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"The trend toward healthy eating has
created challenges for marketers of
sauces and condiments as the perception
that sauces and condiments are an
unnecessary and unhealthy addition to
many foods has made some consumers
cut back on consumption,"
-David Sprinkle, research director, Packaged Facts

addition to many foods has made some
consumers cut back on consumption," says David
Sprinkle, research director, Packaged Facts,
Rockville, Md. "As a result, sauces and condiments
are increasingly marketed as organic and healthy,
with new options such as low-sodium or lowsugar varieties supporting restrictive diets."

This hot and spicy flavor trend is also what
you find in the many variations of barbecue
served around the world. In the U.S., barbecue
in the Carolinas skews tangy and spicy with the
generous use of vinegar along with cayenne, black
pepper, crushed red pepper, hot sauce and yellow
mustard. In contrast, St. Louis barbecue tends
to be quite sweet with a bit of acid because its
tomato base is blended with apple cider vinegar,
onion, garlic and honey. Kansas City barbecue
uses a similar base but adds more layers of flavor
with smoke and molasses. Meanwhile, Texans
favor spice and heat, with just a hint of sweetness.
Here you will find sauces made with tomato and
vinegar seasoned with an array of chiles, onions or
garlic, and Worcestershire.
Around the world, barbecue becomes even more
varied. In Latin America, it's all about chiles and
cilantro while in Asia, Korean and Japanese chefs
combine soy sauce, sesame, ginger and sugar.
The Middle East tends to rely more on fragrant
spices than spicy heat, blending together
cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin and garlic.

Sunsweet Ingredients may assist with improving
the healthfulness of all types of sauces. A number
of prune plum ingredients have been shown to
enhance existing natural flavors, allowing for lower
salt and sugar levels in sauce formulation. In many
cases, their rich color and sheen also eliminates
the need for formulators to use caramel color or
other artificial additives to enhance appearance.
The flavor of prune plum ingredients also
complements the hot and spicy trend driving
innovation in the sauce category. Prune plums
have the ability to round out flavors, enhancing
other herbs and spices in sauces so it's not only
heat that is tasted.
These characteristics complement a menu
trend identified by Chicago-based Mintel, which
reported that the descriptor "spicy," as it relates
to "hot," climbed 8% between the third quarters
of 2015 and 2016. What's notable is the use of
the word spicy rather than hot, as heat is not the
focus. It's the flavors combined with the heat
that differentiate these menu items from similar
products in the market.

Prune plum ingredients complement all of
these flavor profiles. Depending on usage level,
reduced sodium and sugar contents are possible.
It may also be possible to remove thickeners and
preservatives, as prune plum ingredients build
viscosity and contribute antioxidants and organic
acids that assist with shelf life.
Prune plum ingredients are a whole food, cleanlabel tool to assist in the formulation of nextgeneration sauces. Depending on the application,
the ingredient and the usage level, Sunsweet
Ingredients may enhance the flavors, viscosity,
appearance and overall taste experience in
cooking and condiment sauces.



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