Craft Brewers Conference

Craft Brewers Conference and Brewexpo America 2017

Craft Brewers ConferenceWe are excited to be attending the Craft Brewers Conference and Brewexpo America in Washington D.C. April 10-13, 2017.  We will have available some flavor samples for you to take with you and try out in your beers and sodas.  We are excited to share some new flavors and all you need to know about becoming TTB approved.

Come visit us at Booth 1547!

2017 Flavor Trends

Flavored Sparkling WaterWe are looking forward to 2017 and the new flavor trends coming with the new year.  Get ahead of your competitors with these flavors below.

Florals 

Florals include rose, lavender, elderflower, orange blossom, and hibiscus.  Pairing these with tropical flavors gives a natural and clean undertone.  Florals will be present all over the board.  Try it in sparkling water, alcoholic beverages and anything in between.  Rose won’t be the only bouquet you’ll be seeing this year!

Spices

Spices have been popular for years, but this year people are focusing on spices that are very specific to the Japanese, Mexican, and Indian cultures.  Sure, cinnamon and cardamom are trendy, but curry, harissa, tumeric, and black garlic are going to be big this year.  Try these in dressings, alcoholic beverages, and even ice cream.

Smoke

Smoked caramels, vanillas, and fruits are going to be big this year. Last year it was all about the salted versions, but adding smoke adds more depth and complexity to normal flavors.

Jackfruit

Jackfruit is the next trendy fruit, mainly as a meat replacer.  It is high in fiber to help control hunger, takes on flavors well, has texture similar to meat, and has a few grams of protein per serving. It’s also eaten fresh! Jackfruit is credited with having a “Juicy Fruit”, bright, banana-ish flavor.

Matcha

Matcha has been trendy the past year or so, but it should stay strong with green teas popularity as well as it’s health benefits.  It has moved into confectionary via truffles and will continue to permeate other food industries.

Flavored Sparkling Waters

Soda sales have been declining for years due to high fructose corn syrup and excessive sugar not correlating with healthy diets.  Consumers don’t favor the flavor of cold pressed juices as much as drinks with carbonation.  Uncolored, unsweetened, naturally flavored sparkling waters remain to rise in sales and popularity and are perceived to be “healthy”.  This keeps consumers hydrated without jeopardizing the enjoyment factor. With so many options of flavored waters, consumers can enjoy endless options.

Coconut

Coconut oil, flour, sugar, and other byproducts are going to continue playing a key factor in the industry this year.  This trend works well with the gluten free trend and diets such as the Ketogenic diet.  Like the jackfruit, the coconut is very versatile, it can be paired with other trends to increase the popularity.

Plant Water

Coconut water opened the doors for this type of product, but coconut water is no longer alone.  Cactus water, artichoke water, and more are joining the group.  Consumers are moving from sports drinks in an attempt to go back to natural sources.

Tropical fruits

Tropical fruits fascinate consumers.  They are exotic and pair well in other trends such as florals, spices, and flavored sparkling waters.  Tropical fruits are exotic and help with the ever growing fusion of flavors the food, flavor, and restaurant are interested in.  Consumers literally eat this one up!

Looking for a custom flavor?  Our flavor experts can come up with just the right smoke, spice or whatever you are looking to create.  Give us a call today to get started at 1-800-466-3034

Pumpkin beer

Looking for Pumpkin Flavoring?

Pumpkin beer As summer winds down, and it’s time to finalize your fall and winter beers, many brewers look to add fruit or spices to their beers.  At Northwestern Extract, we have been adding to our seasonal offerings.  We can provide our customers with many easy to use, TTB approved flavors to help reduce or eliminate the need for fresh fruit or purees.  Whether it’s a pumpkin or apple or cherry, we have the fall fruit flavor you’re looking for!  By adding our spice flavor, or even a cobbler or pie crust, you can offer some fun pie flavors.  And if you’re looking for something a little different? Try our cinnamon sticks, pecan, maple and caramel flavor can add a unique twist to your beers.

We have pumpkin flavoring in stock now

We can get you last minute flavors even if you are pressed with time.  Give us a call today at 1-800-466-3034 to get your fall flavors finalized.

TTB Beer

Navigating the Production of TTB Beverages

TTB BeerSummer has arrived and your customers are enjoying your delicious beverages. You may be thinking that it is time to diversify beverage options by adding something new for the fall.  Getting the flavors just right can be a challenge, and having the added hurdle of maneuvering the system to get your drinks Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved can be intimidating for first time producers.  This is not a complete guide to getting a beverage TTB approved, but with over 100 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, we are here to help your business.  There are additional resources on the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau website as well as on the Brewers Association Website.

What Beverages Need to be TTB Approved?

If you are producing non-alcoholic beverages, you can breathe a sigh of relief.  Sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages do not require that flavored products be TTB approved.  Keep in mind that drinks and other flavored products do need to comply with all necessary industry standards and labeling requirements, but you will not have to worry about meeting TTB guidelines.

If your business is producing an alcoholic beverage, it is important to make sure that you follow the TTB guidelines for the production of alcohol.  Both beer and distilled spirits are required to file a permit in order to begin producing a new flavored beverage.  There is no fee to apply for a permit and wait for approval before brewing or distilling; it is crucial to do so in order to comply with TTB Regulation. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a over month to complete.

TTB Regulations

Following through on the TTB regulations is another important part of getting your beverage to be TTB approved.  Make sure that your product is in compliance with the requirements set forth by the TTB and that you have the equipment necessary to produce your beverages correctly.

One of the most crucial aspects to making a beverage TTB approved is using a TTB approved flavoring.  While natural flavorings give a great amount of flavor and ease to the production of beverages, using a synthetically produced flavoring gives you the consistency needed to keep winning your customers back.  At Northwestern Extract we offer more than 50 different TTB approved flavors, each of which are designed to give great flavor in your finished beverages.

TTB Approval and Beer Products

Once you have finished production of your flavored drink or other flavored product it is important to make sure that the labels accurately reflect the flavorings used and that you are in compliance with all of the TTB labeling guidelines for beer and for beverages with malt claims or for any other beverage that you may make this summer.

By making sure that products are TTB approved you can open brewing and distilling lines to the possibility of exploring a new market.  Becoming TTB approved is not as strenuous as it may seem, and we can help find the right flavors to push your product to the top of customer’s favorites list.  Give us a call today and we can walk you through many question you might have regarding getting TTB approved.