The leaves are starting to turn colors and finally cooler weather is giving the Pacific Northwest a break from the blazing summer heat. With that in mind, I thought I’d jump on the most popular flavor of fall; Pumpkin Spice. This month’s application hits several current trends, obviously the explosion of Pumpkin Spice and Boozy Blended Beverages.
August is ushering in unseasonable hot weather here in the Pacific Northwest with temperatures expected to peak in high 90’s this week. What a better way to cool off than to try this month’s drink; Lemonade Lemongrass Fizz.
80% of consumers are enjoying varied ethnic flavors out in restaurants at least once a month. Caribbean flavors or becoming very popular and more mainstream for the bright, light and complex flavors they bring to products.
The drink industry is seeing a push toward more developed flavors that appeal to a broader audience that might not normally drink hard alcohol. Millennials are responsible for the current trend toward more exotic spiced flavor profiles. As Millennials are eating out more, their developed spice palette is something they are looking for in new consumer products.
Summer time in Washington not only means warm days and beautiful sunsets it also means Berry Season. For local growers, berries, like Strawberry, are ready to pick and harvest come June. Its not until September that the true berry season is over in Washington. Past years of early heat and late rain have, of course, changed the times when harvest is ready but in general terms when summer starts you can be sure that the farmers markets will start to have those amazing northwest berries... read more