Last week, R and D kicked off the New Year by continuing our blend development on a new continent, Africa. One of our developers, Shana decided to focus a blend on Gooseberries. Gooseberries are native to Europe and North Africa.
The leaves are starting to change here in the PNW. This time of year makes you want to have warm flavors that bring comfort. As we say goodbye to all the lovely summer stone fruits and usher in apples, pears, and even pomegranates.
August is here which can only mean loads of ripe stone fruits. Here in the test kitchen, one of our developers Shana created a lovely summer dessert, Nectarine Dream.
Nectarines originated in China over 2,000 years ago. Then they were cultivated in Rome, Persia and Greece.
Northwest Naturals works with many beer and cider companies on different applications. One area that has seen significant growth is fruit beers and beer cocktails. Beer companies are trying to market to wider audience to pull in people that might not normally enjoy beer. Beer cocktails normally utilize a lighter beer and with an ABV not over 4.5%.
The trend for product development continues to see a mixture of traditional flavors combined with savory flavors. Particularly in beverage applications, we are seeing drinks like