Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

By Flavor & The Menu
July 6, 2019

Tropical, Tiki and summertime flavors resonate with consumers year-round. The challenge is differentiating your offerings in creative ways that promise a singular flavor experience. Two trending flavors capture summer in a glass. Both Monin Lime and Coconut Concentrated Flavor help elevate beverage and culinary menu development with nuanced, natural and on-trend profiles. The team at Monin’s Innovation Center has pinpointed both of these flavors as serving up broad appeal and big opportunity. “Guests today want to lighten up,” says Darren Loscalzo, VP of innovation for Monin. “They gravitate toward bright, acidic and fresh flavors.”

Monin Lime Concentrated Flavor is an incredibly versatile product that boasts natural, zesty lime flavor. “The Grilled Pineapple Mojito serves up a refreshing, acidic, boozy combination of rum, club soda, pineapple juice, grilled pineapple, mint and a hint of real lime flavor,” he says. “The result is a summer-inspired drink that keeps things light and bright.”

Monin Concentrated Flavor introduces natural and authentic flavors with no added sugar and no artificial ingredients.

Tropical Paradise

The uptick in tropical flavors ties into the Tiki trend, and coconut is a serious player in this realm. “Monin Coconut Concentrated Flavor adds creamy, natural coconut flavor without sweetness or artificial ingredients to a whole host of beverage and culinary creations, from flavored waters and cocktails to lemonades and tropical-inspired sauces and marinades,” says Loscalzo. “I love this Piña Sparkling Water, which simply combines club soda, pineapple juice and the tropical flavor of coconut—it’s breezy, intriguing and delicious.”

Culinary’s Lighter Side

Nothing lifts up flavor like acid. Monin Lime Concentrated Flavor introduces the clean, bold flavor of lime without muddying it with added sugar or artificial flavor. “Its bright, zesty flavor brightens grilled seafood and adds zing to a dipping sauce of rémoulade or tartar sauce,” says Loscalzo. “It’s also great in compound butters, marinades and glazes.”

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Monin Lime Concentrated Flavor Thought Starters

  • salad dressings
  • flavored waters
  • marinades
  • dipping sauces

Monin Coconut Concentrated Flavor Thought Starters

  • cold brew coffee and specialty coffee drinks
  • aguas frescas
  • lemonades
  • iced teas

Grilled Shrimp with Lime Rémoulade

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