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What Makes a Flavor Authentic?

April 30, 2018

Flavor is more than taste; it’s texture and mouthfeel. It’s masking bitter off-notes and adding richness. Dairy, in particular, can be a vital component in delivering the complex flavor profiles that create a complete and satisfying culinary experience.

That’s why Edlong dairy flavors are important components in helping companies build authentic formulations, especially when ingredients might otherwise be too expensive, or too difficult to process. This is where Edlong excels—developing flavors that allow food product developers to deliver the taste experience that consumers want, affordably and easily.

The Dairy Challenge

Many times, food product developers struggle to replicate Gold Standard recipes in formulations that are both reliable and cost-effective. This can be especially challenging when reproducing dairy flavors and textures. While dairy flavors may only be a small part of a formula—often 1% or less—they make a big impact on the final result.

Edlong has long been the go-to source for product developers when they need to reduce costs and achieve formula stability. Edlong flavors maintain or even enhance the satisfying taste experience that entices consumers to buy and enjoy a product again and again. Our dairy profiles cover an extraordinarily large spectrum of tastes and textures—sweet and savory, creamy and buttery, indulgent and decadent.

Seasoned by Dairy

Edlong helps food product developers create premium flavors that satisfy sophisticated consumer palates around the world, at a fraction of the cost-in-use of the commodity dairy products they replace. That’s because our flavorists are experts not only in the complexities of dairy, but also in working with  raw materials to create specific, authentic flavor profiles. They do so with an unwavering attention to detail and often, without using any dairy at all. Achieving the authentic and distinctive taste of premium dairy, even in non-dairy or vegan applications and with the use of dairy-free dairy flavors, is as much an art as it is a science.

For example, the Edlong European Cheese Flavor Collection delivers authentic, sophisticated taste at a fraction of the cost of artisanal cheese. Designed to appeal to consumers who desire authentic global profiles, the European Cheese Flavor Collection includes Brie, Camembert, Edam, Feta, Goat, Gorgonzola, Gouda and more. You’ll find the flavors in this collection are ideal for a wide variety of dishes. One example is our Savory Kale and Artichoke Dip. This modern, vegan interpretation of a classic starter features an artful combination of natural Gruyere and Emmental cheese flavors.

Another mouthwatering example of authentic dairy flavors is in our Pimiento Cheese Snack. This deconstructed version of a Southern favorite features a sharp Vermont Cheddar flavor to help deliver a delectable combination of cheesy, crunchy and savory.

Edlong has been satisfying global tastes for more than one hundred years with flavors that go beyond taste. When our customers ask, “What makes Edlong flavors so authentic?” We’re proud to answer that authenticity comes not only from capturing the essence of flavor from a scientific perspective, but also from an artistic one.

To see how we can help you create authentic flavors easier and more affordably, contact us