Busy Consumers Turn to Smoothies as Meal Alternatives

By: iTi Innovation


Healthy and functional beverages are on the rise driven by consumers fast-paced lifestyles. There isn’t enough time in a day to do everything, especially prepare healthy meals. iTi offers tropical ingredients that meet growing consumer demands for functional beverages. Consumers are seeking out ready-to-drink (RTD) meal replacement beverages that are highly nutritious and offer macro and micronutrients, fiber, protein and vitamins while being delicious.

‘Snacking’ on beverages is highly ranked among top beverage trends.  By creating filling and tasty smoothies you can stay on top of the trend.  Consumers are prioritizing healthier ingredients and are looking for healthier more satisfying options.

Consider incorporating coconut ingredients to in your products to fill the consumer desire for filling and satiating smoothie snacks.  Coconut is a magical fruit;  it bears water, cream and oil.  Using coconut water can lower caloric content of smoothie applications while still providing a juice benefit. Coconut blends well with all flavors and is high in electrolytes, such as potassium.

Coconut cream is a plant-based dairy alternative that appeals to customers who are lactose intolerant, vegan, or who simply enjoy the flavor.  Coconut oil is high in medium-chain-triglycerides(MCT), which aids in digestion, curbing hunger, and producing immediate energy.  This makes it the perfect ingredients in a more satisfying smoothie.

Coconut isn’t the only beneficial fruit that iTi tropicals offers; we have an abundance of delicious products that also boast impressive claims.  Açaí, for example, is high in antioxidants and good fats. Acerola can be used to achieve a “clean label” by providing a natural source of potent vitamin C.

Make your smoothie product the best on the market by using exotic, tropical ingredients and giving your product an edge.  Being customizable allows your brand to stand out to consumers.  That’s where we come in,  iTi tropicals can supply your ingredients as well as assist you in creating a one-of-a-kind products in our innovation center, come see what’s possible with tropical!

Try a simple smoothie that was originally created In our own in-house innovation center:

50g        iTi Tropicals Mango Puree

9g           iTi Tropicals Passionfruit Concentrate

50g        iTi Tropicals Guava Concentrate

190g      Coconut milk – 10% fat

(111g  iTi Tropicals Coconut Water + 78g iTi Tropicals Coconut Cream-24% fat)

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