Honey, fig flavors join balsamic vinegar line

by Jeff Gelski
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MOUNT PROSPECT, ILL. — Mizkan Americas Food Ingredients Division has added honey balsamic flavor and fig balsamic flavor to its balsamic vinegar offerings. Both of the new vinegars have 0 mg of sodium in a 15-ml serving and may be used in such products as marinades, dressings, sauces, soups, demi-glazes, food bases and prepackaged meals.

“With our new honey balsamic and fig balsamic vinegars, we are staying on trend with the new and full-bodied flavors we see rising from the chef-driven culinary world,” said Dave Sackett, director of sales and marketing for food ingredients. “Italians have always loved balsamic vinegar, but Americans only began their love affair with balsamic vinegar about 15 years ago.”

The honey balsamic vinegar combines a hint of honey sweetness with a tangy balsamic flavor for a complementing balance of sweet and savory.

“The honey and balsamic flavors are a great complement to each other, even if it’s just as a sprinkle on a fresh green salad with a little olive oil,” said Maggie Harvey, a food technologist for Mizkan Americas. “We wanted to provide the food ingredient market with a naturally-flavored, economical product available in bulk.”

The fig balsamic combines the fruity flavor notes of fig with rich and robust balsamic flavors.

“Mizkan is taking a cue from the trends in the culinary world, where figs have gained a foothold on restaurant menus,” Ms. Harvey said. “Our fig vinegar brings an exciting new flavor into our product line and makes it accessible for the food ingredient industry to use it in a wide range of applications.”

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