Butcher Westy visits butchers The Meat Joint in Essex for a demo full of inspiration about fresh ready-meal concepts and traybakes.
Inspiration for the 2024 summer and barbecue season
Every year Dutch Spices offers its customers two inspiration reports focused on a variety of applications. To ascertain the latest trends our Research & Development department looks at various factors that influence movements in nutritional and taste fashions and inclinations. These can be social trends or megatrends in nutrition, but they can also be themes such as transition and taste directions. The results of the research form the basis for the development of innovative products and concepts. In this article we are highlighting the spice mixes and marinades.
Factors that influence food selection
Flavour, food-safety and health are important for every generation. In recent years the number of ‘limited editions’ has risen and has remained an important way to capture the shorter attention span of the young Generation Z. When it comes to influencing food choices, the term ‘happy moments’ is often used. Eating or snacking as a treat is also called ‘a moment of discovery and excitement’.
Consumers also like sharing their food experiences; both with each other or via social media. Although traditional concepts remain interesting for every age group, the younger target groups are especially interested in combinations with new taste experiences. Inflation and rising prices also have an impact on food choice and result in a growth of private labels and down trading (offering cheaper alternatives within the same category).
Popular flavour trends
The factors mentioned above have led to the emergence of several popular flavour groups and direction for the 2024 summer season. The favourites include fruit flavours, chocolate and exotic flavours. The more specific popular flavours include spicy, garlic, smoked, tomato, barbecue, coconut, paprika, herbs & spices, lemon and ginger.
Herb & spice mixes for hamburgers, pork and beef steaks
Dutch Spices offers three herb & spice mixes that combine very well with minced meat used to make hamburgers or meatballs on skewers. Hamburgers and skewers are traditional concepts that are accessible to every generation due to the favourable price of minced meat and the possibilities for variation:
Dutch Spices Florence style seasoning with onion, garlic and garden herbs such as tarragon, chives and parsley.
Dutch Spices chili roasted garlic style seasoning spicy, garlic, paprika and onion, with a hint of ginger.
Dutch Spices rendang seasoning slightly spicy, with ginger, coconut, lemongrass and onion.
Consumers who want to use a rub can have fun with two or our delicious rubs:
De Dutch Spices cilantro chili rub includes coriander, garlic and paprika, is slightly spicy and tastes wonderful with pork.
De Dutch Spices chocolate style chili rub is a somewhat more luxurious chocolate-flavoured rub that goes well with beef steaks.
The following trio of marinades offers choice in both taste and colour and can be used with various meats including poultry and pork:
Dutch Spices Tennessee style marinade includes garlic with a hint of nutmeg and cloves and is slightly spicy with a smoky taste.
Dutch Spices chipotle marinade, the spiciest marinade of this trio has a clear smoky flavour with a hint of cumin.
Dutch Spices Jamaican coconut style marinade has the desirable coconut flavour plus, as an extra trigger, a taste of paprika with a hint of whisky. This marinade combines very well with (white) fish and prawns.
Surprising spare ribs
It’s a well-known fact that glazing spare ribs improves their taste. And Dutch Spices has seasonings that will add flavour to spare ribs during the summer barbecue season:
De Dutch Spices sweet rhubarb sauce dovetails perfectly with the current trends. Not only due to its exceptional fruity flavour (rhubarb), but also because paprika and garlic are popular tastes.
If you are looking for a more exotic spare rib rub there is the Dutch Spices chocolate style coconut sauce. The combination of exotic and chocolate, combined with coconut, paprika and garlic guarantees an unforgettable, attention-getting burst of flavour.
Are you interested?
We have already presented our inspiration report, sometimes along with a tasting session, to a number of companies. Are you curious about the flavours and seasonings we have developed? If you are please talk to your Dutch Spices contact or request information via our contact page.
More information about the way we work can be found here: Dutch Spices shows innovation and inspiration in trend reports.
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