These bases are the starting point for developing unique custom product offerings for foodservice customers, as well as processed food products for the grocery and retail food segments.
Included in the newly-introduced South American seasoning lineup are the following base flavor profiles:
- Aji Amarillo – a fruity, flavorful chili that’s perfect for meat rubs
- Chimichurri – the classic sauce to accompany fire-roasted meats, featuring a citrus flavor accentuated by parsley and seasonings that hit all the right notes
- Gaucho Rub – Emanating from the Southern Cone of South America, a meat rub melding a complex combination of flavors from chili peppers, oregano, pepper flakes, sea salt and other ingredients
- Guasacaca – a spicy avocado salsa from Brazil – somewhat reminiscent of Mexican guacamole yet having its very own distinct personality
- Hogao – A Colombian criollo sauce for meats featuring an intoxicating melding of flavors from onions, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, and other spices and seasonings
- Tempero Baiano – A dry seasoning mixture springing from the Bahia-Salvador region of Northeast Brazil that’s perfect for flavoring meats, fish, vegetables and soups, and known for limitless combinations of flavors and accents
According to Howard Cantor, Fuchs North America’s corporate research chef, these new South American seasoning bases add variety and excitement as rubs, marinades and sauces for beef, other red meats, chicken and fish. They can also add a special culinary flair to vegetables, soups and casseroles.
“Take Aji Amarillo for example. Its basis is a special chili variety that lends itself beautifully to meat rubs. It’s not particularly spicy; it has a fairly low heat value, in fact. But it’s a highly flavorful one because of the fruitiness of the chili itself,” Cantor noted.
“Tempero Biano, another of our new base offerings, is Brazilian-inspired. It’s very much like what a curry powder is in India: The basic version is common to all, but there are hundreds of different variations based on geographic region or even individual families,” Cantor emphasized.
According to Technomic and other food trend researchers, South American cuisine is considered “the next frontier” in the ever-expanding palette of American diners.
“Just as diners who love Asian fare have explored beyond Chinese to develop a taste for Thai and Vietnamese, those who favor Mexican are now looking south – all the way to Brazil, Argentina and Peru,” Technomic notes in its most recent "Ethnic Food & Beverage Consumer Trend Report."
Patrick Laughlin agrees with this assessment. “What we’re seeing is the growing appeal of a whole range of South American-style food offerings, ranging from marinades and sauces to ceviche, churrasco and other grilled meats. Our new South American flavor bases are designed to help customers make the leap into this bold new food arena quickly – and with complete confidence in picking successful new additions to their foodservice menu or their product offerings.”