If you’re in the food business, then you’re also in the flavour business, and it’s a fascinating space in which to operate. Flavour is one of the ways we experience the world, connect with other people and mark life’s special moments. Getting it right is critical to long term success. But nailing the right flavour notes can be a challenge, so it’s important to implement some fail-safe alternatives to ensure your menu hits the flavour mark, every time.
Testing times call for smart solutions
In an ideal world, we would all have the time and resources to hand-craft every flavour from scratch. But now more than ever, this ideal sits a long way from reality. It’s no secret that the past few years have been difficult for food operators, throwing out back-to-back challenges and forcing businesses to find smarter ways of operating.
Staffing has been an issue for many, some ingredient costs have soared, and supply chain disruptions have become the new norm. In an environment like this, you need certainty, consistency and efficiency, across every aspect of the business, including flavour.
Finding the right flavour partner
When sourcing ingredients, it’s crucial to find brands you know you can trust. Queen Professional is relied on by thousands of leading manufacturers, hospitality venues and bakeries. With 125 years’ experience in the food industry, Queen has the quality, knowledge and expertise to help you elevate your menu.
Queen Professional natural flavours and extracts make it easy to deliver exceptional flavour year round. You can kiss the time and effort of zesting and infusing goodbye and bid farewell to the stress of unpredictable fresh produce availability, seasonality and fluctuating costs. Instead you can enjoy consistent, natural and authentic flavours at your fingertips and discover the versatility of a gluten free, vegan-suitable range that’s ideal for desserts, beverages and savoury dishes.
Capitalising on flavour trends
Best-selling staples are an important part of any menu, but flavour is also there to be experimented with. It’s a powerful means of keeping your customer base interested and apart from anything else, it’s a whole lot of fun! Having the right ingredients on hand to stay nimble and try new combinations will ensure you delight and surprise on a regular basis.
Here are some ideas to get the inspiration flowing:
- Tap into the popularity of cocktail-inspired flavours by using Natural Rum Flavour to make this crowd-pleasing Mango Souffle with Salted Yoghurt Lime Sorbet and Passionfruit Rum Syrup
- Add popular tropical flavours to your summer menu with this Mango & Coconut Cheesecake using Natural Coconut Flavour
- Give your favourite brownie recipe a lively twist by adding Natural Peppermint Extract
- If you’re brewing a new beverage menu, there are a host of ways Queen Professional natural flavours can take you from breakfast to happy hour, from peppermint milkshakes and rosewater lemonade to coconut margaritas and rum ‘nojitos’