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.

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  • Rancho Dos Sonhos Chankliche Of Zaatar Type Goat Cheese (Brazil). Shanklish of Zataar type of goat cheese in a plastic wrapper, held in a plastic tray. Handmade, gluten-free product. Consume within five days of opening. 


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.