10 Things You Should Know - a look at trends, flavors & ingredients

May 26, 2014
Beverage Consumer Flavor Ingredients Trends

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1. Aroniaberries: your summer super food. The pea-sized fruit is packed with good-for-you antioxidants and its rich levels of vitamin-C make it a great source of immune-boosting power. Blend into smoothies and sauces for added energy and tart flavor. | Bon appétit 

2. Apricots are in season! The summer- time fruit contains only 17 calories each. Varieties including Blenheim, Nicole and Paterson offer fragrance, smooth texture, sweet, honey-like flavor and pair best in jams, fillings and baked goods. | Eating Well

3. Add avocado to your afternoon. According to a study from Nutritional Journal, adults who ate half of an avocado at lunch decreased their appetites by 40% and stayed satisfied for up to 5 hours.

4. 25% of consumers would consider ordering a cocktail including mango and 56% of bartenders are already using it to flavor their drinks. Cantina Laredo restaurants feature a Mango Mint Gingerita with fresh lime juice, mango puree, mint leaves and ginger beer. Flavor & The Menu

5. Ice cream turned savory! This month, Haagen-Dazs launched two new savory ice cream flavors: Spoon Vege Tomato Cherry and Spoon Vege Carrot Orange. LAtimes.com

6. Radishes are all the rage this month! Pinterest features a variety of recipes for inspiration including Hot & Spicy Pickled Radishes, Radish Salad with Yuzu Vinaigrette and Cinnamon Sugar Radish Chips.

7. Consumers are making smart choices when it comes to snacking. While 66% of consumers snack to satisfy a craving, 40% choose fruits and vegetables in-between meals and 42% bring on-the-go snacks from home to save money. | Mintel

8. Sorghum: a southern-inspired sweetener made from pressed juice of the Sorghum plant. Its unique sweetness provides an earthy, robust flavor with a touch of pineapple tartness and a buttery finish. Most often it is stirred into coffee, drizzled on biscuits, added to BBQ sauces, and combined into bourbon cocktails. | Southern Living

9. Spotted: unique flavor pairings in cocktails. 1920’s-inspired, Berlin bar Lebenssten’s signature drink is a Lime-Pie Cocktail featuring yazu-infused sake, fresh lime juice and rimmed with Pop-Rocks. Also on the menu, the Nectar of the Ancient made with Mastiha Greek liqueur, honey, spring mint, Champagne and garnished with an orange peel. | Saveur 

10. Students spare their change for Limited-edition F’real milkshakes sold in vending machines at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Flavors include Cake-batter, S’mores, Macachocochicoconut and Cotton Candy. | freal.com



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