Comax Flavors Reveals Flavor Trends for 2015

Comax Flavors (Melville, New York) has revealed flavor trends for 2015 divided into four distinct groups, each featuring five different flavor themes: Melting Pot, In a Nutshell, Coffee House and Breakfast Anytime.

Flavors in each of these collections can be used in a variety of food and beverage applications such as ready-to-drink beverages, alcohol, dairy, ice cream, baking goods, confections, sauces, marinades and seasonings.

Melting Pot

According to the U.S. 2012 Census, both the Hispanic and Asian populations are expected to double by 2060. The Hispanic population is projected to increase from 53.3 million in 2012 to 128.8 million while the Asian population is expected to grow from 15.9 million to 34.4 million. Flavors in this group include:

Brigadeiros (Brazilian Chocolate Bon Bon)

Butterscotch Curry

Cherry Yuzu

Sriracha Maple



In a Nutshell

According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the value of U.S. tree nut production in 2012 was over $7 billion, with almonds, walnuts, pistachios and pecans accounting for most of the sales. Nuts are increasing in popularity due to their nutritional properties including omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals. Flavors in this group include:

Almond Rose Shortbread

Bourbon Caramel Pistachio

Pecan Chipotle

Pumpkin Praline Fudge

Vanilla Walnut Fig


Coffee House

According to the NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) 2014 market research study, Americans daily gourmet coffee consumption driven by espresso-based beverages, is up 34% versus 31% in 2013. Mintel expects the Ready-To-Drink coffee market, which includes refrigerated and shelf-stable products, to grow to $2.6 billion by 2020. Furthermore, according to IRI data, shelf-stable cappuccinos and iced coffees increased 10.6% in dollar sales in the 52 weeks ending July 13, 2014 compared with the prior-year period. Flavors in this group include:


Cabernet Espresso

Cinnamon Brew


Vietnamese Iced Coffee


Breakfast Anytime

'Innovative breakfast items that are portable and convenient are emerging in both consumer packaged goods and quick service restaurants. Breakfast comes in multiple forms - from hot and cold foods and beverages to sweet and savory flavors, now anything goes, anytime. Flavors in this group include:

Chicken and Waffles

Honey Banana Oatmeal

Savory Butter

S'mores Pancakes

Strawberry Coconut Milk

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