This last presentation cycle R and D concentrated on trends in the industry that target Health and Wellness. The industry is a rapidly growing 4 trillion-dollar business. Some of the topics covered included, Juneberry Blend made into a meat and fruit bar, Orange Grapefruit Turmeric Blend used in a wellness gummies and Lemon Maple Blend to mimic the ingredients in the Master Cleanse.
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.
Summer is in full swing at Northwest Naturals that has us longing for tall, chilled cocktails and light fruit based desserts. At the end of last month we developed several new blends based on the region of the world; Oceania.