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Essential Oils and Oleoresins: What’s the Difference?

Essential oils and oleoresins are two types of concentrated liquid extracts representing or forming the base for numerous applications, including personal, therapeutic, food, beverage, and household products. For both, ingredients include raw fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices, using the whole plant, from the roots to the flowers. These extracts are usually more potent than dried […]

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Cold Brew or Iced Coffee – Use Natural Flavor Concentrates

An iced coffee or cold brew is delicious, refreshing, and revitalizing. Iced coffee is first hot-brewed – the heat extracting conventional flavor layers from the coffee compounds – and then presented cold over ice. In contrast, a cold brew can be made using concentrates diluted to taste, which is ideal for producing ready-to-drink beverages. Concentrates […]

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Best Before Date – When is food no longer safe to eat?

While most of us do a simple smell check before reheating week-old leftovers, it isn’t the most accurate way to determine whether food is safe. Many people prefer to use best-before or sell-by dates as deciding factors for when to throw something away. However, these dates are not always indicators of food safety; understanding them […]

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Good for you: More Than a Marketing Strategy

The media makes a lot of noise regarding eating more sustainably. Some say going vegan is better for the planet, while others swear by locally-produced, organically-farmed animal products. While many big brands have jumped on the sustainability trend, it’s far more than a marketing strategy. The UN agrees that what we eat and how it’s […]

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Plant-Based Mycoprotein as a Meat Alternative

Why explore meat alternatives? Beyond meeting the demands of a growing global population, prioritizing plant over meat consumption is a critical element of sustainability efforts and addressing and reducing numerous health concerns. For example, research shows that switching to plant-based diets may reduce food-related land use by up to 76% and greenhouse gas emissions by […]

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What You Need to Know About Essential Oils and Fragrance Isolates

Fragrances from essential oils and isolates are integral to numerous cherished personal and household products. These categories include toiletries, skincare, cosmetics, hair care, perfumes, and topical wellness applications. They also cover home care, homeware, and food products such as candies.   Essential oils are naturally scented and can be used alone or as part of […]

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How Food Waste Can Be a Solution Rather Than a Problem

Even though millions of people go hungry every night, the world keeps wasting food at an alarming rate. Food waste is the most significant component of American landfills, where it quickly rots and generates greenhouse gases that contribute toward global warming. Thankfully, scientists are working on turning organic scraps into high-quality proteins that could feed […]

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Making Sure Your Ingredients Comply With Legislation

Superfruits and foods like berries, green tea, and garlic have many health benefits and are becoming popular additions to functional foods, drinks, and cosmetics. Most manufacturers add them to their products as extracts or infusions rather than including whole fruits, seeds, or leaves, which can cause confusion when it comes to labeling.   While these […]

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The Role of Texture in Food and Drink

Eating is a sensory experience, and how food looks, smells, and feels in the mouth helps us decide whether we enjoy it. Texture can affect how people perceive taste, providing endless opportunities for innovation. While most people take texture for granted, big brands often spend hundreds of hours perfecting it before releasing a new snack […]

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Using Flavors when Developing Milk Substitutes

Today, the dairy aisle is a diverse and magical place. You can now find dozens of milk substitutes beyond almond and soy, giving people who prefer plants more ways than ever to get their ‘dairy’ fix. Plus, as the plant-milk category develops, manufacturers add more flavorful options to their product lines to suit different tastes. […]