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Flavor Trends in Dressings and Vinegars

By: Joanna Peot, Mintel
Posted: November 10, 2008

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Herbal Solutions

As people increasingly show preference for lighter, fresher options in dressings and vinegars, herbal flavors continue to generate new products. In Canada, Lucerne Foods has released Herb & Balsamic Vinaigrette under the Eating Right Brand. It is a garden salad vinaigrette and marinade for chicken, pork and seafood. Additionally, it is fat-free and contains only 15 calories per serving. 

In the United Kingdom, Virginia Health Food has released Omega 3-6-9 Dressing under the Virginia Harvest Go Healthy brand. This dressing comprises a blend of hemp, flax and pumpkin seeds oils with balsamic vinegar. It is rich in omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, in addition to being free from gluten, cholesterol, additives, preservatives, herbicides and GMO.

Wine Not?

Dressings and vinegars using wine in their formulations is certainly nothing new. The use of grape variants in flavors may be appealing to consumers who desire more premium, sophisticated products. In Mexico, Waldo’s Dolar Mart de Mexico has released a wine vinegar under the Forrelli brand. Forrelli Vinagre de Vino (Wine Vinegar) features an herb flavor, with tarragon, parsley, rosemary and lavender extracts.