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Q&A: Culinary Insight
Learn how prune plum ingredients function behind the scenes to assist
with developing better-for-you, full-of-flavor, trending sauces.

Developing new sauces or reformulating existing
products to meet the needs of today's flavoradventure-seeking health and wellness consumer is
more of an art than a science, according to Rick Perez,
research and development chef and spokesperson for
Sunsweet Growers Inc., Yuba City, Calif. Food Business
News spoke with Chef Perez to better understand how
prune plum ingredients can assist with formulating
next-generation sauces.

Food Business News: What differentiates
Sunsweet's ingredients from other products in the
marketplace?
Chef Rick Perez: Our ingredients are derived
from the French D'Agen prune plum variety.
They are farmed, harvested and processed using
proprietary technology to produce an array of
non-GMO ingredients. Our Amaz!n™ Plums are
distinguished from common table plums by their
high levels of natural sorbitol, desirable acids, fiber
and antioxidants. Eaten fresh or dried, they are
among the world's healthiest foods. At the same
time, their rich flavor, deep color, smooth texture
and bright acidity inspire a range of culinary
applications, including sauces. That's why we call

our plums nature's richest fruit. We recognize
their exceptional levels of flavor, nutritional
components and antioxidant phenolic compounds
(up to 150 milligrams per 100 grams). What also
differentiates our ingredients is the variety we
provide. By processing prune plums into juice
concentrates, powders and purees, we turn this
rich fruit into a hard-working ingredient for any
foodservice or research and development kitchen.
FBN: How is it possible to use prune plum
ingredients to reduce sugar in sauces when the
fruit naturally contains sugar?
RP: Our prune plums are naturally lower in sugar
compared with other kinds of dried fruit. The



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