Consumers can have it all when it comes to food and beverages that blend fruit with dairy: The familiarity of their favorite fruit flavors, the tantalizing taste of exotic or ethnic flavors and fruit’s nutrients in a more concentrated form than ever before. Sensient Flavors’ marketing manager Azeem Mateen discusses the most popular fruits and fruit flavors, as well as emerging flavor pairing trends, in dairy products.
Although one particular fruit won’t magically bestow optimal health, by enjoying a variety of fruits — in the context of enjoying a variety foods daily — one is much more likely to get all the essential nutrients, which will support better health.
To appeal to millennials’ insatiable appetite for new and exotic foods, dairy processors are getting creative with fruit ingredient selection. From acai to watermelon, all types of fruits, alone or in combination with other fruits or flavorful ingredients, are being added to such cultured dairy products as cottage cheese, cream cheese spread and yogurt, as well as refrigerated and frozen desserts and even cheese.
Though the flavor standards in ice cream (vanilla, strawberry and chocolate) and yogurt (strawberry, vanilla, peach) never go out of style — bold, savory, ethnic and unique flavors continue to gain popularity and grab consumers’ interest, especially among millennials.
Americans are tucking into hotter and spicier fare by the day, but how is the trend evolving? And will savory yogurt take off? Elaine Watson caught up with Michael Swenson, Director of Business Development at Sensient Natural Ingredients, to find out.
Dec 04, 2015 Sensient Flavors