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1st June 2021 Product update: newprotein staff writer
Bell Flavors & Fragrances Launches Alternative Protein and Vegan Flavor Portfolios
Bell Flavors & Fragrances has recently launched a portfolio of taste technologies and flavors to help manufacturers overcome challenges in product development and improve the overall taste profile of plant-based alternatives. With its product range, Bell aims to provide clean label taste solutions for meat and fish alternatives as well as dairy alternatives and plant-based high protein products.
Understanding Needs and Plant Protein Sources
Bell’s alternative protein platform offers a wide range of vegan & vegetarian base and top note flavors as well as a collection of taste technologies to achieve the flavor profile and texture customers are demanding.
Bell’s deep understanding of functionality across many alternative protein applications helps to solve the taste and flavor challenges in current product formulations. These challenges identified by both consumers and customers include masking the off-notes of plant-based proteins, achieving desirable mouthfeel and delivering the perfect flavor experience.
With that in mind, Bell’s team of Chefs, Foods Scientists, Sensory Specialists and Flavorists work to find the perfect flavor & technology solution for any application. The company takes a creative approach to developing authentic profiles to achieve decadent, creamy/dairy notes, meaty beef/chicken flavors or bold seafood flavors.
In addition, Bell’s team of flavorists and sensory experts identified the potential off-tastes of various protein sources, including soy, wheat, pea, rice, oat, almond and coconut and its organoleptic effects on taste and other characteristics, including texture and mouthfeel. Based on the application needs, the team developed a range of functional masking solutions that help to mitigate specific off-notes and create a more appealing sensory profile. Bell further developed specific flavors to help achieve the more rounded taste characteristics, such as full-bodied umami or rich kokumi that many alternative protein products lack.
This cross-functional approach is applied to projects as Bell works hand in hand throughout the product development process, listening to customer needs, identifying consumer taste expectations and understanding the regulatory concerns while developing customized solutions that satisfy the technological challenges customers face.
To support this growing global opportunity, Bell’s regional organizations also offer a full range of alternative protein and vegan flavor varieties for the European market, as well as Canada and Latin America, being compliant to regulatory restrictions and consumer taste expectations within the respective markets.
Date Published: 1st June 2021
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