Tropical fruit blends are gaining popularity in 2022, and we want to help you and your business capitalize on this delicious trend.
Combining tropical fruits creates a flavor profile often associated with island vacations and relaxation. The combo can be fruity, citrusy, sweet, or tangy, but it is always light and refreshing. With all the stress and responsibility that naturally occurs in your customers’ lives, imagine your business being the one to offer a taste of respite. Northwest Naturals can help you make it happen. Let us dive in and learn how to capitalize on this exciting trend.
- Understand the Fruits
Tropical flavors consist of one or more tropical fruits – typically a combination of two or more.
These include passion fruit, coconut, pineapple, mango, orange, and mandarin.
In the U.S., the potential of less-common tropical fruits is being increasingly explored. For example, though already popularized in many other countries, flavors like passion fruit and guava are booming. Northwest Naturals can create “type” blends with these Natural Flavors and other blends like Dragon Fruit, Tamarind, Yuzu, Makrut Lime, etc..
We can source tropical fruits all year round, despite experiencing difficulty with passion fruit in recent months because of farming challenges. Regardless, our team knows how to mitigate a fickle growing season, and we will work to ensure that you still receive the precise flavor you seek.
- Choose Your Desired Applications
Tropical flavors work deliciously well in smoothies, beverages, and cocktails. Examples include mai tais, hurricanes, margaritas, and punch. They also work well in yogurt, sherbet, sorbets, and sauces for dessert applications.
For businesses that specialize in more savory products, tropical flavors can add a sweet addition to marinades for meat. We recommend using pineapple incorporated into baked goods like sweet rolls and pastries are also tasty options.
For more application inspiration, visit our recipe archive.
3. Consider Existing Tropical Blends
We know your business is busy, so consider using existing blends that have already been taste-approved. Northwest Naturals has three existing tropical fruit juices ready to order.
- Red Tropical Conc 225320. It is a clarified juice concentrate blend, red color, with flavor distinctions of pineapple, orange, and cherry.
- Organic Tropical JC WOOF 624501. It has a yellow-orange color and has distinctive flavors of mango, orange, and pineapple.
Though not explicitly named “tropical,” we also have other product options that use tropical fruits and fit perfectly within the category. These include:
- Tropical Concentrate Blends (Sugar blends) – 204508, 204511, 204514
- Blue Tropical Blend – 204535
- Pineapple Orange Conc Blend – 204509
- Pineapple Passion Fruit JC WONF – 223812
- Pineapple Mango JC WONF – 223813
- Passion Fruit Peach JC WONF – 223506
- Passion Orange Guava JC WONF – 224518
- Mango Passion Fruit JC WONF – 224517
- Mango JC WONF Rose Type – 226007
- Organic Mango Peach JC WOOF – 626006
We also have many blends based on individual fruits like pineapple, mango, etc. Explore which option will work best for you and request a free sample today!
4. Create A Unique Blend
If existing blends do not fit the vision you have for your product, creating a custom is the best option. Custom blends can hit your precise, desired flavor target. It can also be proprietary to the individual customer. Despite the slightly longer processing time, typically a few weeks depending on the needed certifications, the benefits will be worth it. At Northwest Naturals, we can use formulas provided by you, or we could use our formulation expertise to create one.
Learn more about creating a custom juice blend on our blog.
If you are interested in partnering with Northwest Naturals to develop your next tropical application, please contact us!