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10 Beverage Builders: A Better Beverage | Flavor & The Menu

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New York’s Katana Kitten puts its best forward with the Wakaba, including shochu, vermouth, Thai basil and tomatillo (left). Credit: Katana Kitten By Rob Corliss Anchored in timeless classics, yet…

Google is training graph neural networks to predict smells | Venturebeat

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Image Credit: Khari Johnson / VentureBeat A team of chemistry, life science, and AI researchers are using graph neural networks to identify molecules and predict smells. Models made by researchers…

The sugar wars are about to change your food label. Here’s why | CEN.ACS.ORG

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Credit: Getty A decade ago, a nearly 90 min long YouTube video by a California endocrinologist changed the way millions of people view the role of sugar in their diets. Its…

Are Artificially Intelligent Employees the Future of Fast Food? | QSR magazine

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MCDONALD'S McDonald's made a $300 million decision-logic move with Dynamic Yield. Fast food has become a staple of the American diet. Or, at least, this is the case according to…

Natural Sleep With Aromatherapy | Sleepopolis

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by Rose MacDowell Aromatherapy is a form of holistic therapy that utilizes the scent of plant extracts. French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse coined the term aromatherapy in 1937 after using lavender oil…

Natural Flavor Update: Making good-for-you taste oh-so-good | Whole Foods Magazine

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“No villains”—according to a research report from Kerry titled “Beyond the Label: The Clean Food Revolution,” 41% of consumers consider artificial ingredients, flavors, colors and GMOs to be bad guys…

Can I Get the Sommelier to Go? | Wine Spectator

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Patrons enjoy a meal the old-fashioned way at Spruce in San Francisco. (Alanna Hale) Julie Harans In today's on-demand world, convenience is more important than ever. But what happens when…

Sulfites in Wine: Uses and Side Effects | Healthline

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Share on Pinterest Sulfites are a food preservative widely used in winemaking, thanks to their ability to maintain the flavor and freshness of wine. While they’re found in many foods…

Queen of flavors: Vanilla rises above transparency concerns to lead category | Food Ingredients First

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While vanilla remains one of the most widely used flavors within the food industry, there is still opportunity for growth as it plays into plant-based and sustainability trends. Its multiple…

The Ultimate Grilling Guide | Popular Mechanics

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TREVOR RAAB The trick to a perfectly cooked hunk of protein is to get the temperature close to uniform throughout the flesh. That’s not easy to accomplish if you consider…

What is pumpkin spice?

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We continue to see new foods, beverages, cosmetics, perfumes & variety of other products that are either flavoured/scented with "pumpkin spices", "pumpkin spice", "pumpkin & spices" or "pumpkin pie". Whats…

Building a better butter: Compound varieties are easy to make in your own kitchen | Toledo Blade

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THE BLADE/JETTA FRASER Who knew butter could get even better? Compound butters are ridiculously easy to make: Just stir in some herbs, jams, spices, honey – even liquor – and let…

Nitro Cold Brew: The Science Behind Coffee’s Biggest Trend | Here & Now

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Nitro cold brew at Stumptown Coffee in downtown Los Angeles, California. (Photo by T.Tseng/Flickr) Nitro cold brew is bubbling up in coffee shops almost everywhere. The nitrogen-infused beverage became one…

Exploring the flavors and functions of alternative fats | Food Business News

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All Photos: Adobe Stock Without fat, many foods lack substance. Fat dissolves and concentrates flavors and aromas, and depending on the source, may bring its own flavors to a recipe.…

Traditional sweeteners fit into today’s clean label trends | Food Business News

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All Photos: Adobe Stock The sources of full-calorie sweeteners sound like items one might have found in trading posts in the 19th century: barley, honey and maple syrup. Such natural…

The art of taking wine tasting notes | BusinessWorld

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THE Wine Aroma Wheel can offer very good starting point aroma descriptors. “BRIGHT dark ruby color, fragrant nose with hint of leather, robust and powerful, majestic up to the last…

New stevia extract ingredient can be labeled as natural flavor | Food Dive

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Top image credit: Pixabay user Flyingbikie Sweet Green Fields and Tate & Lyle have introduced a glycosylated stevia extract called Zolesse that may be labeled as a natural flavor under the U.S. Food…

Would you eat lab-created fish? This San Diego startup is carving new path in ‘alt-meat’ industry | Sandiego Union Tribune

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(Illustration by Michelle Guerrero) It’s official: alternative meat has gone mainstream. Vegetarian creations like the Impossible Burger — which look and taste like real meat — are the big headliners,…

Maillard Reaction: What is Maillard Reaction and How to Enable It Fine Dining Lovers

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Do you know that delicious smell of a piece of meat sizzling into a very hot pan? This is the Maillard Reaction, due to, amino acids, sugar and temperature. BY RICCARDO…

Here’s How to Get Rid of a Bad Aftertaste | Time

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Danny Kim for TIME Ordering a dish loaded with garlic or onions can be a commitment. The flavors can linger on the tongue long after a meal is over, no…

Perfume Changing Color Over Time? Here’s What It Really Means | MBG Lifestyle

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Image by Ellie Baygulov / Stocksy Ever reached for a bottle of perfume you haven't used in a while only to find its contents mysteriously darker than you remember? Your…

As zero-calorie natural sweeteners such as stevia surge in popularity, here’s what you need to know | The Washington Post

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Stevia leaves are harvested, dried and then steeped in hot water. The liquid is filtered and purified to isolate the sweet compounds. Then the extract is dried. (iStock) By Christy Brissette…

The Quest to Fix the Grocery Store Tomato | How Stuff Works

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You can bet that the tomatoes you'll find in the produce section of your local grocery store will be little more than mealy, colorless, tasteless blobs of nothing. You can…

Wine-inspired flavours

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For many, there is little more satisfying than the perfect glass of wine. Wines are unique in their diversity, complexity and nuances, intricately drawing character from an array of ingredients,…

Poor Diets Linked to One in Five Deaths Worldwide | Longevity LIVE

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While smoking is a debilitating habit that can have a disastrous effect on your health, a new study has revealed that poor diets are responsible for more deaths around the…

How generations affect four food trends | Food Business News

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Photo: Adobe Stock Declining meal occasions, clean eating, digital ordering and redefining meal composition are four trends affecting the food and beverage industry, said David Portalatin, vice-president and industry adviser…

Cayenne and Chili Powder: What Is the Difference? | Chowhound

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Header image created by Chowhound using photos from Shutterstock. So you’re trying to heat things up, are you? In one hand you have a bottle of cayenne, in the other, a bottle of chili powder.…

Truffles: Why are they so expensive? | USA Today

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Black truffles are found in the Périgord region in France. GETTY IMAGES Truffles — the non-chocolate kind, sorry — are edible fungi, like mushrooms. Unlike mushrooms, they grow underground near…

Navigating natural sweetener solutions in beverages | Food Business News

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Photo: Blossom Water Seventy-three per cent of Americans are concerned with the nutritional content of their food, according to the U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends 2018 survey from The Food Marketing…

Everyday Foods That Are Commonly Faked And Mislabeled | Food Beast

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Meet the food playing the food, disguised as another food. If you've ever been skeptical about brands being a bit deceitful in the food they sell you, there's good reason…

The Best Natural Sweeteners And Sugar Alternatives | mindbodygreen

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Photo: Krista McPhee Americans eats an average of 765 grams of sugar every five days—and much of it comes from not knowing where sugar is lurking or what alternative name it's…

Ever taste a pink, orange, purple or blue apple?

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Globalisation has made it easier for many of us to enjoy new & exotic fruits. Novotaste can recreate flavour solutions corresponding to these fruits & also formulate flavours representing new…

Health Benefits of Tea May Depend on Water Source: A New Study Reveals | Tea With Nipun

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All the teas coming from the plant Camellia sinensis has got priceless health benefits. That should be one of the reasons behind tea being the most popular beverage after water.…

Tastewise uses artificial intelligence to digest information on the latest food trends | Food Dive

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Tastewise report The site analyzes billions of data points — including more than 1 billion photos shared every month and 153,000 restaurant menus across the U.S. Food companies have struggled…

The flavours of love

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Valentine's day is a time to be romantic & possibly indulge in some sinful food & beverages. To commemorate the occasion, the Novotaste flavour team has come up with a…

Citrus Scent Debunked! | Manufacturing.net

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The Reactions YouTube channel corrected its earlier published video, clearing up the confusion around R Limonene and S Limonene, two different chemical arrangements of the molecule Limonene that are commonly believed…

Development of fermented flavour profiles

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For at least 5 years, there has been more focus on fermented foods. It has become trendy & probably will become mainstream in the near future. This of course has…

16 Healthy Foods Packed with Umami (or msg) Flavor | Healthline

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Umami is one of the five basic tastes, alongside sweet, bitter, salty, and sour. It was discovered over a century ago and is best described as a savory or “meaty”…

2019 Flavor trends

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During the course of the last four months of 2018, we started compiling a list of flavours that were becoming trendy or simply remaining popular. We based ourselves on several…

Winning the wine game: Experts share advice for building great lists | Nation’s Restaurant News

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artisteer/iStock/Getty Images Plus Selecting which wines to purchase for your beverage list is akin to drafting your sports teams’ players for the season. Choosing them wisely can mean huge wins.…

Trendy flavors for Christmas 2018

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As we edge closer towards 2019, the Novotaste team has come up with three categories of flavours for Christmas, New Years & the cold winter months that follow. The popular…

Does soil really affect wine’s flavour? | BBC

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Getty Images “Soil, not grapes, is the latest must-know when choosing a wine,” Bloomberg has proclaimed. Meanwhile, wine writer Alice Feiring has published a book which helps drinkers choose their tipple by “looking…

Prohibition: Flavour solutions for mocktails, alcohol, CBD beverages & various food applications

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That’s right, the Prohibition Era is back and it is just getting started. Market trends are clearly indicating that both boomer and millennial consumers are not only accepting the resurgence…

The History of Vanilla | National Geographic

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PHOTOGRAPH BY AMES LAI There’s a little waffling here: one source claims that actually it’s Democrats who prefer vanilla, while Republicans go for chocolate; and a Baskin-Robbins poll found that…

How Vanilla Conquered the World – Science Meets FoodScience Meets Food

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According to old legends told by the indigenous Totonac “Jaguar” people of Mexico, in a time before vanilla was cultivated, there lived the beautiful princess Tzacopontziza of the Totonocopan kingdom…

Mocktails Served Right: Flavor systems can give your mocktails the authenticity they need…and make them taste like the real thing

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Mocktails – alcohol-free cocktails – are one of the latest crazes to hit the beverage world. In tune with a growing tendency towards moderation and sobriety amongst consumers, mocktails offer…

The Citrus Family Tree

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*Researchers continue to debate whether kumquats are indeed in the Citrus genus. **Most “pure” mandarins have a small proportion of pomelo genes.   MONICA SERRANO, NGM STAFF. SOURCE: DAVID KARP,…

Natural Vanilla Extract Flavours: Forced to Get Creative as Vanilla Prices Soar

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Gtranquillity/Shutterstock As Hurricane Harvey barreled toward Texas, Rebecca Masson, owner of Houston’s Fluff Bake Bar, thought about what was most important to her; what she had to keep safe. She…

Vanilla: The Politics of Flavor

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Nothing beats the smell of a Tahitian vanilla bean steeping in cream. At least that is what I thought. But it might be time for me to reevaluate my stance…

Smell and flavor of plants: Getting on the terpene train

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Terpenes/essential oils Photo Credit: Statix.Pexels.com Smell and flavor of plants, specifically marijuana Legal for everyone Medical benefits Terpene examples: Pinene, Limonene Terpenes are the chemicals found in marijuana—and every other plant—that…

Properties of essential oils

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Scientists have figured out what makes Indian food so delicious | Washington Post

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istock Indian food, with its hodgepodge of ingredients and intoxicating aromas, is coveted around the world. The labor-intensive cuisine and its mix of spices is more often than not a…

Reduce butter & sugar with our butter-sweetness enhancer

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Novotaste can customize flavour systems for your applications with our commercially proven products and methods that will help you either reduce butter & sugar in your formulations . These customized…

Novotaste’s extensive flavour library

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1 -Novotaste maintains an extensive library of winning flavours, covering all categories. 2 -Flavors designed for specific applications, such as baking, beverages, frozen foods, dairy etc... 3 -Flavors can be…

Essential oils in feed improve meat quality: study

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istock/Jowil Use of clove and rosemary essential oils with encapsulated active principles in feed may reduce oxidation of meat and improve shelf life, say researchers. Source: Essential oils in feed…

Essential oils could be antibiotic alternative for livestock | AG Daily

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Image courtesy of Your Best Digs, Flickr. www.yourbestdigs.com Humans aren’t the only ones touting relief from essential oils. Kansas State University researchers have found essential oils can play an essential role in livestock…

The Science behind Foodpairing

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Smell images and the flavour system in the human brain, Shepard, G.M.,2006, Nature Journal. Foodpairing is a scientific method to identify which foods & drinks go well together. To understand why…

The Science Behind Burning Chiles and Cooling Herbs | Taste Cooking

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Why do some foods taste hot and some taste cold, even when they’re all the same temperature? In dishes ranging from Calabrian pasta to Thai ground-pork salads, the heat of…

Customized Beverage Formulations

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Yeast Extract: Not MSG But Is It Safe?

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Yeast extract also commonly called hydrolyzed or autolyzed yeast, is not MSG as widely believed, but is this popular food additive safe to consume? Source: Yeast Extract: Not MSG But…

Vanilla update: Mother Nature, man foment price volatility | 2017-08-30 |

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Nielsen-Massey Growing demand for natural ingredients amongst consumers has only stimulated price volatility onto an already tinder-box market. Is there no end in sight regarding price increases? Source: Vanilla update:…

Aged Spirit & Wine Flavour Systems

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Utilizing alcohol in applications is not always possible & cost effective. The solution to this problem is to use Novotaste’s range of customizable non-alcoholic wine, spirit & liquor flavours. Enhance…

Other Essential Oil Solutions

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When it comes to essential oils, you have to be careful with the declarations. They can often be misleading & taken advantage of by dishonest vendors. To properly be able…

Crop calendar for essential oils

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*locations of crops in calendar does not necessarily represent the locations of Novotaste essential oils

Sugar Reduction Solutions

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Sugar serves many functions in foods & beverages, such as affecting the mouth-feel, texture & flavour perception. Similar to salt, sugar acts as a powerful flavour enhancer. A perfect example…

Flavour Q&A

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Are Natural Flavours & Ingredients more Healthy than their Artificial Counterparts? There are no significant differences between artificial & natural chemicals besides their production methods, isotope ratios & price. Natural ingredients, by…

Adding Value Through the Use of Essential Oils

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Aside from their use in aroma and flavour, there exists some research on added benefits of certain essential oils.  The uses of essential oils are far reaching encompassing aspects of…

Flavour descriptors

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A flavour descriptor can be used to describe most flavour profiles & odours. This serves as a very useful tool that can be used to communicate with our R&D team.…

Flavours & your health

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Flavours, essential oils, aromatics & other ingredients are typically found on food labels in various food products. The public is generally not informed on the functionality & general specifications of…

Guidelines for applying flavour to your application

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1. Flavour Facts Approximately 90% of taste is smell. So, when your nose is blocked, smell perception is diminished. Taste is a combination of sensations (sweet, sour, salty, bitter &…