clean-label cut

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