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Why use flavours

  • Introduce: Flavours introduce aroma to a product that was not there
  • Boost: Flavours can boost and complement flavours from other ingredients
  • Consistency: Flavours give complete consistency as every batch is analysed to be the same
  • Safety: Flavours are safe since the ingredients are regulated and on a ‘positive’ list
  • Cost Effective: Flavours are generally much cheaper cost-in-use than other ingredients
  • Uniqueness: Flavours can give your product a unique taste that consumers will love

Portfolio

Kanegrade offers a complete range of sweet and savoury liquid flavours (powders coming soon in H2 2024).

1

Fruit

Every fruit you can imagine from Apple to Yuzu. We have many variations of classic flavours such as Strawberry, Banana and Raspberry, as well as some fruits you may not have heard of such as Starfruit, Dragon fruit and Durian.
2

Meat

Our flavours have no meat content at all making them ideal for plant-based meat alternatives or to boost flavours in sauces or snacks. We offer beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, and we can add roast, fried, grilled or boiled notes.
3

Nuts

Add nut flavours to your product without any allergen risk by using one of our nut flavours including peanut, walnut, pistachio, hazelnut. Or simply add flavouring to boost and standardise the nut flavour in your product.
4

Herbs and Spices

There are times when your application needs a hint of herb or spice. A flavouring will give you more consistency than the real thing which can be prone to seasonal variation. Try our options such as Aniseed, Caraway, Cinnamon and Cardamom to add another dimension to your application.
5

Vegetable

Our vegetable flavours are ideal as boosters for savoury applications, for example tomato, jalapeno pepper, celery, onion, potato, sweetcorn
6

Dairy

We have a strong range of dairy flavours which can be added to your dairy or non-dairy application, for example confectionery. We have variations of Yoghurt, Cheeses, Cream and Butter flavours which give those creamy and acidic aromas to your product
7

Alcoholic beverages

There are a huge range of alcoholic beverage flavours which give the characteristic aroma without the alcohol itself, making them ideal for sauces and coatings. Ideas include wine (red or white), beer, gin, whisky and rum
8

Others

We offer a range of other flavours that don’t fit neatly into any category but are some of the most exciting, including Bread freshly baked, Chocolate (Milk, Dark, White), Truffle, Honey, Toffee, Maple, Tutti Frutti, and many others. The possibilities are endless

Portfolio

Kanegrade offers a complete range of sweet and savoury liquid flavours (powders coming soon in H2 2024).

1. Fruit

Every fruit you can imagine from Apple to Yuzu. We have many variations of classic flavours such as Strawberry, Banana and Raspberry, as well as some fruits you may not have heard of such as Starfruit, Dragon fruit and Durian.

2. Meat

Our flavours have no meat content at all making them ideal for plant-based meat alternatives or to boost flavours in sauces or snacks. We offer beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, and we can add roast, fried, grilled or boiled notes.

3. Nuts

Add nut flavours to your product without any allergen risk by using one of our nut flavours including peanut, walnut, pistachio, hazelnut. Or simply add flavouring to boost and standardise the nut flavour in your product.

4. Herbs and Spices

There are times when your application needs a hint of herb or spice. A flavouring will give you more consistency than the real thing which can be prone to seasonal variation. Try our options such as Aniseed, Caraway, Cinnamon and Cardamom to add another dimension to your application.

5. Vegetable

Our vegetable flavours are ideal as boosters for savoury applications, for example tomato, jalapeno pepper, celery, onion, potato, sweetcorn

6. Dairy

We have a strong range of dairy flavours which can be added to your dairy or non-dairy application, for example confectionery. We have variations of Yoghurt, Cheeses, Cream and Butter flavours which give those creamy and acidic aromas to your product

7. Alcoholic beverages

There are a huge range of alcoholic beverage flavours which give the characteristic aroma without the alcohol itself, making them ideal for sauces and coatings. Ideas include wine (red or white), beer, gin, whisky and rum

8. Others

We offer a range of other flavours that don’t fit neatly into any category but are some of the most exciting, including Bread freshly baked, Chocolate (Milk, Dark, White), Truffle, Honey, Toffee, Maple, Tutti Frutti, and many others. The possibilities are endless

Custom Development

If one of our existing flavourings isn’t quite right for you, let us know! We love working with customers to develop a flavour until it’s perfect for you.

Here are some ways we can custom develop for you:

  • Adapt: You could take one of the flavours from our existing library and we will adapt it to give your product a unique profile in your product by making it more fresh, juicy, roasted or any number of different profiles
  • Combination: We could make up a combination for you that gives a unique impact to your product, for example truffle/thyme, raspberry/basil, orange/tarragon, cucumber/plum
  • Fantasy: You may want a totally original idea that doesn’t taste like anything else, a so-called fantasy flavour like the recent unicorn flavour trend. We will discuss the descriptors you want in your product, and present concepts to you
  • Seasonal: You may also have an important holiday or seasonal product launch coming up, and we will develop some unique ideas for you

If you’re interested in custom development of a flavour let us know today!

Matching

There are many reasons you may need a flavour matched: if lead times are too long from an existing supplier, service levels are poor, prices have increased, or a product is discontinued then we can help you.

Kanegrade have developed a thorough process which ensures you can have complete confidence that the flavour supplied will be an ideal match, giving you continuity and ensuring your production is not affected.

Firstly, we take your sample and use the latest hydrogen-source Agilent GC-MS (Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry) to analyse a given sample and give an approximate formulation. This gives a basic formulation that our flavourists will create.

Next we organoleptically score the target for several characteristics. For example in a Cream flavour it will be for Creaminess, Sourness, Sweetness, Cooked Notes, Biscuitiness and Fruitiness. This is plotted on a radar graph and assessed against the match and any adjustments made.

Triangle test

Once our flavourist is satisfied, the match sample is put forward for a triangle test, in which a panel is asked to try and detect the match out of a choice of three: 2x are the original and 1x is the match. The fewer panel members that can detect it, the better the match.

This process is repeated up to 10 times (or as many as needed!) until it is indistinguishable from the original and the final sample is ready to be submitted to you for your own confirmation. If a scale-up trial is required we’re happy to provide the sample quantity you require.

Do you need a flavour match? Let us know by enquiring today.

Natural

Kanegrade is delighted to offer a complete range of natural flavours, alongside standard ‘synthetic’ flavours.

You may already know that the flavour in your application must be natural. If so please ensure you let us know in your enquiry.

If you’re unsure if you need a natural flavour, it’s worth looking further at the details, as choosing natural is not the right choice in all cases.

Flavours are mixtures of ‘aroma-chemicals’ which can either be derived from a synthetic source, or a natural source. When all the flavouring components are from a natural source material, then the final flavour can be described as natural.

So are flavours using components derived from a non-natural, synthetic source all that bad? Many flavourists would say they are not.

Synthetic

Many flavourists agree that synthetic flavours are not that bad for the following reasons:

  • Reason 1: The aroma molecules from synthetic / natural sources are chemically indistinguishable
  • Reason 2: There is no difference between synthetic / natural when they are considered for inclusion on the EU list of aroma-chemicals allowed to be safely used in flavourings.
  • Reason 3: Aroma-chemicals from synthetic sources are often of higher purity
  • Reason 4: Natural aroma-chemicals still go through considerable processing
  • Reason 5: Natural aroma-chemicals are typically more expensive so the final flavouring is 3x to 10x the price of the synthetic option.
  • Reason 6: Natural aroma-chemicals are more prone to variable availability, so shortages can result in reformulation and product changes.

Is a natural claim crucial?

Is a natural claim crucial to your final product? If so, ensure to request natural flavouring from Kanegrade.  If not, then a synthetic flavour will be fine in every other case.

Please download our additional guide to choosing natural or synthetic flavours for your application.

Natural or synthetic flavours guide

Technical

Choice of carrier: Carriers are essential to ensure the many different aroma-chemicals are evenly distributed and stable in the flavouring, as well as to standardise the strength and ensure the flavouring itself is well distributed in your application.

There are some well-established and safe carriers commonly used, yet some of these result in a maximum allowable dose limit, which ensures the content of carrier left in the final product is within the regulatory limits.

Most of our flavours are formulated to be within this limit but in case you are finding you need to dose higher, we’ll be happy to make a customised, stronger sample for you with the same profile.

When selecting a carrier, knowing whether the application is water-soluble or oil-soluble is essential. Here are the most common carrier options for flavours:

For Water-soluble applications:

  • Propylene Glycol (Maximum dose rate of 0.1% for Beverage, 0.3% for Food)
  • Triacetin (Maximum dose rate of 0.1% for Beverage, 0.3% for Food)
  • Ethanol (No dose limits)

For Oil-soluble applications:

  • Rapeseed Oil (Low cost, no dose limit)
  • MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides) (Very clean profile, more expensive, no dose limit)
  • For Plated powders: Maltodextrin + Plating Agent
  • For Spray-died encapsulated powders: Maltodextrin + Gum Acacia

Where there are maximum dose rates due to restrictions on the carrier, the carrier percentage will always be stated in the provided documentation.

You may already know which carrier you’d like in your application, or you may want to discuss it further, so get in touch today.

Legislation

The main legislation for flavours is 1334/2008 which sets out all aspects of flavours. This was EU legislation which has been adopted into UK legislation and is known internationally as a very high and extremely rigorous standard.

Individual aroma-chemicals, known as flavouring substances have been assessed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and are added to the Union List of allowable chemicals in a positive way, making flavours very safe for use. As developments evolve and new information presents itself this is continually evolving with updates published frequently.

Kanegrade monitors the legislation and ensures that the flavours we supply are compliant with EU/UK legislation. Being a member of the UK Flavour Association (UKFA) ensures we are provided with the most up-to-date information on a continual basis.

Our software allows us to identify any formulations containing an ingredient of concern and make adjustments so you have peace of mind that your final product is compliant.

For more information, or any regulatory / compliance questions, please get in touch.

Labelling 

You may wonder how the flavours we supply can be described in the ingredient list on your product pack.

For standard synthetic flavours, these can be labelled as:

  • Flavouring (or if there are multiple these can be grouped and listed as ‘Flavourings’)
  • X Flavouring (where X is the characteristic aroma, e.g. Strawberry Flavouring)

For natural flavours, they can be labelled as:

  • Natural flavouring (where all the flavouring components are derived from a natural source)
  • Natural X flavouring (where 95% or more of the flavouring components are derived from the named source X)

Documentation

With any flavouring sample or order, we provide all the documentation you require to use the flavour safely. We provide as standard:

  • Product specification
  • Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  • Allergen Information
  • Nutritional Information
  • *And with orders a Certificate of Analysis.

Religious certifications are also available if needed for your application.

If you require additional documentation or product information, please do get in touch.

Enquire

If you’re ready to request information or a product sample from us, our flavour experts look forward to hearing about your project and discussing it with you.

You can phone us, schedule a phone or video call or send us an email.

Contact: Kalpna Parbhoo
Technical Sales (Flavours)
kalpna@kanegrade.com

We would also like to invite you to visit us in Stevenage to see how flavours are developed and made, so let us know if you’d like to make an in-person visit.