Ethanol-free botanical extracts released by Kerry
July 3, 2020, Nass, Ire. – Kerry, the Taste & Nutrition company, has released Botanicals Collection ZERO, a range of high-quality, authentic botanical extracts – containing zero per cent ethanol – designed specifically for the low- and no-alcohol beverage markets.
The portfolio currently includes 15 standard products (and 35 others) such as juniper, rosebud, elderflower, cocoa, turmeric and cinnamon, with investigations ongoing to add more tastes.
With Botanicals Collection ZERO, beverage producers can now create sophisticated low-alcohol spirits and no-alcohol options with the taste of gin, rum, cocoa, ginger, etc., all while meeting emerging clean-label and quality requirements.
Amid a growing global trend to moderate and control alcohol intake that looks set to continue for the foreseeable future, the company states that consumers are seeking authentic-tasting drink taste options beyond simply soft drinks. This makes low-alcohol spirits or no-alcohol beverages a growth market, with trade sales in the area expected to record a 41-per-cent increase over the period 2015–21.
“Kerry is pleased to make available the Botanicals Collection ZERO range of high-quality authentic botanical distillates to beverage producers interested in producing more refined and better-tasting low- or no-alcohol drinks,” said Michel Aubanel, flavour ingredients global development manager for Kerry. “Consumer expectations are currently not being met by mocktails and other no-alcohol options due to the fact that products often resemble juices rather than alcohol.
“Increasingly, consumers want the upscale experience of the glass, ice and taste, but without the alcohol content.”
Kerry is a large international food industry leader, with offices in 32 countries, 151 manufacturing facilities and more than 26,000 employees globally, including over 1,000 food scientists.