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Nov 10, 2008 | 04:36 PM CST
By: Kelly Wolfram, Mintel
Mintel unveils the latest trends in soft drink flavors, including fruit, herbal and citrus
Nov 10, 2008 | 04:31 PM CST
By: Joanna Peot, Mintel
Mintel investigates the top flavors for chocolate products released in 2007, including strawberry, almond, hazelnut, caramel and peanut butter
Nov 10, 2008 | 04:28 PM CST
By: Joanna Peot, Mintel
Mintel discusses the latest flavor trends in dressings and vinegars
Nov 10, 2008 | 04:22 PM CST
By: Joanna Peot, Mintel
Wondering which flavors and ingredients will fill restaurant menus in 2008? From fast food to fine dining, Mintel Menu Insights has identified five trends likely to explode in the New Year
Oct 20, 2008 | 03:47 PM CDT
By: Gerard Mosciano
Odor and taste characteristics and possible applications of Diphenyl Oxide, Pineapple Essence and more.
Oct 20, 2008 | 02:01 PM CDT
By: Brian M. Lawrence
Vetiver oil. Vetiver oil is obtained from the steam distillation of the air-dried roots of Vetiveria zizanioides (L.) Nash (syn. Andropogon muricatus Retz.; A. squarrosus Hook. f. non L.f.; Anatherum zizanioides (L.) (Hitchcock et. Chase) perennial, densely tufted grass members of the Poaceae (syn. Graminae) family.
Oct 20, 2008 | 01:42 PM CDT
By: Liquan Huang, associate member, Monell Chemica…
The evolution of and individual variation in bitter taste and speculation on the future directions and applications of fundamental taste research
Humans are generally thought to perceive five basic taste qualities: salty, sour, bitter, sweet and umami/savory. Unlike other sensory systems such as audition and vision, which detect and perceive the external physical world of sound frequencies or light wavelengths, the taste system enables humans and animals to explore the chemical nature of the environment and subserves the internal physiological needs of the organism. For example, salty, sweet and umami tastes allow humans and animals to seek out essential minerals and energy- or nutrient-rich foods, while sour and bitter tastes help the organism avoid ingesting putrefied foods, unripe fruits, potentially harmful plant alkaloids and other toxins.
This column will provide a general overview of recent progress in studies on human taste, with a focus on bitter taste. Topics covered include: the location and activation of taste receptors; the evolution of and individual variation in bitter taste; and speculation on the future directions and applications of fundamental taste research.
Oct 20, 2008 | 01:36 PM CDT
By: Jeb Gleason-Allured, Editor
Coffee flavor leader Flavor & Fragrance Specialties offers a look inside its labs, creative philosophy and the dynamic flavored coffee segment
“Specialty coffee is off the charts,” says Flavor & Fragrance Specialties (FFS) flavorist and lab manager Dianne Sansone. “Flavored coffee consumers are not [traditional] coffee consumers, so there is no cannibalization.” As the flavored coffee segment evolves, new profiles and technical challenges (masking off flavors from vitamins and other fortifications) proliferate.
Dunkin’ Donuts recently launched a skim version of its Coffee Coolatta beverage as part of its new campaign to provide consumers with healthy choices. Meanwhile, JavaFit has launched a new line of no-sugar functional RTD coffee beverages. Aimed at active consumers, those looking to be healthier or manage their weight, JavaFit’s offerings include Extreme Latte (fortified with green tea extract), Diet Latte (fortified with bitter orange extract Advantra Z), Focus Latte (fortified with α-GPC and multivitamins) and Immune Latte (fortified with Echinacea and multivitamins). Despite the ample fortification, the company claims its beverages have the flavor profile of “melted coffee ice cream.” Finally, Starbucks’ Cafe Mocha Truffles, noted for their indulgent qualities, were listed among the winners of Mintel’s 2008 Global New Products Database taste test. The technical hurdles and opportunities for innovation never cease.
Oct 20, 2008 | 01:31 PM CDT
By: Aaron Graham, Griffith Laboratories USA
The benefits of strategies such as multi-platform flavors, country of origin material sourcing and process optimization
Escalating energy and material costs are a major challenge facing flavor manufacturers, and one that is forcing the industry to find new methods to adjust. The last few years have seen record cost increases in a large number of ingredients commonly used in the flavor industry, particularly those derived from corn, soy and wheat, and petroleum-based products. (See F-1.) As the global demand for energy grows, spurred by China and India, the food versus energy decision is likely to maintain these elevated prices.
Oct 20, 2008 | 01:18 PM CDT
By: Dave Baines, Baines Food Consultancy Ltd., and…
Flavorists face rising food prices, legislation and competition as the demand for savory flavors explodes
Savory flavorings is a growth market that is predicted to increase significantly over the next five years in line with the rapid growth of the consumption of meat products. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that global consumption of meat is estimated to grow from 250 million tonnes per annum to 300 million tonnes by 2020, and to more than 450 million tonnes by 2050. The graph in F-1 shows that most of this growth is in developing countries, with meat consumption in developed countries leveling off. The supply of ingredients to support this market will grow in tandem with meat consumption and will have a major impact on savory flavors.