Street food reigns supreme: Schwartz launches seasonings inspired by global cuisines

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02 Aug 2018 --- Schwartz has launched a new Street Food Seasonings range in response to the growing consumer trend for world foods. The UK, in particular, has seen a rise in popularity of street food markets, where consumers enjoy on-the-go, versatile and authentic world flavors. Matched with their audience’s desires to recreate recipes from scratch at home, this new series of seasonings is the perfect fix for adventurous millennials seeking quick, easy and tasty meal ideas.

Today’s connected world creates an opportunity for new ethnic flavors, street food inspired meals and the revival of culinary classics. Innova Market Insights has reported an average annual growth of 20 percent in food and beverage launches with global flavors (Global, 2013-2017), with growth in platforms such as chili, herb and floral flavors.

In 2017, 23 percent of the new product launches tracked with an ethnic flavor were private label brands relative to 19 percent in 2013. NPD based on world flavor ranges have become increasingly popular and food truck and street food flavors have been a source of inspiration for NPD for retail. According to Innova Market Insight data, there has been a 24 percent growth in F&B launches with a food truck or street food claim (Global, 2017 vs. 2016).

As the population becomes more diverse, consumers are embracing bold flavors, which were once unfamiliar. Consumers are seeking intense experiences with flavor combinations that challenge the normal level of spiciness. For example, the average annual growth of food and beverage launches with selected chili flavor (Global, 2013-2017) is +59 percent Sriracha chili, +19 percent Habanero chili and +15 percent Chipotle chili. 

At this year’s IFT, in Chicago (July 16-18), Innova Market Insights presented their ethnic flavors trends, amongst others, at their Taste the Trend pavilion. You can read more on this here

Nic Yates, UK Head of Marketing at Schwartz tells FoodIngredientsFirst: “With the rise in social media and the ‘foodie culture’ and our ability to travel further afield and experience new cuisines, we know that consumers are showing an increasing interest in more regional cuisine – no longer satisfied by the generic flavor offerings from the past.”

Click to EnlargeThis is especially relevant for the millennial market, who are often more experimental with ingredients and flavors and keen to try new combinations when cooking at home and eating out. We have seen a boom in the popularity of street food in recent years, with the influence from abroad being felt in cities across the UK,” Yates continues. “Its flexible nature means that it can offer what consumers are looking for at a fast and adaptable pace: delicious and interesting food on the go. A great example is the increasing number of food trucks, which have become omnipresent in many big cities and offer such a huge variety of food and drinks from around the world.”

“It’s easy to see how travel has become increasingly accessible and affordable and has enabled many more people to experience more local cuisines. Flavors like Sriracha and Caribbean Jerk have become familiar in everyday lives and we know consumers will want to experience again when they return from their adventures, replicating them as accurately as possible.”

“Millennials travel extensively, be it on their gap years or backpacking holidays, and we know they are first in line when it comes to experimenting and discovering new things. Food is a big part of the experience they want to bring back home,” he explains. 

Yes, it’s clear to us that restaurants, food trucks and festivals are capitalizing on the trend for world foods. However, we know that these flavors are often quite hard to recreate at home,” Yates adds. 

Launching in all major retailers across the UK this summer, the convenient, single-use sachets enable consumers to cook more adventurously at home with confidence. These seasonings are made using the best quality ingredients – the Schwartz trademark – and, with its 100-year heritage, the brand has the ability to create flavors at an accessible price point of RRP £0.99 (US$1.30), giving retailers a chance to capitalize on their customers’ curiosity.  

Yates also notes: “We’re excited to be launching our range of seasonings this summer. We know our audience is looking for more adventurous and varied flavors when it comes to eating out and now, we’re offering them the perfect way to recreate some of their favorite dishes at home. Carefully curated to provide quick, easy and tasty options to spice up daily meals, we’re confident that this new range of seasonings, inspired by travels from across the world, will hit the spot.” 

Korean BBQ A fiery mix of chili, sesame seed and garlic, best served as a spicy marinade for king prawns, steak, chicken or pork.  Click to Enlarge

BaharatA Middle Eastern inspired mix of coriander, garlic and black pepper, suited to make easy lamb koftas, marinated chicken or spiced chickpea salads.

Caribbean JerkA blend of allspice, pineapple and chilies, best enjoyed sprinkled over hot, roasted chicken wings or mixed as a marinade for king prawns or salmon. 

Chimichurri An Argentinian-inspired seasoning with coriander, parsley and garlic, perfect for marinades and sliced steak sandwiches.  

MexicanA mix of jalapeño, garlic and lime. Mash into ripe avocados for an easy guacamole fix, or use to coat king prawns and sliced chicken for a classic Mexican wrap.  

SrirachaA spicy Thai-inspired seasoning with chilies and garlic. Sprinkle over chicken, pork or prawns or stir into mayo for a dip with a kick.  

Schwartz has utilized its Flavour Forecast to identify the leading edge flavors consumers want to try and these new tastes hit the mark when it comes to contemporary street food recipes. This underlines the brand’s reputation as an expert in understanding and delivering amazing flavors while the new, modern and colorful sachet designs reflect authentic ingredients, and adventure, perfectly catering to the always-curious millennial consumer palate.  

“Our Flavour Forecast for 2018 identifies a number of potential future trends – we anticipate that we will see a movement towards East African, Japanese Izakaya and Venezuelan cuisine, amongst others,” Yates reveals. 

“Ingredients such yuzu citrus, Furikake (seaweed and sesame based seasoning) and Sansho Pepper are already appearing on menus which means it’s only a matter of time before people will want to use them in their homes,” he concludes. 

By Elizabeth Green

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