The first step in lifting the veil on citrus versatility is to deconstruct fruits into their component parts. Although the variety of citrus fruits is manifold, some of them, such as yuzu, have less juice than others, like lemons. One thing they all have in common is the peel.
Citrus fruits have become a popular raw material for the food and fragrance industry because of their freshness and versatility. The future of citrus-based scent and taste solutions remains natural, but may not always be based on just citrus fruits.
Symrise is also pioneering the development of citrus aromas from other natural sources. Extracting and isolating a particular scent or taste requires fully understanding what makes it such a precious, unique, and sought-after fruit. We have achieved this by investing in new technologies and providing a creative platform. Merging both of these factors has led to manufacturing solutions that expand the world of citrus in all dimensions to meet our customers’ needs.
We do not simply understand smell and taste, we decode it. We do not simply create consumer preference, we craft consumer desire.Gaelle Dami, Director Global Marketing Communication at Symrise
Think of botanicals like lemongrass - they have a distinct lemon taste and smell alongside herbal notes. We can isolate this and use the fractions as natural building blocks for our flavor and fragrance creation. Another example is nootkatone, the most important aroma component of grapefruits. We can rather easily source valencene from oranges, transform it, and replace nootkatone, which is getting harder and harder to find.Uwe Schäfer, Manager Applied Research at Symrise
In a fully natural way, we have the opportunity to create the odor and taste that consumers crave and overcome the sensory and physical limitations that citrus fruits bring with them. This takes the pressure off of our supply chain and ensures we have a broad range of options when we craft the solutions to meet our customers’ challenges. Our Citrus Oil Alternatives are one way of bringing this ambition to life.Stephan Räker, Global Competence Director Citrus at Symrise Flavors.