Effects of the Ukrainian Conflict on the Global Distillation System
Distillation separates liquids from non-volatile solids in the fluid-based food and beverage industry to concentrate flavors and alcohols. It converts liquids to vapor and back to liquids to extract intense flavors. Fluid-based products, defined as becoming liquid at room temperature, include ice cubes, popsicles, any beverage, ice creams and sherbets, sauces, soups, gravies, and custards.
However, with raw source aromas and flavors already appealing, manufacturers can further enhance these liquid preparations with additional concentrated flavor and aroma ingredients to maintain their product characteristics during production, storage, and distribution.
The Benefits of Distillates
These additives can be artificial or natural, or a combination. However, with increasing pressure from consumers for more natural, greener, and healthier products and ingredients, manufacturers must increase their focus on sourcing pure and natural components while remaining certified and compliant and seeking faster and more cost-effective processes.
For fluid-based products, natural liquid flavor distillates are best. These distillates provide more concentrated, complex, and satisfyingly fuller flavors. Producers use advanced technologies to distill natural ingredients to yield purer, higher-quality extracts perfect for numerous natural flavor applications. These distillates are also quicker, more efficient, and cost-effective to use.
The Importance of Grains in the Distillation System
For effective distillation, carbohydrate-based plant materials such as grains are fermented to yield a dilute ethanol solution. Manufacturers then produce spirits such as rum and whiskey by distilling these dilute solutions, to which they add esters, other alcohols, and water to create distinct flavors. These formulations are then stored to develop and achieve additional flavor molecules and compounds to produce characteristic flavor strengths.
Among the most widely used carbohydrate-based plant materials are wheat, maize, rice, barley, and malt, with Ukraine and Russia supplying a significant portion of the world’s exported cereals.
Unfortunately, with worldwide grain crops, supply chains, and stock already negatively impacted by the global pandemic, and several vital regions affected by drought, the ongoing war in Ukraine will likely result in even more substantial disruptions in the global distillation system.
Currently, the flow of grains from the besieged country – one of the world’s ‘breadbaskets’, and Russia is limited or increasingly prevented. This situation creates critical shortages, impacts prices, and potentially changes the industry’s dynamic. As a result, other countries may need to supplement crops to continue crucial supply, such as India and Australia, or the USA for corn, or alternative cereals such as sorghum or quinoa, may need consideration.
These considerations may soon become a reality with no end to the conflict yet in sight. Meanwhile, vital cereal deliveries are slower and smaller, quality is dipping, and prices are soaring. But, for now, only time will tell how and when aggressions and obstacles will end and how the grain shortage situation will develop.
However, while crops continue to trickle into food and beverage product destinations, achieving superior flavor profiles through exceptional flavor distillates remains simple. Access is possible through clean and cutting-edge distillation techniques and trusted natural source components, such as those employed by Advanced Biotech.
Choose Advanced Biotech to Continue Making an Impact
Advanced Biotech provides an impressive range of E.U. certified pure and authentic flavor distillates, ideal for sauce, frozen treat, and beverage applications. The company utilizes approved and advanced technology to create superior natural distillates using premium source materials.
So, while the world of grains and distillates is currently unpredictable, you can still rely on Advanced Biotech to help enhance your innovation portfolio by designing, creating, and lifting your flavor profiles. Please contact us for more information.