Zero-proof drinks movement spurs botanicals usage, says Kerry

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Kerry, which over the years has sourced over 900 raw botanicals to develop a wide variety of extracts for use in food and beverage products (its current Simply Nature portfolio includes more than 120 botanical extracts available for commercial use), says its Botanicals Collection Zero portfolio (launched in June 2020), […]

Kerry, which over the years has sourced over 900 raw botanicals to develop a wide variety of extracts for use in food and beverage products (its current Simply Nature portfolio includes more than 120 botanical extracts available for commercial use), says its Botanicals Collection Zero portfolio (launched in June 2020), has captured a growing number of consumers seeking to cut down on alcohol consumption, but who were also craving the same taste profile of their favorite libation.

According to Kerry, the global low- to no-alcohol market registered a 41% sales increase over the period 2015-2021, and botanical extracts in alcohol is currently a $500m market, growing at 9% annually. Concurrently, consumers are drinking fewer traditional alcohol alternatives such as juice and soda.

“Consumers are seeking authentic-tasting drink taste options beyond simply soft drinks. This makes low-alcohol spirits or no-alcohol beverages a growth market,”​ Coralie Garcia Perrin, global strategic marketing director, sweet & dairy taste, Kerry Taste & Nutrition, told

One of the leading botanicals in its Collection Zero range has been juniper (commonly used to make gin) extract

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The Collection ZERO range contains more than 45 single distillate profiles and five fusions distillates that can be blended and tailored to specific markets. Its portfolio includes juniper, ginger, rose bud, chamomile, lemon, mint, orange, dandelion, cola nut, rhubarb, burdock, elderflower, black tea, cocoa, cumin, fennel, turmeric, and cinnamon.

Perrin explained that its botanicals range offers multiple advantages including being fully-traceable, clean-label, “and most important, ethanol-free and also free of any alternative solvent.

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