The line includes almond, hazelnut, peanut, pistachio and walnut flavours and are completely free of nut components, allowing manufacturers an 'allergen-free' on-pack claim.
They can also be listed on ingredients labels as natural flavourings.
The UK-based subsidiary says that using these flavours eliminate the possibility of contamination on industrial lines and helps manufacturers cut down on cleaning time. It is also more cost-effective.
The flavours are ideal for the dairy, bakery and confectionery applications where nut flavours are widely used, and can lend nuanced flavour notes to products. The almond ingredient has the flavour profile of blanched, raw almonds while the walnut flavour has roasted, earthy notes, it says.
“Our new range enables manufacturers to provide authentic nut flavours with the ‘free from’ appeal, and gives people with allergies the chance to join the nut flavour fan base” said Simon Daw, director of marketing at Sensient Sweet Flavors Europe in a statement.
Daw added the company was constantly on the look-out for value-added ingredients. “One of the future developments could include nut-free inclusions that provide the authentic taste experience as chopped nuts but without the risk of allergic reactions.”
The risk of recall
This week IKEA announced it would expand a product recall of chocolate bars, adding a further six products from more than 40 countries because of insufficient labelling of hazelnuts and almonds.
Although no allergic reactions had been reported for these six additional products, the company said it had frequently detected the presence of almonds and hazelnuts, meaning the products in question are not suitable for those with allergies or consumers who have sensitivity to these allergens.
According to Mintel data, ‘allergen free’ features on more than 14% of global product launches.