At this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing, Sensient Flavors Europe, Middle East & Africa (Hall SSH3, Booth S3 A10) will be showcasing its range of sauces and inclusions for dairy and bakery applications, along with solutions for healthier, reduced-sugar beverages.
The demands and expectations of increasingly health-conscious consumers are being reflected in the products that they are choosing to consume, and this is particularly true of beverages. Yet while shoppers are actively avoiding drinks that are high in sugar, they are often wary of artificial sweeteners and their perceived negative effect on health.
Low-sugar drinks with the right amount of sweetness and good flavour is the ultimate goal, though achieving this is not always easy when reformulating to reduce or replace sugar. But there is a solution in the form of taste modulation technologies from Sensient Flavors – designed to help create great-tasting, sugar-reduced drinks – which the company will be highlighting at Gulfood Manufacturing.
Using its application expertise and scientific knowledge of taste perception, Sensient Flavors has designed a sweet modulation portfolio to increase sweetness perception in a range of beverages, including sweetness modifiers that boost the effectiveness and impact of even a small amount of sugar or sweetener.
Its technical expertise also includes functional solutions for beverages with added health benefits, such as protein or vitamin-enriched, along with advanced masking
solutions that minimise unpleasant flavour notes often associated with such fortification.
“For each new beverage, our application technologists combine sweetness modifiers and maskers in a unique tailored combination to meet the desired sweetness level, sugar quantity and claims,” says James Street, Marketing Director EMEA at Sensient. “We also validate the effectiveness of our solutions through constant sensory evaluation.”
Bespoke sauces and inclusions
Sensient Flavors also has an impressive palette of sauces and inclusions for the dairy and bakery sector. Tailored to manufacturers’ desired colour, flavour intensity, shape and size, the range of bespoke inclusions also includes gluten- and sugar-free, vegan, Halal and Kosher offerings.
What’s more, the exciting inclusions incorporate, for example, ground cookies, speculoos, candy crystals and fun specialities such as meringues, mini marshmallows, ground pretzels and popcorn pieces.
When it comes to sauces, Sensient Flavors’ range comes in various and versatile viscosities, with flavour, colour and functionality that can be tailored to individual needs, and can be used for both fillings and toppings. It also has a range of bake-stable sauces. Additionally, the Sensient Natural Extracts™ portfolio and 95/5 flavours allows for sauces with naturally authentic top notes.
“Using our extensive market knowledge, we have applied our flavour and technology skillset to ensure that our products meet the high specifications and demands of our customers in the Middle East region,” says James Street. “Working with our Colors division, we have access to a global network of talent, and deliver the best flavour and colour solutions for both new and existing products.”
Proving its commitment to the region, Sensient Flavors has recently opened a commercial and technical centre in Dubai.
“The centre allows us to offer complete market coverage and a fast response to new and existing customers,” adds James. “We understand the importance of taste, and encourage customers who are working on innovative products to talk to us about how we can help them not only meet, but also exceed both their own and consumer expectations.”
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