Spicing it up: Hotter flavors

Feb 2018

Hotter flavors are on the rise. New food and beverage products featuring spicy flavors increased with a CAGR of 14.2 percent (Global, 2013-2017). However, simply adding peppers to a product is not enough, as consumers are seeking intense experiences with flavor combinations that challenge the norm and offer them more refined palates in terms of spiciness. Creativity is key to keeping consumers engaged in NPD with hotter flavors.

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  • Jin Gong Chuan Pai Spicy Chicken Seasoning (China). Separate sachets of spicy seasoning and dried ingredient, for chicken. Comes in a heat-sealed plastic packet. Certified Halal.
     


Zesty flavor combinations: Dairy trends

Oct 2018

Today’s consumers are seeking dairy products that offer the best of all worlds. New dairy launches increasingly carry health and clean label claims, without compromising in convenience or taste. Beyond traditional sweet flavor profiles, savory and spicy flavors are making their way into dairy, including exciting pairings like champagne rhubarb and mango habanero. 


From luxurious to raw: Chocolate NPD

Oct 2018

While indulgent flavors and textures remain key drivers in chocolate NPD, the quest for cleaner and lighter chocolate continues with confectioners launching more options featuring clean label, sugar reduction and ‘thin’ claims. Vegan claims in chocolate are gaining momentum with a CAGR of +47 percent globally over the past five years. Furthermore, chocolate NPD experiences a colorful wave of ruby, blond and matcha tea chocolate.


Tantalize the taste buds: Creative flavor trends

Sep 2018

Food and beverage manufacturers are getting creative with flavors. Bowls have emerged as smart carriers for mixing and matching flavors and textures while ethnic tastes are on the rise, calling for spicy, smoked and hot flavors. Alcoholic drinks, coffee and tea NPD have also led to new levels of flavor sophistication. As consumers are increasingly seeking natural and minimally processed foods, products with floral, botanical, nut and vegetable traces emerge, often alongside honey and syrups for a hint of natural sweetness.