Ingredient Trend Tracker
R&D experts discuss where the industry is headed in 2007
Beverage ingredient trends are leaning toward customized functionality and exotic flavors, according to Beverage Industry’s Ingredient Roundtable participants. We asked representatives from ingredient companies across a range of fields to tell us what they have seen emerge as beverage trends, and the issues challenging beverage companies this year. Participants include: Laura Ennis, senior beverage innovation technologist at David Michael & Co., Philadelphia; Suzanne Niekrasz, director of marketing communications, and Steve Wolf, director of flavor applications, at Robertet, Piscataway, N.J.; Tim Webert, senior marketing manager, beverage category, and John Sweeney, beverage applications team leader at Cargill, Minneapolis; Jessica Jones-Dille, industry trend/NEXT team manager at Wild Flavors Inc., Erlanger, Ky.; Dave Gallagher, vice president of sales for sucralose, North America at Tate & Lyle; and Paul Dijkstra, chief executive officer at InterHealth Nutraceuticals, Benicia, Calif.