WAUCONDA, ILL. - Synergy Flavors has launched a new educational program – ‘Citrusology’ – aiming to inspire food and beverage manufacturers eager to tap into consumers’ continued interest in citrus. The program includes a series of educational webinars on the nuances of flavor across regions and citrus varieties.  

Webinars on lemon and orange flavors have been recorded and are available to view online and future sessions in 2021 will cover grapefruit and lime. Synergy has created this program by drawing on its decades of experience in developing citrus profiles using a range of extraction methods and different techniques to understand profiles and guide flavor creation.

“We use sensory evaluations by an expert panel to help convey the flavor differences to our customers. Sensory analysis ensures orange profiles discriminate well in the perceived flavor and mirror the data obtained from the analysis,” said Phil Ashman, Synergy UK flavorist principal. “Components regression analysis can be applied to simplify the complexity of the sensory data and retain trends and patterns among the flavor profiles and their flavor characteristics. The sensory data provides customers the opportunity to choose between a variety of citrus flavors with unique flavor profiles and identify the type of orange profile they are looking for. For example, a Floridian orange is more ‘peely’ in comparison to a Brazilian orange, and the Blood orange had balanced ‘fruit’ and ‘juicy’ intensities.”  

For more information about Synergy’s citrus flavors, visit https://uk.synergytaste.com/inspiring-citrus. Catch up on the lemon webinar here, and watch the newly released orange webinar here.