Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company based in Ireland, has introduced an advanced citrus extract technology — brand-named New! Citrus Extract — that delivers all of the flavour benefits and impact of traditional natural citrus products but can be labelled a “Natural Extract”.
This best-in-class extraction technology can be applied to a variety of citrus fruit, and has many different applications, including refreshing beverages such as sparkling and still flavoured waters, ready-to-drink teas, juice drinks, isotonic and energy drinks, and craft carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), as well as alcoholic beverages such as hard seltzers, malt beverages, mocktails and flavoured beers and spirits. Initially, citrus tonalities include lime, lemon, orange and tangerine, with more to come.
Based on Kerry’s broad technical capability, the New! Citrus Extract portfolio was developed with the support of Kerry’s non-thermal liquid/liquid extraction process that delivers highly concentrated extracts with a greatly reduced level of terpenes and sesquiterpenes. This creates a taste profile that has been described as fresh, clean, vibrant, juicy, aromatic and intense, with a clean lingering effect. The process also allows for excellent solubility in water and stability.
This breakthrough technology is important because it is more effective than current methods at retaining the superior aroma and flavour of citrus, as well as providing an extended, more full-bodied finish. All products are completely water-soluble and colourless in the finished application, allowing the product developer to replace a natural citrus flavour with a natural citrus extract, i.e., providing a cleaner ingredient label.