Natural Dairy Product Demand Causes Honey’s Use to Rise in Cheeses

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All-natural sweeteners are in high demand, and since honey has been used in the dairy industry traditionally, it’s no surprise that manufacturers are reaching for nature’s sweetener in their new cheese product developments.

Honey provides dairy products with a complex flavor profile of sweetness and acidity. The ingredient’s use has been traditionally strong in yogurt with recent expansion in ice cream, artisan cheeses and cream cheeses. Consumers want better-for-you sweetness, and they also want to indulge — especially during National Dairy Month in June.

Dairy Processing notes that flavored cheese is booming, with snacking and cheese-based charcuterie boards delighting consumers who are looking to both cook at home and have fun trying something new. Snacking cheese sales comprise 10% of specialty cheese sales. Trends that will continue at least through 2022, the site shares, include an uptick in smaller gatherings and the need for international flavors. Premium cheese and cheese boards will predictably stand out. Roth’s research found consumers are looking for inspiration on social media, with #charcuterie at 1.3 million posts, #cheeseboards with one million and #cheese at an astounding 24.5 million posts.

A great addition to any cheese board is Montchevre’s 4-ounce Fresh Honey Goat Cheese Logs. A staple of the company’s cheese family lineup, the logs are made with honey and fresh quality milk for a creamy and tangy combination. Fresh Honey Goat Cheese Logs come in packages of 8 ounces and 10.5 ounces.

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Cello’s Fontal Pumpkin Spice Wedge is smooth, creamy and slightly sweet, thanks to the honey, pumpkin pie spice and blend of cinnamon that’s hand-rubbed into the cheese wedge. The 60-day aging process develops the signature flavor and texture characteristics, and for an added bonus: The cheese is gluten-free.

Finally, Food & Drink Resources has taken notice of “a recent explosion of different spreadable cheese products coming onto the market.” One such new release is Prairie Farms Dairy’s spring debut: Small Batch Cream Cheese Spreads. Included in the lineup of six new varieties is Honey Vanilla, made with Neufchatel cheese packaged in 3.5-ounce cups. This sweet and savory product will wow consumers with no artificial flavors, preservatives, colors or growth hormones.

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