The annual conference of the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades (IFEAT) took place at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco September 29 to October 3. The event, which grows with every iteration, is a notoriously busy venue for industry networking. While many delegates may not have had an opportunity to sit in on every discussion, the conference program offered a range of compelling topics and speakers. While the full proceedings can be purchased via www.ifeat.org, what follows is a small selection of the program’s many highlights.
Keeping Citrus Sustainable
The demand for natural flavors is growing, now accounting for about 1/3 of all food ingredients worldwide, said Jennifer Haggard of Givaudan. Flavors overall may have aggregate growth of 2–4% per year, but natural flavors are growing at almost double digits. Products are being formulated and reformulated with naturals, said Haggard, and not only in mature markets.