Today’s consumers’ are a diverse and growing multicultural mix of individuals. Younger demographics and consumers’ changing eating habits are pushing the envelope for innovative flavor combinations, versatile ingredients and unique textures. 

In response to the changing times, Comax Flavors reveals flavor trends for 2015. They are divided into four distinct groups, each featuring five different flavors: “Melting Pot,” “In a Nutshell,” “Coffee House,” and “Breakfast Anytime.”

Flavors in each of these collections are versatile and can be used in a variety of food and beverage applications such as ready-to-drink beverages, alcohol, dairy, ice cream, baking goods, confections, sauces, marinades and seasonings.

Melting Pot
According to the U.S. 2012 Census, both the Hispanic and Asian populations are expected to double by 2060. The Hispanic population is projected to increase from 53.3 million in 2012 to 128.8 million while the Asian population is expected to grow from 15.9 million to 34.4 million.

“The U.S. is a true melting pot and we want to offer versatile flavors that cater to the large and growing multi-cultural population and younger demographics,” says Catherine Armstrong, Comax Flavors’ vice president of corporate communications.

Flavors in this group include:
• Brigadeiros (Brazilian Chocolate Bon Bon)
• Butterscotch Curry
• Cherry Yuzu
• Sriracha Maple
• Za'tar

In a Nutshell
According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the value of U.S. tree nut production in 2012 was more than $7 billion, with almonds, walnuts, pistachios and pecans accounting for most of the sales. Nuts are increasing in popularity due to their nutritional properties including omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

“To address the health and wellness trend, we developed a collection of powerhouse nut flavors to emphasize their diverse tastes and textures,” notes Armstrong.

Flavors in this group include:
• Almond Rose Shortbread
• Bourbon Caramel Pistachio
• Pecan Chipotle
• Pumpkin Praline Fudge
• Vanilla Walnut Fig

Coffee House
According to the NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) 2014 market research study, Americans daily gourmet coffee consumption driven by espresso-based beverages, is up 34% versus 31% in 2013. Mintel expects the Ready-To-Drink coffee market, which includes refrigerated and shelf-stable products, to grow to $2.6 billion by 2020. Furthermore, according to IRI data, shelf-stable cappuccinos and iced coffees increased 10.6% in dollar sales in the 52 weeks ending July 13, 2014 compared with the prior-year period. Coffee is so well-liked; it even has its own holiday, National Coffee Day, on September 29.

“To tap into the convenience trend and meet the demand for Barista-style coffees, we created a range of unique coffee flavor combinations that appeal to a wide audience,” says Armstrong.

Flavors in this group include:
• Affogato
• Cabernet Espresso
• Cinnamon Brew
• CoffTea
• Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Breakfast Anytime
Driven by the “snackification” of America, more and more consumers are eating around the clock. Breakfast is no longer just a morning meal; it’s being eaten throughout the day and night. Innovative breakfast items that are portable and convenient are emerging in both consumer packaged goods and quick-service restaurants. Breakfast comes in multiple forms—from hot and cold foods and beverages to sweet and savory flavors. Today, anything goes at any time.

“As categories are blurring, there are now more breakfast options than ever before and we want to meet the consumers' changing tastes and behaviors,” says Armstrong.

Flavors in this group include:
• Chicken and Waffles
• Honey Banana Oatmeal
• Savory Butter
• S'mores Pancakes
• Strawberry Coconut Milk

Comax Flavors is a world leader in proprietary flavors technology. Comax offers a full range of traditional flavors as well as customized solutions for food and beverage flavor challenge.

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