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flavor profiles with multiple
benefits, including low usage
levels and heat stability.

Cheese sauce's
sophisticated relative

Served with tortilla chips, French fries and even crudites, chile
con queso has raised the standard for cheesy condiments.
Typically referred to as simply queso, this "unofficial dish of
Texas" is anything but simple. It's the sophisticated relative of
cheese sauces made with dairy ingredients, bulked up with
starches. Real cheese is the primary ingredient, with diced
chile peppers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, spices and even
ground meat added for color, flavor and heat. It's smooth,
creamy, and most importantly, cheesy.
In recent years, queso has made its way onto the menu of
quick-service and fast-food restaurants, introducing mainstream
America to this Southwest specialty. Condiment manufacturers
have responded by developing retail products for the
refrigerated dip department and the ambient snack food aisle.
Quality queso, as well as traditional cheese sauce, is typically
made from one or more varieties of natural cheese, with
Cheddar and Monterey Jack being the most common. Natural
cheese usage levels vary, with some queso dips containing as
much as 75% cheese, whereas sauces are usually closer to 50%
cheese. The amount of cheese used impacts the flavor, texture,
and viscosity of the finished product. It also influences price.
Edlong's Dairy-Based Natural Flavors may replace some of the
real cheese, which helps lower cost-in-use while at the same
time enhancing cheese flavor. These heat-stable flavors are
safe for aseptic, hot-fill and retort products.

"These dairy-based natural
flavors provide the option
to reduce or replace dairy
commodities for cost savings
while increasing overall
flavor impact," says Julie
Drainville, senior sensory
scientist for Edlong. "They
also offer potential natural
labeling advantages."
Lourdes Mato, dairy research
scientist and project lead for
the 100-year-old dairy flavor
company's new Dairy-Based
Natural Flavors line, adds,
"This is a true collaboration
between sensory, applications
and research and development.
By specifically focusing our
flavor performance expertise
on dressings, dips and sauces,
we can customize profiles to
achieve truly authentic flavors
that artificial intelligence
(AI) research confirms are
predicted to be preferred
over dairy that is not flavor
Edlong partnered with an
AI company that specializes
in the food and beverage
industry. Edlong's scientists
leveraged insights from AI
research results to gain a
better understanding of how
flavors perform in certain
applications, and how they
impact predicted consumer
preference of a finished
"The AI platform involves
having panelists scientifically
evaluate products and
then the AI interprets what
consumers taste," says Ms.
Drainville. "The AI models
human sensory perception of
flavor, aroma and texture to


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