Ground Work: Identifying Flavor Bases

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The two will be featured in "Spices and Herbs, Ground or Extracts: Can You Taste the Difference?"

Food product developers have a choice: ground spices and herbs, oleoresins and/or essential oils. The advantages and disadvantages as far as functionality is known. But what about their flavor? How will each form affect the flavor of the finished product?

During Flavorcon Virtual 2021, two Kalsec experts check in to discuss the nuances of utilizing ground spices and herbs vs. oleoresins and/or essential oils in formulations.

Kalsec's Robin Boyle and Shane McDonald will be featured in the "Spices and Herbs, Ground or Extracts: Can You Taste the Difference?" presentation.

The duo will put each form of different herbs into a simple base and have trained sensory panelists to evaluate the differences in the flavor profile. 

  • Brief overview of selected herbs and spices in dried, unstandardized oleoresin and essential oils form

  • Discussion of evaluation process and functionality 

  • Overview of outcomes experienced by a panel in regards to the intensity of each descriptor

Robin Boyle, Sensory Lab Manager, Kalsec

Robin Boyle has an M.S. in environmental science from Florida Atlantic University and a B.S. in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University. Boyle has worked at Kalsec, Inc., in Kalamazoo, MI, for eight years and manages a team comprised of sensory scientists and highly trained sensory panelists.


Shane T. McDonald, Ph.D., Principal Flavor Chemist, Kalsec

Shane McDonald has a Ph.D. in food science from the University of Wisconsin. He has been a creative flavor chemist, mostly in savory, for over 20 years. He is a certified flavor chemist and currently works at Kalsec, Inc., of Kalamazoo, Michigan, as an extractor of spices and herbs.

Flavorcon, produced by Perfumer & Flavorist+, is happening November 16-17, 2021. The virtual conference program hosts 16 educational, insight-driven presentations from industry experts. Registration is officially open and early bird tickets are now on sale.

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