Especial SociosNov. 28, 2017
Las cinco principales tendencias globales de sabor en que se utilizarán las almendras el 2018
Globally, almonds continue to be the most popular nut in new product introductions, with their taste, texture and nutritional properties combining to provide a versatile ingredient across key application areas, which include confectionery, bakery, snacks, bars and beverages.*
Almonds, in all their forms, are well positioned within the top five key global flavor trends for 2018, identified by Innova Market Insights. These trends can be observed across the majority of product categories and the flavors featured within each may be interchangeable or even overlap, according to each application. The five global flavor trends to watch for in 2018 are:
1. Overseas Influence
This trend reflects the variety and growing availability of authentic cuisine flavors from around the world, focusing on ethnic, exotic and/or nationalistic options. Within the snacks market, the range of products featuring almonds has widened considerably in recent years and this international influence can be seen in the transition from plain, salted, smoked and caramelized variants to more exotic, spicier flavors, often based on ethnic cuisines, such as Wasabi, Jalapeno or Sweet Thai Chili.
2. Plant Based Goodness
A key trend of the moment is the rising interest in plant products offering benefits including free from properties and vegetarian/vegan friendly ingredients. As a result, plants are increasingly being used for flavor across a diverse range of categories. Herbs and spice coatings are being paired with almonds to offer a tasty snack time staple, while grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables are often combined with almonds to create the much beloved flavor pairing of sweet & savory.
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3. The Indulgence Element
Innovation based on luxurious flavors means that the indulgent image of chocolate confectionery with almonds has been boosted with the use of premium dark, milk and white chocolate and additional ingredients, including other nuts and a wide variety of fruits. Raspberries, cranberries and blueberries are all now popular accompaniments to almonds in chocolate confectionery.
4. Cross-Category Fusion
With high levels of new product development and consumers’ ongoing search for something new, boundaries are increasingly blurring, with novel and innovative products, flavors and blends across food and beverage categories. A growing trend is the fusion of flavors to provide a new dimension to a traditional product, targeting the more adventurous consumer palates of today. For example, well-known dessert and confectionery flavors are making their way into many almond products, including vanilla and cherry almond snack mixes and birthday cake-flavored almond butter.
5. Culinary Approach
Increasingly, culinary concepts with sophisticated flavors and ingredients are being launched, often with gourmet positioning. This taps into consumer desire for a fine dining experience at home. In the bakery category, products with culinary-grade flavor profiles increasingly moving into the home include a range of almond specialties such as Italian-style Amaretti and Cantuccini biscuits, almond croissants and pain au chocolate, a whole range of frangipane tarts and even upmarket ‘make your own’ almond cookie kits.
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Source: California Almond Boards