UNFI Highlights Gluten Free & Stevia Markets as Major Consumer Movements in 2013

UNFI Highlights Gluten Free &#038; Stevia Markets as Major Consumer Movements in 2013Gluten Free (GF) foods and natural alternative Stevia-based sweeteners are the up and coming stars of 2013, sweetening the organic and specialty foods scene in what is a rapidly growing trend. In a Mintel analysis comparing actual sales from July through September 2011 to the same period in 2012, United Natural Foods, Inc. the leading U.S. independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods, reported quarterly trends that show 14% of adults over the age of 18 are potential or current consumers of gluten-free food, either from need or want. That equates to roughly 30 million Americans who are currently GF food consumers, and up to 40 million in potential market, based on 2011 U.S. Census records. As for natural sugar alternatives, U.S. demand is projected to rise 3.3% annually through 2013, to $1.4 billion.[1] <#_ftn1>  UNFI’s quarterly report provides a real world snap-shot of consumer buying power and purchasing trends that drive the market.

According to the Mintel study, alternative sweeteners are among the top five strongest growth categories and Caribbean Liquid Sugar (www.HeyShuga.com) Lil’ Shuga! and Nesugar™ Light are front runners as America’s most popular choices for gluten free, Stevia based all-natural sweeteners.

Caribbean Liquid Sugar’s pourable syrups taste great and are always 100% USDA organic, gluten-free, GMO free, vegan, kosher and preservative free products.

Lil’ Shuga! is a delicious, sweet syrup blend made of natural Stevia leaf extract and the purest and best cane tasting sugar available. Stevia’s delicious tasting leaves bear a taste 30 times sweeter than sugar with zero calories. Lil’ Shuga provides delicious sweetness that is naturally low in sugar alcohol and therefore low on the glycemic index, the rate that glucose levels rise in the blood.

Nesugar™ Light is reduced-sugar syrup made from a blend of the finest cane sugar and Stevia Extract to create a delicious tasting sugar alternative, with all the health benefits of Stevia, and up to 75% less calories than sugar alone. Nesugar™ Light is two times sweeter than sugar, making it an ideal natural sweetener alternative to cane sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

All of Caribbean Liquid Sugar’s syrups can be easily incorporated into a daily routine. With reduced calories and nearly twice the sweetness per teaspoon it’s easy to naturally sweeten hot or cold beverages, sprinkle on cereal, add to sauces, marinades or any baking recipe that calls for honey or sugar.  Used in baking recipes, professional and home bakers alike report reduced proofing time, lower baking temps, improved taste and texture and increase shelf life of baked goods.

Benefits of Lil’ Shuga! and Nesugar™ Light :

·         Lower calories without sacrificing the delicious taste of cane sugar
·         Preservative & GMO Free
·         USDA Organic
·         SKS Kosher Certified
·         Free of Impurities
·         Gluten Free & Vegan Friendly

Caribbean Liquid Sugar Lil’ Shuga! and Nesugar™ Light are naturally sweet commodities on the natural food movement of 2013.

[1]http://www.reportlinker.com/p0703282/US-Alternative-Sweeteners-Market.html <http://www.reportlinker.com/p0703282/US-Alternative-Sweeteners-Market.html>

Caribbean Liquid Sugar
In 2004 Caribbean Liquid Sugar was created in Don Tejada’s kitchen, driven by a passion for healthy foods, good nutrition, and love for natural products. The dream of developing an all-natural, artificially free sweetener gave birth to “Hey Shuga!” and “Lil’ Shuga!” www.HeyShuga.com . Both of which are vegan, GMO-free, gluten-free and above all, delicious, Caribbean Liquid Sugar brings natural sweetness while striving to promote sustainability and a healthy planet. For further information about Caribbean Liquid Sugar, please visit www.CaribbeanLiquidSugar.com.