Vanilla is the number one flavour with respect to its consumption, popularity and wide range of applications. Vanilla can be found in desserts, puddings, yoghurt and ice creams, in candies and bakeries. It is used in whisky and liqueurs, in milk, soy milk, rice milk and cola beverages, in seasonings, spice products and even in tobacco. It combines especially well with chocolate, butter and fruit flavours as a background enhancer. To conceal unpleasant tastes and odours, vanilla is often found in cosmetics such as lipsticks and mouthcare products, as well as in pharmaceuticals. It is even used in perfumery along with heliotropic fragrances and heavy oriental notes. The almost universal application explains the rule of thumb in the flavour and fragrance industries a trace of vanilla can’t hurt.
Vanilla exists in a variety of different forms:
The following discussion refers to vanilla extracts only, with their organoleptic impression of vanillin rounded out by a large number of minor constituents, resulting in the unique, inimitable natural vanilla flavour profile.
Two different product types are simultaneously obtained during the CO2 extraction of vanilla beans.
A mixture of both extracts in the ratio of their yields gives rise to a third product ‘Vanilla 25’, with 25% of vanillin content that represents the complete CO2 extract of vanilla beans.
All three CO2 vanilla products reflect the well balanced natural vanilla flavour. They are concentrated extracts with a very low threshold of flavour recognition. A dosage of 30-120 ppm in the end product, such as ice cream or soy milk, is sufficient to develop the full pleasant smooth and creamy sweet aroma of the cured vanilla beans.
The preferred type of CO2 extract depends on the application. Vanilla 12 is more lipophilic in nature, whereas Vanilla 95 exhibits better solubilities in alcoholic and water based products. Vanilla 25 takes an intermediate position in this regard. The strength of aroma does not directly correlate to the vanillin content.
CO2 vanilla extracts are concentrated products about 200 times more powerful than the standard single-fold US vanilla extract. They give an excellent, long lasting flavour impression in many kinds of application. They are preferred to alcoholic products, especially in baby food, dairy and light food products. On the other hand they also combine well with conventional vanilla extracts by modifying, improving or boosting their organoleptic properties. They are thus new and powerful tools for flavourists and food technologists to create premium food qualities and they are already used by several flavour houses and food companies worldwide.
Below is the range of products that can be offered :