Myths and Facts about Extracts

By Kevin Barasa

Extract is defined as a substance separated or obtained from a mixture by pressure, distillation, treatment with solvents or other liquids. An extract is made by combining oil from the ingredient with a carrier. This creates a stable, longer-lasting flavoring agent.

The demand for natural and organic has extended to extracts. According to findings from our secondary research, consumers search out brands and retailers that support the causes they are looking for, and report ingredient label contents being a factor over 70% of the time in their purchase decision.

As extract becomes more powerful on ingredient labels, so do the challenges in the marketplace where quality can be compromised with inauthentic sources, and synthetic inclusions, that negatively impact product performance and consumer trust.

At Sensient, we have mastered distinctive flavors for a myriad of applications from baked goods to drinks, to culinary-inspired savory dishes. Here we break down the myths and facts surrounding Extracts.

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