Pumpkin continues to be a “hot” flavor according to (Gelski, Jeff (2019, October 19) Could any fall flavors become the next pumpkin spice? www.foodbusinessnews.net). Growth continues to go up and from 2016 to 2018 the flavor saw a 16% increase. The cooler weather in the fall continues to encourage consumers to warm spice flavors like Turmeric, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Black Pepper and incorporated into “comfort foods”.
Citrus applications have been trending now for several years. Consumers appreciate the fresh crisp flavors that many varieties of citrus can bring. Pomelo has been popular for several years now, and now we are seeing more exotic varieties becoming popular in different applications.
This month in the R and D department we are developing new blends based on Europe. The age old question of are tomatoes a fruit or vegetable? Technically, they are both. Botanically, tomatoes are a fruit with seeds that flower.
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%.