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Swicy Snack
Brands are releasing popular foods with sweet-spicy flavors for younger consumers
Trend - Snacks that combine hot and sweet flavors are being released to diversify snack offerings. These snacks, referred to as 'Swicy' in flavor, are made by mixing traditionally sweet foods with spicy ingredients, such as hot sauces or peppers. This results in unique flavors for younger consumers.

Insight - The recent boom in popularity of spicy foods in the west has led to younger consumers, namely Gen Z and Gen Alphas, growing up more accustomed to spicy flavors than other generations. As a result, these consumers desire more adventurous flavors in all dishes, whether it be a snack, meal, or dessert. Brands are capitalising off of the popularity of spicy foods and the desire for strong flavors by mixing spicy and sweet flavors into countless unique products.
Workshop Question - How could your brand adapt its products to meet the adventurous desires of younger consumers?
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Freeze-Dried Organic
CPG brands are using freeze-drying to preserve organic snacks more naturally
Trend - Brands are using freeze-drying to better preserve the freshness and flavor of foods without extra additives or preservatives. This results in all-natural, organic products with authentic flavors. These snacks are positioned as better-for-you treats with extended shelf lives.

Insight - Modern consumers are faced with ever-expanding choices when it comes to choosing snack foods. The prevalence of products in the space leads consumers to prioritize those that meet their personal needs, which often pertain to health goals, financial savings, or convenience. Brands in the CPG space can differentiate themselves by offering products that adhere to all three of these goals, rather than focusing on only certain areas. In order to achieve this, brands are turning to freeze-drying.
Workshop Question - How could your brand ensure its products are meeting as many needs of its consumers as possible, rather than focusing on one?
7.9
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Carton Care
Cosmetics brands are releasing soaps and serums in paper-based carton packages
Trend - Self-care brands are packaging products in paper-based cartons. These cartons are capable of holding liquid substances without deteriorating, making them perfect for dishsoaps, shampoos, and more. These cartons have lower carbon footprints and are easier to recycle by the end user.

Insight - Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact of the products they consume. In particular, the health and beauty industry often receives pushback for wasteful and environmentally-destructive practices. As such, these consumers are voting with their dollars, opting for products with eco-friendly labels and recyclable packaging over traditional alternatives. Brands in the space are becoming aware of this, and are engaging in more sustainable product-related practices.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better connect with eco-minded consumers, whether through product or policy alterations?
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Matcha Lemonade
Brands use matcha in CPG lemonades to diversify flavor offerings
Trend - Beverage brands are crafting specialty lemonades made with matcha. Matcha is used for its smooth earthy taste and subtle sweetness, as this balances out the sharp sours and tangs of lemonade blends. These flavor combinations cater to consumers looking for familiar flavors in novel combinations.

Insight - Consumers in the West, particularly the younger Gen Alpha, Gen Z, and Millennial generations, are growing increasingly accustomed to global cultural influences in food and beverage products. These consumers have adopted new flavor preferences, with drinks such as bubble tea or matcha lattes becoming staples. These consumers are more likely to purchase products with new and unique flavor pairings. In recognition of this, lemonade brands are launching more experimental flavor combinations.
Workshop Question - How could your brand leverage global cultural influences to create new or innovative flavor pairings in its products?
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Croissant Cookie
New 'Crookies' blend flaky croissant shells with baked cookie dough interiors
Trend - Since their inception in France in 2022, croissants filled with baked cookie dough, or 'Crookies,' have grown in popularity in restaurants and bakeries. Crookies are versatile and offer consumers a mix of the light flakiness of a croissant and the densely flavored dough of a cookie.

Insight - Foodie consumers and influencers continually seek foods with new ingredients, flavors, or cooking methods. These consumers try new products as soon as they are available, with social media bringing attention to more popular selections. Brands recognize that these consumers heavily prioritize more creative and diverse foods. In order to better capture the foodie consumer base, bakeries and restaurants are crafting hybrid pastries that blend different textures and flavors.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create new products and experiences by combining two separate ideas?
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Savory Bubble
Brands are creating bubble waffles infused with savory recipes for convenience
Trend - Restaurants and CPG brands are creating bubble waffles and mixes made with meal-like ingredients. Bubble waffles are versatile, allowing for nearly any type of filling while maintaining a bite-sized and shareable shape. These are easy to prepare and offer new ways of experiencing well-known flavors.

Insight - Foodie consumers continually desire novelty food experiences; whether it pertains to the recipes, preparation method, or food format, these consumers are willing to experiment to see what works for them. The rise of cross-dish experimentation, spurred on by more adventurous customers, has led to the creation of hybrid dishes such as curry hamburgers. In aiming to address the needs of these consumers, brands are turning to savory bubble waffles for their versatility and convenience in preparation.
Workshop Question - How could your brand draw inspiration from cultural flavors and dishes to create new or unique offerings for its customers?
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Melanin Serum
Beauty brands are launching serums designed for melanin-rich skin types
Trend - Beauty brands are releasing skincare lineups specifically designed for melanin-rich skin. These collections include serums, moisturizers, and cleansers designed to reduce signs of aging and promote healthy skin in individuals with colored skin. These brands are backed or owned by people of color.

Insight - When shopping for cosmetics, people of color in North America find challenges in finding reliable brands designed around their skin tones. These consumers gravitate toward local BIPOC-owned retailers due to the reliability and assurance that the products offered there are designed for them. In response to these preferences, brands are launching new skincare collections marketed explicitly toward consumers with melanin-rich skin, which enables stronger brand loyalty within these communities.
Workshop Question - How could your brand reach new audiences through partnerships and curated product lines?
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RTD Honey
Honey is being used in canned alcoholic beverages as a primary ingredient for flavoring
Trend - New startups are launching alcoholic RTD drinks with honey as the primary ingredient or sweetener. Honey is used due to its unique flavor profile and health benefits over processed sweeteners. These canned drinks boast the convenience of canned drinks and the natural, organic flavors of honey.

Insight - Health-conscious consumers are less likely to purchase canned alcoholic beverages due to high-calorie content, unexciting flavor profiles, and the inclusion of processed ingredients. As such, these consumers are drawn to canned drinks with healthy alternative ingredients and unique flavors that cannot be found in a local bar. Brands are adhering to these desires by taking flavor inspiration from non-alcoholic drinks to use in healthy alcohol-based RTDs.
Workshop Question - How could your brand create products or services that differentiate from competitors by targeting health-conscious consumers?
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Sustainable Filament
3D printing brands are releasing filaments focusing on sustainability
Trend - Brands in the 3D printing space are releasing materials that prioritize sustainability without compromising on function. The sustainability ranges from including renewable resources, such as wood or plant-based fibres, to using energy-efficient, low-emission production systems.

Insight - 3D printing is continually increasing in popularity not only in industrial applications, but also with hobbyist consumers. However, as the industry continues to expand, it continues to attract more attention from environmental regulators and consumers due to the unrenewable nature of most plastic-based filaments. Brands are recognizing the public and private desires for sustainable materials, and in response are investing in renewable materials and energies.
Workshop Question - How could your brand improve its sustainability through investing in renewable energies and materials?
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Ergonomic Ritual
Brands are redesigning products around comfortable consumption routines
Trend - Brands are redesigning the packaging and pack-ins of consumables, such as food and beauty products, to be quicker and easier to use. The redesigns include adding handles or resealable lids, based on how consumers interact with the products. This reduces friction during the consumption ritual.

Insight - Most consumers have certain beauty or food products that are integrated into their daily routines. These consumers can prefer a product for any number of reasons, but, when faced with two nearly identical products, they ultimately prefer the more convenient one. Brands that aim to integrate themselves into daily lives, particularly in the F&B and beauty spaces, are re-assessing their products with a new focus on convenience, with the goal of streamlining consumption and capturing more consumers.
Workshop Question - How could your brand ensure its products or services are as frictionless to use as possible?
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