Eating more meals at home, consumers are scrutinizing ingredients labels, and favoring all-natural sweeteners for food prep items like marinades, sauces and bake mixes.

Saddle Brook, NJInternational Molasses (IM), a leading supplier of molasses and natural sweeteners, is seeing ties between the COVID-caused stay-at-home lifestyle and an uptick in sales for its CaneRite™ portfolio of sugar cane molasses. An increase in liquid molasses sales for a variety of marinades and condiments like BBQ, Worcester and other popular sauces, as well as more dry molasses sold for domestic-centric foods like bake mixes, showcases not only the food products Americans are choosing while remaining home but also their selection process within those niches.

“For obvious reasons, consumers are eating more meals at home, so eating healthy means paying particular attention to the ingredients labels of grocery items,” said Amy Targan, President of International Molasses and its sister company, Malt Products Corp. “The sales gains we’re seeing aren’t in the restaurant sector – of course they aren’t considering the pandemic – but rather in direct-to-consumer food products sold at grocery stores.”

International Molasses has seen enough of a sales spike that, according to Targan, a clear conclusion can be drawn. “There’s a housebound health-consciousness trend, a sort of limitation-driven discernment that favors all-natural products. Consumers who might otherwise grab a healthy breakfast or lunch – on-the-go health food like smoothies, salads and grain bowls – are instead eating healthier at home.”

The company’s CaneRite™ portfolio of sugar cane molasses brings a variety of benefits. For starters, it combines a wide-ranging, light-to-dark flavor profile with reassuring label-friendliness, eliminating the need for overly processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup or other “red flag” ingredients like artificial sweeteners. Molasses also is rich in antioxidants, and is available in non-GMP certified and organic varieties.

Molasses also is formulation-friendly, serving food manufacturers not only as a subtle sweetener but a natural colorant, humectant, and shelf-life extender. It is also highly customizable, allowing food formulators to go as light or as dark as they desire.

For example, on the lighter side, IM’s l Golden Trim Molasses complements or even replaces honey flavor – all while providing distinctive notes that mask off notes commonly found in plant-based proteins, such as those found in granola or energy bars. Meanwhile, darker molasses blends add a not-too-sweet appeal to a wide variety of items including beans and soups, both meat and vegan jerky, and brown sugars.

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About International Molasses
A Malt Products Corporation company, International Molasses is a leading supplier of molasses and natural sweeteners for a variety of food industry applications, including agronomy. Its products contribute solid sources of beneficial minerals such as calcium and potassium, and assist with clean label efforts by reducing the use of common sugar. For the growing plant-based proteins niche, molasses also helps mask off notes found in many bars while providing a full gamut of flavor profiles, from dark and full-bodied to light and honey-esque.
International Molasses’ products are also natural humectants, and often help extend food product shelf life. For example, molasses can help keep soft batch cookies soft and chewy bars chewy, and serve as an excellent binder for granola bars.

About Malt Products Corporation
Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Saddle Brook, NJ, Malt Products Corporation (MPC) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of malted barley extract and natural sweeteners.
MPC has grown from a regional supplier of malts to an international company offering a full line of natural sweeteners serving a wide range of industries, such as bakery, confectionary, beverages, snack foods and cereals, pet food, animal nutrition, and pharmaceutical. MPC products are manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility in Dayton, OH. Product quality and customer service have been fundamental to MPC’s growth. For more information, visit