Natural Color for Seasonal Bakery Icings & Coatings
Attract Eyes & Customers with Seasonal LTOs
Consumers are always looking for new and exciting, never-before-seen products to try. In times of economic hardship, small indulgences via limited edition or seasonal flavors of shopping basket staples are popular.
NPD growth for seasonal and limited edition items outpaces total new food
Zesty Summer Citrus
A zesty Summer Citrus iced donut would be a perfect pair with a refresher at QSRs, and bright oranges and yellows can be achieved with naturally oil-soluble color solutions annatto or paprika as well as with Microfine™ solutions from beta carotene.
Orange and lemon flavors are up in limited editions +67% and +50% respectively!
Hazelnut, Cinnamon, and Gingerbread
Elevate with indulgent flavors like Brown Sugar or Coffee. Caramel-free natural brown MicrofineTM solutions are perfect to help you achieve the savory brown shades that are trending right now.
Hazelnut, Cinnamon, and Gingerbread are three of the top 10 flavors for Christmas launches.
A leading emerging niche in limited edition launches is Guava, , which grew more than 3X as fast in seasonal LTOs than in general food and beverage NPD in 2022 (Innova). For a summery red-orange hue, developers can leverage blends with natural red and oranges as well as custom MicrofineTM shade solutions.
Guava grew more than 3X as fast in seasonal LTOs than in general food and beverage NPD in 2022.
Pumpkin With a Twist
Pumpkin (with or without spice) is a classic orange flavor for seasonal launches as well, and to achieve the darker shade associated with this autumnal profile compared to a brighter citrus hue, beta carotene or annatto can be used at higher usage rates. For an even browner hue to emphasize a Nutmeg or Maple element, add caramel-free SiennaTM fruit juice or a brown MicrofineTM blend.
Fruit flavors are increasingly popular throughout the year. Red fruits like Strawberry, Red Raspberry or Cherry top of the list for Valentine’s and other limited-edition launches. Achieve bold, natural red hues to replace Red 40 withcarmine, SupraRedTM beet juice, or Red Microfine™.
Bright whites can connect with well-known themes like summery Coconut or Marshmallow, one of Innova’s top ten leading flavors for both Halloween and Easter in 2021. Titanium dioxide, which is still permitted in North America, is the industry standard, but for brands looking to replace this ingredient while maintaining the clean, bright white appearance of an icing or coating,
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Pink Floral Flavors
Enhance spring or Easter launches with trending pink floral flavors like Hibiscus or Rose, both of which are seeing huge seasonal launch growth year-over-year according to 2022 Innova data. Beautiful pink hues can come from beet juice, Berry MicrofineTM, or carmine.
Purple & Blue Hues
For purple and blue hues to connect with flavors like Lavender, butterfly pea flower extract, spirulina, and purple Microfine™ blends offer developers arange from soothing pastels to deep royal shades.
Deep Green Shades
Deep green shades are also possible with blends using cost-effective spirulina and other natural color solutions. Lower usage rates also enable fresh minty hues. These would be perfect for Christmas Evergreen, Shamrock, or even that summer Watermelon!
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If you’re interested in coloring more than just the icing or coating, check out this blog on heat-stable natural colors for pastries, cakes, and cookies. The rainbow is just as wide, but different solutions will offer the best performance when heat processing comes into play!
The Sensient team is excited to collaborate with manufacturers, developers, and brands to identify and capture seasonal launch opportunities with deliciously bold colors.
To get started with a sample from our natural rainbow, submit a request. If you still have questions about a shade or solution, reach out so a technical color expert can help you find an answer quickly!