From aquafaba and maca to garam masala: Kerry predicts 2018 ingredient and flavor trends

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From aquafaba and maca to garam masala: Kerry predicts 2018 ingredient and flavor trends

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What are the emerging flavors and ingredients food and beverage manufacturers should watch in 2018 as they formulate new products, and refresh existing ones? Kerry has put together some charts to help firms explore new possibilities in sweet, savory, salty snacks, soft drinks, dairy and hot beverages.

Based on an analysis of point of sale data, retail product launches and menu penetration in foodservice, the charts represent Kerry’s annual review of the flavor landscape, utilizing sales performance, consumer trends, foodservice influences and insights from its culinary experts, said Soumya Nair, Director of Market Insights for Kerry North America:

AUTHENTIC ETHIC FLAVORS: “Kerry’s predictions forecast that the coming year will bring further specificity to the origin of flavors as consumers seek truly authentic flavor experiences...  Asian cuisines are primed to take America by storm – along with the flavor blends unique to these cuisines such as Korean Gochujang, Indian Tandoori, Moroccan Za’atar, and Ethiopian Berbere.”

HOT & SPICY: “You can expect to see continued growth of hot and spicy flavors since the sriracha craze has paved the way for new and exotic spices such as Filipino Adobo or Piri Piri.”

ADAPTOGENS: “Additionally…  we expect turmeric, ginger, ashwagandha and maca, among others, to experience continued growth in popularity and awareness in both food and beverages.”

Sweet, savory, salty snacks, soft drinks, dairy and hot beverages

You can download a full copy of the charts – which group flavors into mainstream, key, up & coming, and emerging categories - HERE​,​ but we’ve highlighted some of the emerging flavor trends in each segment below:

SWEET: ​Black sesame, oats, wasabi, fennel, sriracha, chamoy, rosehip, dragon fruit, kaffir lime, brown butter, chai, lychee, rosemary, anise, smoke, juniper, chilies (cayenne pepper, habanero, black pepper).

SALTY SNACKS​: Garam masala, thai curry, mango, dark chocolate, wasabi, pink peppercorn, coriander, green tomato, salsa verde, ghost pepper, taijin, bourbon, crab, shrimp, porcini mushroom, chai, tamarind, berbere, kimchi, horseradish.

SAVORY​: Galangal, chermoula, zhug, karashi, togarashi, shishito pepper, nuoc cham, gochugaru, furikake, kefir lime, dukkah, bagoong, tzatziki, berbere, tahini, sambal oelek, harissa, black garlic, sumac, tamari.

DAIRY AND HOT BEVERAGES​: Tamarind, verbena, smoke, dates, lemongrass, cascara, apricot, rosemary, masala, bilberry, elderberry, dandelion, melon, licorice, black pepper, papaya, oat, chicory, basil, juniper.

BEVERAGES (WATER AND COLD): ​Rose, jasmine blossom, dandelion, orgeat, rosehip, mangosteen, sumac, persmimmon, celery bitters, rambutan, hibiscus, violet, thyme, ancho chili, rosemary black pepper, habanero, honesysuckle, tamarind.

kerry ingredient trends

Alternative​: Aquafaba, cauliflower, konjac root, farro, nut milks, coffee flour, acorn flour, teff, tapioca, jackfruit freekah, ghee, plant proteins.

Functional​: Moringa, tea leaf, cannabis, maca, spirulina, collagen, mushrooms (reishi, chaga, lions mane cordyceps), hemp, ginger, holy basil, algae, turmeric, ashwaganda, been pollen, ginseng, aloe vera, egg white powder.

Ethnic​: Fish roe, dashi, kombu, bonito flakes, ube, umeboshi, bamboo shoots, curry leaf, matcha, shiso.

Gourmet​: Saffron, raclette, salted cured egg yolks, activated charcoal, bottarga, jersualem artichokes, black salt, majambo. 

Click HERE​ ​to download the full charts from Kerry.

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