The U.S. consumer market is becoming more and more ethnically diverse. Today, 80% of consumers are enjoying varied ethnic flavors out in restaurants at least once a month. Caribbean flavors or becoming very popular and more mainstream for the bright, light and complex flavors they bring to products. Millennials and Baby-boomers are pushing for cleaner and healthier options in food choices so this is pushing food producers to develop lighter but complex flavor profiles. These tropical profiles for fruit include, Pineapple, Mango, Guava, Banana, Passion Fruit and Papaya just to name a few. Warm spiced notes are also trending right now to include, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg as well as spicy pepper notes of all varieties. Traditionally, Jerk in the islands is either chicken or pork. Today's uses for jerk showing up outside the box in applications include; vegetables, tofu, sausage, dips, dressings and as a sauce base. The trend for new bright and complex flavor combinations looks like it is here to stay.
Featured here is our own Tropical Jerk Chicken Marinade.
Explore our other applications section to find more creative formulations using other tropical flavor ingredients.