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Mar 28, 2017 | 03:06 PM CDT

Biotechnology & Driving Natural Flavors: 2017 FlavourTalks Amsterdam Report

By Dave Baines, Flavour Horizons

The ninth flavor raw materials exhibition held at the Barbizon Palace Hotel, Amsterdam on February 22 was once again a great success with a record number of people attending; just under 200. This year, the event was organized by a team from Flavour Horizons and in addition to the exhibition, a conference was held on the following day which was attended by around 100 delegates.

A total of twenty eight exhibitors showcased 196 raw materials. New exhibitors and exhibitors returning after missing one or two years included Besmoke, Axxence, Capua, Elixarome, Isobionics, Lionel Hitchen Essential Oils, Mane, Merck and Totally Natural Solutions. The turnover of exhibitors serves to refresh the event ensuring new offerings for flavorists to evaluate.   

Inspired by Natural

Novel ingredients were on show and delegates submitting feedback forms highlighted Besmoke products as being of particular interest. Besmoke showcased  Puresmokea technology that is capable of cleaning aerosol smoke producing a more flavorful smoke with a significantly reduced loading of tar and toxins. A number of natural Puresmoke waters derived from apple wood, cherry wood and oak were presented to delegates and its use in reaction flavors to produce ham, bacon, barbeque and smoked fish flavors were demonstrated along with its application in sauces.

Totally Natural Solutions showcased a range of products derived from the supercritical CO2 fractionation of hops. The ‘first cut’ was a completely unique blend of methyl esters found only in hops including methyl-4,8-decadienoate, methyl-4-decenoate and methyl geranate.  This mixture of esters had a subtle fruity, floral, pear and mango character, which is likely to be of great interest to flavorists. Other cuts included a ketone fraction with floral, pineapple and lychee nuances; a spicy fraction containing sesquiterpene alcohols; and a sesquiterpene fraction consisting mainly of caryophyllene and humulene and pure myrcene derived from hops with uses in tropical fruit flavors.

Destilla exhibited a kokumi extract in a chicken broth which clearly showed the kokumi characteristics of enhanced mouthfeel with a long lasting taste profile. Delegates also liked the Destilla cucumber extract.

Isobionics exhibited natural valencene and natural nootakone isolated from fermentation using the bacterium Rhodobacter. The use of biotechnology to produce flavoring materials is growing and in the FlavourTalk Conference, Benoit Palms of Evolva described how the company is using yeast fermentation to produce valencene, nootkatone and vanillin with other flavors such as saffron and stevia sweeteners (Reb D/M blend). Ralf Berger of the University of Hannover described the production of L-arginyl dipeptides and lignans for use as salt taste enhancers using a fungal derived peptidolytic enzyme. 

Other materials on show that attracted the attention of flavorists and mentioned in feedback forms were natural 3-methyl-2,4-nonanedione from Axxence, lemon oil (5 fold) from Lluch Essence derived from a newly patented process, 20-fold lemon oil from Frutarom F&F ingredients and blood orange concentrate from Lionel Hitchen Essential Oils.

Riverside Aromatics featured methyldihydrojasmonate from Riverside Aromatics, natural homofuranol from Omega Ingredients, timur pepper with its tongue tingling properties from Mane, jambu oleoresin containing spilanthol with its tingling and mouth-watering properties from Robertet, natural sulphurol from Elixaraome and a beef spiro compound from O’Laughlin. 

Biotechnology Driving Flavors

In previous years there have been particular trends in terms of the products that exhibitors selected for demonstration. For example, last year there were quite a number of beverage ingredients and citrus products. This exhibition had its share of citrus offerings—which are always of interest to delegates—but the real theme for this exhibition was innovation with new materials that are being offered from patented processes and the growing use of biotechnology to produce flavoring substances.

Very novel and creative ingredients were on show demonstrating the innovative flair of the companies producing them. The key driver underlying these innovations is the continuing demand for natural ingredients: over 75% of the products that were demonstrated at the exhibition were EU natural.


a Puresmoke is a registered tradename of Besmoke.

Mar 23, 2017 | 11:06 AM CDT

Flavor Bites: Hexanoic Acid

By: John Wright

Hexanoic acid is found widely in nature and contributes to a smorgasbord of different flavors, containing some of the cheesy profile of butyric acid, but also some of the goaty allure of octanoic acid.

Mar 22, 2017 | 04:27 PM CDT

Editor's Note: A Natural Conversation

By: Deniz Ataman

As the muse of F&F, naturals are the headliner on the product label. In the last issue, we explored the safety, sustainability and efficiency of synthetics. This issue features creativity in research and application inspired by naturals.

Mar 21, 2017 | 01:38 PM CDT

Endpoint. Seeing Past the Amber Glass

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What do you think the consumer envisions in a product touted as natural? That using it will make them healthier, wholesome and bring them closer to nature? Or that nature’s extracts hold secrets to longevity and enlightenment?

Mar 07, 2017 | 10:56 AM CST

2017 Flavor & Fragrance Materials Print Edition Available to Purchase

Allured’s Flavor and Fragrance Buyer’s Guide 2017

Allured's 2017 Flavor & Fragrance Materials Buyer’s Guide is available for purchase now. The guide is used as a referenced by formulators, suppliers, industry experts and consumers.

Mar 06, 2017 | 11:44 AM CST

P2 Science Announces $9.55 Million Series B Financing Round

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P2 Science has recorded a $9.55 million series B financing round with a team of investors to build and run its first commercial plant.

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DuPont Tate & Lyle Announce New Distribution Partner for Zemea Propanediol

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Feb 23, 2017 | 03:59 PM CST

The Future of Artificial Flavors & Ingredients

By: Jim Kavanaugh

With public opinion so overwhelmingly in favor of all natural foods and flavors, what is the fate of artificial flavors and ingredients, and is such a large movement toward natural products truly sustainable?

Feb 22, 2017 | 02:07 PM CST

To Synthesize or Not to Synthesize...that is the question

By: Steve Pringle, Global VP Sales & Marketing, AC…

In the world of F&F formulation, synthetics are recognized for what they are: essential tools for creation; yet, how can we promote them to consumers without the stigma?

Feb 22, 2017 | 01:47 PM CST

Endpoint. Unnaturally Innovative

By: Rachel Grabenhofer, Managing Editor, Cosmetics…

It’s hard not to notice the anti-trend, moving toward the unnatural.