EUROPE — Gold Coast Ingredients, a US-based flavor and color manufacturer, has unveiled its latest certified organic flavors a year ahead of the implementation of new EU-Regulation.

The new legislations are in response to an ever-growing demand for organic food products on a global scale and a matching need to regulate organic products.

Following the legislation, only natural x flavorings (95/5) or flavoring preparations are allowed to be incorporated in organic food.

Gold Coast Ingredients says in an effort to align with the new regulations, its Research and Development team developed new organic flavors using a stricter and more limited raw materials list.

The company says that its new certified organic flavours for the EU market are available in powder and liquid formats for various food and beverage products.

Organic flavors available include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, lemon, orange, blueberry, black currant, coffee, mint, ginger, bergamot, tomato, jalapeno, anise and thyme, among others.

Megan Byrnes, marketing manager at the company, said that they expect requests for organic flavors to “grow partially” as the market turns to all-natural and organic ingredients.

“We expect requests to increase because the new regulations have required many companies to stop using older versions of certified organic flavors that were formulated following outdated regulations,” notes Megan.

“Therefore, we foresee new requests as well as existing customers requesting to revise their organic flavors to remain in compliance with regulations.”

According to Byrnes, a crucial factor in why certain flavors are more successful in EU markets is mass consumer preference.

Currently, the most requested organic flavors for the EU market at Gold Coast are vanilla, strawberry and citrus flavors like lemon and orange.

These flavors are commonly used in beverage, dairy, bakery and nutraceutical applications and are formulated by Gold Coast’s R&D team, made with organic raw materials derived from nature and sourced globally.

Due to evolving EU organic regulations, one challenge that flavor manufacturers face today is matching organic flavors previously developed following older organic guidelines.

Companies have also been working to keep up with the new regulations, cleaning up their portfolios and introducing new compliant organic flavours

In November last year, Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA launched a range of certified organic flavors and beverage compounds, enabling manufacturers to keep their organic labeling.

Though Gold Coast has successfully provided a range of new certified organic flavors, the company says that new flavors may not be an exact match to flavor profiles sold in the past.

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