The R and D department rolled out our final region blends at the end of last month. Kerry, one of our R and D Food Technologists, decided to focus on some of the Thai flavors for her blend.
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
Citrus flavors have been trending for the past several years with consumers. Citrus can be used in a variety of ways in many applications including zest, syrups, candied, pickled and preserved. The market is now seeing more varietals of citrus in new product development including these applications; dressing, non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverage, infused oils, smoothies, dessert and culinary applications.
The R and D department has been working its way through developing blends with a regional theme. This has lead us to try new fruits and flavor combinations. In March, we are focusing on the South region of the U.S.