Decorate, Infuse, Blend: 3 Ways to Add Premium Appeal to Beverages

August 2020

Adventurous flavors, vibrant colors, and extravagant inclusions are easy ways to add instant value to new beverage products. As consumers increasingly seek out beverages that support holistic wellness, functional and all-natural ingredients can play a key role in achieving a premium product positioning.

Freeze-dried fruit and vegetables are the perfect ingredient solution for product developers looking to elevate existing product lines or innovate against these emerging trends. Available in whole, slices, pieces, or powder, freeze-dried fruits and vegetables can add vibrant color, authentic flavor and essential nutrition to everything from smoothies to cocktails.

In addition to these benefits, freeze-dried ingredients use no added sugars, artificial preservatives or carriers, thus supporting a cleaner label. Some freeze-dried fruits even have a natural sweetening effect, reducing the need for added sugar or artificial sweeteners in a beverage formulation.

Check out these tips for using freeze-dried ingredients in beverages:

Decorate

Freeze-dried fruit products can add value as a premium topping for cocktails and a surface inclusion for other foodservice beverages like coffee or smoothies. Baristas continue to experiment with creative and intricate designs on lattes and other coffee drinks, and freeze-dried powders are an easy way to add a pop of color as well as subtle notes of flavor creating a unique experience for the customer.

Larger pieces, such as freeze-dried orange citrus wheels or strawberry slices, can be used to garnish iced teas, smoothies, and other refreshment beverages. Our freeze-dried fruit products retain their bright, natural color and original shape, adding visual appeal and a crisp, melt-in-the-mouth texture when used as a topping or decoration.
Infuse

Freeze-dried fruit pieces and powders quickly infuse in hot or cold liquid, and are ideal for adding natural color and flavor to teas, cocktails, soft drinks, and sparking waters. Freeze-dried fruits infuse to a higher degree than fresh or traditionally dried, releasing bright color and flavor almost instantly.

Check out our recipes for Infused Mixed Berry, Lavender & Rose Tea and Blackberry, Elderflower and Lemon Sparkling Water for more inspiration.

Freeze-dried fruit pieces and powders quickly infuse in hot or cold liquid, and are ideal for adding natural color and flavor to teas, cocktails, soft drinks, and sparking waters. Freeze-dried fruits infuse to a higher degree than fresh or traditionally dried, releasing bright color and flavor almost instantly.

Blend

Whether blended in a smoothie, or muddled in a mojito, freeze-dried pieces immediately disperse flavor and color when added to liquid. Freeze-dried fruit inclusions also add visual appeal, increasingly important for reaching younger consumers who are interested in artistic and “Instagrammable” foods and beverages. Fruit pieces and pulps are gaining popularity as an inclusion in foodservice beverages, like those served in the popular coffee and smoothie business, as well as newer iced tea creations.

From kiwi to dragon fruit, our freeze-dried fruit products are perfect for creating new and innovative beverage experiences that will resonate with consumers’ evolving preferences.​

Whether you are working on something new or reformulating to meet new trends, our team can work with you to find a solution to add value to your products. Contact us today at customer.services@chaucerfoods.com to request a sample or more information.

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