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R&D

by Andy Nelson

HEALTH, COMFORT FOODS,
CLEAN LABEL AND SPICYSWEET are among the many
trends informing innovations
in the spice category, which
continues to diversify as
homebound chefs look for new
ways to shake up their cooking
routines.
Pekin, Ill.-based Excalibur
Seasoning is excited about two
new flexitarian patty blends that
the company developed using
pea proteins to fit the flexitarian
market, said Rick McLimans, the
company's sales and marketing
consultant. The new blends are
Smoked Gouda Ancho Portabella
and Roasted Garlic.
Clean label is also playing a
huge role in Excalibur's approach
to new product innovation,
McLimans said. The company

has new ingredients available to
replace phosphates, nitrites and
antioxidant ingredients in various
products.
Also on tap for 2021 and
beyond: a continuation of the
comfort food trend that really
picked up steam during COVID,
McLimans said.
" With that in mind, we created
'comfort food' sausage blends
- Deluxe Beer Cheese Soup,
Jalapeno Popper, Stuffed Bell
Pepper, Pit Smoked BBQ, and Dill
Pickle, " he said.
The trend for all things spicy
is still huge -and, in particular,
McLimans said, anything in the
" spicy-sweet " category. Flavors
such as Asian Sriracha in a patty
or marinade are still a favorite, he
said. Excalibur offers a Chipotle
Lime seasoning topper and a

" Spicy " in general is still a big draw, but Excalibur and other suppliers are seeing demand for spicy-sweet in
particular picking up.
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McLimans added. " Our sales
and consulting staff averages
close to 40 years of experience
in the meat industry, " he said.
" Our 'meatheads,' as I like to call
them, help our R&D team develop
inspirational flavors. It allows
us to better serve processors,
retailers and commissaries
making them more profitable. "

Cargill's new sea
salt product perfect
for spice blends
Cargill's recently introduced
Purified Sea Salt Flour is a
unique type of sodium chloride,
sifted to the smallest and finest
granulations of sea salt crystals,
and perfect for spice blends
and other applications. And,
according to the company, it's
the only one of its kind.
" The powder-like sea salt
was created to help food
manufacturers bring their
products to the next level
through innovative ingredient
technology, " according to Cargill.
" In terms of ingredients
functionality, sea salt flour will
perform differently compared to
standard granulated salts. "
Purified Sea Salt Flour stands
out in five significant ways:
* Adherence - the ultra-fine
cut sticks better to food,
resulting in less fall-off and less
salt waste.

EXCALIBUR, CARGILL

ADDING SPICE

Blackberry Black Pepper that
pair well with chicken, pork and
seafood.
Excalibur is also continuing to
see strong demand for several of
its sausage spice blends.
" Sweet Kentucky Bourbon,
Smoked Gouda Portabella, Yuzu
Honey marinade and Blackberry
Teriyaki marinade are selling
tremendously well, " he said.
In 2021, Excalibur is also
excited about what McLimans
called a " small batch " lineup it
has created for the grocery retail
market. The program is set up
to work for 10-pound sausage
or patty meat blocks and
12.5-pound tumble marinade
meat blocks, with some
20 topical blend varieties
available depending on the
needed application.
" There's something to
complement every protein and
vegetable, " he said.
Excalibur's team-first approach
to developing new spices is one
of the major keys to its success,


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