Jane Dummer

Jane Dummer

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019
As younger consumers approach their day-to-day health, food choices can be a moving target. I refer to it as drifting dietary patterns. Many Millennials are seeking and validating their choices with other like minded communities via social media or other online platforms.
Monday, 19 August 2019
Even though sustainability in the food industry is seen as a must-do, the concepts are not always well understood and may be interpreted differently. The FAO refers to a sustainable food value chain as a food value chain that: 1) Is profitable throughout all of its stages (economic sustainability); 2) Has broad-based benefits for society (social sustainability); and 3) Has a positive or neutral impact on the natural environment (environmental sustainability).
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
While most pastries, cookies and cakes are considered a decadent treat because they are usually high in calories and lack essential nutrients, an evolution has been happening: Meet the better-for-you cookie.
Friday, 24 May 2019
As consumer interest in gluten-free products has grown, the category has transitioned from a niche to a mainstream market segment. This has resulted in access to better quality ingredients including a broad range of gluten-free flours.
Friday, 03 May 2019
Finding alternative ingredients for vegan baking has opened up options for development and the opportunity to focus on flavours. The biggest challenge in vegan baking is overcoming the loss of eggs’ functionality, as they provide stable emulsions, structure, stability, and texture.
Friday, 22 March 2019
Now that spring has sprung, we say goodbye to barren bushes and hello to an abundance of fresh, vibrant and delicious fruits. Simple and natural fruit forward pastries, cakes and baked goods continue to trend in 2019.
Friday, 01 March 2019
Consumers live a fast and busy lifestyle. While being health conscious, they gravitate towards purchasing more “grab and go” options and this includes baked goods.
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Consumers are heading into 2019 hearing marketing catchphrases that range from “bite-sized” and “indulgent” to “clean-label” and “natural.” Over the past few years, I’ve identified the balanced approach of indulgent miniatures as a cake trend that’s not going anywhere.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Breakfast has evolved from an early morning dish to grab-and-go snacks or all-day meals.  In 2018 we observed consumers loving quick, easy and nutritious breakfast choices like overnight oats and high protein breakfast cookies. Social media is flooded with breakfast from the iconic avocado toasts to innovative, healthy pancakes for the grab-and-go market.
Thursday, 18 October 2018
Over the years, the very low carbohydrate, high protein diet has been marketed and rebranded. In the course of my twenty-plus year food and nutrition career, I’ve seen it go from Atkins to keto.
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