Scoring on flavor: Russian NPD inspiration

Jun 2018

With the World Cup kicking off in Russia this month, flavors and cuisines from the hosting country are in the spotlight. Today’s connected world creates an opening for ethnic flavors, street food inspired goods and the revival of culinary classics. Russian cuisine is a diverse collection of different cooking traditions and includes soups, salads, pickled foods, meat and fish dishes, stews, and dumplings. On the innovation side, suppliers are looking to capitalize on the interest in Russian flavors and cuisines.

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  • Trader Joes Chicken and Mushroom Pelmeni (US). Trader Joe’s Chicken & Mushroom Pelmeni are classic dough-wrapped pockets, made in Southern California and assembled in Russian tradition. Stuffed with flavorful chicken thighs and earthy mushrooms, these morsels are further seasoned with tender onion, herbaceous dill and tangy sour cream to round out their traditional flavor profile. 

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A twist on the classics: Soups and sauces

Aug 2018

Soups and sauces have seen high levels of new product activity in recent years, which reflects consumer interest in a range of cuisines. So, although classic recipes lead the market, there has been rising interest in robust and ethnic flavors. There is also an increased demand for premium and convenient products across the globe.


Herbs and spices: Middle Eastern and African flavors

Aug 2018

Fresh, wholesome, healthy, rich, aromatic – it’s no wonder that the past decade has seen Middle Eastern and African cuisines attract global attention. Herbs and spices are the stars of the show and they are often used in local delicacies such as cheeses, fruits and coffee. With today’s consumers being more adventurous than ever, African and Middle Eastern flavors are predicted to have a bright future.


Vibrant, fresh and clean label: Natural Colors

Jul 2018

Consumers often associate rich colors with freshness, quality and good taste. Natural colors offer benefits as they open up opportunities to deliver vibrantly colored foods with a clean label. Also, in this social media age, vibrant, natural foods are inherently “instagrammable.” Think charcoal, curcumin, beetroot and spirulina.