“What is the biggest challenge you are facing right now?”

We have developed a wide range of ingredient solutions by asking our customers that one simple question. Managing purchasing strategies requires expertise, sophistication, and skill. McKeany-Flavell helps clients in the food and beverage industry navigate all ingredient purchasing decisions.

Our commercial knowledge of coverage levels, effective prices, and demand dynamics helps to determine when to cover commodity ingredients, how much to cover, and from which supplier. And from commodities to premium ingredients, our price discovery and supplier relationships assure clients not only of best value but also reliable supply.

Ingredient Categories


Edible Oils

Cocoa &


Fruit & Fruit Concentrates



McKeany-Flavell offers extensive knowledge of the sweeteners market, available supply options, and strategic purchasing strategies. Commodity sweeteners include cane sugar, beet sugar, and starch-derived sweeteners such as glucose, dextrose, and high fructose corn syrup. Specialty sweeteners include organic and non-biotech sweeteners and starch-based syrups from rice and tapioca.

The U.S. sugar market has changed significantly with the introduction of the Suspension Agreements. These agreements have not only set a Mexican import quota system but also an explicit target to balance U.S. sugar supply and use. Other trends also factor into the U.S. sweetener picture: obligations and opportunities under free-trade agreements (and how renegotiation might affect such agreements), the health of the sugar industry in other key global production regions, and consumer interest in organic and non-biotech sweeteners and reduced sugar and calorie formulations.

McKeany-Flavell offers extensive knowledge of the sweeteners market, available supply options, and strategic purchasing strategies.

Commodity sweeteners include cane sugar, beet sugar, and starch-derived sweeteners such as glucose, dextrose, and high fructose corn syrup. Premium sweeteners include organic and non-GMO sweeteners and starch-based syrups from rice and tapioca.


  • Conventional Sugar
  • Non-GMO / Non-Bioengineered
  • Organic
  • Liquid Sucrose
  • Invert Sugar
  • Estandar from Mexico

Corn Sweeteners

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Glucose Syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Conventional
  • Non-GMO

Non-GMO Syrups

  • Cassava
  • Iso-Glucose
  • Agave
  • Brown Rice


  • Evaporated Cane Juice
  • Turbinado
  • Molasses


McKeany-Flavell helps clients find the edible oils best suited to their applications and budgets. Our market assessments cover supply and demand fundamentals, macroeconomic factors, processor margins, technical analysis, and modeling.


  • ConventionalBulk/Packaged
  • High-Oleic
  • Non-GMO


  • Conventional Bulk/packaged
  • High-Oleic
  • Non-GMO
  • Expeller-pressed


  • Conventional Bulk/Packaged
  • Non-GMO


  • Conventional Bulk/Packaged
  • Mass Balance
  • Segregated
  • Organic

Palm Kernel

  • Conventional Bulk/Packaged
  • Mass Balance
  • Segregated
  • Organic


  • Conventional Bulk/Packaged
  • Organic


We know the nuances and quirks of the cocoa market, and for years our expertise has helped clients find excellent buying opportunities, while our understanding of timing in supporting markets—sugar, for example—is crucial in driving cost savings.

We help clients sort out different standards of identity among major consuming countries as well as the physical properties of the many chocolate products on the market to find the right match and achieve more cost-effective formulas without sacrificing quality.

Cocoa Powder

  • Red
  • Black
  • Dutch
  • Organic

Cocoa Butter

  • Bulk
  • Cocoa Butter Equivalents


  • Liquid
  • Nibs
  • Chips

Certified Products

  • UTZ
  • Rainforest
  • Fairtrade
  • And more


McKeany-Flavell monitors the important elements impacting production of almonds and walnuts in California as well as pecans throughout the southern and southwestern states. We maintain numerous relationships to provide our customers options for purchasing domestically produced and imported nuts, such as macadamias.


  • Whole
  • Sliced
  • Diced
  • Slivered
  • Meal
  • Flour


  • Sliced
  • Diced
  • Pieces


  • Whole
  • Sliced
  • Diced
  • Pieces


  • Sliced
  • Diced
  • Pieces


Many factors affect fruit product supply and pricing, from global weather to crop disease to competition for land from other crops. Having a variety of product sources is key to protecting your supply chain. McKeany-Flavell has an extensive network in the fruit industry, and we can provide guidance to new supply options. Our suppliers are always vetted with quality assurance certification and quality sampling.


  • Juice Concentrate
  • Not-from-Concentrate Juice


  • Juice Concentrate


  • Juice
  • Aseptic Packaged
  • Sliced
  • Diced
  • Crushed


  • Juice Concentrate


  • Juice Concentrate
  • Dried


  • Sliced
  • Diced


We have developed cost-saving solutions, including nut replacements, non-gluten and ancient grain flours and mixes, organic and ethically certified ingredients, special fruits and syrups, bulk trucking, flavors from vanilla to exotics like elderberry extract, and even dairy butter with world sugar blends. We are always building our supply network and are expanding resources to incorporate natural color inclusions, and dairy butters from different origins, just to name a few.

Flour & Grains

  • Non-Gluten Flours
  • Ancient Grains
  • Complete Mixes

Syrups, Seeds & Fibers

  • Organic Tapioca Syrup
  • Peppita Seeds
  • Dietary Fibers


  • AMF
  • Dairy Butter
  • Sweet Butter (40% Sugar Butter Blend)


  • Vanilla
  • Extracts
  • Custom Flavor Design
  • Variegates
  • Sauces


  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Golden Raisins


  • Biofuel
  • Trucking Solutions

McKeany-Flavell regularly researches and authors industry reports for clients. If you would like to commission a report, please contact us.