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Feed Your Sweet Tooth With Our New Innovative Snack Seasonings!

Posted on Wed, Sep, 2016@ 05:54 PM



Holidays are just around the corner; school has started back up; baking birthday cakes for weekend celebrations continues. Carolina Ingredients is introducing four, new, sweet snack seasonings ready to tempt your customers. These flavor offerings are available in both Non GMO compatible and conventional styles allowing you to meet all your customers’ needs.



Birthday Cake – Put on your birthday hat and toot your horn! Vanilla and buttercream blend together reminding you of your childhood dream...imagine this on popcorn with colorful sprinkles.





Peanut Butter Brownie (non-allergen) – Gooey peanut butter and rich chocolate – the perfect marriage of two flavors. This is an awesome peanut flavor our R&D scientists have discovered. I’m sure you’ll see more new blends emerge with this fabulous flavor.





Chocolate Mint – Bright refreshing mint and chocolate bring this classic to the snack world. It is like Peppermint Patty has her own brand of popcorn. 





Chocolate Bundt Cake – Another rich buttery chocolate flavor – a classic that can be combined with other flavors to spice it up. Add cinnamon to bring a Mexican flair, or orange to transform it into a French classic; the ideas are limitless.  


In addition to these innovative and tasteful sweet seasonings, spice distributor Carolina Ingredients offers an extensive line of seasoning blends


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With Summer Arriving, Warm Up your Taste Buds with Non GMO Compliant, Commercial Seasoning Blends.

Posted on Fri, Jun, 2016@ 11:30 AM



With summer arriving, warm up your taste buds with Carolina Ingredients' carefully crafted flavor blends. We are now offering five, new, Non GMO snack seasonings for our June Flavors of the Month


Buttery Cheese Type Non Dairy – Buttery cheese type flavor that is also Non GMO compliant.





Caesar – This is the ultimate caesar pleaser blend that is also Non GMO compliant.





Chipotle – Smokey chipotle seasoning blend provides a subtle kick and flavorful taste.





Chipotle BBQ – The bbq seasoning has notes of warm smoky chipotle with other sweet and savory flavors.





Chipotle Ranch – For chipotle and ranch connoisseurs alike, this is the ultimate flavor blend of both worlds.



In addition to these new and tasteful snack seasonings, Carolina Ingredients offers an extensive line of seasoning blends. For more information and details, feel free to visit our website.

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Carolina Ingredients Gives Back By Partnering With Toys For Tots

Posted on Fri, Dec, 2014@ 09:41 AM

Carolina Ingredients Toys For Tots Partnership

Building Partnerships, one of Carolina Ingredients Core Cultures, is demonstrated every day by how we collaborate, how we interact, and how we support our community.  This year, seasoning manufacturer Carolina Ingredients partnered with Toys for Tots. Our associates embraced the opportunity to support Toys For Tots fulfill their mission to spread a message of hope and joy by delivering new toys at Christmas to children less fortunate.

Toys for Tots have been giving new, unwrapped toys to less fortunate children in our local communities since their very first gift in 1947.  Last year alone, York County’s less fortunate children received more than 7,000 toys and thousands more stocking stuffers. 

For more information please visit the Toys For Tots web site:

From The Carolina Ingredients Family to yours, may the season bring you the music of laughter, the warmth of friendship and the embrace of love.

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Boosting Nutritional Values in Foods

Posted on Mon, May, 2013@ 04:37 PM

Recently, Girl Scout Cookies released a new cookie in 2013 - Mango Crème with Nutrifusion’s Grandfusion as part of the ingredients.  While many scoffed at the idea of nutritionally “supercharging” a cookie, many see this as a toe dip into an ocean of market expansion.  Grandfusion is a blend of fruits and vegetables that, when added to food products, allows companies to claim additional nutritional benefits without affecting taste or functionality. 

Recently in a trade article, scientists experiments with extruded corn snacks to incorporate fish protein powder and omega-3 fish oil.  They were able to determine the exact percentage where children could not detect these items, thereby opening avenues for snack companies to increase nutrient values in products.

At Carolina Ingredients, we are formulating some of our current blends to include Grandfusion - another way to create value for you.

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Carolina Ingredients - How Can We Create Value For You

Posted on Tue, Apr, 2013@ 12:18 PM

Carolina Ingredients uses tools such as Mintel’s Global New Products Database to assist in analyzing trends and to forecast growth areas in products and flavor offerings.  This allows our R&D team to innovate new items to show current and potential customers.  For example, innovation in the niche market for salty snacks revolves around deep spicy flavors such as chipotle, habanero and jalapeno.  Over the past year, Carolina Ingredients has offered a variety of samples in these flavor profiles - and we currently have a number of chili offerings in production today. 

Newer trends show an expansion of product offerings that replicate an entire meal, such as fajita tortilla chips, chicken ramen crisps or a dessert like flan flavored popcorn.  Specifically in the US, brands look now to add fruits and/or vegetables to improve their heath credentials without alternating the appearance or taste of the product.  Companies that produce products with natural and organic remain in a key growth area with premium pricing potential. 

Contact Carolina Ingredients so we can share new flavor opportunities with your company!


(Source: Mintel, March 2013)

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Carolina Ingredients - The Research Chef Association Conference

Posted on Tue, Mar, 2013@ 10:45 AM
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Carolina Ingredients also participates in local food trade associations.  We recently showed some ideas at the RCA Conference 2013.  The Research Chef Association held their Culinary Expo March 6-9, 2013 in Charlotte NC.  Our participation provides Carolina Ingredients face time opportunities with premier nationally known R&D Chefs.
I spent a few minutes interviewing our R&D team to understand their brain storming process.  Julie, one of our R&D gurus’s participated in a little Q&A with me.
DMC:  “Julie, how did your team come up with flavor offerings for the RCA conference?”
Julie:  “People from all over the country are coming to the Queen City for the RCA Conference so we wanted to showcase a theme from the region that we are proud to call our home.  The Carolinas are known for their love and variety of BBQ!”
DMC: “There are so many types of BBQ out there -- how did you narrow it down?”
Julie: “We took tradition and added a twist by serving BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders with 4 unique sauces to satisfy tastes from any region.  Our Carolina Gold Mustard BBQ Sauce won’t disappoint those that want a true classic while our Smokey Three-Pepper BBQ Sauce are for those that love a kick!  Our Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Sweet Maple Orange BBQ Sauce (with just a hint of blood orange) are great for those looking for something truly unique! 
And, as is the tradition in the Carolina’s -- one must have slaw with their BBQ.  Our version of Asian Coleslaw is as refreshing and crunchy as it is colorful.  Paired with any of our sauces, you have one awesome slider and a taste of the South!”
DMC: “How difficult is it for our consumers to use these seasonings”
Julie: “Very easy!  These sauces and dressings are made from dry seasoning - just add water and vinegar to your taste.  Of course, we are also experienced with more complex uses!”
Whether you have a new concept that just needs the final touches, or just want to brainstorm with trends and flavor profiles, Carolina Ingredients is your partner.

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Carolina Ingredients - Our Core Cultures

Posted on Mon, Mar, 2013@ 09:00 AM

At Carolina Ingredients we embrace our core cultures - 7 precise statements that guide us in our daily relationship with producing quality products.  Callers are greeted with “How May I Create Value for You?”  Monthly team meetings give everyone an opportunity to recognize co-workers who exemplify a core culture.  Visitors report they feel the connectedness and pride that employees, managers, and Doug Meyer-Cuno have for Carolina Ingredients.

Theron Hunter, recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary with Carolina Ingredients.  He proudly announced he loved being part of the “Dream Team”.

When you interact with anyone at Carolina Ingredients, I’m sure you’ll be able to spot at least one core culture coming through


          ~ Passionate about creating value

          ~ Building partnerships

          ~ Innovative solutions to solving problems

          ~ Get it done right attitude

          ~ Growth thru technology

          ~ Optimize Sustainable practices

          ~ Our Team is only as good as the value you create

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Carolina Ingredients - SNAXPO 2013

Posted on Mon, Mar, 2013@ 09:00 AM

Carolina Ingredients is at SNAXPO 2013 - March 16-19th, Tampa Convention Center


Carolina Ingredients is at booth 502 for SNAXPO 2013.  Come meet our sales and R&D teams, talk to us about the value we can create for you!

This year, the R&D team will showcase seasonings for kettle chip and nut applications.  They have worked diligently to create great flavors that invoke emotions and are tailored to the application.  A flavor that may be great on a potato chip may be dull and flat on a nut.

Our nut offerings this year are:

Hot Cinnamon Sugar Glazed Almonds -- conjure the aroma of the holiday season, ice skating outside, warm baked goods in the oven - now savor almonds with a touch of delicious heat to warm your insides.

Parmesan & Roasted Garlic Almonds - the almond makes a perfect carrier for this buttery and roasted savory treat.  An updated addition to snack mix, or just enjoy on its own.

Our kettle chip offerings are:

Zesty Garden Tomato - remember summer? Fresh picked tomatoes, basil and oregano blended together perfectly to make a bright sauce for freshly made pasta.  All that in a bag of chips!

Sweet Cajun Pepper - head south to enjoy peppers and other spices - not too hot and just a kiss of sweetness - pure joy! 

Chili Chipotle - now head west, smell the smoke and warmness created by peppers, a touch of garlic and a little sweet note to finish the experience

Come, enjoy and chat with us about ways we can build a partnership with your team.

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Sodium Reduction - The Natural Way

Posted on Wed, Mar, 2013@ 12:55 PM

More and more consumers look to reduce their sodium intake in an effort to promote health and wellness.  Carolina Ingredients recognized this trend early and began offering a natural low sodium sea salt in 2010.  Our manufacturing customers have a choice between 57% or 45% reduced sodium salt. This functional product can be blended into existing seasoned salts, stuffing seasoning, and snack toppings, just to name a few.  With our blending facility, we have the ability to reduce the granulation size for other topical applications.  Our canning customers love the opportunity to expand upon their lower sodium product line.

At Carolina Ingredients, we pride ourselves in finding innovative solutions to complex problems.   

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Carolina Ingredients LEEDS the Way in Ingredient Blending

Posted on Tue, Mar, 2013@ 11:43 AM

Founded in 1990, Doug Meyer-Cuno, President and Owner sought ways to increase value to his ingredient and spice distribution clients.  Ten years later, Carolina Ingredients expanded services to provide custom blending of ingredients - from cures to coatings, marinades to meal helpers.  In 2009, Carolina Ingredients, again with a vision of value creation, moved from Pineville, NC to Rock Hill, SC where they could build a LEED certified building - the first LEED Certified Spice Blender in the USA.

Carolina Ingredients has a commitment to sustainability, with employees that are dedicated to manufacturing quality products to our valued customer base across the USA.  Meat processors, snack manufacturers, and confectionary companies all look to Carolina Ingredients to provide innovation, build partnerships, and grow sales with an emphasis on value.

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