One of the PNW star fruits; the cherry, is starting to close its season for another year. Washington State is one of the top growers for cherries in the U.S. along with Oregon, California and Michigan. This year Washington State produced an estimated 250,000 tons of cherries according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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.
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.