The flavor forecast for 2017 is shaping up to be all about seeking healthy and clean, oldies but goodies and will also explore a bit of the exotic. Turmeric, the herb and kitchen staple known for both its distinctive flavor that is mildly aromatic with a sense of orange and ginger and health benefits is the top trending flavor for 2017.

Flavorman and their team of flavor experts  predict the top trends we can expect to see more of in 2017.

Turmeric (The “New” Ginger). The age old spice Turmeric, is known for its warm, sharp taste and golden color. Its powerful health benefits range from reducing cholesterol to controlling diabetes. Its loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.  Turmeric is usually found in teas such as cold and flu fighting apple green tea and cleansing smoothies like carrot, beet and turmeric.

Tree of Life. Coconut is known for its distinct tropical flavor. This exquisite flavor has a subtle sweetness with undertones of butterscotch and caramel. It provides a nutrious source of meat, juice,milk and oil. Coconut is known for its healing properties for treating asthma, kidney stones and tumors.

Some Like It Hot. Spicy flavors are turning products up a notch. Hot and spicy flavors have risen in popularity in beverages over recent years due in part to the ongoing interest and exploration of ethnic cuisines across the United States. Major distillers are creating specific line extensions to add spice to their already existing products such as spicy versions of rum, bourbon and whiskey.

Runners Up. Herbal accent flavors. It makes traditional flavors more interesting and unique. Coffee in non-coffee beverages such as cream liquors, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Right now chili and chocolate are popular in coffee, combining two trends on the list.

That’s So Last Year. The top flavors of 2016 were ginger, orange and lime. In fact, they are regulars. Orange is No. 1 or  No. 2 almost every year. In an unusual case this year, Tumeric is part of the ginger family and trading places for the number one spot.

Bar Management, Industry News