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What Is a Natural WONF? Deciphering Flavor Labeling Acronyms

By FlavorSum on Jan 20, 2022

Originally posted on September 4, 2020 | Updated on January, 20, 2022

Every business sector has a unique acronym-filled language. You may hear terms like QSR, CWT, FTP, TOS, and SME. The flavor world contains a few acronyms like GRAS (pronounced 'grahs' meaning Generally Recognized as Safe) and FMP (Flavor Modulating Properties). Two of our favorites are Natural WONF (pronounced wan-eff) and FTNF, acronyms used to describe flavor labeling designations.

What is WONF? WONF stands for 'With Other Natural Flavors.’

What is FTNF? FTNF stands for ‘From the Named Fruit.’

Topics: Innovation Flavors for Food and Beverage NPD Product Development Natural WONF
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Delivering Frozen Indulgences that Delight Consumers

By FlavorSum on Jan 13, 2022

While the healthier eating trend is here to stay, consumers are still looking for ways to add indulgence to their daily menu. Fortunately, continued innovation across the food and beverage landscape means healthy and indulgent don’t have to be mutually exclusive anymore. One category benefiting from creative formulation is the ice cream and frozen dessert space. For producers planning their ice cream innovation strategy, navigating the path to in-market success is easier with answers to the consumer and category drivers influencing product acceptance.

Topics: Frozen Desserts Innovation Flavors for Food and Beverage NPD Product Development Solutions Ice Cream
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Looking Ahead: US Regulatory Compliance Changes in 2022

By FlavorSum on Jan 6, 2022

Last year brought major change and transformation to the food and beverage industry, and we're expecting no less from 2022. As producers continue to feel the impacts of supply chain challenges and evolving consumer demands, teams also face unique regulatory compliance hurdles to overcome.

Focus areas for manufacturers in 2022 include ensuring alignment with bioengineered labeling parameters, responding to the temporary COVID labeling provisions, and steps to take as sesame becomes an allergen. To prepare for some of these significant changes, we mapped out the 'need-to-knows' with help from our FlavorSum regulatory compliance experts.

Topics: Innovation Flavors for Food and Beverage NPD Product Development Solutions Regulatory
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Free From Alcohol, Full of Flavor

By FlavorSum on Dec 16, 2021

The alcohol-free trend is picking up pace, and formulators are investigating ways to create delicious products that mimic their alcohol-full counterparts. We recently sat down with FlavorSum Beverage Applications Scientist Blake Lyon to tap into insights about creating an enjoyable alcohol-free product without compromising on taste, novelty, or drinking experience.

Topics: Innovation Product Development Solutions Functional Foods & Beverages
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Food & Beverage Market Trends for 2022: Part 2: Flavors Deep Dive

By FlavorSum on Nov 18, 2021

As the year starts to wind down, the FlavorSum team is looking optimistically to 2022 for innovation and ideas! We are expecting carry-over from 2021 into the new year, but we are enthusiastic about new and expanded opportunities for flavor to stand out in the food and beverage space.

Topics: Innovation Flavors for Food and Beverage NPD Product Development Solutions
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Food & Beverage Market Trends for 2022: Part 1

By FlavorSum on Nov 11, 2021

If 2021 is the year of the health-conscious consumer, food and beverage manufacturers and retailers are wondering how to address evolving consumer needs in 2022. Industry experts predict the health-conscious consumer is here to stay and with a broader focus.

Almost three-quarters of adults agree that the pandemic experience has dramatically changed their perspective on life (Mintel). We saw the effects of these shifts in 2020 and 2021 as consumers reevaluated their health and approach to wellness. More people began cooking at home and making healthier eating and exercise choices. They also searched for products to support their immune systems and help relieve stress.

Physical health will continue to be a top priority in 2022, but the focus is expanding to include mental wellness and environmental health. Consumers will be shopping for food and beverage products that support their well-being and help them meet new sustainability goals.

Topics: Innovation NPD Product Development Solutions Plant-Based Functional Foods & Beverages
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News from SupplySide West 2021

By FlavorSum on Nov 4, 2021

Clear skies, sunlit mountains, and the bright lights of Las Vegas created a welcoming backdrop for more than 11,000 visitors who gathered at Mandalay Bay for SupplySide West 2021.

Since launching in 1997, SupplySide West (SSW) has provided a focal point where the science and strategy of food & beverage development intersect. SSW consistently showcases cutting-edge scientific innovation, strategic educational programming, and networking opportunities to foster partnerships between participants.

The FlavorSum team attended the Expo and shared proprietary consumer insights at the Supplier Presentation Theater. Here are a few highlights from the event!

Topics: Innovation Product Development Solutions Functional Foods & Beverages
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How FlavorSum is a Solution-Focused Company

By FlavorSum on Oct 21, 2021

According to industry research, a solution-focused company achieves results by identifying and amplifying successful processes. Consultants offer various models for developing a solution-focused culture, often relying on acronyms like SIMPLE, PLUS, or OSKAR to share essential principles within an organization. Although designed differently, each framework provides practical, powerful guidelines for teams.

We spoke with Katie Colyer, FlavorSum Customer Care Lead, to get her perspective about what solution-focused means at FlavorSum. Here are the insights Katie shared about how FlavorSum helps customers achieve their growth goals.

Topics: Innovation Product Development Solutions Functional Foods & Beverages

Mastering Formulation Challenges in RTD Cocktails (Video)

By FlavorSum on Oct 14, 2021

With seemingly unlimited formulation options and a “wild west” landscape where (almost) anything goes, brewers and distillers may find themselves facing unexpected challenges with no clear path forward. The FlavorSum team has collaborated with several experts to develop guidelines and perspectives that can help you overcome several RTD cocktail formulation challenges.

Topics: Alcoholic Beverages Innovation Product Development TTB Approved Ingredients RTD Cocktails
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Building in Benefits: Opportunities for Functional Foods & Beverages

By FlavorSum on Oct 7, 2021

2021 has become the year of the health-conscious consumer. North American shoppers are actively looking for foods and beverages that offer functional benefits beyond basic nutrition. Food Navigator notes the shift in shopping values as consumers take a “more proactive approach to the nourishment of their bodies and minds.” Candy Industry specifically points to consumers reaching for functional foods like protein bars to cut down on sugary snack foods. 

Opportunities for new functional foods and beverages abound. Currently, the market is worth $281.14 billion and is forecasted to grow 9.5% annually to reach a possible $580 billion by 2028. 

Earlier this year, FlavorSum conducted a study to assess consumer expectations about food and beverage functionality. We’ve already explored the functional benefits North American consumers are interested in and the categories they turn to for support. Now, we will dive deeper into opportunities for innovation and explore how manufacturers can build market share by satisfying the growing hunger for functional products.

Topics: Innovation Product Development Solutions Functional Foods & Beverages