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Predictions Spotlight: Elevated Taste Experiences
We’re exploring our predictions for elevated taste experiences. From dual tastes to indulgent flavors, here are key trends to help inspire your innovation journey.
The Next Generation of Delectable Desserts (Video)
What flavors and formats are trending in frozen, ambient, and chilled desserts? Let’s explore how brands can create innovative and indulgent desserts.
FlavorScience Episode 6: Snack Bar Evolution
In the sixth installment of the FlavorScience series, Applications Scientist Roseanne McGuire demonstrates how to create a delicious reduced-sugar snack bar bite.
Crafting Food and Beverage Products that Appeal to Generation X
How can you connect with older generations? Let’s explore a few Generation X food and beverage trends and how brands can engage and build connections.
Creating Genuine Connections with Millennials
Let’s explore key Millennial food and beverage trends to discover how brands can engage and connect with this tech-savvy and diverse generation.
How the Snack Bar Market is Evolving to Meet Consumer Needs (Video)
Let’s take a look at how snack bar formulators are finding new and creative ways to deliver great products to their customers.
WEBCAST: The Snack Bar Evolution: Ideas for Flavor, Function, and Format
Join FlavorSum Director of Marketing, Lisa Jackson as she explores snack bar innovation ideas that align with interest in flavor, function, and format. Our webcast provides several snack bar concepts to inspire your product development journey!
Predictions Spotlight: Down to Earth Flavors
We’re exploring down-to-earth flavors, one of our 2023 predictions. Whether you’re innovating with floral, botanical, or mushroom profiles, earthy flavors can inspire your product development journey.
Creating Lasting Connections with Gen Z (Video)
Join us as we explore key attributes of Gen Z and the ways in which food and beverage brands can create connections with this diverse generation.
Innovation Evolution: The Next Generation of Delectable Desserts
What’s on the horizon for dessert trends? Let’s explore the trending flavors and formats to see how brands can create innovative desserts that excite shoppers and inspire brand loyalty.
FlavorScience Episode 5: Ice Cream
In the fifth installment of our FlavorScience series, Senior Applications Scientist, Kelsey Cheadle walks us through crafting a delicious ice cream prototype.
How the Snack Bar Market is Evolving to Meet Consumer Needs
From 2022 to 2023, snack bars, the favorite handheld treat, will continue on the path of innovation to introduce new concepts, formats, and flavors that address unique consumer needs.
FlavorSum Expansion Doubles Kalamazoo Facility and Enhances Capabilities
FlavorSum, a North American flavor producer, has begun construction on an expansion project that will add 35,000 square feet to its Kalamazoo facility.
WEBCAST: Finding Sweet Success with Ice Cream
Join FlavorSum Director of Marketing, Lisa Jackson as she shares the market dynamics and consumer behaviors shaping today’s ice cream market.
Innovation Investigation: Ice Cream Trends (Video)
Let’s explore ice cream trends and recently launched products to understand what’s driving new product innovation.
Predictions Spotlight: Flavors for Feel Good Food and Beverages
Discover how our 2023 prediction, “feel good flavors” for mind, body, and soul enhancement is coming to life in the market.
Innovation Investigation: Creative Flavors and Formats in Alcoholic Beverages
How do you craft innovative alcoholic beverages? Let’s explore what people are looking for and some trending flavors and formats in this exciting frontier.
Innovation Investigation: Consumer, Market, and Flavor Trends in Ice Cream
Let’s face it; almost everyone loves ice cream. Get ready to explore ice cream trends and recently launched products from Mintel’s Global New Products Database to understand what’s driving new product innovation.
FlavorScience Episode 4: Non-Alcoholic Beverages
FlavorSum Director of Marketing, Lisa Jackson sits down with Brewing Industry Consultant, Stephen Rich and FlavorSum Senior Applications Scientist, Blake Lyon to explore the alcohol-free beverage development process, taste, and drinking experience expectations!
Building Baby Boomer Brand Loyalty In Food And Beverage
Building brand loyalty with the Baby Boomer generation starts with examining the ways food and beverage brands can engage and create connections.
Delivering Gut Health Through Foods And Beverages
Gut health has become a focus in popular and scientific media. Let’s look at how categories are innovating, what flavors are trending, and the challenges of formulating food and beverage for a healthy gut.
The 12 Days of Flavor
For the 2022 holiday season, the FlavorSum insights team explores flavor trends.
Webcast: Free from Alcohol, Full of Flavor
With the alcohol-free market rapidly growing and gaining popularity, we set out to explore what people are looking for from the emerging beverage type.
ICYMI: Top Trending Food and Beverage Insights from 2022
You might have needed more time to keep up with our weekly food and beverage insights, so ICYMI, here are a few flavorful highlights from the FlavorSum team.
Free From Alcohol, Full of Flavor
The alcohol-free trend is picking up pace, and formulators are investigating ways to create delicious products that mimic their alcohol-full counterparts.
Food & Beverage Market Trends for 2023 (Video)
Let’s explore our 2023 predictions to discover how your brand can stand out in the food and beverage space in the new year!
Creating Lasting Connections with Gen Z through Food and Beverage
Discover how food and beverage manufacturers can create and market food and beverage products to appeal to generation Z.
Achieving Success in Functional Beverages (Video)
Let’s explore functional beverage trends and how thinking through your goals and formulating process can set you up for a successful launch!
Food & Beverage Market Trends for 2023: Part 2: Flavors Deep Dive
Consumers are seeking flavors that feel good, offer earthiness, and elevate and recall experiences.
Food & Beverage Market Trends For 2023: Part 1
Which foods and beverages will align with consumer needs in 2023? Let’s explore some of the upcoming trends and how you can build brand loyalty.
FlavorScience Episode 3: Functional Beverages (Video)
This video explores how to successfully formulate functional beverages and explores the challenges that can arise during the product development process.
Experiencing Travel Through Taste: Global Flavors to Inspire Innovation
Let’s explore trending internationally inspired flavors and how food and beverage innovators can help people experience travel through taste.
Webcast: Bubbling Up Success in Functional Beverages
With increased consumer focus on wellness, we set out to review the functional beverage market. Discover what’s driving growth in our latest webcast.
Flavors for Children (Video)
Let’s examine how food and beverage producers can craft products that appeal to kids and have the benefits and qualities that parents want.
Innovation Evolution: What’s Trending in Functional Beverages
Discover the latest consumer and market trends in refreshing functional beverages to inspire your new product development.
Innovation Evolution: Taking Snacking To The Next Level
Let’s examine how snacking habits are evolving, how different generations view snacks, and the innovation opportunities to create snacks that align with consumer needs.
FlavorSum Boosts Clean Label Offerings with Addition of Meridian Flavors
FlavorSum, a North American flavor producer, has acquired Meridian Flavors, a U.S.-based formulator of flavors specializing in natural, non-GMO, and organic flavors.
Interview: Achieving Formulating Success in Functional Beverages
Functional beverage innovation continues at a rapid pace to meet consumer needs. Learn how to optimize your product with solutions from FlavorSum.
Innovation Evolution: What’s Next in Dairy?
Let’s check in on the dairy product market and explore ways formulators can stand out with flavorful dairy innovation that meets demand and inspires repeat purchases.
FlavorScience Episode 2: Nutritional Gummies (Video)
This video explores how to successfully formulate nutritional gummies and explores the challenges that can arise during the product development process.
What’s for Breakfast: Trends and Insights to Inspire Innovation
FlavorSum explores how changes in consumer attitudes and eating behaviors have affected the foods & drinks they choose for breakfast.
News from IFT FIRST 2022
Discover news and food & beverage insights from IFT FIRST 2022, including details about delicious, innovative demos from FlavorSum.
Innovation Evolution: How are New Food & Beverage Trends Unfolding in 2022?
Let’s check in with some of our 2022 predictions and examine how new food and beverage market trends are unfolding.
Find Your Flavor Inspiration with FlavorSum at IFT 2022
Visit FlavorSum booth #S0442 at IFT FIRST 2022 to find your flavor! We are sampling refreshing beverage and snack bar prototypes that feature our flavors.
Webcast: Format + Flavor + Function in Gummies
With increased consumer focus on health and wellness, we set out to review the nutritional gummy market. Our latest webcast covers what’s driving growth.
What’s New in RTD Alcoholic Beverages?
Let’s explore what’s driving growth in the RTD alcoholic beverage space, including premiumization, health and wellness trends, and flavor innovation.
Innovation Evolution: What’s Next In the Organic Food & Beverage Market?
Let’s explore trends in the organic food and beverage market to learn what’s driving recent innovations, growing categories, and trending flavors.
Formulating Basics For Gummies (Video)
Explore the basics of gummy formulation to ensure your next launch is a success.
What’s Trending in Snack Innovation? 2022 Sweets & Snacks Expo News
Discover what’s happening with flavor innovation and plant-based options in the growing snacks category with news from the 2022 Sweets and Snacks Expo.
How to Create New Connections with Nostalgic Flavors
Nostalgic flavors offer opportunities to reimagine the classics as consumers look for ways to find comfort and stability after a turbulent two years.
Leveraging Seasonal Flavors For LTO Success (Video)
Learn how to develop a successful LTO by building on consumers’ flavor associations and evolving needs.
Infusing Function and Flavor into Fortified Gummies
Formulators are finding new and creative ways to fortify gummy confections with vitamins, minerals, and other functional ingredients. Explore how ingredients, like flavor, can play a role.
Using Flavor to Enhance Mood-Boosting Foods & Beverages
Consumers are turning to nutrition to manage stress and balance their mood. Let’s explore how the relationship between flavor and function can lead to innovation opportunities.
Formulating with Flavor: Bakery Emulsions
Bakery product manufacturers can use emulsions for cost-effective, delicious, and flavorful cookies, cakes, and bars with guidance from FlavorSum.
Leveraging Seasonal Flavors for LTO Success
Developing a successful seasonal LTO builds on flavor associations and caters to consumers evolving needs like health goals and desire for functionality.
Power Up Snack Bar Innovation (Video)
How can producers step up snack bar innovation and tap into flavor trends and functional benefits that meet evolving consumer needs?
Webinar: Bars are Back
The snack bar category is rapidly picking up pace as COVID-19 restrictions lessen. Formulators can tap into new flavor trends to meet consumer needs.
Bakery Innovations: Exploring Format & Functionality to Satisfy Snack Cravings
Let’s explore how to create innovative bakery snacks that meet desires for wellness, functionality, and convenience while still satisfying cravings.
Enhancing Immunity Benefits Through Flavor (Video)
Learn how to enhance the relationship between immunity and flavor to create great-tasting products consumers will love.
Key Trends from Natural Products Expo West 2022
Discover what’s new and trending from Natural Products Expo West 2022, including natural and organic innovations in the food and beverage space.
Tips to Help Build Function and Flavor into Snack Bars
The snack bar category is rapidly picking up pace as COVID-19 restrictions lessen. Formulators can tap into new flavor trends to meet consumer needs.
FlavorScience Episode 1: Frozen Desserts (Video)
This video explores how to successfully formulate frozen desserts by leveraging base flavors, unique inclusions, and delicious variegates.
Enhancing Immunity Benefits Through Flavor
Let’s explore how to enhance the relationship between flavor and function to create flavorful, immunity-boosting products consumers are seeking.
5 Qualities to Look for When Choosing a Flavor Company
Choosing a flavor company to partner with can be challenging. We’re covering everything you need to consider to ensure you make the right decision.
Mixin’ Up Memorable Moments In Frozen Desserts (Video)
Learn how frozen dessert producers can step up ice cream innovation to meet demand and align with changing consumer cravings.
Flavors for Children: Crafting Products that Appeal to Kids & Parents
Creating flavors for children is a unique challenge. Let’s examine how food and beverage producers can craft products that appeal to both kids and their parents.
US Regulatory Compliance Changes In 2022 (Video)
Learn about upcoming regulatory compliance changes and how to prepare for some of these significant changes.
What Is a Natural WONF? Deciphering Flavor Labeling Acronyms
Decode WONF and learn about flavor labeling for food and beverages with insights from National Flavors. Download your free 1-page Flavor Labeling guide.
Delivering Frozen Indulgences that Delight Consumers
Innovative ideas that can help ice cream formulators deliver delicious new products for consumers as dietary needs evolve.
Looking Ahead: US Regulatory Compliance Changes in 2022
With a new year comes new regulatory compliance considerations for food and beverage manufacturers. Learn about how to stay compliant with new regulations.
FlavorSum 2021 Annual Review: A Year of Transformation
We compile our annual review to share highlights from the year. 2021 has been a year of tremendous change for FlavorSum and the rest of the world.
Flavor Deep Dive: Food & Beverage Market Trends for 2022 (Video)
Whether it’s a new concept or a reimagination on a classic, 2022 is primed for flavor innovation.
Food & Beverage Market Trends for 2022: Part 2: Flavors Deep Dive
Consumers are seeking flavors that make life better, simpler, and more interesting. Flavor trends such as sweet and spicy, and earthy will continue to see growth.
Food & Beverage Market Trends for 2022: Part 1
Health will continue as a major trend in the food and beverage market. Consumers are shopping for products to support their health and sustainability goals.
News from SupplySide West 2021
SupplySide West 2021 featured ingredient innovation, use cases, and scientific findings to drive new product development, and insights from FlavorSum!
Innovation Opportunities in Functional Foods & Beverages (Video)
This video explores innovation opportunities for functional foods & beverages and how manufacturers can satisfy the growing hunger for functional products.
How FlavorSum is a Solution-Focused Company
FlavorSum offers a solution-focused approach to help small, medium, and emerging food & beverage companies achieve their business goals.
Mastering Formulation Challenges in RTD Cocktails (Video)
The FlavorSum team has collaborated with several experts to develop guidelines that can help you overcome several RTD cocktail formulation challenges.
Building in Benefits: Opportunities for Functional Foods & Beverages
Let’s explore ways to innovate in functional food and beverage categories to build market share and satisfy the hunger for functional products.
Beer News from The Brewers Lectures Fall 2021 Series
FlavorSum shares highlights from The Brewers Lectures Fall 2021 series, an event bringing together beer professionals redefining the brewing industry.
Using Vanilla to Explore a World of Flavors
Vanilla’s nuanced flavor profile offers endless possibilities. Brands need a vanilla supplier to help them navigate supply-chain challenges, delight customers, and build market share.
News from the Craft Brewers Conference 2021
The FlavorSum team shares highlights from the 38th annual Craft Brewers Conference 2021.
Functional Food & Beverages: Categories Consumers Turn to for Benefits
The FlavorSum team examines innovation opportunities in functional foods & beverages using insights to identify consumer needs and expectations.
How Beverage Innovation is Responding to Evolving Consumer Needs
The FlavorSum team identifies growth opportunities in several beverage segments by exploring the market, consumer, and flavor trends.
FlavorSum Beverage Solutions Grow with the Addition of Whittle & Mutch
FlavorSum, a North American flavor producer, has acquired Whittle & Mutch, a U.S.-based formulator of flavors primarily for refreshing beverages.
How to Wrangle Formulation Challenges in the Wild West of RTD Cocktails
The FlavorSum team collaborated with several experts to develop guidelines and perspectives that can help you overcome several RTD cocktail formulation challenges.
TTB Approved Ingredients (Video)
Learn how to navigate the process for TTB approved ingredients.
Vanilla Extracts vs. Flavors (Video)
Looking for vanilla solutions? Here’s what you need to know about Extracts vs. Flavors.
Shaken & Stirred: The Latest News about FMBs and RTD Cocktails
Get the latest insights about FMBs and RTD Cocktails, including popular bases, trending flavors, and brand positionings.
The Search for Functional Foods & Beverages: Boosts Consumers Want
Learn about the benefits North American consumers seek from functional foods & beverages with insights from FlavorSum proprietary research.
Ice Cream innovation helps frozen treats win big in North America
It’s Ice Cream Month! Discover the trends and flavors fueling ice cream innovation and driving the growth of sweet frozen indulgences in North America.
Flavors Fueling Hard Seltzer Success (Video)
Learn how Hard Seltzers have captivated consumer interest as a healthy alternative with flavor varieties and are one of the latest trends in alcoholic beverages.
All About the Base: Trends in Plant-Based Frozen Desserts
Let’s explore plant-based frozen desserts and how different bases and flavors can help satisfy your customers’ expectations and build market share across dairy aisles.
Looking for vanilla solutions? What you need to know about Extracts vs. Flavors
Vanilla flavors and extracts options have nuances and complexities in the flavor industry worth exploring to bring out the best food and beverage applications.
Functional Food Trends: Infused Confections
Discover the latest trends for infused confections and how these functional foods can help build market share and inspire brand loyalty.
Flavor Trends in Plant-Based Dairy: What Do Consumers Want?
Consumers have clear expectations about the flavors they’d like to see from plant-based dairy products like beverages, frozen desserts, and yogurt.
Sweet Solutions for Reduced Sugar Products
Using non-nutritive sweeteners in reduced sugar products is challenging. FlavorSum’s solutions deliver delicious results while meeting sugar reduction goals.
Finding a Flavor that Meets Your Needs (Video)
From flavor profiles to budgets, this video takes a look at five factors that may affect your decision about the type of flavor you use.
Finding the Right Flavor Solution for Your Plant-based Beverage
When developing plant-based beverages, your objectives and the base you choose drive flavor selection and can carry formulation challenges.
Decoding Flavor Labeling (Video)
This video explores Natural WONFs as well as the other descriptors you may find on flavor labels from your supplier.
Trends in the Flavored Beer Market: An Interview with Brewmaster Stephen Rich
Dive into the latest flavored beer trends and learn how to create delicious beers that build customer loyalty and your brand.
National Flavors, B&D Flavours, GSB Flavor Creators Unite as FlavorSum
National Flavors, LLC, Bonnie & Don Flavours, ULC, and GSB Flavor Creators are joining forces under a new name, FlavorSum.
Pros & Cons of Adding Liquid Flavor to Beer: An Interview with Brewmaster Stephen Rich
Explore the nuanced pros and cons of adding liquid flavor to beer, and discover opportunities to add value to your brand and delight your customers.
Flavors Fueling Hard Seltzer Success: What You Need to Know
Hard Seltzers have captivated consumer interest as a healthy alternative with flavor varieties and are one of the latest trends in alcoholic beverages.
Your Game Plan for Finding & Using Certified Organic Flavors
We can help you navigate a successful organic product launch with this game plan to find and use certified organic flavors.
How to Raise the Bar for Indulgence in Frozen Desserts
Frozen desserts, including non-dairy options, can deliver indulgence to consumers through flavor, variegates, and inclusions.
2021 Spotlight: Bakery Flavors in the News
As 2021 unfolds, consumer expectations about baked goods will affect innovation. Flavors known and new can deliver delicious taste experiences.
National Flavors, B&D Flavours Join, Boosting North American Presence
National Flavors is teaming up with Canadian-based B&D Flavours to expand flavor solutions for food & beverage manufacturers in North America
Make the Holidays Brighter with Sweet Candy Flavors
Holiday festivities may look different in the coming months, but candy offers a way to deliver bite-sized fun and affordable indulgence.
Warm Up Winter with ‘Home for the Holidays’ Flavors
The holidays might look different this year, but consumers can always count on nostalgic tastes from National Flavors to bring them back home.
How Flavors Can Boost Mood and State of Mind
Learn about the science linking food and beverage flavors with emotional and mental responses, and discover flavors with proven connections to mood.
The Inspiration for Flavor Innovation
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Gear Up for Fall with Flavor!
Read about Fall Flavor trends and delicious flavors solutions to support your limited-time-offers (LTOs) with more ideas than the iconic pumpkin spice!