Ingredient Hot List : Spicy Ingredients

August 11, 2023
Ingredients Spice

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Hot & spicy food and beverages have been heating up in the retail and dining space. In fact, most Americans love spicy food: according to Instacart, 74% of diners eat hot sauce with their meals. But heat and spice aren’t limited to hot sauce, yet instead expand to a wide range of categories in the food and beverage space. Spice has even seeped into all corners of pop culture that can often influence eating and purchasing decisions for consumers. There’s more to heat than just blowing out your palate. From bright and fruity to singed and smoky, read on to learn the ingredients and flavors that can help spice up your own product line.

A Look at Spicy Ingredients:

  • Hot sauce is a common meal addition for consumers. In 2020, the hot sauce market was valued at $2.75 billion. Now, it’s expected to grow at an annual rate of 7.9% CAGR through 2026, when it is expected to hit $4.9 billion, for an increase of 78%!
  • Spicy snacks are most popular with younger generations: 69% of Millennials and 73% of Gen Z consumers report buying spicy snacks for themselves or their households.


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