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ProTec Botanica – Week 4: Food and Beverage



Welcome to the fourth part of our fortnightly emails, a campaign that will run over the next few weeks and where we will be highlighting the industry sectors in which we work. Today we will focus on the Food and Beverage industry, for which we have an exciting product portfolio that could help you develop your next product.  

When we think of essential oils within our daily lives, we often think of using them topically as an ingredient in a personal care product or in diffusers and massage oils in an aromatherapy application. However, we have seen a dramatic increase in demand for essential oils and their use in food and beverage applications. Furthermore, this demand extends beyond solely essential oils, the entire grouping of natural aromatic and botanical ingredients are where we see significant growth. The key factor is the natural element, the move away from artificial and synthetic ingredients where possible, which drives this industry forward to discover flavours from a natural source, creating tastes from nature.

It may be an essential oil, an absolute, an oleoresin, a distillate or an extract, natural plant sources offer many options for food and beverage applications.

Benefits of using natural aromatic and botanical ingredients in Food and Beverage applications:

  • 100% pure and natural. 
  • Certified organic status also available.
  • Cost-effective as low inclusion levels are required to achieve taste profiles.
  • Many materials offer health benefits through their antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians. 

Whether it is a savoury or sweet taste profile that is required, the options are plentiful for the application and extend much beyond Vanilla, Cocoa or Coffee, be it for confectionery, beverages, dairy or oral care.

  • Citrus Essential Oils:

Lemon, Orange, Lime, Bergamot, Grapefruit and Mandarin are the perfect addition to smoothies and fruity cocktails. They have many major biologically active compounds which aid health, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. 

  • Herb Essential Oils:

Basil, Coriander, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme are perfect for savoury dishes, their characteristic aroma and flavour profile offering a fresh angle to dishes.

  • Floral Essential Oils: 

Lavender, Rose, Geranium and Ylang-Ylang are popular in many applications, their floral profile offering taste sensations and trends in confectionery and beverage products in addition to their health-promoting properties.  

  • Spice Essential Oils: 

Black Pepper, Cardamon, Clove, Ginger and Nutmeg offer a warmth, spicy taste profile to savoury products and are now becoming very popular in beverage applications. Their active compounds that aid health, offering antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, are seen as added value when formulating.  

  • Mint Essential Oils

Peppermint, Spearmint and Cornmint are the go-to products in oral care. Offering a cooling and refreshing taste profile in toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss and chewing gums, these oils offer exciting taste profiles in other applications too, confectionery and beverage seeing an increase in their use.

If you would like to find out more about our product portfolio or have any questions regarding anything you have seen, please get in contact or download the brochure below. 

If you would like to start a conversation with us, have any questions regarding our product portfolio or would like to request pricing and a sample, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.