Discover Innovative Snack-spiration with California Almonds at IFT’18

Everything Almond Butter Spread.jpgLooking for innovative plant forward snack-spiration? Visit the Almond Board of California (ABC) at booth #S2802 during the IFT18 Annual Meeting + Food Expo, July 15-18 in Chicago. Throughout the Expo, the Almond Board booth will feature a variety of almond snack and beverage samples, the latest sustainability, consumer and nutrition research, and access to industry and culinary experts to answer all your almond questions.

Don’t miss Chef Rob Corliss of All Things Epicurean at Cooking Up Science, 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, for a recipe demonstration and technical insights on the formulas he uses to maximize almond appeal in concept development. Chef Rob will discuss up-and-coming flavor and ingredient trends used in this concept and why almonds pair well with emerging flavors.
 
Interested in learning more about the versatility of almonds or have product development questions? Visit the booth during the Expo or contact foodprofessionals@almondboard.com before July 13 to schedule an individual or small group California Almond Solution Session (CASS). 

ABC will feature an array of exciting, trend-forward booth samples featuring different almond forms to achieve varying flavors and textures. The recipes will be available throughout the expo:

•    Everything Almond Butter SpreadMocha Goji Almond Crunch Bar.jpg
Creamy almond butter is blended with almonds, dried minced garlic and onion, sesame seeds, caraway and poppy seeds and a touch of black pepper to re-invent a classic with a modern style and popular flavor.

•    Hot Apple-Cinnamon Almond Clusters
This crispy snack includes a trio of almond forms with whole blanched, natural sliced and slivered almonds blended with pepitas, dried apple, maple and a variety of spices to give each crunch a kick with flavor.

•    Moringa Almond Refresher
Smooth and creamy unsweetened almond milk is blended with nature’s super food – Moringa. Elder flower and a touch of orange blossom make for an elegant and refreshing beverage experience.

•    Mocha Goji-Almond Crunch Bar
Bold and savory, this pressed bar is loaded with creamy almond butter spiked with notes of espresso, unsweetened cocoa powder, bites of cacao nibs and dark chocolate, roasted almonds, blanched slivered almonds and goji berries. 

•    Lavender-Rose Almond Crispers
Sliced and chopped natural almonds, quinoa, chia seeds, dried strawberries, rose hips and lavender are blended with a maple mixture and then baked into thin and crispy snack bites to create a unique texture and addictive snack.
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Learn about the future of food waste at the IFT NEXT presentation: 

The Future of Next Generation Food Waste: How the Almond Industry is Unleashing the Potential for Co-Products 
 

Tuesday, July 17, 1:45-2:15 p.m. IFTNEXT Stage

Consumers are making many personal changes related to the environment, with 66% actively making changes with recycling and waste management.1 This presentation, featuring ABC’s Guangwei Huang, Associate Director, Food Research and Technology, and the USDA’s Bill Orts, Research Leader, Bioproducts, will explore research projects underway that result in almond co-products (hulls and shells) being used to ferment beer, boost mushroom production, strengthen recycled plastics, and even supplement honey bee and insect food. 
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Chocolate & Almonds Snack-y Hour Reception

Join ABC at booth #S2802 on Monday, July 16 for a Snack-y Hour reception starting at 4pm. Power through your onsite networking with sweet and savory almond bites. 

After the first day of IFT, come relax and snack on chocolate and almonds while mingling with friends, colleagues and representatives from ABC.

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California Almond Solution Session

ABC will once again host the popular individual and small-group California Almond Solution Sessions,Moringa Almond Refresher.jpg led by Chef Rob Corliss at the ABC booth. The personalized, 20-minute sessions can be tailored to your specific request and offer individual time with Chef Corliss to address your almond-related culinary questions. 

Sign up now by emailing foodprofessionals@almondboard.com or stop by the booth during the expo, and discover a wide range of innovative almond form techniques and functions. 

The 2018 California Almond Solution Session topics include:
•    Non-dairy beverages featuring almond milk
•    Almond forms boosting snack formulations
•    Almond butter as a clean-label friendly binder in snack bars

Choose one of the above topics, or create your own custom session.
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Looking for more Almond-Inspiration! Be sure to visit ABC’s Recipe Center, which has a plethora of innovative, chef-developed recipes for inspiration. 

Click here to download the most recent Technical Kit and stay updated on the latest sustainability information.  

For questions or additional technical information, please email us at foodprofessionals@almondboard.com

References:
1.    Almond Board November 2017 Quarterly Sustainability Tracker