Beverage ingredient suppliers announced leadership appointments and expanded capabilities to determine consumer preferences based on sweetener type, calories and protein count.

Rancho Dominguez, Calif.-based BI announced that Rupa Das, vice president of global quality and compliance, has been appointed interim chair for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)’s Board of Trustees. Das will replace Graham Rigby until March 2019. AHPA is a national trade association for the herbal products industry, which represents growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbs or herbal products internationally.

PROVA, Danvers, Mass., announced the immediate availability of its line of natural caramel flavors ranging from a sweet, blonde caramel at the base to an amber caramel.

Northbrook, Ill.-based Bell Flavors & Fragrances named Ron Stark as its new president and chief operating officer.

Imbibe, Niles, Ill., and Milkadamia, Burr Ridge, Ill., a nationally distributed brand of plant-based milks, released a video titled “From the Outback to the Storefront: A Milkadamia Case Study.” The video marks the first time Imbibe has featured a client in this manner and showcases how the company’s flavor and product development teams work together to accelerate the beverage development process and bring a product vision to fruition, the company says. Three product lines for dairy-alternative nut milks are highlighted in the video.

Beloit, Wis.-based Kerry released an interactive consumer preference simulator to supplement its white paper titled “Sensibly Sweet.” The proprietary preference simulator utilizes U.S. consumer research data to help industry professionals understand the consumer-preferred combination of three nutritional details: type of sweetening agent, calorie count and protein count. The company measured consumer perceptions of 17 sweetening agents to understand consumers’ preference surrounding sweetening agents across six product categories including sports drinks, carbonated soft drinks and flavored alcoholic malt beverages. The tool helps formulators, developers and business development professionals understand which combinations are the most consumer-preferred for informed prototyping or reformulating, the company says.