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BELLTECH: Tecnologías de Bell Flavors & Fragrances que ofrecen soluciones para un presente más saludable

Bell Flavors & Fragrances se enfoca en la innovación para ofrecer soluciones en la industria de Alimentos y Bebidas para  América Latina.

Guadalajara, Jalisco – Mayo, 2024 – Actualmente para los consumidores la transparencia y la autenticidad son cada vez más apreciadas por los consumidores, el impulso hacia el etiquetado limpio, también conocido como “clean label”, ha ganado una relevancia notable. Esta dirección se ha posicionado como una de las tendencias más sobresalientes en el campo de los alimentos en América Latina.

En Bell Flavors & Fragrances trabajamos continuamente por convertir nuestra dedicación pasión por la innovación nos impulsa a ofrecer nuevas soluciones centradas en la industria de Alimentos y Bebidas, con el objetivo de satisfacer la experiencia sensorial del consumidor y apoyar a nuestros clientes para que cumplan con las regulaciones de la industria que buscan mantener informados a los consumidores sobre el contenido de calorías, azúcares, grasas saturadas, grasas trans y sodio en los alimentos, así como concientizar sobre sus impactos en la salud.

Reconocemos la importancia crucial del perfil del sabor y la importancia de satisfacer las necesidades de un consumidor más saludable por lo que áreas estratégicas de Bell Flavors & Fragrances han trabajado en tres tecnologías que benefician a un etiquetado Limpio: BELTECH.

Nuestras Belltech son tecnologías innovadoras desarrolladas para la industria de alimentos y bebidas, diseñadas para ofrecer soluciones avanzadas que permitan la reducción de ingredientes no deseados, como azúcares, grasas y sodio, sin comprometer el sabor ni la calidad del producto final a través de sus diferentes divisiones:

BELLTECH LESS | BELLTECH SAVORY | BELLTECH TASTE

 

 

En Bell Flavors & Fragrances colaboramos estrechamente con nuestros clientes para entender sus requisitos específicos y adaptar nuestras soluciones Belltech de manera que el perfil deseado sea el más adecuado para su producto, aplicándose exitosamente en productos como bebidas alcohólicas, bebidas no alcohólicas, salsas, aderezos ¡y más!

Para llegar a este resultado, nuestro equipo sensorial altamente capacitado es esencial para validar las tecnologías Belltech. Nuestros expertos en evaluación sensorial se aseguran de que estas tecnologías no solo logren la reducción de ingredientes para un etiquetado limpio, sino que también mantengan la experiencia sensorial para los consumidores finales.

El resultado:

PRODUCTOS DELICIOSOS CON INSPIRACIÓN WELLNESS QUE CAUTIVAN LOS SENTIDOS DE TU CONSUMIDOR.

¿Interesado en saber más sobre nuestras soluciones BELLTECH?

¿Quieres conocer el sabor de tus productos con nuestras tecnologías?

¡Contáctanos! Escríbenos a infomexico@bellff.com o también puedes compartirnos tu información para que uno de nuestros ejecutivos te contacte en el siguiente formulario:

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Vivencias: Creando experiencias a través de las Fragancias

En Bell, reconocemos el poder único de los aromas para transportarnos instantáneamente a recuerdos y personas, te invitamos a explorar este viaje de aromas y recuerdos con nosotros.

Guadalajara, Jalisco – Junio, 2024 – Las fragancias tienen el poder de transportarnos a lugares lejanos y recordarnos momentos y personas específicas gracias a la conexión directa entre el olfato y el cerebro. Esta íntima relación entre aroma y emoción nos permite experimentar sensaciones profundas y personales que conectan frecuentemente a los productos con los consumidores.  

En Bell Flavors & Fragrances de México, exploramos este vínculo emocionante entre las fragancias y los sentimientos. A través de un estudio con consumidores mexicanos identificamos las notas olfativas que despiertan emociones positivas y evocan recuerdos memorables.  

Con base en estos hallazgos, nuestro equipo de Investigación y Desarrollo de Fragancias ha creado cinco fragancias inspiradas en cinco experiencias de vida.

Estas fragancias fueron validadas con nuestro panel de evaluación sensorial para garantizar la calidad y el impacto emocional de cada aroma, en este artículo hablaremos más de cada una de ellas. 

LOVE

¿Alguna vez haz quedado flechado por el perfume de una persona mientras ibas caminando por la calle? 

Ese instante mágico puede desatar un encuentro de miradas y una conexión profunda que podría ser sólo el principio de una historia que nos puede dejar completamente fascinados. Para el primer encuentro, planeamos todo para que sea perfecto: Nuestro outfit, el peinado, la comida… decides si quieres disfrutar de esta etapa de conquista en un restaurante un café o, tal vez, paseando mientras disfrutan de la vista y conocen nuevos lugares.  

El perfume que decidas usar en esa ocasión tan especial será el sello para que esa persona especial te recuerde. Las principales notas olfativas relacionadas con estas vivencias y con el romanticismo son: rosas, frutos rojos, miel, fruta en almíbar y vainilla, y las sensaciones relacionadas con estos momentos son las texturas suaves y cremosas. 

Inspirados en estas vivencias, nuestro perfumista ha creado una fragancia inspirada en este momento de conexión romántica:  

 Love Story es una esencia que hace recordar las notas de frutos rojos, creando una percepción suave y dulce como la de un cheesecake que evoca al romanticismo de esos mágicos momentos.  

 

 

ADVENTURE 

La aventura es una forma de vivir que nos permite disfrutar de nuevos paisajes, sabores, olores, personas ¡Y llegar más lejos!  Una persona que persigue la felicidad mediante la exploración de nuevas vivencias se sumerge en cada experiencia y no aguarda a que se la relaten. Es apasionado de vivir cada momento de una manera diferente. 

El cambio de entorno a través de viajes o actividades recreativas es una característica de este estilo de vida que alimenta a ese espíritu aventurero con momentos de paz. Es por eso que cuando una persona aventurera conquista su meta, alcanza una relajación psicológica y física que además le permite conectar con sus emociones y su autenticidad. 

Las fragancias relacionadas con este tipo de experiencias son: menta, hierbabuena, herbal, eucalipto, frutos azules, pepino, y las sensaciones con las que se asocia son el frescor, el frío, las texturas espumosas, y la suavidad.

En Bell creamos Unexpected, un delicioso aroma que transmite una sensación de frescura y libertad. Sus notas de pepino y menta aportan frescura para vivir sin límites.

 

ENERGY VIBES

Sentir la adrenalina en nuestro cuerpo nos hace vibrar para llevar a cabo nuestras actividades durante el día.  

La sensación única al estar en movimiento permite despertar los sentidos. Actividades como el baile, divertirte con tus amigos, jugar y pasear a tu mascota pueden dar esa explosión de energía que ayudan a mejorar tu salud física y emocional viviendo siempre al ciento por ciento. 

Las fragancias que nos brindan una sensación de movimiento los podemos encontrar en los acordes con notas cítricas, como las notas de limón, bergamota y mandarina, hasta en las notas del café y la guaraná, y en las riquezas olfativas del jengibre.

Las sensaciones que se asocian a este mood de energía son las sensaciones frías y refrescantes, con texturas de gel o acuosas. Para encender la sensación de energía, nuestro perfumista creó Citric Explosion.

Esta deliciosa fragancia combina el frescor de la mandarina con las propiedades del aloe vera crea sinergia con otras notas cítricas para dar un shot energizante a quien se deleite con este aroma. 

 

PARTY

La vida es una fiesta, y se puede celebrar a través de los cinco sentidos:  a través del oído disfrutando de la música que te hace querer bailar, a través del gusto saboreando bebidas con tus sabores favoritos, a través de la vista con luces y colores vibrantes, con el tacto al sentir la energía en lo que te rodea, y con el olfato, a través de aromas que despierten tu diversión.  La vida se puede celebrar todos los días, y sobre todo en fechas especiales como cumpleaños, logros o hitos de vida. 

Evocar momentos que nos hacen estallar de alegría, confianza y vivir la algarabía del momento hasta tener la piel erizada no permiten experimentar al máximo con fragancias con notas divertidas, frutales, y con notas explosivas cítricas, frescas e incluso inspiradas en notas de alcohol.  

Nuestra fragancia Habana Club materializa este concepto en una fragancia inspirada en un mojito, perfecta para evocar la sensación de disfrutar una refrescante bebida en una animada fiesta.

 

Authenticity 

Cada persona posee una autenticidad única, que se derrocha cuando se valora ser quien uno es, y luchar por vivir con la vitalidad y energía que refleja el carácter de ser uno mismo logrando convertir cualquier meta en realidad. En este viaje, el héroe se convierte en el arquitecto de su propia realidad que desafía cualquier expectativa. 

Cada momento se convierte en una oportunidad para explorar, para descubrir la belleza oculta en lo ordinario y para conectar con la esencia de sí mismo.  

Renegade ejemplifica esta forma de vivir tan masculina, única, fuerte y auténtica inspirada en el hombre que vive fiel a sí mismo y rebelde hacia las expectativas de los demás. 

Esta fragancia maderosa, con notas de cuero, herbales, cítricas y almizcladas transmite una sensación de conexión con la fuerza interior y una afirmación de la masculinidad, evocando la pasión y tenacidad del hombre que decide usarla. 

 

 

Despertando Emociones: La Importancia de las Fragancias en la Creación de Productos Memorables 

Es fascinante cómo una fragancia puede dotar de personalidad y carácter a un producto. En Bell, comprendemos el poder de las fragancias para elevar la experiencia del consumidor y diferenciar un producto en el mercado. Es por lo que ofrecemos una amplia selección de fragancias, cada una cuidadosamente diseñada para despertar emociones, evocar recuerdos y crear una conexión única con el usuario. 

Nuestra extensa librería de fragancias abarca una variedad de perfiles olfativos, desde los cálidos y envolventes aromas maderosos hasta las refrescantes y revitalizantes notas herbales. Cada fragancia es una obra maestra en sí misma, elaborada con ingredientes de la más alta calidad y meticulosamente equilibrada para garantizar una experiencia sensorial inigualable.

En Bell, nos enorgullecemos de nuestra capacidad para colaborar estrechamente con nuestros clientes, comprendiendo sus necesidades y objetivos para crear fragancias que se alineen perfectamente con la identidad de su marca y el perfil de su producto.

 

Nuestro equipo de expertos en fragancias está dedicado a superar las expectativas y ofrecer soluciones innovadoras que agreguen valor a cada producto que tocan.

¿Estas buscando nuevas fragancias o inspiración para el desarrollo de tus productos? ¡Contáctanos! Escríbenos a infomexico@bellff.com o también puedes compartirnos tu información para que uno de nuestros ejecutivos te contacte en el siguiente formulario: 

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Bell Invests in Talent: New Hires to Propel Growth and Strategic Partnerships for Regulatory Affairs and Flavor Sales Divisions

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Invests in Talent: New Hires to Propel Growth and Strategic Partnerships for Regulatory Affairs and Flavor Sales Divisions

 

Global Flavor & Fragrance Company Gains Competitive Edge with Seasoned New Hires

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – June 4, 2024 – Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) welcomes new additions to the company’s U.S. Regulatory Affairs and Flavor Sales teams at its global headquarter in Northbrook, IL, marking a key moment in the company’s journey towards innovation and growth.

“Welcome aboard to all new company employees. I look forward to the value our new hires will add to our Bell family, our customers, and consumers while they grow their careers and their family’s future with Bell,” exclaims Ron Stark, President & CEO.

Lynette Owino joins Bell Flavors & Fragrances as the Director of Regulatory Affairs – Flavors at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

In her new role, Lynette will manage the U.S. Flavor Regulatory Team, focusing on a variety of flavor programs and certifications to ensure that Bell’s flavors meet an array of regulatory needs and standards, such as Kosher, Halal, and Non-GMO Project Verified.

Lynette earned her Bachelor of Science degree in food science and technology and a Master of Jurisprudence degree with a focus on global food laws from Egerton University – Kenya and Michigan State University. Lynette is active in the Flavor Extract Manufacturer Association’s task forces and committees, including the Alcohol Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau.

Javin Ramos joins Bell Flavors & Fragrances as the West Coast National Account Manager based in California.

In his new role, Javin is responsible for managing Bell’s existing California-based customer accounts while expanding partnerships along the West Coast.

Javin brings extensive experience in cultivating and fostering strong client relationships, drawing on nearly 15 years of experience in the flavor industry.

Javin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science & Technology from Cal Poly and has a master’s in business administration, global business from Pepperdine University.

Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in celebrating its continued commitment to delivering unparalleled excellence through innovative flavor and fragrance solutions. With a strengthened team of industry experts, Bell is poised to drive the company’s vision forward and continue to elevate multisensorial experiences through the power of taste and scent.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 110 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Among Top 15% of Companies Awarded Silver Medal Certification by EcoVadis for Global Sustainability Achievements

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Among Top 15% of Companies Awarded Silver Medal Certification by EcoVadis for Global Sustainability Achievements

 

Global Flavors and Fragrance Company Earns Exceptional Sustainability Rating from International Assessment Platform for Fourth Consecutive Year

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – May 29, 2024 – For the fourth consecutive year, Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (“Bell”) was awarded a silver medal by EcoVadis in recognition of global sustainability achievements. This year, Bell earned its rank among the top 15% of companies securing a silver medal, marking a significant first in the company’s history.

Mike Smith, Bell’s new Vice President of Flavors and Fragrances, Quality Compliance, Operational Excellence and Environmental Health & Safety, drives the company’s global sustainability program, ensuring compliance with relevant sustainability and quality management certifications.

“Bell is a family company rooted in tradition, hard work, and resiliency for over 100 years. We take great pride in everything we do at Bell. Embracing sustainability at all levels is a core value which builds upon our environmental awareness and conservation base,” said Smith.

 


A Trusted Provider of Global Business Sustainability Ratings

 

EcoVadis provides holistic sustainability ratings that cover a range of systems including environmental, labor, human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. To date, EcoVadis has rated over 75,000 partners worldwide including some of the world’s largest organizations while positively impacting the environment and fostering transparency.

Bell’s partnership with EcoVadis challenges the company to track and communicate progress against its sustainability initiatives in a clear, transparent and standardized manner while providing full visibility to clients and the industry.


Bell’s Commitment to Transparent Supply Chains

 

Bell is proud to partner with strategic suppliers that focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing to provide solutions for customers and consumers that demand transparency and alignment with their social and environmental values.

As a signatory member of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) – International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI) Sustainability Charter, Bell’s corporate sustainability program is built around five pillars that align with IFRA-IOFI’s focus areas and commitments: 1) Responsible Sourcing, 2) Environmental Footprint, 3) Employee Well-Being, 4) Product Safety, and 5) Transparency.

Bell is committed to making a difference for the planet and its customers, and its passion for the environment drives the company to protect ecosystem use as well as supply chain health and safety.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 110 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – The Key Ingredient of Your Brand.™

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Bell Hosts Gala Event in Chicago Showcasing Food Industry Trends and Live Cooking Competition

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Hosts Gala Event in Chicago Showcasing Food Industry Trends and Live Cooking Competition

 

Annual Spark Ignites Event Debuts 2024 Edition of Bell’s Spark Trends Platform and Chef Fusion Challenge to 200+ VIP Guests During Inspired Food Industry Event at The Hatchery

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – May 23, 2024 – The most talked about food industry event of the year is a wrap! Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) thanks more than 200+ invited guests from the food and beverage business for attending the 2024 edition of their Spark Ignites event on Friday, May 17, at The Hatchery in Chicago.

This year, the annual invite-only event not only showcased the latest consumer trends and flavor predictions from Bell’s Spark Trends platform, but also reinvigorated the company’s live, “Chopped-style” cooking competition, Chef Fusion Challenge, featuring four chef teams hailing from leading food industry brands.

“All the stars aligned for Spark Ignites 2024 with the Hatchery as the perfect location. We loved the opportunity to serve guests our unique flavor creations based on this year’s Spark Trends. And bringing back the Chef Fusion competition for the first time since 2019 in front of a live audience was the icing on the cake,” said Vice President of Marketing & Industry Affairs, Kelli Heinz.


Bringing Bell’s 2024 Spark Flavor Trends
to Life at The Hatchery

 

Known as the top incubator for startups in the Chicagoland food industry, The Hatchery provided the perfect backdrop for bringing trend predictions from Bell’s 2024 Spark Trends Program to life. The gala event greeted guests with a Spark showcase room, replete with opportunities to learn more about the current global Macro Trends identified by the trend platform as well as opportunities to experience (meaning taste) the company’s impactful flavor predictions.

“Every year, our Spark Trends Platforms identifies the food industry trends that are inspiring consumers across the globe. In the process, our Culinary Applications teams also explore regions and cuisines that will be having a strong impact on what’s coming to the table for years to come. With that said, it was a powerful experience to see these flavor explorations showcased as food and beverage demos right here at Spark Ignites 2024. At the end of the day, the proof is in the flavors, and our teams went above and beyond in giving our guests a taste to remember.” – David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing

For more information on Spark Ignites 2024, download the brochure here.

Attendees of Spark Ignites 2024 were given the opportunity to engage in tastings at five tables, each inspired by one of Bell’s five global consumer Macro Trends as part of their Spark–Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® Platform. Bell’s Culinary Applications teams across Savory, Sweet, and Beverage categories translated the company’s culinary trend predictions into inspired taste experiences, with highlights including:


Four Teams, One Winner –
The Chef Fusion Challenge Returns

 

Working in the Hatchery’s industry-size kitchen, in full view of Spark Ignites guests, the four chef teams were given one hour to whip up culinary creations based on Bell’s Spark Trends platform and using flavors as well as technologies from Bell’s Spark collection. Each team was tasked with creating three items; one beverage, one savory dish, and one sweet item while matching a common theme to win the grand prize.

“For the first time since 2019, Spark Ignites 2024 marked the return of Bell’s live cooking competition, the Chef Fusion Challenge. This year, the live event featured four chef teams representing the following top food industry brands: Blount Fine Foods, Reed Food Technology, Fuchs North America, and Griffith Foods. Attendees not only loved watching these culinary powerhouses heat up the kitchen, but also the opportunity to taste creative creations that brought our Spark Trends to life alongside those developed by our rockstar Bell team,” states Casey Schallert, Senior Corporate Chef.

Each of the four teams cooked up plenty of samples for all invited guests to taste and choose their favorites. An important step, because winners were chosen at the end of the cooking competition by all guests in live attendance via an online voting app. Aiding in the decision, a panel of seven hand-picked expert chefs – all certified members of The James Beard House and Research Chefs Association – provided color commentary and personal opinions as teams showcased their creations.

When the smoke cleared, the winner of the evening was Reed Food Technology. In a showcase that truly wowed all guests (and judges), the team brought to life a unique menu focused on Southern comforts with an unexpected twist. Dishes such as Donut Bread Pudding and Sweet Tea Brined Pulled Pork Wonton paired with Kool-Aid Pickle Margarita helped the team clinch first place. As a reward, each team member took home a premium KITCHENAID Pro 600 Stand Mixer.

In second place, the chef team from Fuchs North America cooked up three inspired menu items. Dishes such as The Deviled Egg and Matzo Ball Soup, paired with a Toasted Tea Spritzer helped the team clinch second place. As their prize, the chefs received an OONI Karu 12 Pizza Oven to ‘spark’ up their backyard cooking sessions.

Taking third place, the chef team from Griffith Foods brought their inspiration to the table via two versions of Windy City Ice Cream and Chi-takoyaki paired with “Not Malort.” This inspired showcase earned the team MARCATO Atlas 150 Pasta Machines for their Italian flavor explorations at home.

And last but not least, the team from Blount Fine Foods raised the bar by serving up Sweet Strawberry Entremet and Japanese Inspired Scallop Crudo, paired with a Sherbet Sunrise beverage. As a reward, each member took home a THERMOWORKS ONE Thermapen to keep their food temperature on point in the most heated kitchen moments.

Speaking of kitchen moments, Spark Ignites 2024 provided an unforgettable time for Bell’s guests to mingle and network with fellow food industry professionals.  The Bell team is taking home lots of inspiration from the night at The Hatchery and looks forward to serving its customers the flavors and technologies they need to delight consumers this year – and for years to come.

“This year’s event once again brought our Bell’s Spark Trends to life in a festive and inspiring atmosphere. Our Culinary Applications teams did a fantastic job in translating our Spark Macro Trends and Flavor Explorations into delicious dishes and beverages that really resonated with our guests. Plus, having the Chef Fusion Challenge back as a live event took this special evening over the top. A sincere thank you goes out to everyone who attended and made this event possible!” – Kelli Heinz, Vice President of Marketing & Industry Affairs

To learn more about our 2024 Spark Trends and connect with us to schedule a presentation that brings these trends to life, connect by sending an email to spark@bellff.com

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 110 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Unveils New Executive Leadership Appointments at Global Headquarter in Northbrook, IL

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Unveils New Executive Leadership Appointments at Global Headquarter in Northbrook, IL

 

Bell U.S. Strengthens Strategic Vision for the Future of Flavor Possibilities

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – May 21, 2024 – Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is proud to announce strategic executive leadership changes within the company’s U.S. Flavor and Quality Compliance, Operational Excellence and Environmental Health & Safety divisions at its global headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

“Congratulations on all well-deserved promotions at Bell Flavors & Fragrances.  I thank these experts for their leadership and look forward to their continued success as they inspire Bell employees to uphold total customer satisfaction,” exclaims Ron Stark, President & CEO.

Cody Heinz has been promoted to Vice President of U.S. Flavor Sales at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL.  Since joining Bell in September 2012, Cody has held positions with increased responsibility, most recently serving as the Director of U.S. Flavor Sales.

In his new leadership role, Cody will drive the strategic direction of and oversee Bell’s Flavor Sales division, with a continued focus on growth and performance through all stages of the customer experience.

Cody earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University and Master of Business Administration degree from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is actively involved in the flavors and fragrances industry and holds a variety of professional appointments, such as being part of the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) 2024 Class of Future Leaders, 2025 Western Candy Conference Chairman and serving as a committee member for the Flavor Extract Manufacturers Association, NCA and more.


Justin Kozlowski has been promoted to Vice President and Commercial General Manager of Flavors at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. He joined Bell in June 2023, previously serving as the Vice President of Beverage, Flavor Creation & Application.

In this new role, Justin will manage Bell’s Flavor Sales, Creation, Application and Administration teams. He will ensure that Bell’s go-to-market strategy is executed with excellence, bringing targeted consumers closer to our customers’ brands through superior flavor experiences.

Justin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from DePaul University, a Master of Science degree in Food Science from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As a Certified Flavorist, he has been in the flavor industry for 20 years and is currently active as a Society of Flavor Chemists board member.


Mike Smith has been promoted to Vice President of Flavors and Fragrances, Quality Compliance, Operational Excellence and Environmental Health & Safety. Mike has been with Bell since July 2020, previously serving as the Senior Director of Manufacturing at Bell’s Middletown, NY facility. He will now be based in Northbrook, IL.

In his new role, Mike assumes executive leadership and is responsible for overseeing and developing strategies, policies and procedures for Bell’s Quality Compliance, Operational Excellence and Environmental Health and Safety teams.

Additionally, Mike will be responsible for maintaining relevant sustainability and quality management certifications and ensure ongoing compliance with local and federal food, chemical and occupational safety regulations.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and History from the University of Notre Dame and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He is both HACCP and PCQI-certified.


Kenneth Beecher has been promoted to Director of Manufacturing at Bell’s Middletown, NY site. Kenneth has been with Bell since 2018, previously serving as the Associate Director of Manufacturing since 2022.

In his new role, Kenneth will manage all safety, quality and service goals in accordance with Bell policies, SQF standards and government regulations.

He’ll also lead the Middletown team as an active member of Bell’s Food Defense, HAACP, GMP, Food Safety and Quality Development and Recall teams while ensuring that departments ranging from Inventory Control to Quality Systems operate at peak performance.

Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in celebrating these noteworthy career achievements, as they deepen the company’s strategic mindset and expertise, and further propel Bell’s commitment to efficiency, quality and excellence for the company’s global customers.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 110 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell to Showcase On-Trend, Globally Inspired Flavors at the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo

Bell Flavors & Fragrances to Showcase On-Trend, Globally Inspired Flavors at the 2024 Sweets & Snacks Expo

 

Annual Consumer Trends Program & Global Flavor Explorations Featured in Brand’s Presence on the Show Floor and the Trends & Innovation Stage

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – April 25, 2024 – The 2024 Sweet & Snacks Expo, hosted by the National Confectioners Association, returns with a theme that’s more ‘Big & Bold’ than ever before. The tradeshow will take place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN from May 14-16, 2024, bringing together thousands of manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers in the confectionery and snack industry for unique insights, cutting-edge product innovations, and powerful connections.

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) will join nearly 200 exhibitors at the Supplier Showcase from May 13-14 and hit the Trends & Innovation stage alongside presenters during eight must-see education sessions.

 

Trends & Innovation Stage:
Explore ‘Hot’ Flavor Trends in Sweet Treats

 

Join Vice President of Marketing & Industry Affairs, Kelli Heinz and Senior Director of Marketing, David Banks, as they hit the Trends & Innovation Stage on May 15 at 1 pm ET and May 16 at 11 am ET to reveal Flavor Trends in Confections. This discussion will explore novel and soon-to-be-big trends in confectionery, with a focus on global and regional consumer behaviors influencing these trends and how different generations respond to new flavors in the marketplace.

“Trends we are seeing this year encompass products that play off popular culture fads and a return to the classics. These provide consumers a small indulgence or sense of security that comes from enjoying the regional and nostalgic treats from their youth. At the heart of confectionery trends lie two core elements – renovation and innovation. Whether it’s renovation of the classics to make products better for you with cleaner label ingredients, colors, and added benefits or innovation by adding a modern twist or brand partnership, the industry has the key ingredients to drive consumer engagement.”
– David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing

For more information on this must-see session, click here.


Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in five tastings, each spotlighting one of Bell’s five global consumer Macro Trends as part of their Spark–Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® Platform:

 

“It’s always a treat to present Bell’s Spark Trends to the attendees of the Sweets & Snacks Expo. Our Spark Trends platform not only identifies what’s up and coming for flavor trends, but identifies what’s at the root of Macro and Micro trends impacting the confectionery industry as a collective whole. Each Macro trend presented will be supported by a unique tasting, so be sure to catch one of the presentations!”
– Kelli Heinz, Vice President of Marketing & Industry Affairs


Supplier Showcase (Booth #3405):
Embark on a Flavor Adventure with Bell

 

Bell joins nearly 200 exhibitors at the Supplier Showcase on May 13 from 1-5 pm ET and May 14 from 9 am – 1 pm ET. Attendees can visit Bell Flavors & Fragrances at booth #3405 to explore innovative flavor trends and discover taste technology solutions (e.g., sugar reduction, flavor masking) that elevate confectionery, bakery, ice cream and savory snack portfolios. Bell’s cross-functional experts, including Sales, Sweet Applications and Marketing, will be onsite to discuss a tailored approach to pushing product development boundaries with taste.

To schedule an in-person appointment with our experts in advance of the show, reach out to info@bellff.com.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 110 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – Get in touch with taste.®

About the National Confectioners Association:

“The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is the trade organization that promotes the unique role of chocolate, candy, gum and mints in a happy, balanced lifestyle and the companies that make these special treats. Through advocacy and regulatory guidance, communications, industry insights, and retail and supply chain engagement, NCA helps create an environment that enables candy makers to thrive.”  www.candyusa.com

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Explorando las Preferencias de Sabores en Diferentes Regiones del Mundo: Oportunidades para la Industria Alimentaria

Bell te invita a explorar las preferencias de Sabores en diferentes regiones del mundo: Oportunidades para la Industria Alimentaria

 

México– Marzo, 2024 

En este artículo, te compartiremos información sobre las preferencias en el gusto del consumidor a nivel global. La diversidad de sabores a nivel mundial puede inspirarte a crear un sinfín de combinaciones y desarrollar productos que despierten el interés y enriquezcan la experiencia de tus consumidores mediante sabores excepcionales. 

La combinación de sabores de distintas culturas puede brindar experiencias culinarias gratificantes al integrar mezclas únicas o poco convencionales motivando al consumidor a explorar un extenso abanico de sensaciones en su paladar. La fusión de ingredientes únicos y poco convencionales de diversas tradiciones culinarias enriquece los paladares y despierta la curiosidad de los consumidores ávidos de nuevas vivencias sensoriales. 

 

Sabores para los paladares más aventureros 

La autenticidad y la adaptabilidad son atributos esenciales que cautivan a los consumidores, despertando su interés por nuevas experiencias. En este entorno altamente competitivo, la capacidad de las marcas para destacar depende en gran medida de su habilidad para ofrecer experiencias únicas y emocionantes que conecten con los consumidores modernos. 

En Estados Unidos, los consumidores de alimentos preparados muestran interés en una diversidad de sabores inspirados en otros países que incluyen la comida mexicana, italiana, china y japonesa.

 

50% de los consumidores estadounidenses expresan su deseo de que los establecimientos ofrezcan alimentos y bebidas con sabores representativos de diversas partes del mundo.

 

 

 

 

Por otra parte, la tendencia de la inclusión de sabores inspirados en flores y hierbas está captando la atención de los consumidores y desafiando la creatividad de los desarrolladores de producto. Estos sabores botánicos ofrecen una oportunidad única para innovar y diferenciarse en un mercado saturado.

 

El valor de lo exclusivo 

Los consumidores muestran disposición a pagar un precio más elevado por bebidas alcohólicas que se presentan en ediciones limitadas. 

 

63% de los consumidores en China es tan interesados en pagar más por las bebidas alcohólicas premium de edición limitada.

 

Aunque tienen sus preferencias establecidas en diversas categorías de bebidas, como la cerveza, los hard seltzer´s, las bebidas carbonatadas, y los Coolers, etc… gran parte del atractivo de estas se encuentra en la exploración de combinaciones de sabores nuevas y distintivas.

 

Lanzamiento de productos en Bebidas
Sabores:Lichi, Gengibre, Yuzu

43.5% | Kombucha  13.7% | RTD´s 6.5% | Bebidas Carbonatadas 5.6% | Néctars 4.8%

 Fuente: Mintel GNPD | 2023- LATAM

 

El recorrido de un Like al Sabor: El Papel de las Redes Sociales en la exploración de nuevos sabores para tu consumidor 

 

La innovación no se limita a la creación de nuevos productos.

 

Fuente: PixabayLas redes sociales han revolucionado la forma en que las marcas interactúan con los consumidores y crean conexiones emocionales.

A través de plataformas como Instagram y TikTok, las marcas pueden compartir historias cautivadoras, ofrecer muestras de productos y organizar eventos de degustación que generen entusiasmo y compromiso entre sus seguidores. En la industria de alimentos y bebidas, la competencia en sabores, texturas e innovación se está convirtiendo en un factor clave para llegar a conectar con las generaciones más jóvenes.  

El entusiasmo de los consumidores por mezclas de sabores audaces y poco convencionales sigue siendo notable. Esta preferencia se destaca especialmente al considerar a la Generación Z, que muestra un marcado interés en la estimulación sensorial y busca variedad en términos de sabores, ingredientes, texturas y experiencias ofrecidas por marcas de alimentos y bebidas. 

Productos como frituras sabor pizza y cheddar, snacks como palomitas con cobertura de chocolate, y bebidas con mezclas poco convencionales como mocha de chocolate y aguacate, así como café con leche con sabor a lavanda y mora, son parte de la exploración culinaria que esta generación se atreve a conocer al sumergirse en el mundo de las redes sociales. 

35% de los brasileños de 18 a 24 años de Gen-Z interesados en IA, reconocen que esta herramienta digital facilita la compra de productos en línea.

¡Te invitamos a conocer productos con sabores y fragancias de México! Da clic aquí.

De la Investigación a la exquisitez: El Proceso de Desarrollo de Sabores en la Industria Alimentaria en Bell Flavors & Fragrances 

La importancia de ofrecer sabores exquisitos radica en la capacidad de las marcas para diferenciarse y destacar entre los consumidores que buscan experiencias sensoriales únicas y emocionantes que estimulen sus sentidos y los transporten a nuevos lugares.  

La capacidad de ofrecer sabores auténticos y emocionantes e inspirados en otros lugares del mundo te llevará a mejorar el posicionamiento que tienes con tu consumidor incrementando la lealtad hacia tu marca. 

¡Únete a la revolución de la industria y descubre un mundo de sabores que te dejará sin aliento! En Bell Flavors & Fragrances, estamos comprometidos con la excelencia en la creación de experiencias gastronómicas únicas.

¡Con nuestros productos lleva tus creaciones culinarias al siguiente nivel hoy mismo! Contacto México: infomexico@bellff.com

Fuentes: Mintel 2021-2023 | Mintel GNPD 2021-2024 

 

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Bell Invites Attendees to Experience Nature’s Garden at Natural Products Expo West 2024

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Invites Attendees to Experience Nature’s Garden at Natural Products Expo West 2024

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company to Showcase Citrus and Botanical Mashups at Upcoming Tradeshow in Anaheim, CA from March 12-16 at Booth #1095

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – March 6, 2024 – Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) will be heading to Natural Products Expo West (Expo West) from March 12-16, 2024 in Anaheim, CA.

Hosted and produced by New Hope Network, Expo West, the industry’s largest trade show, will spotlight the latest product innovations, including natural and organic food and beverages, ingredients and supplements, and clean beauty and home products. Expo West brings together CPG companies, retailers and emerging brands for five action-packed days of networking events and the exploration of new products and technologies revolutionizing the natural and organics world.

Bell’s flavor and fragrance teams have crafted a collaborative taste and scent experience showcasing their global Spark – Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® program tracking five key consumer Macro Trends impacting consumers today and in the future. Their booth theme, Experience Nature’s Garden, will lean into “A Better Me,“ a Macro Trend showcasing consumers’ desire to embrace healthy lifestyles and optimize longevity in a quest to achieve the best version of ‘you.’

“At Bell’s booth, you can experience the fusion of botanicals, flavors and fragrances by indulging your senses in the enchantment of nature’s garden. It’s not just an Expo, it’s an indulgence for our senses,” states Joan Harvey and Deborah French Wright, Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers of Bell’s Flavor & Fragrance Divisions.

Today, individuals now look beyond the basics of nutrition, hydration, and hygiene, seeking added benefits from functional ingredients, such as botanicals and essential oils, that support a holistic approach to their health and well-being. In fact, 76% of U.S. adults agree that natural ingredients offer more functional benefits than artificial ingredients (Mintel, 2023).

With consumer purchase behaviors top of mind, Bell will showcase the synergy of flavors and fragrances, debuting concepts that celebrate the harmonious blend of floral, spice citrus, and botanical pairings straight from nature’s garden.

Journey Through Nature’s Garden Via Innovative Concepts

At booth #1095, Bell’s samples will infuse fresh and natural flavors and scents:

Calm & Restore Fragrance

Top Note: Lavender, Bergamot, Ylang

Mid Note: Earl Grey Tea, Heliotrope, Muguet

Base Note: Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood

 

 

 

 

Lavender and Earl Grey Tea Chocolate Bark with Blue Cornflowers

 Featuring Bell’s Earl Grey Tea Type and Lavender Flavors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limequat and Fennel Pollen Snack Mix

Featuring Bell’s Limequat Type and Fennel Flavors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Basil Non-Alcoholic Gin

Featuring Bell’s Strawberry, Basil (Thai Type) and Gin Type Flavors and Heat Sensate

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with the Bell Flavors & Fragrances Team at Booth #1095 

Bell offers 110+ year history in offering cutting-edge, natural and organic solutions for products that let flavors and fragrances shine. Visit Bell’s booth to connect with the company’s Sales, Marketing, Flavor R&D and Fragrance Creative teams and discuss flavor and fragrance solutions tailored to your brand.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 110 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Promotes Top Talent to Fuel Strategic Growth at Global Headquarter

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Promotes Top Talent to Fuel Strategic Growth at Global Headquarter

 

Global Flavors and Fragrance Company Unveils New Leadership Appointments in Northbrook, IL

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – February 13, 2024 – Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) proudly announces strategic promotions within the company’s Flavor and Fragrance divisions as well as Consumer & Sensory Science and Customer Service departments at its global headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

“Bell Flavors & Fragrances continues to grow thanks to the strategic leadership of these individuals and the impact their teams are having on employee engagement and the customer experience,” notes Ron Stark, President & CEO.

FLAVOR DIVISION

Benjamin Stanley, CRC has been promoted to Director of Sweet Applications at Bell’s global headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In his new role, Ben will continue to grow Bell’s Sweet Dairy business and serve as lead technical support. He will also co-lead a cross-functional team leveraging Bell’s more than 110-year-long intellectual property legacy by curating internal technology capabilities and expanding them to new applications.

Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from Kendall College and a master’s degree in Innovation through Northeastern University’s D’Amore McKim School of Business. He is certified as a Research Chef by the Research Chef’s Association.

Vuk Levakov has been promoted to Senior Director of Beverage Applications at Bell’s global headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

In his new role, Vuk will continue to manage Bell’s Beverage Applications team and collaborate with cross-functional partners to develop and execute strategic plans. His additional responsibilities involve creating efficient processes and procedures for the team and improving the customer experience for Bell’s beverage clients.

Vuk holds a Master of Science degree in food science and human nutrition from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Andrew Petrou has been promoted to Flavorist, Savory Lab Manager at Bell’s global headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

In his new role, Andrew will lead day-to-day operations of Bell’s Savory Lab and spearhead the development of savory innovations and commercial projects to deliver best-in-class results to Bell’s customers. He will also continue training and educating a new generation of future flavorists.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and in 2023 became certified member of the American Society of Flavor Chemists.

FRAGRANCE DIVISION

Melissa Scharoff has been promoted to Junior Perfumer and Fragrance Evaluation Manager at Bell’s global headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

In her new role, Melissa will begin working as a Junior Perfumer, creating fragrances under the guidance of the Perfumery Team while continuing to work as a Fragrance Evaluator within the Fragrance Development Team.

Melissa holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester and was recently accepted as a member of the American Society of Perfumers.

CONSUMER & SENSORY SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Karen Graves has been promoted to Vice President of Shared Technical Services at Bell’s global headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

In her new role, Karen will lead the development and execution of the strategic vision and best-in-class service levels for Bell’s Technical teams. Karen will also co-lead a cross-functional team leveraging Bell’s over 110-year-long intellectual property legacy by curating internal technology capabilities and expanding them to new applications.

 Karen earned her bachelor’s degree in food industry and business and master’s degree in food science, specializing in sensory science, from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (U of I). She also holds a certificate in business administration from U of I.

CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT

Susan Payton has been promoted to Vice President of Customer Service at Bell’s global headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

Susan will be at the forefront of elevating customer satisfaction in her new role, overseeing and guiding Bell’s customer service operations. Her responsibilities include devising and executing strategies to enrich the customer experience, efficiently addressing challenges and fostering ongoing enhancements in Bell’s customer service processes.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in celebrating these milestone career moments as they continue to strengthen Bell’s collective expertise and deliver on the company’s commitment to efficiency, quality and excellence for customers.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 110 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Releases 2024 Trend Predictions Via Spark – Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® Platform

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Releases 2024 Trend Predictions Via Spark – Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® Platform

 

Bell’s Annual Trends Program Spotlights Consumer Behaviors & Trends Seen Across the Globe

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – January 17, 2024 – Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) debuts its 2024 global trend inspirations via the Spark–Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® platform. Since its inception in 2015, Bell’s Spark Trends platform is the essence of creativity and the future of influential trends in the flavor and fragrance industries, providing a unique, one-stop guide to what’s next in today’s ever-evolving consumer landscape.

Kelli Heinz, Vice President of Marketing & Industry Affairs, states, “This year, Bell’s Macro Trends continue to shine, reflecting deep-seated behaviors and trends impacting consumers, customers and the broader industry today and in the future. Collectively identified by Bell’s Global Marketing teams, they represent core behavioral and emotional values shared by all humans, which are applied to various regions and across all product categories. As we move into 2024, these boundless trends hold steadfast.”

“Refreshed in 2024 based on current shifts in consumer behaviors and popular culture, Bell’s Micro Trends represent fads shaping consumer experiences. The Micro Trend ‘Globetrotter’ is inspired by taste explorations from the Amalfi coast of Italy to villages of Japan and regional Chinese provinces like Sichuan (Szechuan), Hunan and Guizhou, all of which offer unique blends of spicy, sweet, sour and savory flavors. Consumers seek unique fusions, bizarre collaborations and multi-sensory experiences. And while they love to indulge and experience the unfamiliar, they crave food authenticity, label transparency, ethical solutions and more functional, clean label products in the everyday,” states David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing.

Explore Bell’s 2024 Macro and Micro Trends:

MACRO TREND #1 – NEW HORIZONS:
THE UNION OF IMAGINATION & TECHNOLOGY

Consumers crave ways to engage their senses in new and unexpected ways, and the evolution of technologies makes it possible via ‘phygital’ formats – the fusion of physical and digital experiences.

The 2024 Horizons Micro Trends are:

CREATIVE FUSIONS: Fusing Unexpected Flavors and Fragrances to Unlock New Experiences
The quest for novel and unforgettable experiences has reshaped industries, and the blend of unexpected flavors and scents is forging a path toward unparalleled fusion adventures.

SENSORIAL SPARKS: Redefining the Boundaries of Sensory Perception
Consumers seek immersive experiences and products that redefine the boundaries of sensory perception. The future holds a world of exciting sensory delights where every bite and every scent tells a unique and personalized story.

GLOBETROTTER: Expanding Culinary Horizons and Unveiling New Senses Through Global Exploration
With the rise of technology, globalization, and a renewed emphasis on the importance of staying connected, consumers can embark on a journey of culinary and fragrance exploration via the comfort of their homes or physical travel.

 

MACRO TREND #2 – NATURE R*EVOLUTION: THE NEW DAWN OF ‘GREEN’ INNOVATION

This trend looks at the new dawn of ‘green’ innovation to safeguard the future of the planet, without sacrificing the familiar scents and taste sensations consumers continue to crave.

The 2024 Nature R*Evolution Micro Trends are:

PLANT INFUSIONS: Creating Sensory Experiences with the Power of Herbs and Botanicals
As part of a current (r)evolution, nature’s variety of herbs, botanicals, and plant extracts pair with advanced technologies to create sensorial experiences in flavors and fragrances.

CLEAN LABEL: Building Trust with Transparent Ingredient Information and Positive Global Impact
Brands are pressed to replace harmful ingredients and manufacturing methods with sustainable alternatives, all the while reducing carbon emissions in search of not just carbon neutrality, but climate positivity.

ENVIRONMENTAL TECH: Preserving Natural Resources and Securing Supply Chains with Science 
Sustainable technology holds the key to enhancing the flavors, smells, and appeal of natural ingredients and finished products. Environmental technologies help to future-proof supply chains and ensure food security on a global level.

 

MACRO TREND #3 – A BETTER ME:
A HEALTH-FORWARD LOOK AT THE BEST YOU

This trend explores a fresh approach to the best version of ‘you’ as consumers demand personalization, natural solutions and an inward focus.

The 2024 A Better Me Micro Trends are:

REFRESHED RITUALS: A New Lens on Life
Consumers have taken on a new approach to life, refocusing, reprioritizing and revitalizing their routines. Products and experiences must align with evolving lifestyles that emphasize balance, consistency and simplicity, all with health and wellness seamlessly integrated.

FUNCTIONAL: Elevating the Everyday with Added Benefits
Individuals look beyond the basics of nutrition, hydration and hygiene, seeking added benefits from functional ingredients that support a holistic approach to their health and well-being.

CUSTOMIZED WELL-BEING: Let’s Get Personal with Health and Wellness
Out with the one-size-fits-all approach and in with customization. Consumers embrace a ‘taking health into my own hands’ approach, demanding solutions that speak to holistic wellness and their ‘healthspan.’

 

MACRO TREND #4 – 360º REWARDS:
TANTALIZING CURIOSITIES AND PERMISSIBLE INDULGENCES

Don’t delay rewards! Consumers are embracing indulgences, ‘newstalgia’ and flavors
and fragrances that spark instant joy – unapologetically.

The 360º Rewards Micro Trends for 2024 are:

FUTURE NOSTALGIA: A Forward Twist on Familiar Classics
Nostalgia has always held a powerful sway over our emotions and choices, transporting us back to simpler times and cherished memories. Future nostalgia emerges to enliven consumer interests by bringing back familiar classics with a new twist.

INTENTIONAL INDULGENCE: Saying ‘YES’ to Premium Finds and Small Splurges
Consumers are counteracting years of giving up simple pleasures and saying “no”, to now saying “yes” to premium finds and small splurges of the flavors that bring the most joy. 

MADE FOR ME: Elevation of Personalization
In an era defined by individualism and the desire for unique experiences, personalization has become a driving force in various industries. Crafting one’s personal brand within these markets is not only possible but increasingly essential.

 

MACRO TREND #5 – TREE OF LIFE: UNITED BY CULTURAL ROOTS

Consumers remain keenly aware of human connections across the globe,
championing diverse heritage, authentic values and sustainable products.

The 2024 Tree of Life Micro Trends are:

NATURALLY SUSTAINABLE: Cultivating Novel Ways to Sustain our Environment
The food, beverage, and fragrance industries are proactively adopting naturally sustainable practices to future-proof their businesses to meet current consumer trends, secure their long-term success and drive sustainability initiatives.

COOLTURA: Mindfully Embracing Human Cultural Connections
This trend entails crafting authentic products that celebrate the rich diversity of global cultures, from traditional recipes in the food sector to culturally inspired beverages and fragrances.

HYPER LOCAL: Rediscovering Local Roots and Authentic Experiences
Hyperlocal emphasizes the sourcing and consumption of products from extremely local sources, fostering a stronger connection between consumers and their immediate communities.

“It’s exciting to be part of an industry that embraces these fast-moving trends, weaving them into communication strategies all the way to product innovation and everything in between,” notes David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing.

Want to learn more? To request a Spark Trends presentation, complete with inspirational flavor and fragrance concepts that bring the Macro and Micro trends to life, please reach out to spark@bellff.com.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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El Consumidor Holístico

El Consumidor Holístico

México, Enero 2024

A medida que la conciencia sobre la salud crece, los consumidores prestan mayor atención a productos que destacan un enfoque holístico y se muestren comprensivos ante las cambiantes necesidades emocionales de los consumidores modernos.

Este enfoque integral no solo satisface las demandas actuales del mercado, sino que también permite anticipar el desarrollo de nuevos productos que puedan satisfacer las necesidades futuras del consumidor holístico a través de la innovación y la comprensión de los diversos escenarios en los cuales el consumidor busca bienestar.

El 78% de los consumidores de LATAM, consideran que una alimentación saludable es crucial para el bienestar emocional.

Los aspectos clave a considerar para una creación Holistic Mind, son la innovación funcional y la promoción de la salud física y mental. Esto implica el desarrollo de productos que apoyen la cognición, el enfoque, el alivio del estrés, la mejora de la calidad del sueño o que tengan un impacto positivo en el estado de ánimo, facilitando la mejorar la calidad de vida en las actividades diarias.

Varios estudios han demostrado la influencia que tienen los alimentos en el estado de ánimo. Por ejemplo, el consumo de chocolate negro reduce el cortisol, la hormona del estrés. Asimismo, al probar un helado de vainilla se vincula este rico sabor con regiones emocionales relacionadas con la felicidad y la seguridad.

Los lanzamientos de alimentos con claims que dan un plus para lograr un equilibrio cotidiano siguen impulsados por mercados con dietas específicas, o con interés en aumentar sus niveles de energía en distintos momentos del día, lo que lleva a las marcas a explorar mediante productos que incorporan ingredientes como cafeína, vitaminas y sabores novedosos y revitalizantes.

Bebida energética sabor Guaraná, consumidor holístico
Bebida energética sabor Guaraná

 

La siguiente bebida ha añadido una variedad de complementos nutricionales, incluyendo la explosión del sabor del guaraná y los beneficios de la carnitina.

 

 

En México, el 45% de los consumidores compra alimentos y bebidas con atributos saludables.

Los aromas también ejercen una poderosa influencia en nuestras emociones, desencadenando recuerdos y generando respuestas positivas o negativas. El olfato desempeña un papel clave en nuestra comprensión experiencial del mundo, asociando aromas con personas, lugares y momentos.

Aromas relajantes, consumidor holístico
Consumidor Holístico

Algunos aromas, como los del limón, naranja y mandarina, tienen el poder de energizar y notas como la lavanda y la vainilla ayudan a relajar.

En este emocionante viaje donde la innovación sensorial es la clave para destacar en un mercado dinámico… ¡descubre el poder de la creatividad y potencia tu marca con sabores y fragancias que van más allá de lo esperado!

En Bell Flavors & Fragrances, acompañamos a nuestros clientes en el desarrollo de proyectos con inspiración Wellness para el consumidor holístico, con deliciosas propuestas de sabores y fragancias que conquistan el gusto y el olfato de tus consumidores. ¡Contáctanos!

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Bell Showcases Authentic Tastes Supporting the Industry’s Push for Clean Label Initiatives

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Showcases Authentic Tastes
Supporting the Industry’s Push for Clean Label Initiatives

 

Global Flavor & Fragrance Company’s USDA Kettle Crafted Meat Flavors Enhance Natural
Flavor Profiles and Streamline Ingredients Lists

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – November 30, 2023 – In response to rapidly growing interest in clean label claims, Bell introduces a new line of USDA Kettle Cooked Meat Flavors. These flavors, including Free Range Chicken, Grass-Fed Beef and Organic Turkey, enhance a product’s natural broth flavor profile while maintaining a cleaner label.

Developed at Bell’s Technology and Innovation Center, a USDA-certified facility located at the company’s global headquarter that unites diverse expertise under one roof and rapidly produces customized flavors with a clean label, USDA Kettle Cooked Meat Flavors fulfill both consumer expectations and manufacturer needs.

“Bell’s investment into this vertical, bolsters our capability to meet growing consumer demand for clear and simple labels, with flavoring food stuffs made from real meat,” states Peter Gollmer, Bell’s Director of Savory Business Development.

Consumer interest in foods and beverages that present a clean label is at an all-time high. In fact, 78% of U.S. shoppers will pay higher prices for clean label products (Food Navigator-USA, 2023). Today’s consumer expects full transparency on the ingredients incorporated into the products they purchase and demands comprehensive information on the impact of their choices from an environmental, social and health standpoint, with 64% willing to switch brands if a competitor offers more detailed product information (Food Navigator-USA, 2023). Simply put, they’re reaching for products that contain natural, minimally processed ingredients, are free from harmful ingredients and are ethically produced.

In line with consumer desires, Bell’s USDA Kettle Crafted Meat Flavors are made from organic ingredients, crafted in small batches, and cooked “low and slow” for an authentic flavor experience. In addition to being non-GMO and containing minimally processed flavor and color, they can be customized to fit a variety of culinary and application needs, such as soups and broths, seasoning blends, sauces and more.

To validate flavor efficacy and integrity, Bell’s Sensory & Consumer Science team has evaluated each flavor with trained panelists to understand the impact in corresponding broths. The verdict: All broth flavors maintained the shape of the broth profile while enhancing select flavor attributes.

To learn more about Bell’s USDA Kettle Crafted Meat Flavors and request samples, view this educational brochure.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Invests in New Consumer Science Sensory Center at Global Headquarter in Northbrook, IL

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Invests in New Consumer Science Sensory Center at Global Headquarter in Northbrook, IL

 

Leading Flavors & Fragrances Company to Enhance Consumer Product Research for U.S. Customers

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – November 15, 2023 – Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) announces the expansion of their Global Consumer & Sensory Science organization by investing in a fully equipped, best in class Consumer Science Sensory Center at Bell’s global headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

This investment demonstrates Bell’s commitment to its global strategy and heightened focus on putting the consumer first. Consumers experience products via an interplay of their five key senses, allowing them to engage in products in unique ways. This Center will infuse consumer voice into the creation process to inspire memorable flavors and fragrances that fit brand, performance, and emotion.

With its roots at Bell’s Northbrook campus, the company’s Consumer & Sensory Science (CSS) professionals work hand-in-hand with its Flavor and Fragrance teams to foster deep collaboration and creativity.  The Center enhances Consumer Sensory capabilities locally and is integral to Bell’s global CSS team, with locations in the U.S., Mexico, Germany, and Colombia.

The plans for the investment include a new, 6,500 square foot Consumer Science Sensory Center, set to open in Q4 2024. The Center will house Bell’s CSS team and include space for a focus group room with a viewing area, testing booths, kitchen, reception area, and workspaces. Following the grand opening, Bell’s customers will have the opportunity to tour the facility and discuss utilizing the Center’s capabilities.

Karen Graves, Bell’s Senior Director of Consumer and Sensory Sciences, states “Consumers are the final users of Bell’s flavors and fragrances and we are very excited to incorporate their voice throughout the development process.”

Stay tuned for more information about Bell’s Consumer Science Sensory Center opening later in 2024.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances to Debut Alcohol-Inspired Flavor Menu at 2023- 2024 Regional IFT Roadshow

Bell Flavors & Fragrances to Debut Alcohol-Inspired Flavor Menu at 2023- 2024 Regional IFT Roadshow

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Aims to Inspire the Science of Food Community with ‘Sippable’ Flavors for Food & Beverage Innovation

 

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – October 30, 2023 –

An annual tradition, Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is hitting the road once again to exhibit at the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2023-2024 Regional Section Suppliers’ Nights/Events. Spanning coast-to-coast across the United States, IFT’s Regional Sections encourage professionals steeped in the science of food to make strategic connections at a local level. These engaging events provide the opportunity for networking and education, while allowing suppliers to debut their latest products and services supporting the science of food community.

Bell recently wrapped up their 2022-2023 roadshow, having exhibited at the Minnesota Section IFT Annual Suppliers’ Expo (October 11) and the Longhorn Section IFT Suppliers Night & Food Industry Expo (October 12). During this time, the team debuted a menu featuring citrus flavors, showcasing concepts that delivered sweet-tart tastes from varietal and specialty citrus profiles to ignite tastebuds and broaden palates.

“The Bell team is gearing up for upcoming IFT Regional Section Suppliers’ Events, and we’re excited to debut our new menu, bursting with familiar yet treasured beer, wine, spirits and hops flavors. And, best of all? You can savor the flavor without the burn,” said Casey Schallert, Senior Corporate Chef at Bell Flavors & Fragrances.

Schallert notes, “We’re starting at homebase for the IFT organization and a city close to our global headquarters, Chicago, and will be making our way across the country, spanning Southern California to the Northeast. As consumers continue to prioritize their own health and wellness journeys, many are exploring sober-curious lifestyles. For our menu this year, we’re leaning into this concept while recognizing that alcohol flavors aren’t just reserved for beverages. We’re here to inspire our industry colleagues to take product development to the next level and explore the inclusion of these flavors in confections, snacks and sweet treats.”

Today’s consumer seeks alcoholic beverage options that fit their lifestyle and support mood enhancement and stress reduction, whether it’s a refreshing ready-to-drink seltzer or sippable, botanically infused mocktail. With 1 in 4 U.S. consumers looking for flavor blends in beverages and showing interest in new and unique taste profiles (Mintel, 2023), exotic, floral and tropical flavors are winning over tastebuds. However, tried and true classics, such as whiskey sours and rich red wines, will never go out of style.

Bell offers a wide variety of alcohol inspired and complementary flavors, ranging from full-bodied bourbon to delightfully sweet mango. Also, individual hop varietals and technologies that support an enjoyable sipping experience, such as alcohol boosters and smoothers. Alcohol flavors continue to be infused in a variety of applications that look beyond the glass, and their versatility. Their ability to be incorporated into familiar foods that consumers know and love is undeniably appealing.

Inspired by consumer trends and marketing insights, Bell will debut the following menu items featuring alcohol-based flavors at booth #105:

New York Sour Trail Mix
Featuring Bell’s Malbec Type, Bourbon and Lemon Lime Flavors

 

 

 

 


Cocktail Gummy Worms
Featuring the following Bell flavor profiles:

Tequila + Lime: Tequila Type, Peruvian Lime Type and Alcohol Booster Type Flavors
Paloma: Tequila Type, Peruvian Lime Type, Alcohol Booster Type and Ruby Red Grapefruit Type Flavors
Tequila Sunrise: Tequila Type, Alcohol Booster Type, Cherry and Blood Orange Flavors


Spicy Mango Mezcal Tepache Mocktail
Featuring Bell’s Pineapple (Fermented Type), Mango and Tequila (Mezcal Type) Flavors + Heat Sensate

 

 

 

 

Mango IPA Popcorn
Featuring Bell’s Mango IPA Beer Type and Hop (Hallertau + Tettnang Type) Flavors

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Stout Oatmeal Bar
Featuring Bell’s Chocolate, Beer (Stout Type) and Butterscotch Type Flavors

 

 

 

 

 

Take a Bite (and Sip!) Out of Alcohol Flavors at Booth #105 in Chicago, IL

Bell’s presence at the Chicago IFT Annual Expo & Symposium will not only offer buyers and key decision makers a one-stop-shop for networking and collaboration, but the unique chance to engage in a multi-sensorial experience featuring alcohol flavors.

Visit Bell’s booth to connect with our Sales, Marketing and Beverage, Sweet and Savory Applications teams. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample must-try creations, pick up educational flavor and taste technology resources, and get a whiff of delicious scents via our alcohol flavor box.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Spotlights ‘Newstalgic’ and Health-Forward Menu at SupplySide West & Food ingredients North America

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Spotlights ‘Newstalgic’ and Health-Forward Menu at SupplySide West & Food ingredients North America 2023

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Inspires Industry to Lean into Flavor Trends at Upcoming Show in Las Vegas, NV from October 23-27 at Booth #3082

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – October 19, 2023

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) will be heading to SupplySide West & Food Ingredients North America 2023 from October 23-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

SupplySide West & Food ingredients North America brings together 1,400+ exhibitors as well as health and nutrition professionals to engage in educational and event programming, and learn about the latest trends, strategies and scientific insights driving innovation in global finished products development. This year, Bell will join over 18,000 attendees, including ingredient manufacturers and ingredient suppliers as well as distributors from a variety of industries such as beverage, personal care, dietary supplements, functional foods, and sports nutrition.

At SupplySide West, Bell debuts snack and confectionery concepts that lean into wellness with a healthy dose of ‘Newstalgia.’ These concepts align with the company’s global Spark – Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® program, which tracks five key consumer Macro Trends impacting consumers today and in the future. These Macro Trends, collectively identified by Bell’s global marketing teams, represent the core behavioral values shared by all humans.

”We’re excited to showcase savory snack and confectionery concepts that not only support wellness and provide our audience with a memorable ‘throwback,’ but also deliver on the number one purchase driver – taste,“ said Tamara Gabler, Research Chef, Confectionery & Sweet Applications at Bell. “We hope that our flavor-packed creations continue to fuel food, beverage, and supplement innovation that stays true to what’s trending in today’s marketplace and provides consumers with the power duo of health and comfort.“

This trend explores a fresh approach to the best version of ‘you’ as consumers become immersed in holistic wellness and prioritize mental health, self-care, and less crowded calendars. Bell’s health-forward menu includes:

Mead Snack Mix
Featuring Bell’s Chevre Cheese, Honey and Lambic Beer Flavors

A lip-smacking savory snack replete with mixed nuts, beef jerky and parmesan crisps, combined with lambic and honey flavors.

 

 


Kiwi Twist + Blackberry Lavender Adaptogen Gummies
Featuring Bell’s Kiwi, Apple Cucumber, Blackberry and Lavender Flavors with a Vitamin Flavor Modifier

Not-your-average gummies incorporating Lion’s Mane, reishi, and chaga mushroom powder for functional benefits.

 

 

Consumers have been searching for silver linings and are now giving themselves the permission to embrace escapism, indulge unapologetically and spark joy in unique ways. As part of this Macro Trend, ‘Newstalgia’ enters the conversation. It‘s the twist that everyone loves, blending the familiar with the excitement of something new and drawing inspiration from pop culture and refurbishing retro phenomena from different decades. Bell’s ‘Newstalgic’ confectionery creations include:

Banana Salted Soft Caramels
Featuring Bell’s Ripe Banana and Vanilla Flavors

These delightfully sweet and soft caramels blend the fresh flavors of banana and vanilla, topped off with a sprinkle of flaky Maldon salt, to recreate grandma’s banana bread in confection form.

 

 

Tropical Citrus Edible Slime Candy
Featuring Bell’s Tropical Citrus Flavor

This edible slime candy is a throwback to ‘90s kids game shows and a cross between the classic ‘ghostly’ beverage from this era. It’s oozing with nostalgic ‘90s fun.

 

 

Get Inspired: Catch the Bell Flavors & Fragrances Team at Booth #3082                   

Bell’s presence at SupplySide West and Food ingredients North America will not only offer unique networking opportunities but encourage buyers and key decision makers to achieve wins in product ideation and innovation with flavor as well as technology that allows taste to shine.

Visit Bell’s booth to connect with our Sales, Marketing and Sweet Applications teams. It’s your chance to collect flavor and taste technology resources in professional toolkits and grab Bell swag.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 90 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – Get in touch with taste.®

About SupplySide West & Food ingredients (Fi) North America:

“Food Ingredients North America and SupplySide West is the premier gathering of health and nutrition professionals in Las Vegas, bringing together buyers and suppliers from throughout the industry. SupplySide convenes ingredient buyers and suppliers from the dietary supplement, beverage, functional food, personal care and sports nutrition industries to network and explore industry trends, scientific innovations, and top performing products. Fi North America is the latest branch of Fi Global events that serve the global food, beverage and dietary supplements markets, offering food, and beverage manufacturers direct access to the widest range of ingredient suppliers from around the world.” www.west.supplysideshow.com

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Bell Launches Citrus Campaign to Inspire Food, Beverage & Fragrance Marketplace Innovation

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Launches Citrus Campaign to Inspire Food, Beverage & Fragrance Marketplace Innovation

 

Citrus Fruits Provide Ripe Opportunity to Explore Flavors & Fragrances Beyond Iconic Tastes and Scents


NORTHBROOK, Illinois – September 21, 2023

Citrus, a beloved and refreshing fruit family, is prized by chefs and perfumers across the globe for its versatility, sweet-tart profile, and ability to elevate the food, beverage, and fragrance marketplace. And, consumers continue to lean into the squeeze! In the United States, 59% of consumers indicate that they like or love citrus and one-quarter (25.7%) of menus feature it (Datassential, 2023). With 56% of global consumers actively look for healthy ingredients in food and beverages (Euromonitor International, 2022), citrus flavors resonate particularly well among those looking to support their immune systems, boost vitamin C intake and elevate their mood.

Consumers are most familiar with orange-, lemon- and lime-based flavors and fragrances, which offer an approachable starting point for marketplace innovation. As they seek novel and sensorial experiences from products, they take interest in new citrus flavors and fragrances, but won’t follow through with a purchase unless they know it’s worth the spend. The industry can ease purchase decision stress and transition newer flavors and fragrances to mainstream palettes by pairing them with and relating to familiar, ‘hero’ elements that consumers know and trust.

“As consumers continue to seek out unique flavors and exotic fruits, our extensive line of citrus varietals offers a way for manufacturers to provide authentic taste experiences without the hassle or expense of sourcing these hard-to-find offerings. Our team of Flavorists and Perfumers have gone to extensive lengths to provide flavors and fragrances that take consumers on a journey around the world without leaving the comfort of their homes. We are excited to bring to life an international collection of rare citrus flavors that may never see the light of day due to their short shelf life or availability,” states David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing.

Citrus Flavor Solutions
While citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes continue to be go -to staples, consumers seek more niche and nuanced citrus flavor profiles and unique varietals from around the world to ignite their taste buds and broaden their palates. Bell offers iconic citrus flavors, such as Grapefruit, Mandarin Orange and Meyer Lemon in addition to specialty citrus flavors, like Buddha’s Hand and Peruvian Lime.

These flavors are available in a wide variety of formats and formulations (e.g., natural, organic) to meet product development needs and regulatory standards for a multitude of applications, ranging from baked sweet goods to ready-to-drink cocktails.

For more sweet-tart inspiration, view Bell’s featured citrus flavor list.

Citrus Fragrance Solutions
With its refreshingly tangy and fragrant profile, Bell features citrus in a variety of natural, plant forward offerings:

  • All Natural Blends: 100% natural fragrance creations – including bergamot, calamansi, kumquat and more
  • Aromatic Infusions: natural plant essence with a slight scent – including orange and grapefruit
  • Botanicals: natural plant essence with no scent – including lime, mandarin, tangerine and more

Bell’s unique fragrances and botanicals can help to differentiate products aesthetically and functionally in a wide array of applications, including personal care, home care and pet care.

Digital Promotions
Citrus Microsite

Bell’s citrus packed hub features a wide variety of educational resources for clients to tap into, including what’s trending in the world of citrus, flavor technology solutions for even the toughest R&D challenges, such as sugar reduction and bitterness masking, Bell’s Spark – Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® 2023 top consumer trends and much more.

Citrus Booklet
Included as part of Bell’s microsite, this citrus booklet offers insight into Bell’s unique approach to citrus flavor and fragrance development, highlights a plethora of citrus profiles ranging from buddha’s hand to pomelo, and spotlights featured citrus flavors and fragrance lists to get creative juices flowing.

Social Media Promotions
On Tuesdays through the end of October, Bell will share a weekly social media post featuring a unique and often overlooked citrus varietal across Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Follow Bell on social via the links below and stay tune for more sweet-tart goodness delivered straight to your social feed.

Get in touch with your Bell representative or reach out to our Sales team to discuss the opportunity for an in-person or virtual presentation featuring citrus flavor/fragrance demonstrations. To request citrus flavor or fragrance samples, please submit your request here.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with over 90 operating sales offices worldwide. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer and Activates Key Appointments at U.S. Headquarter

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer and Activates Key Appointments at U.S. Headquarter

 

Global Flavors and Fragrance Company Poised for Strategic Growth and Business Development

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – September 19, 2023

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is proud to announce its new Chief Financial Officer, Allan Kaplan, as well as strategic promotions within the company’s Finance and IT departments and Culinary and Flavor division at its headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

“This promotion is an exciting testament to Allan’s perseverance and hard work throughout his career.  Allan has shown tremendous unwavering dedication to his team, and his colleagues, friends and family are excited to see him take on this new challenge. He shows that he cares about his team by continuously investing his time and energy in positive, professional relationships. I congratulate Allan on his promotion to CFO and wish him continued success,” exclaimed Ron Stark, President & CEO.

Allan M. Kaplan has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In his 10+ years with Bell, Allan has assumed positions of increased responsibilities, most recently serving as the Vice President of Finance. In his new role, he will oversee Bell’s Finance and Accounting departments, ensuring adherence to corporate accounting policies and procedures, and serve as a member of the Company’s Executive Management Committee.

Allan has played an integral leadership role during Bell’s domestic and international ERP implementations and has developed strong relationships across the globe in order to understand our business operations and endeavors in each country.

Allan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from DePaul University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

“I see the CFO as picture painter. By utilizing ever-changing financial data, the role of the CFO is to understand the drivers behind the company’s financial information and present that data in a clear, precise format. Doing so correctly provides the Executive Management Team with the information necessary to guide the company toward achieving its strategic corporate goals” states Allan M. Kaplan, Chief Financial Officer.

Cristalle Keane takes on the position of Vice President, Sweet & Dairy; Flavor Creation & Application at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In this new role, she will continue to lead the Flavorist team and drive business development and innovation in sweet and dairy flavor applications.

Cristalle has worked at Bell for 23 years and has been essential in inspiring Bell’s Flavorists to be best in class for creativity as well as ingredient replacers and extenders, and establishing a sound analytical and sensory driven duplication process.

Cristalle earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Elmhurst University and is a Certified Flavorist.

Chris Warsow has been promoted to Vice President, Savory & Culinary; Flavor Creation, Application & Delivery Systems at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In his new role, Chris will develop strategies for continued growth within Bell’s savory, culinary and delivery systems platforms.

Chris has worked at Bell for over 15 years, most recently serving as the Director of Culinary Application, Savory Flavor Development and Delivery Systems, and has been instrumental in launching Bell’s Technology and Innovation Center.

Chris holds a dual Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in food science from Michigan State. He is also an Executive Corporate Chef and member of the Research Chefs Association.

Mauro Batisteza assumes the role of Vice President, International Finance at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In his position, Mauro will partner closely with Bell’s international leaders to support business growth across its 60+ global locations.

Prior to joining Bell, he gained expertise in corporate FP&A, global treasury, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions, and served as Chief Financial Officer of the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions.

Mauro holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mike Barron has been promoted to Vice President, Information Technology at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL, leading all aspects of Bell’s corporate information systems and technology programs.

Mike most recently held the role of Senior Director, Information Technology and has been deeply involved in strategic planning to ensure effective IT operations worldwide.

Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, majoring in business administration with an emphasis in management information systems and holding a minor in accounting. He also possesses a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is a Certified Scrum Master.

“I congratulate Mike on his well-earned promotion. His courage and dedication to creating change management culture has impacted Bell greatly. I know our company will do wonderful things under his IT leadership and I can’t wait to see Bell’s limitless future,” said Ron Stark, President & CEO.

Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in celebrating these significant career achievements as they deepen the company’s expertise and strategic mindset, and further propel Bell’s commitment to efficiency, quality and excellence for global customers.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with over 90 operating sales offices worldwide. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Validates Global Spark Trends at the 2023 IFT FIRST: Annual Event & Expo

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Validates Global Spark Trends at the 2023 IFT FIRST: Annual Event & Expo 

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Confirms 2023 Trend Forecasts at the World’s Leading Food Industry Showcase in Chicago, IL from July 16-19  

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – August 3, 2023

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) confirmed key trend predictions and forecasts at the 2023 Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) FIRST: Annual Event & Expo from July 16-19 inside McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  

 Attracting 17,000 international visitors and 1,100 exhibitors, the annual convention, hosted by the Institute of Food Technology (IFT), once again proved its value as the place for trendspotting and networking in the global food industry. 

What’s more, the products and technologies on display at McCormick Place confirmed key forecasts from Bell’s global Spark – Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® program. Specifically, IFT FIRST showcased innovative methods to enhance natural ingredients and resources ( ‘Nature R*Evolution’), support healthy lifestyles and longevity (‘A Better Me’) and spark joy with impactful flavor experiences (‘360-Degree Rewards’). 

Every year, Bell Flavors & Fragrances invests considerable resources to capture the most important dynamics impacting consumers across the globe. It was reassuring to witness key trends from this year’s forecast confirmed by technologies and innovations displayed at the 2023 IFT FIRST: Annual Event & Expo.” – Kelli Heinz, Vice President of Marketing and Industry Affairs

 

“IFT FIRST confirmed our central Spark Trends predictions for 2023 and beyond. We see it as a true testament to the accuracy of the global Spark Trends platform and the immense value we provide every single year to Bell customers. Bell returns from IFT FIRST inspired and encouraged by the level of innovation and forward-looking research to support the future of the global food system, with our Spark Trends program leading the way.” – David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing

 

Key observations from attending IFT FIRST 2023 include the following predictions featuring three Spark Macro Trends: 

As the central theme of IFT FIRST 2023, the show evaluated solutions to current challenges in the food supply asking, “Innovation in a Time of Crisis: Can We Future-Proof the Food System?” In the process, unmodified ingredients and technologies for enhancing nature provide much-needed answers. 

Seeing the Trend at IFT FIRST 2023: Nature R*Evolution figured prominently in a vast variety of alternative protein products, using the latest tech for masking, neutralization, and mouthfeel enhancement alongside natural flavors. Also trending, extenders and replacers provided powerful solutions to challenges in global supply chains, most importantly, honey and citrus varieties. Plus, a new slew of natural sweetness enhancers and upcycled byproducts (e.g., coffee fruit) squeeze more value out of strained food supplies.   

Speaking of enhancing value, the quest for healthier lifestyles presented the number one leading consumer trend at IFT FIRST 2023. True to Bell’s Spark Macro Trend, ‘A Better Me,’ consumers demand functional benefits and tangible health improvements from their food. The trend that took the proverbial cake at IFT FIRST? Sugar reduction! 

Seeing the Trend at IFT FIRST 2023: The health-focused trends resonate with the mission of IFT FIRST, which is short for “Food Improved by Research, Science, and Technology.” Featured functional ingredients and technologies sought to boost of alertness, immunity, and sleep via mushrooms and probiotics. Collagen for healthy aging and low-carb starches for weight management were also in the spotlight. 

The industry demands serious answers to serious challenges, but flavor is still the number one factor influencing purchase decisions. In line with our Spark Trend for ‘360° Rewards’, consumers increasingly use delicious foods to treat themselves with delight and experience culinary escapes. Based on research presented at IFT FIRST, most consumers want familiar flavors with a slightly new twist. According to Bell’s Micro Trend, ‘Newstalgia’, right now is the time to score big with beloved classics, as 59% of U.S. chocolate consumers enjoy familiar flavors in new product releases (Mintel, 2023). 

Seeing the Trend at IFT FIRST 2023: The show featured familiar flavors and recipes with their volume turned up to the max. Whether it was extra-stuffed chocolate cookies, explosive umami snack mixes, double-glazed meatballs, BLT-flavored potato chips, and extra hot pepper sauces – companies are serving comfort foods without stepping beyond the comfort zone. 

Want to learn more about the Spark Trends platform from Bell Flavors & Fragrances? Click here to dive into this year’s Macro Trends impacting consumers in the here and now. 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

About Bell’s Spark – Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® Trends Program: 

Bell’s Spark Trends platform tracks five key consumer Macro Trends impacting consumers today and in the future. These Macro Trends, collectively identified by Bell’s global marketing teams, represent the core behavioral values shared by all humans. 

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – Get in touch with taste.®

About the Institute of Food Technologists:

“Since 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has been a forum for passionate science of food professionals and technologists to collaborate, learn, and contribute all with the goal of inspiring and transforming collective scientific knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of all people around the world. IFT envisions a world where science and innovation are universally accepted as essential to safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for everyone. As a scientific community grounded in purpose, which includes scientists, technologists, manufacturers, policy makers, marketers, and more, IFT feeds the minds that feed the world.”  www.ift.org

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Flavor Sales, Culinary & Beverage Applications Teams Acquire New Talent at Bell Flavors & Fragrances’ Northbrook Headquarter

Flavor Sales, Culinary & Beverage Applications Teams Acquire New Talent at Bell Flavors & Fragrances’ Northbrook Headquarter

 

Global Flavors and Fragrance Company Reinforces Innovation and Business Development with New Hires

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – June 26, 2023

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is pleased to announce three new hires who recently joined the company’s Flavor Sales and Culinary and Beverage Applications teams.

Jeremy Egle joins Bell as the Southwest National Account Manager – Flavor Sales based out of Denver, CO. In this role, Jeremy will manage a diverse portfolio of accounts and expand Bell’s pipeline throughout the Southwest territory.

Jeremy commands years of sales experience where he’s managed North American customer relationships and spearheaded global account growth. He also commands over 15 years of experience in the food and beverage industry working for multiple consumer packaged goods companies.

Jeremy earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University at Albany. He then went on to earn a second bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition in addition to an Associate of Science degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University.

Senior Vice President & Commercial General Manger of Bell’s Flavor Division, Joan Harvey, notes, “We are thrilled to have someone of Jeremy’s caliber join our team. With his wealth of experience in sales, we know he’ll make an immediate impact at Bell Flavor & Fragrances.”

Jared Goldstein joins Bell’s Culinary Applications Team as a Culinary Technologist. In this new role, he will work cross-functionally to create remarkable customer experiences that showcase Bell’s flavors and technologies in savory applications.

Jared worked as a Chef De Partie at an award-winning restaurant group in Chicago where he gained experience with plant-based applications and worked alongside Chef Grant Achatz to create a pop-up restaurant with a multi-sensory menu.

Jared earned his associate degree in culinary arts and a bachelor’s degree in culinary science from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Following his college education, Jared completed his internship at a global spice and flavor company in Hunt Valley, MD.

“Our organization values professionalism and a customer-centric approach, which aligns perfectly with Jared’s background. We believe his skills and insights will greatly contribute to our continued success,” said Joan Harvey, Senior Vice President & Commercial General Manger of Bell’s Flavor Division.

Justin Kozlowski joins Bell as a Vice President of Beverage, Flavor Creation & Application. In this role, Justin will be responsible for all beverage development, technology and innovation.

Justin brings a 20-year career in the flavor and beverage industry. He’s a certified flavorist and Society of Flavor Chemists board member. In past work experiences, he’s lead Analytical, Operations and Flavor Teams, and most recently served as a commercialization leader for flavor and beverage launches.

Justin earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from DePaul University, master’s degree in food science from the University of Illinois and Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Senior Vice President & Commercial General Manger of Bell’s Flavor Division, Joan Harvey, exclaims, “We are excited to bring Jeremy’s talent our team, as his experience and expertise in the flavor and beverage industry provides immense value to our organization.”

Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in congratulating Jeremy, Jared and Justin as they strengthen our commitment to delivering excellent service and care to our U.S. customers.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Showcases Nineties-Inspired Tasting Menu at 2023 IFT FIRST Annual Event & Expo

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Showcases Nineties-Inspired Tasting Menu at the 2023 IFT FIRST Annual Event & Expo

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Leans Into ‘Newstalgic’ Flavors at Upcoming Show in Chicago, IL from July 16-19 at Booth #S1624 Inside McCormick Place

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – June 19, 2023

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) will be heading to the 2023 Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) FIRST Annual Event & Expo held in person from July 16-19 inside McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

IFT FIRST is the largest business-to-business food innovation expo, bringing together professionals from across the globe with the collective vision of improving food through research, science and technology. Over the course of four days, exhibitors will showcase new innovations, global trends and the latest cutting-edge research and technology, complemented by strategic networking and business prospecting opportunities.

This year, Bell’s booth (find us at #S1624) showcases food and beverage concepts tied into their global Spark – Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® program. Bell’s Spark Trends platform tracks five key consumer Macro Trends impacting consumers today and in the future. These Macro Trends, collectively identified by Bell’s global marketing teams, represent the core behavioral values shared by all humans.

At IFT FIRST 2023, Bell leans into ‘Newstalgia,’ a Micro Trend within the broader 360° Rewards Macro Trend, featuring a menu and booth design inspired by a decade marked by grunge music, blockbuster movies, experimental flavors and Michael Jordan superfans: the 1990s. Newstalgia is the twist that everyone loves, blending the familiar with the excitement of something new, drawing inspiration from pop culture and refurbishing retro phenomena from different decades.

“We are excited to revisit the ‘90s this year at IFT through Bell’s ‘Newstalgia’ Micro Trend. Our product showings interweave old trends that are still relevant with a modern touch, drawing inspiration from pop culture and refurbishing retro phenomena from our favorite ‘90s staples. Reinventing the ‘90s has been one of the most exciting trends Bell has put forth and we are thrilled to have everyone go back in time for a totally rad experience.” – Kelli Heinz, Vice President of Marketing and Industry Affairs 

 

“This year, our culinary team has created a fun and flavorful trip back to the 1990’s, including adventurous formats that are guaranteed to transport you to the birth of crazy flavors and bizarre eating experiences. Consumers continue to seek the comforting moment of their youth, but with a real-world twist. We are seeing this ‘Newstalgic’ approach increasingly come to life as Gen Xer’s look to relive their youth and crave their childhood favorites with a Gen Z twist. Bell is bringing to life wild formats like edible slime and unique flavors like a Cubano inspired bagel bite. All are guaranteed to get your inner child smiling.” – David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing

Take a sneak peek at a few items from Bell’s flavor-packed menu that will transport consumer tastebuds to their ‘90s favorites:

Get Inspired by Bell Flavors & Fragrances at Booth #S1624 at McCormick Place, Chicago, from July 16-19, 2023

 

 Bell’s presence at the 2023 IFT FIRST Annual Event & Expo will push brand awareness and powerful networking opportunities to new heights while offering Newstalgic flavor inspiration and state-of-the-art taste technology solutions to buyers and R&D teams. These resources help elevate product portfolios and connect consumers with a taste of the past, well-earned escapes and comforting memories.

Visit Bell’s booth (#S1624) for more Newstalgic favorites – including ‘90s trivia, a photo station with the chance to win ‘90s swag and more – that will take you on a trip down memory lane.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – Get in touch with taste.®

About the Institute of Food Technologists:

“Since 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has been a forum for passionate science of food professionals and technologists to collaborate, learn, and contribute all with the goal of inspiring and transforming collective scientific knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of all people around the world. IFT envisions a world where science and innovation are universally accepted as essential to safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for everyone. As a scientific community grounded in purpose, which includes scientists, technologists, manufacturers, policy makers, marketers, and more, IFT feeds the minds that feed the world.”  www.ift.org

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Holger Wetzler Appointed Managing Director of Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA

Holger Wetzler Appointed Managing Director of Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA

 

Leipzig-Based Fragrance and Flavor Manufacturer Rejuvenates Top Management

LEIPZIG, Germany – June 13, 2023 –

In the year of its 30th anniversary, Bell Flavors & Fragrances is reorganizing its management team. Holger Wetzler has taken over the role as Managing Director of the Leipzig-based company on May 1, 2023. As a business graduate with many years’ experience in the industry, he is now responsible for all business units and international locations of Bell Flavors & Fragrances GmbH in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“With Holger Wetzler, we are gaining an experienced industry expert who understands the needs of our customers. Having been responsible for large parts of the value chain during his career, Holger knows all facets of the fragrance and flavor business and will position Bell to be even more successful and resilient in the future. His in-depth knowledge of our industry and his ability to develop and implement innovative strategies make him an ideal choice for the position of Managing Director,” says President Raymond Heinz.

Holger Wetzler has most recently held management positions at renowned companies in the industry. He brings more than two decades of sales and marketing experience in the fragrance and flavors industry as well as various consumer goods companies. In close cooperation with the existing management team, Holger Wetzler will continue to build on Bell’s long-standing success story. Raymond Heinz, who founded Bell Flavors & Fragrances GmbH in Leipzig in 1993 and has successfully managed the company ever since, will remain with the company to ensure a smooth transition.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Awarded Silver Medal Certification by EcoVadis for Third Consecutive Year for Sustainability Efforts

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Awarded Silver Medal Certification by
EcoVadis for Third Consecutive Year for Sustainability Efforts

Global Flavors & Fragrances Company Continues Strong Partnership with EcoVadis


NORTHBROOK, Illinois – June 1, 2023

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (“Bell”) was recently awarded a silver medal by EcoVadis in recognition of global sustainability achievements. EcoVadis provides holistic sustainability ratings that covers a range of systems including environmental, labor and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. To date, EcoVadis has rated over 75,000 partners worldwide including some of the world’s largest organizations while positively impacting the environment and fostering transparency.

 

The mission at Bell is to be passionate, hard-working, and creative, and invest in people and processes. The company aligns its wholehearted commitment to make a difference for the planet with customer needs top-of-mind.

Diego Darquea C., Bell’s Vice President, Global Quality, Compliance and Safety, works on a global scale to drive the company’s sustainability programs. Diego states “Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is dedicated to aligning with the IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter and we continue to see this commitment with a third consecutive year of silver certification. Our commitment continues to make a difference for the planet, for people, and for our business by achieving the highest standards in the industry.”

Bell’s continued sustainability focus is built around five focus areas: 1) Responsible Sourcing, 2) Environmental Footprint, 3) Employee Well-Being, 4) Product Safety, and 5) Transparency.

Sustainability Through the Supply Chain
Bell is proud to partner with suppliers and focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing to provide solutions for customers and consumers that demand transparency. Bell is committed to making a difference for the planet and its customers, and its passion for the environment drives the company to protect ecosystem use and supply chain health and safety.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – The Key Ingredient of Your Brand.

 About Ecovadis:

Since its founding in 2007, EcoVadis has grown to become the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, creating a global network of more than 100,000+ rated companies. Their methodology is built on international sustainability standards, including the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, and the ISO 26000, covering 200+ spend categories and 175+ countries. The Sustainability Scorecard illustrates performance across 21 indicators in four themes: 1) Environment, 2) Labor & Human Rights, 3) Ethics, and 4) Sustainable Procurement.” www.ecovadis.com

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Bell Debuts On-Trend Sweet Treats & Savory Creations at 2023 Sweets & Snacks Expo

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Debuts On-Trend Sweet Treats & Savory Creations at 2023 Sweets & Snacks Expo

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Spotlights Annual Consumer Trends Program Insights and Flavor Explorations Via Brand’s Expo Presence

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – May 16, 2023

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) will be heading to the 2023 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held in person from May 22-25, in Chicago, IL, and hosted by the National Confectioners Association. Every year, the Sweets & Snacks Expo brings together thousands of manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers in the confectionery and snack industry for four days of inspirational insights, cutting-edge product innovations, and powerful connections. This year’s edition features 150+ exhibitors at the Supplier Showcase and 16 eye-opening education sessions taking place at the Innovation Stage.

“Bell’s Spark platform continues to track five key global Macro Trends that are impacting consumer mindsets today and in the future. These Macro Trends, collectively identified by our global marketing teams, represent the core behavioral values predicting the most impactful trends of the future. Each region has curated a unique set of Micro Trends that relate back to the core Macro Trends. In this presentation, we will relate Bell’s Spark trends to up-and-coming snack flavor profiles to be on the lookout for when developing innovative concepts. We’re thrilled to share them with the industry.”
– Kelli Heinz, Vice President of Marketing and Industry Affairs

“We are very excited to be invited back to talk flavor trends in the confection and snack space and apply our unique approach to what is happening in popular culture and the influence this is having on new product development. We’re also excited to provide delicious samples of each Bell Spark Macro Trend to help the audience taste and feel the trend as it comes to life in one yummy bite.” – David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing

 

HIT THE INNOVATION STAGE TO DISCOVER FLAVOR TRENDS IN SNACKS

Bell’s involvement this year spotlights their annual Spark–Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® Platform. This platform continues to track five global consumer Macro Trends impacting consumers today and into the near future, representing core behavioral values shared by all humans. They are seen around the world and serve as the foundation for more granular consumer behaviors on a micro level (Micro Trends). Micro Trends are closely tied to unique geographies, categories, flavors, fragrances, and botanicals in the here-and-now. Bell tracks these trends closely in the U.S. and across regional locations.

Join Vice President of Marketing and Industry Affairs, Kelli Heinz and Senior Director of Marketing, David Banks, as they take the Innovation Stage on May 23, 2023 at 3 pm CST to spotlight Bold Choices: Flavor Trends in Snacks. This discussion will showcase ‘hot’ flavor trends in the snack category and what’s next for snack flavor innovation through the lens of Bell’s Spark–Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® Platform.

Attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in five tastings, each exploring one of Bell’s five global consumer Macro Trends:

New Horizons: The Union of Imagination & Technology
Dark Chocolate Himalayan 5-Spice Cluster
A crunchy, dark chocolate bark indulgence containing quinoa crisps, almonds, and pistachios

 

 

 

Nature R*Evolution: The New Dawn of ‘Green’ Innovation
Mead Snack Mix
A lip smacking, savory snack featuring Lambic and honey flavors

 

 

 

 

A Better Me: A Health-Forward Look at the Best You
Kiwi Twist + Blackberry Lavender Adaptogen Gummies
Not-your-average gummies incorporating Lion’s Mane, Reishi, and Chaga mushroom powder for functional benefits

 

 

 


360° Rewards: Tantalizing Curiosities & Permissible Indulgences
Rainbow Sherbet Marshmallow
A campfire classic meets a dose of nostalgia in this must-try marshmallow delight

 

 

 

 

 

Tree of Life: United by Cultural Roots
Cheesy Mustard Popcorn
Popcorn and savory, cheesy flavors collide in this crunchy, craveable snack

 

 

 

For more information on this unique session, click here.

 

JOIN US AT THE SUPPLIER SHOWCASE (BOOTH #30406) AND EXPLORE TRENDS VIA TASTE

Bell joins 150+ exhibitors at the Supplier Showcase on May 22-23, 2023 from 1-5 pm CST. Attendees will have the chance to connect with Bell’s cross-functional team, featuring Sales, R&D (including both Sweet & Savory Applications) and Marketing. They can load up on educational resources and discover flavor trends and taste technologies (e.g., flavor enhancement, sugar reduction, flavor masking) impacting confectionery, bakery, and savory products.

Bell’s presence at the 2023 Sweets & Snacks Expo will not only drive heightened brand awareness and unique networking opportunities but offer innovative flavor inspiration and state-of-the-art taste technology solutions to buyers and R&D teams. These offerings and insights help elevate confectionery, bakery, and snack product portfolios, ensuring better alignment with consumer lifestyles and preferences, while encouraging consumers to treat themselves to rewards in everyday occasions.

To schedule an in-person appointment, click here.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – Get in touch with taste.®

About the National Confectioners Association:

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is the trade organization that promotes the unique role of chocolate, candy, gum and mints in a happy, balanced lifestyle and the companies that make these special treats. Through advocacy and regulatory guidance, communications, industry insights, and retail and supply chain engagement, NCA helps create an environment that enables candy makers to thrive. www.candyusa.com

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Inaugurates New Office in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, Mexico -April 25,2023 – Bell Flavors & Fragrances officially inaugurated its new commercial office and laboratories in Polanco, in Mexico City, on March 9, 2023.

These new facilities are located at Campos Elfseos 385 and will continue to serve not only Mexico City, but the entire region, including other neighboring states such as the State of Mexico, Queretaro and Puebla.

The new office has specialized laboratories for the application of flavors and fragrances where innovative proposals are developed according to market requirements. To do this, our labs in Mexico City counts with the best of our flavors and fragrances from our BellEssence library from Guadalajara, in addition to having the support of talented flavorists and perfumers for the development of tailor-made flavors and fragrances.

The strategic location of these new facilities will facilitate both proximity to customers and the logistics of developing solutions for their projects. Cecilia Paredes, General Director of Bell Mexico, affirms, “With this change of office we seek to be closer to our clients and be able to invite them to work in our laboratories, in order to provide them with an even better service”

It is important to highlight that from this change of address, Bell plans not only to provide closer proximity to its clients in the development of projects, but also to share innovation and knowledge through events, trainings and workshops. “This is a very important event for Bell Mexico, as it reflects the commitment to service and innovation with its customers,” said Daniel Castillo, Vice President of Bell’s International Division.

This is how Bell seeks to be closer to customers, offering personalized attention and faster response times, guaranteeing the quality that distinguishes the company through the SQF certification of the production plant located in Guadalajara, and inspiring innovation thought its SPARK™ platform for the creation offlavors and fragrances that captivate the senses of consumers.

For more on Bell Flavors & Fragrances, visit www.bellff.com or follow Bell Flavors & Fragrances on Twitter. Linkedln. and Facebook.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 700 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China, with sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Welcomes New Additions to Flavor Division and Production Department at Northbrook Location

 Global Flavor and Fragrance Company Expands Top Talent to Strengthen Flavor Innovation and Business Operations

NORTHBROOK, Illinois March 15, 2023 Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is thrilled to announce two new hires who recently joined the company’s Flavor and Production Planning teams.

“Tom is an outstanding addition to the Bell family, possessing extensive technical and operational talent that will allow him to excel in this role as we plan for today and look to the future,” said Lee Brooks, Vice President of Global Flavor & Fragrance Operations.

Tom Grant assumes the role of Director of Integrated Business Planning and Forecasting. In this new position, Tom will lead demand and operations planning processes for Bell’s Northbrook and Middletown locations in addition to managing the Northbrook Production Planning team.

Tom is versed in team leadership and advancing change management initiatives having worked at flavors and fragrance companies in operations and supply chain-related senior positions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Fairhaven College.

Michael Morrison joins the Flavor Division as a Junior Flavorist. In this role, Michael will support flavor projects and create innovative flavor profiles for Bell’s customers.

Michael achieved his flavor apprentice status, as defined by the Society of Flavor Chemists, in October 2022, spending the last six years training at a global flavor and fragrance company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science & Technology and a minor in Chemistry from Oregon State University.

“We’re so pleased to welcome Michael to the Flavor Division. He has immense enthusiasm and passion for learning, and will bring innovative thinking and creative flavor ideation to the Bell R&D team,” said Joan Harvey, Senior Vice President & Commercial General Manager, Flavors.

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 500 Academy Drive, Northbrook Illinois 60062 Phone: +847.291.8300, Fax: +847.291.1217, Web: www.bellff.com

 

Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in congratulating both Tom and Michael as they strengthen our commitment to delivering excellent service and care to our U.S. customers.

For more on Bell Flavors & Fragrances, visit www.bellff.com or follow Bell Flavors & Fragrances on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

For media requests please contact David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Strengthens U.S. Headquarter by Promoting Top Talent to Key Positions

Global Flavors and Fragrance Company Supports Growth Among Flavor & Fragrance Divisions and Within Internal Departments at Northbrook, IL Facility

NORTHBROOK, Illinois- February 24, 2023 – Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is proud to announce strategic promotions within the company’s Flavor and Fragrance divisions as well as Internal Operations and Finance departments at its headquarter in Northbrook, IL.

“It’s an honor to have exceptional talent spanning all aspects of our global business at Bell Flavors & Fragrances. These strategic promotions are critical to compounding Bell’s growth and ensuring that we continuously improve our customers’ experiences at every touchpoint, and that starts with engaged employees. Bell will treat our customers like family and lead with our family-first mindset,” said Ron Stark, President & CEO.

FLAVOR DIVISION

Benjamin Stanley, CRC has been promoted to Senior Corporate Chef and Manager of Sweet Applications at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In this new position, Benjamin will continue managing the Sweet Applications Team, including internal and customer projects. He will continue ideating around and promoting innovative flavors for Bell’s Spark Trends and other programs.

 Since joining Bell 3.5 years ago, Benjamin has played a critical role on the Culinary Applications Team, in which he demonstrates a strong commitment

to widening Bell’s flavor market share and boosting Bell’s visibility within the confection and sweet goods industry. Benjamin recently graduated with a Master of Science degree in Innovation from Northeastern University’s D-Amore-McKim School of Business.

 Andrew Petrou has been promoted to Flavorist II at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In this new position, Andrew will continue to ideate around and develop cutting-edge savory flavors for use in a variety of food and beverage applications.

Andrew is a key member of Bell’s Savory team, supporting the Bell Technology & Innovation Center and successfully developing new savory flavors. He was recently accepted into the Society of Flavor Chemists with full certification status and is one of the few certified members specializing in Savory Flavor Chemistry. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 Cody Heinz has been promoted to Director of Sales at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In this new position, Cody will implement and manage Bell’s sales metrics tool. He will engage in a variety of initiatives to support sales goals and equip the Sales team with transparent, effective and efficient sales management data and resource planning.

Cody recently celebrated ten years with Bell, holding roles as an Inside Sales Representative and National Account Manager. Cody earned a Master of Business Administration in Business Administration, Management & Operations

from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology & Health from Miami University of Ohio.

FRAGRANCE DIVISION

Kenny Enriquez has been promoted to Director of Sales at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In this new role, he will be responsible for implementing and managing key sales metrics. He will support the Sales team with utilizing transparent, effective and efficient sales management data and engaging in resource planning and tracking profitability.

Prior to this role, Kenny was a Sales Key Account Manager and Account Executive at Bell. Kenny holds a Master of Business Administration from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Kansas.

Ted Heinz has been promoted to Fragrance Business Development Manager. In this new role, Ted will be a key player in Bell’s business development initiative to continue strengthening the Fragrance division.

Ted joined Bell in 2005 as an Analytical Department Analyst, transitioning into internal sales, then his former position as an Account Manager. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Business from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT

 Olu Famoyin has been promoted to Director of Manufacturing at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In this new role, Olu will lead the Manufacturing, Shipping and Maintenance teams, propelling Bell’s commitment to optimizing productivity, maximizing efficiency, and ensuring full compliance with processes, quality standards and safety policies.

Olu joined the Bell family as an Associate Director of Operations where he worked on manufacturing improvements and adoption of a new ERP system. Olu played a pivotal role in implementing shipping improvements to optimize day-to-day operations. Olu earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry

from Rutgers University and has extensive Flavor industry experience leading multiple sites.

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

 Theresa Link has been promoted to Controller at Bell’s Northbrook headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In this new position, she will be responsible for general accounting, payroll, cash management, internal controls and financial closes for Bell’s Northbrook and New York locations. She will also ensure accurate financial statements and analyses to support the business.

Theresa has been a dedicated member of the Bell family for 17 years. Prior to this role, Theresa was Bell’s Director of Cost Accounting. She possesses expertise in inventory costing, cash management and general ledger, and

serves as a subject matter expert for Bell’s ERP system. Theresa earned her Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Elmhurst University.

 Brian Enriquez has been promoted to Director of Cost Accounting at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, IL. In this new role, Brian will continue implementing a new product system, working closely with Bell’s Operations Team to evaluate manufacturing labor and overhead rates and tracking incurred costs from raw materials to finished products.

Prior to this role, Brian was Bell’s Senior Manager of Finance and Pricing. Brian earned his Bachelor’s degree in Financial Planning and Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in celebrating these milestone career moments as they continue to strengthen Bell’s collective expertise and deliver on Bell’s commitment to efficiency, quality and excellence for our customers.

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About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier offlavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has 11 manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India,Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances’ Technology and Innovation Center Advances Strategic Developments in Clean Label Flavors

 Bell’s Expanded Flavor Production Capabilities & Expertise at Northbrook, IL Headquarter Continues to Ground Company as Flavor Industry Leader

NORTHBROOK, Illinois – February 20, 2023 – Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) unveils their Bell Technology and Innovation Center (BTIC), a state-of-the-art facility at the intersection of innovation, engineering, technology, research product development, and applied sciences. This innovation incubator and collaborative workspace unites diverse expertise under one roof. Located at Bell’s Northbrook headquarter, the Center connects creative minds among Flavor Developers, Technology, Culinary Applications, Regulatory and Manufacturing, to foster new flavor development and expand Bell’s key capabilities in the industry.

“Bell’s Technology and Innovation Center is a landmark facility for keeping Bell cutting edge, on the cusp of innovation and continuing to provide excellent customer service for our clients. BTIC fosters a seamless flavor R&D pipeline, from ideation to manufacturing, and allows Bell to deliver clean label flavors with speed and precision,” said Joan Harvey, Senior Vice President & Commercial General Manager, Flavors.

BTIC has expanded Bell’s ability to rapidly produce customized flavors that can be incorporated into a wide variety of award-winning food and beverage products with a streamlined ingredients panel, ranging from savory to sweet, alcoholic beverages to mocktails, and everything in between. Today’s consumer is advocating for clean labels with fewer ingredients, with 56% of consumers equating long ingredient lists with unhealthy products and 61% of consumers agreeing that ultra-processed foods are not favorable for one’s health (Mintel, 2022).

Given continued rising interest in clean label claims, Bell has introduced a new line of USDA Kettle Cooked Meat Flavors. These Flavors, including Chicken, Beef and Turkey, enhance a product’s natural broth flavor profile while maintaining a cleaner label, meeting both consumer expectations and manufacturer needs. Bell’s robust team of Regulatory experts commands comprehensive understanding of the flavors regulatory environment, including USDA labeling, policies and inspection requirements, and serves as final gatekeepers for delivering high-quality flavors.

Bell also offers a line of flavors that is certified USDA Organic. And, their proprietary BellTech flavor technologies, such as sweetness modulation, masking and mouthfeel improvements, allows consumer packaged goods companies to perfect their product portfolios. These novel, custom ingredient solutions offer targeted sensory advantages that are valuable to both manufacturers and consumers alike.

Bell prides itself on superior service – both in product development and with customers – as well as delivering quick turnaround times, flexibility in offerings, small batch flavor production and the ability to customize flavors to meet a range of application and regulatory needs.

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 500 Academy Drive, Northbrook Illinois 60062 Phone: +847.291.8300, Fax: +847.291.1217, Web: www.bellff.com

 

For more on Bell Flavors & Fragrances, visit www.bellff.com or follow Bell Flavors & Fragrances on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has eleven manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Welcomes New Hire to Propel the Strategic Growth of Sales Team & Flavor Division

Global Flavors and Fragrance Company Secures Top Talent to Strengthen Business Development

NORTHBROOK, Illinois- January 25, 2023 – Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is thrilled to announce a new hire who has recently joined the company’s Flavor Sales team.

“Johanna is an excellent addition to Bell, possessing expertise that will not only strengthen our team, but continue to expand Bell’s presence across the country, drive new business efforts and further enhance key relationships with clients,” said Joan Harvey, Senior Vice President & Commercial General Manager, Flavors.

 Johanna Kearney is the newest addition to Bell’s Flavor Sales team, joining as an Account Executive. In this role, she will manage Bell accounts in the Southeast region of the United States.

Johanna commands extensive experience in the flavor industry as a beverage scientist with technical sales expertise. She previously served as a Science Educator and most recently as a middle school teacher in Nashville, TN. Johanna’s teaching experience extends to the collegiate level, having taught at Columbia State Community College. Johanna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Education from Auburn University and a Master of Arts degree in Biology Education from the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in congratulating Johanna as she strengthens our commitment to delivering excellent service and care to our U.S. customers.

For more on Bell Flavors & Fragrances, visit www.bellff.com or follow Bell Flavors & Fragrances on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

For media requests please contact David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing.

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., 500 Academy Drive, Northbrook Illinois 60062

Phone: +847.291.8300, Fax: +847.291.1217, Web: www.bellff.com

 

 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. www.bellff.com

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Bell Captures Granular, Globally Relevant Consumer Behaviors and Industry Trends in 2023 Edition of Spark Trends Platform

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Captures Granular, Globally Relevant Consumer Behaviors and Industry Trends in 2023 Edition of Spark Trends Platform

 

Bell’s Annual Trends Program Explores Macro & Micro Trends Impacting Customers Here-And-Now

January 12, 2023 –

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) recently announced new trend inspirations via their Spark–Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® platform. Since 2015, Bell’s Spark Trends platform is the essence of creativity and the future of influential trends in the flavor and fragrance industries. Spark provides a unique one-stop guide to what’s next in today’s rapidly changing consumer landscape.

Bell’s Spark Trends platform continues to track five global consumer Macro Trends that are impacting consumers today and into the near future, representing core behavioral values shared by all humans. They are seen around the world and serve as the foundation for more granular consumer behaviors on a micro level (i.e., Micro Trends). Micro Trends are closely tied to unique geographies, categories, flavors, fragrances and botanicals in the here-and-now. Bell tracks these trends closely in the U.S. and across regional locations.

“Predicting the most impactful trends of the future is challenging, but the Spark platform always starts with a common denominator: the essence of what makes us all human. When we think about Micro Trends, they are the phenomena firmly impacting consumers in the here-and-now. Micro Trends shape consumer experiences based on what’s happing in the current world and can be attributed to specific actions or changes in market or consumer dynamics. We’re thrilled to share them with the industry,” says Kelli Heinz, Vice President of Marketing & Industry Affairs.

 

MACRO TREND #1 – NEW HORIZONS: THE UNION OF IMAGINATION & TECHNOLOGY

 

From dreaming of a reality escape to embracing virtual celebrations and new ways of connecting digitally, consumers crave a new era of interconnectedness via physical and digital fusion called ‘phygital.

The New Horizons Micro Trends include:

EXTREME FUSIONS: Bold, new mashups can be found in co-branded meal and fragrance promotions, as well as food trucks and street food restaurants at the intersection of formerly separate cuisines, as consumers break boundaries and disrupt the mundane routines. ​

SENSORIAL SPARKS: There are millions of options to craft immersive experiences and products that redefine the boundaries of perception with titillating flavors and fragrances that engage the senses and create memorable moments.

NEW E-RA: The previous year’s trend towards escapism gains a digital dimension, as consumers’ minds and palates gravitate towards the metaverse as a place to discover and interact with foods, beverages and consumer products.

 

MACRO TREND #2 – NATURE R*EVOLUTION: THE NEW DAWN OF ‘GREEN’ INNOVATION


This trend looks at the new dawn of ‘green’ innovation to safeguard the future of the planet, without sacrificing the familiar scents and taste sensations consumers continue to crave.

The Nature R*Evolution Micro Trends include:

ALTERNATIVE EVERYTHING: Smart alternatives are taking center stage and consumer lifestyles continue trending towards healthier options, with vegetarian and vegan food choices in high demand and ‘flexitarian’ lifestyles as the new mainstream.

CLEAN LABEL: Brands are pressed to replace harmful ingredients and manufacturing methods with sustainable alternatives, all the while reducing carbon emissions in search of not just carbon neutrality, but climate positivity.

VALUE TECH: Nature made even more valuable and sustainable – with technology. Value-adding tech holds the key to enhancing the flavors, smells, and appeal of natural ingredients and finished products.

 

MACRO TREND #3 – A BETTER ME: A HEALTH-FORWARD LOOK AT THE BEST YOU


This trend explores a fresh approach to the best version of ‘you’ as consumers become immersed in holistic wellness and prioritize mental health, self-care and less crowded calendars.

The A Better Me Micro Trends include:

MOOD MODS: As this trend evolves, consumers will continue to gravitate toward natural remedies such as ‘good mood’ essential oils and products containing botanical extracts or food-grade botanicals to change the color on that mood ring. ​

BALANCING BLISS: The quest for achieving ‘health’ with a holistic focus will be intermingled with indulgent allowances as consumers turn to natural fragrances and products made with organic ingredients, while also honoring heritage cuisines and home cooked favorites.

FUNCTIONAL FINDS: Brands will be challenged to continue incorporating functional ingredients and adaptogens into food, beverage and fragrance products while maintaining the familiar tastes, textures and sensorial experiences that consumers know and expect.

 

MACRO TREND #4 – 360º REWARDS: TANTALIZING CURIOSITIES AND PERMISSIBLE INDULGENCES


Consumers have been searching for silver linings and are now giving themselves the permission to embrace escapism, indulge unapologetically and spark joy in unique ways.

 

The 360º Rewards Micro Trends include:

NEWSTALGIA: The twist that everyone loves. By using something new that harkens back to shared pop culture moments, brands can help unglue consumers from digital screens and dive into enjoyments of their own reality.​

LIMITED EDITION: Limited editions are about capturing a passing moment – in exclusive ways that motivate consumers to stand in line or make purchases at fleeting moments in time. They’re looking for the next new thing of tomorrow.

BACK TO BASICS: Traditional foods and scents provide a connection to the stories of our ancestors. Brands must take a step back and remember the good old days and what makes them special.

 

MACRO TREND #5 – TREE OF LIFE: UNITED BY CULTURAL ROOTS


Consumers remain passionate about paying it forward to mother earth, but now are more aware of human connections across the globe, championing diverse heritage, authentic values and sustainable products.

The Tree of Life Micro Trends include:

FUTURE PROOF: The time has come for ‘future-proofing’ business models and supply chains, as global crises and inflationary pressures add urgency and require new ways to replace and rebuild resources, guided by global regulatory standards.

HUMAN CONNECTION: This is the time to thrive for brands that are paying it forward, whether creating sustainable and fair trade certified businesses in emerging economies or shining a light on underprivileged communities and their traditions.

HYPER LOCAL: While the trend towards exploration and discovery is back with a vengeance, the diversity of local communities starts to shine as consumers find the imprints of ethnic cuisines in their own communities.

Bell’s annual Spark program allows companies to stay abreast of the latest trends and market dynamics. It thereby fuels the flavor and fragrance industries with innovative ideas for new, forward-looking marketing and product development concepts that inspire consumers’ palates and invigorate brand initiatives.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 60 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

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Bell Achieves Top Rating in 12th Consecutive SQF Food Safety Program Audit at Northbrook Headquarter

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Achieves Top Rating in 12th Consecutive SQF Food Safety Program Audit at Northbrook Headquarter

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Maintains Excellent Rating Across Four Global Locations

January 5, 2023 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is proud to announce the recent completion of their annual SQF Food Safety Program Audit conducted by the Safe Quality Food Institute. This past year marked the 12th consecutive Audit resulting in an ‘Excellent’ rating (96/100) achieved at their headquarter in Northbrook, IL. Each of Bell’s global locations, including Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, China and New York undergo this rigorous audit annually. Bell’s additional North American sites – Canada (96/100), Mexico (100/100) and New York (98/100) – also obtained the highest rating of ‘Excellent’.

“The SQF Food Safety Program is well-known across the food industry, utilizing a food safety and quality standard that is internationally recognized and emphasizes compliance in the application of HACCP for food safety hazards. Preparation required preparation and collaboration from various Bell departments, including Operations, Production, Quality Control, Safety and more, to ensure that all documents, systems and equipment are compliant to the SQF standard, and we’re proud to be continually recognized for our achievement,” states Kathleen Hoppie, Senior Quality System Manager.

The Safe Quality Food Program, as part of the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute, is a “rigorous and credible food safety and quality program that is recognized by retailers, brand owners and food service providers worldwide. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain – from the farm all the way to the retail stores” (SQF Institute, 2023). A variety of SQF Programs are available for implementation at the supplier level (e.g., SQF Fundamentals Program and SQF Ethical Sourcing Program), with Bell actively participating in the three-day SQF Food Safety Program Audit spanning key categories such as waste disposal, water treatment, ventilation, food defense and more.

Bell is engrained in the safe production and storage of flavor ingredients and continues to explore ways in which they can reimagine food safety and quality. To learn more about Bell’s SQF Food Safety Audit (certification #: 110052 | 167419), click here.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

About the Safe Quality Food Institute:

“The SQF (Safe Quality Food) Institute is a division of FMI, The Food Industry Association, established to administer the SQF Program, a leading, global food safety and quality certification and management system. Their mission is to deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs that are based on sound scientific principles, applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders. At SQFI, the goal is always food safety – and they are dedicated to not only writing a rigorous standard, but also developing comprehensive training, cohesive guidance materials, and free educational resources to help you along the way.” www.sqfi.com

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Bell Debuts New Flavor & Fragrance Trend Inspirations via Spark – Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® Platform

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Debuts New Trend Inspirations via Spark–Ignites Creativity, Inspires Senses® Platform

 

Bell’s Annual Flavor & Fragrance Program Reveals Evolved Macro Trends With a Global Focus

December 13, 2022 –

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is thrilled to announce their new Spark Trends platform predictions. Since its inception in 2015, Spark provides a multi-faceted understanding of the global consumer landscape, blending a comprehensive knowledge of culinary influences, market dynamics and product innovations with consumer attitudes, usage and purchasing habits to understand what’s shaping the future of flavors, fragrances and botanicals.

“This year, Bell’s platform continues to track five key global consumer macro trends that are impacting mindsets today and in the future. These Macro Trends, collectively identified by our global marketing teams, represent the core behavioral values shared by all humans at this moment in time. As we move into another year of changes on a global scale, Bell’s Spark trends uncover various ways in which consumers are responding to current shifts,” says Kelli Heinz, Vice President of Marketing & Industry Affairs.

“Adventure, travel and unforgettable experiences are back on the menu as consumers pursue New Horizons of exploration in both the physical and virtual worlds. Holistic health and personal wellbeing are requiring everyday activities to be functional and mood enhancing. Moving forward, consumers continue to demand new and sustainable ways to connect with nature, optimized by ‘green’ innovation. They increasingly seek sensorial experiences rooted deep within authentic cultures while looking for that extra ‘spark’ to find rewards right here, right now,” according to David Banks, Sr. Director of Marketing.

Explore Bell’s new Spark Macro Trends:

A new era is on the horizon for humankind: From dreaming of a reality escape to embracing virtual celebrations and new ways of connecting digitally, we’re now craving a new era of interconnectedness via physical and digital fusion called ‘phygital.’ This trend is formerly a combination of Bell’s Escapism + Together Apart macro trends.

Plant-based, cruelty-free, and good for the planet: This trend looks at the new dawn of ‘green’ innovation to safeguard the future of the planet, without sacrificing the familiar scents and taste sensations consumers continue to crave. It is a new addition to Bell’s macro trends.

Health and wellness priorities, redefined: While physical and social aspects of health are here to stay, we’re immersing ourselves in holistic wellness, prioritizing mental health, self-care and less crowded calendars. This trend was formerly Bell’s Well-Balanced macro trend and explores a fresh approach to the best version of ‘you’.

Don’t delay rewards: We’ve been searching for silver linings – the everyday things that make us happy and bring comfort. Now, we’re giving ourselves the permission to embrace escapism, indulge unapologetically and spark joy in unique ways. This trend was formerly Bell’s Finding Silver Linings macro trend.

Everyone on the planet is connected by their environmental choices: We remain passionate about paying it forward to mother earth, but, now more than ever, we’re aware of human connections across the globe, and we are becoming champions of diverse heritage, authentic values and sustainable products as a means to making the world a better place for all. This trend was formerly Bell’s Global Consciousness macro trend.

Bell’s annual Spark program allows companies to stay abreast of the latest trends and fuels innovative ideas for new flavor and fragrance forward marketing and product development concepts that inspire consumer palettes and invigorate brand presence.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

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Bell Successfully Completes Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) at Northbrook Headquarter

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Successfully Completes Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) at Northbrook Headquarter

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Continues to Advance Responsible Business Practices via 3rd Party Membership of IFRA-OIFI Sustainability Charter & Ethical Auditing


December 6, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is proud to announce the successful finalization of their 2020 Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) at their corporate headquarter (ZS1013925). As a signatory member of the IFRA-OIFI Sustainability Charter, the company closely tracks five focus areas including: 1) Responsible Sourcing, 2) Environmental Footprint, 3) Employee Well-being, 4) Product Safety, and 5) Transparency. In line with these goals, Bell is focused on improving their business value chain via responsible and sustainability-forward practices.

“As an active Sedex Corporate B member, Bell Flavors & Fragrances is committed to being a responsible business, sourcing with critical impacts in mind and improving ethical standards and working conditions within the supply chain. Having Sedex’s tools and services at our fingertips allows Bell to continually implement and improve sustainable business practices,” states Diego Darquea C., Vice President of Global Flavor & Fragrance Quality, Compliance and Safety.

Sedex is the largest and most recognized ethical data exchange platform and audit program with over 55,000 members in 180 countries, across 35 industry sectors, including food, agriculture, financial services, clothing and apparel, packaging and chemicals. The program’s voluntary, global certification is renewed annually, with Bell required to undergo a SMETA performed at five site-specific levels, including Illinois (corporate headquarters), New York, Mexico, Canada and Germany.

SMETA is one of the most widely used social audits in the world, conducted to understand labor and human relations conditions, such as the health and safety of workers. Through ethical trade auditing, Sedex focuses on three key areas, including: 1) Standards of Labor, 2) Health and Safety, and 3) Environment and Business Ethics. Customer and suppliers with access to the Sedex platform are able to view Bell’s full audit report, which has been added to the 40K+ SMETA audits uploaded to the platform annually.

Bell is proud to partner with suppliers and focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing in order to provide solutions for customers and consumers that demand transparency. From tracking our carbon footprint using the GHG Protocol to taking measures to minimize waste and handle disposal in a safe and regulated manner, Bell takes an active approach to maximizing positive environmental and social impacts on both a local and global scale while minimizing our footprint worldwide.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

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Bell Embarks on 2022-2023 Regional IFT Roadshow

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Embarks on 2022-2023 Regional IFT Roadshow

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Travels Cross-Country to Join The Science of Food Community’s Supplier Events

October 26, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is hitting the road to exhibit at the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2022-2023 Regional Section Suppliers’ Events spanning coast-to-coast. IFT’s Regional Sections offer a way for networking with professionals steeped in the science of food to make strategic connections at a local level. These engaging events provide the opportunity for networking and education, and allow suppliers to debut their latest products and services supporting the science of food community.

Bell recently exhibited at the Minnesota Section IFT Annual Suppliers’ Expo (October 12) and the Intermountain Section IFT Symposium and Suppliers Night (October 19-21), showcasing menu items with bold fruit and spice flavor blends, including Urfa Chili Meyer Lemon Snack Mix, Caviar Lime Nimbu Soda, Ponzu Togarashi Popcorn, Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie Bites and Caviar Lime and Dragonfruit Taffy. Following recent events, the Bell team will be heading to upcoming 2022 IFT Regional Section Suppliers’ Events to debut their new citrus-infused menu:

  • November 1, 2022: Chicago Section IFT (CSIFT) Annual Suppliers Expo and Symposium (booth #308)
  • November 16-17, 2022: Longhorn Section IFT Suppliers Expo (booth #242)

“The Bell team is excited to embark on our Regional IFT Roadshow to connect with fellow industry colleagues and release our new menu featuring citrus flavors, like Ruby Red Grapefruit and Calamansi. Consumers continue to gravitate toward food and beverage items that contain natural flavors given a rising interest in clean label. And, with the stress of current events, they’re gravitating toward comfort and products that provide an uplifting mood boost. Given their vibrant colors and sweet-tart tastes, citrus is typically associated with feelings of joy, and we’re delivering a bit of happiness and a boost of flavor bite by bite, states Benjamin Stanley, CRC, Corporate Chef – Sweet Applications Manager.

Bell will be joining exhibitors on the Expo floor to showcase a new, citrus-infused menu, educational resources and a team of culinary experts. Across the globe, consumers continue to lean into citrus, with 52% of U.S. consumers indicating that they like or love it and one-quarter (25.7%) of U.S. menus featuring it. Citrus flavors resonate particularly well among those looking to support their immune systems and increase their vitamin C intake. Bell offers iconic, natural citrus flavors, such as Grapefruit, Mandarin Orange and Meyer Lemon in addition to specialty citrus flavors, like Buddha’s Hand and Meiwa Kumquat.  These flavors can be added to a multitude of applications, including confectionery, sauces and dips, beverages, snacks, sweet goods and more.

Inspired by consumer preferences and marketing data, Bell will showcase the following refreshing, citrus-flavored menu items:

Sudachi Snack Mix        

This snack mix features Bell’s Sudachi flavor to lend tart and fresh notes of a Japanese Sudachi lime. Sudachi is a small, round, green citrus fruit and is a specialty of the Tokushima Prefecture in Japan. Given its natural sourness, it’s not typically eaten as a fruit, but rather used as a flavor in place of lemon or lime.

This delicious mix also features Bell’s Wasabi flavor to impart a heat-driven spice while Bell’s Kokumi technology makes the snack mix more rich and complex.

 

 

Citrus Slice Gummy Medley: Buddha’s Hand, Calamansi and Blood Orange 

 Buddha’s Hand: Bell’s Buddha’s Hand flavor has a distinct flavor profile, boasting notes of lemon and yuzu with a sweet, lemon blossom aroma and offering a unique spin on the classic fruit slice candy.

 Calamansi: Bell’s Calamansi flavor displays blended notes of tart lemon, lime and orange. This citrus fruit is commonly used in Filipino and Southeastern Asian cuisines and can range from green to yellow to orange in color.

Blood Orange: Bell’s Blood Orange Citrus flavor has notes of navel orange with hints of tartness and floral fruits and is usually less acidic than a traditional orange.

 

Pink Limoncello Champagne Spritz Mocktail

Whether savored on a hot, summer day or enjoyed during a cozy dinner party with friends, this mocktail is sure to be refreshing and provide a mood boosting pick-me-up. The mashup of Bell’s natural Champagne Type flavor, Pink Lemon Type flavor extract and Lemon flavor (Sorrento type) deliver sweet-tart citrus notes with a hint of bubbly.

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby Red Grapefruit IPA Popcorn

This seasoned popcorn features Bell’s natural Ruby Red Grapefruit, IPA, and Hop flavors, which blend together to impart notes of fresh squeezed grapefruit and hoppy IPA beer. A refreshing spin on an everyday snack, this popcorn will inspire memories of sweet summertime and sipping on a cold beer.

 

 

 

 

 

Kumquat Madeleine

These mini madeleines are a condensed version of a traditional French madeleine. They’re flavored with Bell’s Kumquat and Vanilla flavors, giving them a distinct citrus note that is sweet with notes of sour and tang. Vanilla rounds out this sweet treat to elevate the cookie.

Bell’s presence at IFT’s Regional Section Suppliers’ Events will foster strong brand awareness and spark interest in delivering food and beverage products that spotlight citrus flavors. In tandem with citrus-infused samples, discussions around Bell’s proprietary technology capabilities and annual Spark trends will drive successful commercial connections among prospects and customers.

 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

About The Institute of Food Technologists:

“The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a community of professionals and students passionate about the essential role science and innovation play in ensuring that our global food system is safe, nutritious and sustainable. Since 1939, IFT has been a forum to collaborate, learn and contribute, all with the goal of inspiring and transforming collective scientific knowledge into innovative solutions for the benefit of all people around the world. IFT builds value for its members in more than 90 countries by working across borders, sharing content, promoting activities, and building networks that connect science of food professionals wherever they live.” www.ift.org

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Bell Debuts New, Citrus-Infused, Snack-Centric Menu at SupplySide West & Food Ingredients North America 2022

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Debuts New, Citrus-Infused, Snack-Centric Menu at SupplySide West & Food Ingredients North America 2022

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Joins 18K+ Ingredient Buyers and Suppliers at Upcoming Finished Products Conference

October 25, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) will be heading to SupplySide West & Food Ingredients North America 2022 held in person from October 31 – November 4, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bell will join over 18,000 ingredient buyers and suppliers from a variety of industries, including beverage, personal care, dietary supplement, functional food and sports nutrition. This conference brings together health and nutrition professionals and 1,300+ exhibitors to engage in educational and event programming and learn about the latest science, trends and strategies driving global finished products development. SupplySide West & Food Ingredients North America also provides companies the inspiration needed for growth and innovation, and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues in R&D, marketing, supply chain management, and more.

“The Bell team is heading to Supply Side West and Food Ingredients North America 2022 ready to inspire the industry with snackable creations and new flavor mashups, like our Ruby Red Grapefruit IPA Popcorn and Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy, incorporating flavors such as Apple Cider, Hibiscus and Hops. The demand for snack foods and gummies among consumers continues to increase, and products with functional benefits are experiencing strong growth. In the past, these product categories sacrificed on taste, however, recent innovation satisfies nutrition and taste preferences, while fitting into healthy lifestyles. We’re continuing to experiment with savory, citrus and indulgent flavors in the snack and gummy categories while keeping consumer desires and market data top-of-mind,” states Casey Schallert, Senior Corporate Chef.

These past few years have encouraged consumers to pause, reflect and reinvigorate their interest in taking positive steps to improving their personal health and creating the best version of themselves. In doing so, they’re turning to retail products to meet their anxiety support (+38%), mood and stress health (+24%) and sleep support (+37%) needs (Nielsen, 2022). Functional products, including gummies, have huge market potential – in fact, function claims in the gummy category have increased 171% between 2016-2021. And, among those who are looking to increase their vitamin C intake and boost immune support, citrus flavors continue to resonate particularly well. Bell offers a variety of natural citrus flavors (e.g., Meyer Lemon), savory flavors (e.g., Roasted Pork), and culinary mashup and orchard fruit flavors (e.g., Cardamom Apricot) that can be incorporated into a variety of applications, like snacks, confectionery and more.

This year, Bell’s booth (#1447) will feature educational resources and provide attendees the opportunity to connect with the culinary team and indulge in a new, citrus-infused, snackable menu:

Sudachi Snack Mix

This snack mix features Bell’s Sudachi flavor to lend tart and fresh notes of a Japanese Sudachi lime. Sudachi is a small, round, green citrus fruit and is a specialty of the Tokushima Prefecture in Japan. Given its natural sourness, it’s not typically eaten as a fruit, but rather used as a flavor in place of lemon or lime.

This delicious mix also features Bell’s Wasabi flavor to impart a heat-driven spice while Bell’s Kokumi technology makes the snack mix more rich and complex.

 

 

Citrus Slice Gummy Medley: Buddha’s Hand, Calamansi and Blood Orange 

Buddha’s Hand: Bell’s Buddha’s Hand flavor has a distinct flavor profile, boasting notes of lemon and yuzu with a sweet, lemon blossom aroma and offering a unique spin on the classic fruit slice candy.

Calamansi: Bell’s Calamansi flavor displays blended notes of tart lemon, lime and orange. This citrus fruit is commonly used in Filipino and Southeastern Asian cuisines and can range from green to yellow to orange in color.

Blood Orange: Bell’s Blood Orange Citrus flavor has notes of navel orange with hints of tartness and floral fruits and is usually less acidic than a traditional orange.

 

Ruby Red Grapefruit IPA Popcorn

This seasoned popcorn features Bell’s natural Ruby Red Grapefruit, IPA, and Hop flavors, which blend together to impart notes of fresh squeezed grapefruit and hoppy IPA beer. A refreshing spin on an everyday snack, this popcorn will inspire memories of sweet summertime and sipping on a cold beer.

 

 

 

 

 

Hibiscus Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy

This elevated twist on traditional gummy candies feature Bell’s natural Hibiscus flavor, offering a delightfully tart and sour tang. Hibiscus flowers provide a tart, earthy flavor that is on the rise in new product innovation, from cocktails to confections, bringing an undeniably vibrant crimson hue.

 

 

 

 


About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

About SupplySide West & Food Ingredients (Fi) North America:
“Food Ingredients North America and SupplySide West is the premier gathering of health and nutrition professionals in Las Vegas, bringing together buyers and suppliers from throughout the industry. SupplySide West brings together ingredient buyers and suppliers from the dietary supplement, beverage, functional food, personal care and sports nutrition industries to network and explore industry trends, scientific innovations, and top performing products. Fi North America is the latest branch of Fi Global events that serve the global food, beverage and dietary supplements markets, offering food and beverage manufacturers direct access to the widest range of ingredient suppliers from around the world.”

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Bell Announces New Hires in the Marketing Department

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Announces New Hires in the Marketing Department


Marketing Team Adds New Talent and Strengthens Global Strategy

 

September 27, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is proud to announce new hires in the Marketing team at its headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois, Mexico and EMEA headquarters in Europe.

“We’ve strengthened our Global Marketing team with new additions, promotions and newly created positions to elevate our global marketing strategy and provide our customers with continued consumer and market insights relevant to the flavors, fragrance and botanical markets we serve. Bell is positioned globally to service locally and the new marketing talent will elevate our service strategy through our Global Spark trends program and many other global marketing initiatives,” states Kelli Heinz, VP of Marketing & Industry Affairs at Bell Flavors & Fragrances.

“These additions to the Global Marketing team will increase our understanding of the flavor and fragrance markets and bring the voice of the consumer into every product we develop. This allows us to focus greater efforts on deeper category insights and consumer understanding as it relates to flavor and fragrance trends, further expanding our Spark trends platform,” said David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing at Bell Flavors & Fragrances.

Renee King joins the Marketing team as a new Director of Marketing focused on the fragrance and botanicals divisions. Renee will create and execute new concepts, business models, and channels to position Bell as an innovator and leader in the flavor and fragrances industries. She will help build the Bell brand in the marketplace, activate new marketing campaigns, expand our marketing reach, enhance product development, and drive strategy around the fragrance and botanical divisions.

Renee comes to Bell with over 20 years of experience in the beauty and fragrance world focused on marketing, evaluation, strategy, branding and development with global fragrance houses and CPG companies. She earned her Master of Science degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Sarah Campbell is Bell’s new Marketing Specialist with a focus on designing, creating, and delivering marketing programs to support expansion and growth of Bell’s services and products. Her role will be an integral part of the development and execution of marketing plans to reach targets, from brand awareness to product promotion. Sarah will work with the R&D and Application labs to prepare customer presentations.

Sarah joins Bell from an office supply company where she worked on numerous marketing initiatives, including social media, graphic design, videography, website, and virtual trade shows as well as serving as the point of contact for quarterly promotions. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a focus on Journalism from Michigan State University.

Dirk Vogel joins Bell as the new Senior Marketing Specialist where he will manage the development and execution of projects that support Bell’s key technologies, categories, customers and internal initiatives. Dirk will work cross-functionally to develop, produce and communicate promotional and collateral materials to support sales and proactive marketing programs, while leading customer presentations to clearly communicate Bell’s flavor and fragrance division capabilities.

Dirk has over 20 years of experience in marketing strategy, branding, communication and creative development. Prior to Bell, he worked as a freelance service provider helping companies in the CPG and e-commerce space build brands and execute fully integrated marketing plans. Dirk brings experience in journalistic/white paper writing, content marketing, market research, trend reporting, digital publishing and search engine optimization. He holds a Magister Artium degree in American Studies, Media Studies and Psychology from Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany and is proficient in both English and German.

Lindsay Parks is Bell’s new Marketing Communications and Social Media Specialist. Lindsay will be the main point of contact for all marketing communications and social media activity, and will help manage the development and execution of Bell’s internal and external communications strategies to drive business development efforts at key customers. She will work cross-functionally to develop, produce and communicate promotional and collateral materials to support sales and proactive marketing programs.

Lindsay brings experience in brand marketing, nutrition communications, social media management. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Vanderbilt University and earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Iowa State University.

Anna Lada joins Bell’s marketing team as a Senior Marketing Specialist. In this role, Anna will utilize secondary data and primary research to develop a deep understanding of the target consumer and leverages these insights to influence Bell’s overall marketing strategy and develop innovative products for our customers. She will help develop and implement strategies to maintain, manage, and grow internal marketing platforms and support external customers in growing their business through innovation and new product development efforts.

Anna has 20 years of experience in marketing and graphic design,  holding a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago.

Antonia Federsel joins the global Marketing team and Bell family as the new Marketing Specialist in the flavor segment at Bell EMEA. In her new role at the Leipzig facility in Germany, Antonia will drive Sweet & Dairy projects and take care of cross-divisional flavor promotions such as RedSugar and the expansion of the company’s PlantFuture Platform, among others.

Most recently, Antonia was a marketing officer for a fashion company, with experience in product management, analysis preparation (international and assortment-relevant data), and implementing and monitoring marketing strategies, with a focus on online business. Antonia earned a Master of Science degree in Management and Marketing from Freie Universitaet Berlin.

Leon Kuttler joins the global Marketing team and Bell family as the new Marketing Specialist in the flavor segment. Based at Bell EMEA, his role as the company’s Marketing Specialist Savory includes working with R&D and the sales team to drive the Savory business forward. Leon will use his expertise and strategic understanding, as well as his creativity, to actively shape the future of the Savory Business Unit in the EMEA region.

Prior to joining Bell, Leon worked as a Category Development Manager for a global flavor company in Germany. Leon completed his studies in the field of Business Administration and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Berufsakademie Goettingen. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Business Psychology.

Jesscia Kalmring joins the global Marketing team and Bell family as the new Marketing Specialist in the fragrance segment.

In her role as Marketing Specialist Personal Care, Jessica will be responsible for innovation and custom marketing projects for personal care customers across EMEA and will work with R&D and Sales to drive Bell’s success in the PC space.

Jessica holds a degree in social media management. Most recently, she worked as a marketing representative for a manufacturer of professional hair care products. With her experience in marketing and hair care she will join Bell and develop new innovative product concepts for the customers to actively shape the future of the Savory Business Unit in the EMEA region.

Antje Wittich has been with Bell since – 2006 and took over as Head of Marketing in the EMEA region in February 2022.With her knowledge and experience in team leadership, she will drive Bell’s strategic, market-oriented development in the EMEA region together with her marketing team and push the further development of corporate communications in Europe, Middle East & Africa and Vietnam.

In addition to trend scouting, the development of product innovations and the strengthening of communication and social media activities, the organization and implementation of worldwide trade fairs are also on the agenda.

Lorenza Perez joins the global Marketing team as a Marketing Coordinator based in Mexico. In this role, she will be responsible for the implementing commercial strategies for the Mexico region, developing presentations, analyzing trends and research, and measuring the results of innovation initiatives, among other activities.

In her past roles, she was the Community Manager and Digital Marketing Intern for beauty companies where she created social media content and was in charge of digital customer service for the professional hair care category. Following those positions, she assumed the role of Regional Marketing Intern for North America and LATAM in retail styling products. Lorenza earned her marketing degree from UNIVA University and has a Community Manager diploma.

David Banks has been promoted to the position of Senior Marketing Director in Bell’s Northbrook headquarter. His role on the Marketing team is pivotal to creating and executing new concepts, business models and channels to drive Bell’s position as an innovation leader in the flavors and fragrances industries. In this role, he will plan marketing and branding objectives, analyze market trends and recommend marketing and business development strategies, overseeing advertising, press releases, email and social media campaigns and strategies.

Since joining Bell three years ago, David has led marketing projects with a significant cross-functional collaboration. He has secured a depth in understanding the Bell customer and the marketplace and has developed partnerships with key talent at Bell to help our customer determine and realize their current and future needs.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

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Bell Announces Promotions to Strategic Positions at Northbrook Headquarters

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Announces Promotions to Strategic Positions at Northbrook Headquarters

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Supports Worldwide Strategy with Key Appointments

September 22, 2022 —

Megan Paul has been promoted to the role of Sensory Scientist at Bell’s headquarter in Northbrook, Illinois. In her new role, Megan will lead Sensory work for all Flavor Technology and Internal Formula Management Projects. She will also continue leading Flavor panels to support key flavor and product development efforts.

During her tenure at Bell, Megan has demonstrated strong drive for results and commitment to the Sensory Consumer Science discipline. Key accomplishments include strategic leadership of Sensory Panels for FMP label requirements and select Formula Management Projects. Megan also proved instrumental in efforts to increase efficiencies in panel set up and created SOPs for Lab Processes.  She is now a subject matter expert in Compusense and R Software and on track to complete her Graduate Certificate in Sensory and Consumer Science by end of 2022.

Noor Abo Alzahb has been promoted to the position of Sales Project Manager, based out of Bell’s Northbrook headquarter. In this role, Noor will be responsible for management and growth for a segment of customer accounts as well as processing incoming requests for potential customers by screening website and telephone inquiries.  She will continue to improve the Bell Flavors & Fragrances customer experience through process improvements and working directly with the Flavor and Fragrance sales teams to streamline work flow.  Another key responsibility consists of developing relevant reporting. Consequently, her efforts will continue to improve sales activity and win rates.  Additionally, Noor will be engaged in Sales Team projects including support for large group meetings and improving the customer experience.

Since joining Bell in 2019, Noor has been working as an Administrative Lab Assistant in Flavors. She commands extensive understanding of Bell customer and project systems that will prove key in her new role. Prior to Bell, Noor worked in positions with a strong focus on customer experience.

David Banks has been promoted to the position of Senior Marketing Director in Bell’s Northbrook headquarter. His role on the Marketing team is pivotal to creating and executing new concepts, business models and channels to drive Bell’s position as an innovation leader in the flavors and fragrances industries. In this role, he will plan marketing and branding objectives, analyze market trends and recommend marketing and business development strategies, overseeing advertising, press releases, email and social media campaigns and strategies.

Since joining Bell three years ago, David has led marketing projects with a significant cross-functional collaboration. He has secured a depth in understanding the Bell customer and the marketplace and has developed partnerships with key talent at Bell to help our customer determine and realize their current and future needs.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

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Bell Welcomes New Hires to U.S. Team

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Welcomes New Hires to U.S. Team

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Acquires New Talent to Strengthen Multiple Divisions

September 19, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) announces new hires to support strategic growth efforts at its headquarters in Northbrook, IL. These new additions will strengthen the Sales and Sensory/Consumer Insights teams.

Craig Dunlap joins the Flavor Sales Team as a Global Key Account Manager. In this role, he will manage Bell accounts in the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Craig began his journey in the industry as a product development scientist for several years before moving into sales. Once in the sales arena, he established a diverse background successfully supplying both ingredients and finished flavors to the prepared foods and beverage industries. Craig earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

 

Jared Hamill joins the Bell family and Flavor Sales Team as a Global Key Account Executive. Jared’s responsibilities will include managing Bell accounts primarily in the Eastern region of the United States.

Jared started his career as a Product Development Scientist with a focus on beverage creation and development within alcoholic & non-alcoholic categories. After ten years in product development, he transitioned to sales and established himself as a successful sales professional. Jared earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Texas (Dallas).

 

Lydia Wang joins Bell’s Sensory team as a Sensory Scientist. In this role, Lydia will lead multiple initiatives, including sensory research for Bell’s fragrance projects, sensory descriptors for Bell’s product library and enhancing Bell’s descriptive panel program.

Lydia joins Bell with experience in Sensory Consumer Research. Over the last few years, she worked for companies offering wide portfolios of food and beverage products, including prepared and frozen foods. Lydia earned her Master of Science degree in Food Science from the University of Guelph.

 

Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in congratulating these new hires as they strengthen our commitment to delivering excellent service and care to our U.S. customers.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

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Top 5 Trends From Plant Based World Expo 2022

Bell Flavors & Fragrances captures a snapshot of what was trending on the show floor at Javits Center in September 2022.

 

From September 8-9, the latest trends in plant-based foods were on full display at Plant Based World Expo (PBW) 2022 inside Javits Center in New York City.

In its third edition, the official tradeshow for the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) once again provided a unique platform for brands, manufacturers, distributors, as well as retail and foodservice professionals to experience what’s next in the world of alternative proteins.

The tremendous buzz surrounding plant-based foods was palpable inside Javits Center for two action-packed days. More than 245 exhibitors, including significantly more international brands, showcased their offerings in front of more than 3,700 attendees; up 20% from 2021.

Spotlight on Plant-Based Foods

Sweet, savory, functional, and gourmet: Walking the halls provided guests with a chance to taste and discover the latest iterations of plant-based foods and technologies.

Product presentations on the floor were supplemented by content-rich PBW platforms such as the Culinary Theater, Learning Garden, and Conference sessions. On that note, the number of sessions featuring experts and industry insiders more than doubled compared to last year!

Standouts included strategic assessments like “Understanding the Consumer Shift from Animal to Plant-Based” hosted by PBFA and Kroger, as well as the “The ‘Why’ Behind Today’s Food & Lifestyle Trends” by Eve Turow-Paul and “Learn How to Build Flavor Without Compromising Your Diet” by Chef Shenarri Freeman.

 Another PBW highlight returned this year: The winners of the official 2022 World Plant-Based Awards were announced during the show, chosen from over 140 entries in 17 categories from 20 countries.

Celebrating Vegan Deliciousness

Bell Flavor & Fragrances team at Plant Based World Expo 2022

Products from Bell clients featured center-stage in the sample dishes presented at the Bell Flavors & Fragrances booth (number 602). Under the theme Bell Taqueria, visitors had a chance to taste Vegan Al Pastor bites featuring alternative protein from MycoTechnology, Inc. seasoned with Bell’s pork and Mexican pepper flavors, accompanied by a delicious vegan chipotle and lime crema.

Continuing the deliciousness, Bell dished out Vegan Cookie Dough, based on chickpea protein and packed with vanilla and browned butter flavors. Rounding out the taqueria offering, Bell served non-dairy Horchata Iced Coffee using ethically sourced coffee from Westrock Coffee loaded with a vegan whipped topping by Ingredion enhanced by coconut milk flavor.

Overall, sampling was in full swing at the Bell Flavors & Fragrances booth during the entire show. Meanwhile, we also made time to walk the halls and explore the 5 Top Trends from Plant Based World Expo 2022 in New York City:

1.   Next Wave of Alternative Seafood

Vegan chicken bites and faux beef burger patties are already becoming ubiquitous on mainstream menus. Now alternative seafood proteins present the next wave in terms of product innovation. On that note: When it comes to making tuna, salmon, and shrimp alternatives taste like the ‘real thing’, Bell provides a number of vegan seafood flavors and technologies to make them pop.

At Plant Based World Expo (PBW) 2022, the innovation in #altseafood was undeniable: Ingredion sampled the latest iteration of their fish tacos, while several brands showcased versions of plant-based tuna salad. Virginia’s Plant Based Seafood Co. wowed visitors with their vegan Crab Cakes, while BeLeaf won the World Plant-Based Award for their plant-based shrimp.

The next level of innovation? Plant-based sushi and ‘raw’ fish! Finless Foods showcased a raw tuna alternative that can be used in poke bowls – without the negative effects of overfishing. The same goes for Current Foods and their delicious ‘raw tuna’. Great news, since worldwide tuna stocks have been depleted by 60 percent compared to 50 years ago.

2.   Humungous Fungus

Move over, soy and seitan! The market for mushroom-based protein is literally growing like mushrooms: From 2022 to 2029 the fungal protein market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% to reach $397.5 million.

Fungi were also sprouting at Plant Based World Expo (PBW) 2022. Mushrooms scooped a win in the World Plant-Based Awards, with The Mushroom Meat Co. taking the trophy for their pulled ‘pork’. Colorado-based MycoTechnology, Inc. harnesses the growth engine of mushrooms, known as mycelium, in their FermentIQ™ Protein. It’s made by taking pea protein or a pea and rice protein blend, then fermenting it with shiitake mushroom mycelium to create meat analogues like the chorizo taco served at their booth.

Hailing from South Korea, the Better Meat company impressed with their Plant-Based Luncheon (aka. vegan Spam) that uses mycoprotein to taste like the real thing. Mushroom flavors also popped off in Popadelics crunchy mushroom chips and in numerous condiments featuring luxe truffle aromas.

3.   Rooted in Culture

Bell's Vegan Al Pastor Bites: savory vegan pork sausage combined with Guajillo Chili, Chipotle and pineapple, stu ed into a crispy corn cup, topped with a delicate vegan avocado cilantro crema.

Vegan food is even more attractive when it’s founded on genuine cultural roots. And consumers love it: Two out of three U.S. consumers “love” to discover new flavors and cuisines. Meanwhile, 39 percent of consumers in the U.S. are trying to incorporate more vegan foods into their diets.

Including those vegan flavors gets much easier thanks to products like UK-based Shicken, which brings Pan-Asian delights such as curries and chicken kebabs into the meatless consumer sphere. After only 18 months in business, Shicken is already sold at Costco in the UK and created much buzz about a U.S. launch with their culturally rooted flavors at PBW.

Speaking of culture, Italy-based Mia Green Food delivered vegan versions of parmesan cheese, prosciutto, and pepperoni with zero animal ingredients and cholesterol, but all the authentic Italian flavor notes. Food connoisseurs also raved about Verduns’ veggie pate, while Swiss start-up Share delivered fermented apricot based on an ancient recipe from the Tang Dynasty for flavor and gut health.

4.   Peak Vegan Cheese?

While past editions of the show saw an explosion of chicken protein, walking the halls this year was impossible without seeing countless iterations of plant-based cheese. That’s no surprise: The global market for plant-based cheese was valued at $2.43 billion in 2021 with an expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6% until 2030.

Scoring a win at PBW 2022, European innovators New Roots AG clinched the award for the ‘Circular Economy Approach’ behind their plant-based alternative to hard cheese. Hailing from Germany, Bedda showcased a variety of cheeses from brie to cheddar. Speaking of variety, Bell Flavors & Fragrances has developed a library of over 30 vegan cheese flavor profiles, replete with matching flavor enhancers and masking technologies to build deep aromas (see more info here).

Much to the delight of Italian food lovers (also see 3. Rooted in Culture), Miyoko’s Creamery returned to show ‘lifelike’ mozzarella both in solid form as well as a liquid for melting on pizza. In the show’s dedicated section for start-up companies, Plant Smart LLC delivered the world’s first fat free plant-based cheese, Cheezilla, alongside a melted cheese alternative named Melteeza. And for an adult take on a childhood staple, GrownAs* Foods served up Truffle Vegan Mac & Cheese.

5.   Sweet Delights

Bell's Vegan Chickpea Cookie Dough: Bell’s Vanilla, Brown Butter and Protein Masking Flavors turn this cookie dough into a healthy treat you feel good about eating, never knowing there are chickpeas in it!

Ending our trend report with a cherry on top, vegan desserts stole the show at PBW 2022. The manifold offerings of sweet delights in New York were indicative of a bigger trend: The global vegan dessert market is expected to reach $5.97 billion by 2027, while currently growing at double-digit rates.

In the plant-based desserts category, the World Plant-Based Award went to PLAYin CHOC for their ‘Organic Peruvian Cacao M•lk Chocolate’ with all that creaminess – but none of the dairy. Meanwhile, New York locals Rule Breaker Snacks bring nut-free and vegan brownies and blondies into school lunches, while Pri’s Puddings satisfy cravings on the go with pocket-sized pies. Not to forget Dandies vegan marshmallows by Chicago Vegan Foods, also known as makers of Temptation vegan frozen desserts.

Speaking of frozen, did we mention vegan ice cream? It’s now a full-fledged award category with SuperSeed Ice Creme by Eat Drink Innovate Pty taking the proverbial biscuit in the show awards this year. Lick ice cream made from Italian lupin beans also hit all the right flavors, while Bon Dévil’s Choc Ganache Desserts and Raw Cakes from Nats Rawline raised the bar for sinful delights with none of the (animal) cruelty.

Hungry for more plant-based food resources? Make sure to visit Bell’s Plant Based World Expo workspace featuring our current brochure on flavors and technologies for Alternative Proteins and more materials.

Also look forward the European edition of PBW happening in London, UK, from November 30 to December 1, 2022. See you there!

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

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Bell Heading to the 2022 Plant-Based World Expo

Bell Flavors & Fragrances to Showcase Alternative Protein Flavors & Technologies at 2022 Plant-Based World Expo

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Joins Plant-Forward Sponsors at Upcoming Event

September 1, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) will be heading to the Plant-Based Food Association’s Plant-Based World Expo – North America held in person in New York, NY from September 8-9, 2022. Plant-Based World Expo is the only exclusively plant-based event held in the United States, connecting investors, distributors, manufacturers and foodservice and retail professionals from leading and innovative brands, with this year marking the third event since inception. At the Expo, attendees will have the opportunity to network with trade-focused professionals, discover unique plant-based products and learn from prominent industry leaders via educational sessions.

“Bell is thrilled to be exhibiting at the 2022 Plant-Based World Expo. This year marks our first at the conference, and we’re looking forward to not only showcasing our very own vegan flavor lineup, but joining the industry in crafting cutting-edge, plant-based products that provide a sensational experience for consumers’ senses – delivering on craveable flavor, appealing textures, mouth-watering aromas and much more. Consumers are seeking a complete flavor adventure with health in mind, and the industry is perfectly poised to continue innovating in this area in order to create memorable experiences,” states Casey Schallert, Senior Corporate Chef.

Bell will be joining a collection of sponsors in the Expo Hall to debut a plant-forward booth (#602), complete with a plant-based menu, educational resources and a team of culinary experts. The following items will be showcased to spark attendee taste buds:

Vegan Al Pastor Bite
Plant-based Al Pastor with a combination of Guajillo Chili, Chipotle, Pineapple, Bitter Blockers, Super Savor, Vegan Pork Sausage, and Pork Fat Flavors topped with a Vegan Avocado Cilantro Crema. This vegan crema features Bell’s Avocado Flavor, Crema Flavor, Bitterness Masking Technology and Flavor Enhancement Technology. The Avocado Flavor adds creamy, buttery, earthy notes of a ripe avocado while the Crema Flavor adds complex tangy dairy notes. Bell’s Bitterness masking technology smooths out the base and cover off notes from the plant-based protein while Bell’s Flavor Enhancement Technology boosts the entire profile for a brighter flavor experience.

Oat Milk Horchata Iced Coffee + Vegan Whipped Topping
A comforting iced coffee mixed with a vegan coffee creamer made with Oat Milk and MCT oil featuring Bell’s Milk and Masking flavor for clean creamy dairy notes and Bell’s Horchata and Cafe de Olla flavors for a spiced, warmed, buttery flavor and aroma with a hint of dark coffee. The coconut based whipped topping that utilizes Bell’s Coconut Mask to cover off coconut flavor and enhance the milky/fatty components. Bell’s Vanilla and Milk flavors provide a sweet aroma and rounded out dairy-like finish.

 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
This edible cookie dough is vegan and great to eat right out of the mixer or baked into a cookie. Bell’s Vanilla, Brown Butter and Protein Masking Flavors turn this cookie dough into a healthy treat you feel good about eating, never knowing there were chickpeas in it!

 

 

 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries.  Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace and enables Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention. Bell is positioned globally to service our customers regionally in order to meet their needs.

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Bell Renews Strategic Partnerships to Drive Sustainability Commitments

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Renews Strategic Partnerships to Drive Sustainability Commitments

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Dedicated to Corporate Sustainability


August 22, 2022 —

Bell’s Sustainability Program
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a signatory member of the IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter, which is built around five focus areas: Responsible Sourcing, Environmental Footprint, Employee Well-Being, Product Safety, and Transparency. Whether it is by reducing use of finite resources, careful management of renewable resources, responsible employment practices, promoting leading-edge safety standards, or nurturing of relationships with stakeholders, customers and consumers, all aspects of a business value chain can benefit from a sustainable approach.

“Bell partners with suppliers and focuses on sustainability and responsible sourcing to provide solutions for customers and consumers that demand and expect transparency. Our company is committed to make a difference for the planet and customers – our passion for the environment drives us to protect its ecosystem use and the integrity of our supply chain,” states Diego Darquea C., Vice President of Global Flavor & Fragrance Quality, Compliance and Safety.

Bell has programs in place for supplier approval and validation for 3rd party certification requirements such as EcoVadis, Sedex and Safe Quality Food. Furthermore, through Bell’s culture of strong cooperation and win-win attitude, they are actively exploring the potential for certification or verification from accredited sustainability programs with supply chain partners (i.e., UEBT, Rain Forest Alliance/UTZ, ECOCERT).

EcoVadis
Bell was recently awarded a silver medal in recognition of sustainability achievements by EcoVadis after completion of its audit at Bell’s global headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois. EcoVadis provides holistic sustainability rating that covers a range of systems including environmental, labor and human rights, ethics and sustainable procurement. To date, Ecovadis has rated over 75,000 partners worldwide including some of the world’s largest organizations while positively impacting the environment and fostering transparency.

Safe Quality Food
Bell has partnered with the Safe Quality Foods Institute to showcase their commitment to a “culture of food safety and operational excellence in food safety management. The Safe Quality Food Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program that is recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers world-wide, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative.” Bell is pleased to announce that for the 2021-2022 period, all of its four North America sites received an “Excellent” rating.

Sedex
Bell is proud to continue their ongoing corporate membership with Sedex, the largest and most recognized ethical data exchange platform and audit program with over 55,000 members in 180 countries, across 35 industry sectors, including food, agriculture, financial services, clothing and apparel, packaging and chemicals. This voluntary, global certification is renewed annually, with Bell required to undergo a Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) performed at five site-specific levels, including Illinois (corporate headquarters), New York, Mexico, Canada and Germany. SMETA is one of the most widely used social audits in the world, conducted to understand labor and human relations conditions, such as the health and safety of workers.

U.S. Organic Certification
Each year, Bell certifies its organic flavors as a flavor manufacturing house that handles organic products prior to reaching consumers and store shelves. In order to be defined as organic, the flavors, botanicals and ingredients that Bell uses for final product applications must meet certain criteria and strict compliance standards, including growth and extraction without synthetic pesticides or GMO’s. Among other criteria, protein-producing animals are also treated properly and without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones. Bell currently produces over 200 certified organic flavors held to these high Quality Assurance International (QAI) and USDA standards.

European Union (EU) Organic Certification
In order to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of flavors fitting market needs and growing consumer demands for organic products, Bell EMEA (Europe) has carried out an organic certification for its European site. Bell offers a new designed range of organic certified natural source flavors and beverage compounds, enabling beverage manufacturers to meet the new EU organic regulations while delivering authentic taste properties such as orange, lemon, apple, lime or cola, among others. The range further aims to add value for manufacturers and brands that are highly committed in sourcing solely organic-certified raw materials and claiming to provide market products based on exclusively organic ingredients.

“With investing in organic certified product solutions, we are not only supporting our customers in developing EU-compliant organic products. We are further reflecting Bell’s ambition to target consumer’s health and wellness aspirations and to provide our customers with opportunities to engage with broader target groups while increasing their brand‘s own value,” said Antje Wittich, Head of Marketing Bell EMEA.

Sustainability Through the Supply Chain
Bell is proud to partner with suppliers and focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing in order to provide solutions for customers and consumers that demand transparency. Bell is committed to making a difference for the planet and its customers, and the passion for the environment and its employees drives the company to protect its ecosystem use and supply chain health and safety.

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For media requests please contact David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

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3 Key Trends in the Booming Alternative Proteins Market

Alternative proteins hold the key to a sustainable future for the planet. At present, the market is growing at an unprecedented pace – alternative proteins are a $2.2 billion market worldwide, poised to increase at a CAGR of 9.5 percent from 2019-2025 (Mintel).

This level of growth is currently accelerated by global turmoil. Retail prices for meat and seafood are impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions from the war in Ukraine. The average price of ground beef has increased by 18 percent over 2021 (Bloomberg) and major suppliers expect price hikes for years to come.

The seafood supply is also impacted, especially the $27.5 billion annual U.S. sushi market. Wild Atlantic salmon is endangered in the U.S. and decades of overfishing have decimated global populations of species such as eel. Farmed seafood already accounts for 50 percent of the U.S. supply, but only a fraction is considered ‘sustainable’.

With these factors in mind, the alternative proteins market is only beginning to gain momentum. Read on to discover the three key trends affecting the market for meat, dairy, and seafood alternatives in 2022.

1.  Consumers: Veggie Curious

Long gone are the days of cheap meat. In response to price hikes and reports of food safety concerns in animal farming, a growing number of consumers are embracing vegetarian or vegan alternatives. As a result, the share of alternative meat proteins grew by 317 percent on restaurant menus over the past three years (Mintel).

According to current surveys, 1 in 5 consumers report trying to limit their meat intake. Among those consumers already eating alternative meat products, those looking to increase their intake of these foods increased by 49 percent compared to one year ago (Mintel).

2. Market: Real Money in ‘Fake’ Meat Products

American grocery stores have been offering alternative protein products for decades. Today, the number of SKUs and suppliers is at an all-time high: the alternative protein market is projected to reach $17.9 billion by 2025 (Mintel). Looking ahead, every tenth portion of meat, eggs, dairy, and seafood eaten around the globe will be made from alternative proteins by 2035 (BCG).

Plus, it’s no longer just veggie burgers and ‘fake’ chicken nuggets. The alternative milk market grew by 60 percent from 2015-2020 and currently accounts for almost 15 percent of the total dairy market (Mintel). Overall, the underlying change in consumer tastes not only benefits businesses, but also the planet. By 2035, the shift to plant-based eggs and meat is expected to save more than 1 gigaton of CO2 equivalent (BCG).

3. Flavor Profiles: Better than the Real Thing?

Consumers are more conscious than ever about vegan, cruelty-free alternatives to meat. From an industry perspective, this demand has driven tremendous research and development efforts in the creation of plant-, microorganism-, and animal-cell-based alternatives.

But there’s a catch: Despite the health (and environmental) benefits associated with alternative proteins, consumers are not ready to compromise on taste.

In a recent survey, 36 percent of consumers report avoiding plant-based yogurts due to poor taste and minimal flavor options (Mintel). In a separate study, 54 percent of U.S. consumers agreed that meat alternatives should closely mimic the taste of meat.

The good news is that companies such as Bell Flavors and Fragrances are supporting companies in the alternative proteins industry with decades of experience. We offer extensive technology platforms that not only match the ‘real thing’ but hold their own ground in terms of originality and deliciousness.

Our experts create specific flavor profiles that mask bitter and unwanted flavors, boost delicious umami notes, and enhance the overall mouthfeel of alternative vegan and vegetarian proteins. As more and more consumers are ready to explore animal-free food options, our flavorists are working overtime to create the kind of taste sensations that leave them hungry for more.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

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Principal Flavorist Cyndie Lipka Joins Perfumer & Flavorist+ 2023 Advisory Board

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Principal Flavorist Cyndie Lipka Joins Perfumer & Flavorist+ 2023 Advisory Board

 

Seasoned Flavor Industry Professional Contributes Expertise to Leading B2B Media Publication

August 2, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) congratulates our Principal Flavorist, Cyndie Lipka, on joining the 2023 Advisory Board of B2B media publication Perfumer & Flavorist+ (P&F+).

Lipka boasts nearly three decades of experience in the flavor industry with a focus on developing and duplicating elegantly layered flavors for a variety of markets, including confectionary, chewing gum, and beverages. A trained sensory panelist, Lipka is an active member of the Society of Flavor Chemists (SFC), Chemical Sources Association (CSA), Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce (WFFC) and FEMA.

An active voice in the industry for many years, she served as the Symposium Committee Chairman for the SFC Symposium in 2014. She is also a past President and Chairman of the Board for the Society of Flavor Chemists and Chemical Sources Association. In 2017, Lipka received the Flavorist of the Year Award from the WFFC.

Before joining the P&F+ Advisory Board, Lipka spent ten years as a member of the publication’s Organoleptic Characteristics of Flavor Materials panel. In 2022, she became the moderator of the monthly magazine column of the same name and will continue in this function.

In her new position as an Advisory Board member, Lipka will also draw on her extensive background to weigh in on newly released studies and proposed features for the magazine. She will further provide guidance on emerging trends and factors shaping the industry. Additionally, Lipka will contribute commentary to podcast programming published by P&F+.

A formal announcement on Cyndie Lipka’s new role will follow in P&F+’s January 2023 issue.

For more on Bell Flavors & Fragrances, visit bellff.wpengine.com or follow Bell Flavors & Fragrances on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

For media requests please contact David Banks, Senior Director of Marketing.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries, offering over 100 years of exceptional customer service and experience. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace while constantly responding to emerging industry trends with solutions that bring added value and business opportunities to our customers. bellff.wpengine.com

About Perfumer & Flavorist+

A leading B2B media source, Perfumer & Flavorist+ supports global sensory excellence by providing in-depth, cutting-edge technical and business content for flavorists, perfumers and allied professionals to create winning profiles that build brands and connect with consumers. www.perfumerflavorist.com

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Strategic Promotions and 
New Hires Strengthen the Fragrance Division

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Announces Promotions and New Hires to Strengthen the Fragrance Division

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Enhances Focus on Fragrances Business with Top Talent

 

July 14, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is proud to announce a series of promotions and new hires within its Fragrance division.

“This leadership team will be integral to the design and delivery of our fragrance strategy to optimize the customer and consumer experience by closely linking Bell’s creative and technology resources with our customers’ brands,” said Deborah French Wright at Bell.

Roberto Olivi is the new Vice President, Fragrance Sales for Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. In his new leadership role, Roberto is responsible for designing and delivering the commercial strategies that will lead the Fragrance sales team to achieve Bell’s revenue and market growth targets, aligned with overall Fragrance Division strategy.

Roberto has held senior executive and management positions with Flavor & Fragrance companies in the US and globally. He brings extensive expertise in business development, client relationship building as well as strategic planning and execution. Roberto holds an MBA in Competitive and Organizational Strategy and Marketing, as well as a BA in Economics.

 

Marvel Fields has been promoted to take over the key role of Perfumery Director. Marvel will assume the leadership responsibilities to further develop and strengthen our creative and innovation strategies.  She will also provide guidance to the Fragrance Perfumery and Botanical Labs, while continuing her responsibilities as a Senior Perfumer, as time permits. Reporting to Marvel will be the Perfumery Team and the Botanical and Fragrance Lab Management.

Since joining Bell eight years ago, Marvel has contributed immensely to the Fragrance Creative Center. Prior to joining Bell, Marvel worked as a Perfumer for several prominent Fragrance & Flavor companies and was a former President of the American Society of Perfumers, and Chairman Emeritus.

 

Rose Casanova Gugliotta expands her leadership as Director of Fragrance Evaluation and Applications. In this role, Rose will assume the additional leadership responsibilities of managing both the Fragrance Application Labs and Evaluation.

Rose commands 16 years of experience in the cosmetic industry, and twelve years in fragrance development and olfactive strategy for all types of beauty products. She specializes in building brand identity through fragrance. Immediately prior to Bell, Rose led a team of fragrance evaluators at a global Flavor & Fragrance company for hair care and body care clients. Rose earned a BS in Biochemistry from Hofstra University and a MS in Chemistry from Northwestern University.

 

Renee King joins the Marketing team as a new Director of Marketing focused on the fragrance and botanicals divisions. Renee will create and execute new concepts, business models, and channels to position Bell as an innovator and leader in the flavor and fragrances industries. She will help build the Bell brand in the marketplace, expand our marketing reach, enhance product development, and drive strategy around the fragrance and botanical divisions.

Renee comes to Bell with over 20 years of experience in the beauty and fragrance world focused on marketing, evaluation, strategy, branding and development with global fragrance houses and CPG companies. She earned her Master’s of Science degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, cum laude, from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

This team of fragrance experts will be key to enhancing and executing Bell’s fragrance strategy and implementing innovative solutions to drive customer satisfaction. Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in congratulating these new appointments as they strengthen our commitment to delivering excellence to our customers worldwide.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries.  Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace and enables Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention. Bell is positioned globally to service our customers regionally in order to meet their needs.

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Karen Graves, MS to Represent the Division During 2022 IFT First Annual Conference & Expo

Bell Flavors & Fragrances’ Senior Director of Sensory and Consumer Sciences to Represent the Division During 2022 IFT First Annual Conference & Expo

 

Karen Graves, MS to Sit on Expert Panel Exploring Opportunities and Challenges for Leveraging Knowledge and Consumer Understanding for Product Success

July 8, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) is pleased to announce that Karen Graves, MS, Senior Director of Sensory and Consumer Sciences, will represent Bell at the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2022 First Annual Conference & Expo held in person and on demand from July 10-13 in Chicago, IL.

IFT First is the largest business to business food innovation expo, convening professionals from around the world both in-person and virtually to discover the latest innovations, global trends and strategic solutions, all while making powerful connections. The organization boasts 25 topical, interest-based groups (divisions), with Karen serving as the current chair for the Sensory & Consumer Science Division (SCSD). She will represent the Division at a multitude of events throughout the conference, including the SDSC Leader Innovation Lab, Networking Reception, Social and Student Competition, in addition to the SCSD Student Leader Networking Breakfast and Student Leader Networking Expo Floor, both of which are new this year.

As part of IFT’s on-demand program, Karen’s presentation, “Sensory, It’s Worth It. Know the Value of Sensory & Consumer Research,” co-presented with Sharon Bender, MS, Sensory Scientist at Gehl Foods, Inc., will be made available online via the IFT First portal. This session will help participants understand the value of sensory and consumer research. “While the traditional Sensory Consumer mantra focuses on designing/answering according to the objective, the expectation for today’s professional is to provide business value and drive decisions. Since Sensory & Consumer Researchers must have exceptional influence, business acumen, and communication skills, all while dealing with scientific and statistical data, this presentation will discuss tips and techniques to enhance the value of Sensory Research, Consumer Research, Discriminating Testing and Team Evaluations.”

In addition to her on-demand presentation, Karen will sit on an expert panel on Tuesday, July 12 from 3:15 – 4:30 pm CT as part of the session, “How Do We Leverage Knowledge and Consumer Understanding for Product Success?” This session will “bring together diverse voices and perspectives from select on-demand presentations that relate to this Guiding Question. The moderated discussion will outline challenges and opportunities for how to address the question, followed by an extended question and answer period where attendees will have the opportunity to engage with other attendees.” 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries.  Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace and enables Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention. Bell is positioned globally to service our customers regionally in order to meet their needs.

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Bell Exhibits at 2022 IFT First Annual Conference & Expo

Bell Flavors & Fragrances to Debut Interactive Booth at the 2022 IFT First Annual Conference & Expo

 

Global Flavors and Fragrances Company Spotlights Global Flavor Explorations at Upcoming Event

July 5, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) will be heading to the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2022 First Annual Conference & Expo held in person and on demand from July 10-13 in Chicago, IL. IFT First is the largest business to business food innovation expo, convening professionals from around the world both in-person and virtually to discover the latest innovations, global trends and strategic solutions, all while making powerful connections. They’ll be joining over 700 exhibitors, debuting a new, immersive booth complete with a globally inspired tasting menu, educational resources and a team of culinary experts.

Bell’s new exhibit will take visitors on a journey like they haven’t quite experienced before. When approaching the exhibit, visitors will encounter a large reception counter complete with a back lit glass case, locking storage and iPad stations, their first touchpoint with the Bell team. Once inside, they’ll be able to grab coffee and free, printed resources from the hospitality counter. Visitors can then head to the food and beverage pairings counter, equipped with a demo counter, sink and refrigerator, where the culinary team will serve delicious global eats. Similar to the food and beverage pairings counter, the tasting counter will provide refreshing mocktail beverages that can be sipped at the soft, lounge style seating area. The exhibit also comes equipped with a flavor gamification counter and a food and product display window with locking storage.


Through their trend program, “Spark,” which showcases flavor and fragrance trend inspirations, Bell discovered that consumers are in search of escapism, traveling around the globe to find authentic and unique flavors from Eastern Europe to colorful and inspiring recipes of Latin America and Malaysia. They’re discovering the bounty of culinary surprises that the sea has to offer while exploring the wonders of nature in their own backyard, including local ingredients and heritage recipes that are foundational to our culinary existence.

 

Bell’s 2022 flavor exploration areas of focus inspired the tasting menu that will be available to booth visitors, including:

  • The Balkans: cuisine from the Black Sea to the Carpathian Mountains
    • Tasting Item: Vegan Honey Butter Baklava
  • Malaysia: authentic Asian cuisine, featuring Malay cuisine and culture
    • Tasting Item: Vegan Pork Dumplings with a Sambal Chili Crisp Oil + Calamansi and Umeboshi Mocktail with Rum Flavor
  • Latin Highlands: a dazzling array of diverse and interchangeable flavors spanning 22 countries
    • Tasting Item: Michelada Mocktail Beverage
  • Coastal Cuisine: nutritious, delicate and flavorful gifts from the sea
    • Tasting Item: Hibiscus Strawberry Kombucha Shrub Refresher
  • Heritage Cuisine: Indigenous flavors, local folklore and timeless family recipes
    • Tasting Item: Smoked Cherry Flavored Dark Chocolate Covered Peanuts + Mesquite Fruit Flavored Milk Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Bell’s presence at IFT First will generate strong brand awareness through food and beverage sampling and in-person networking. Together, Bell’s new proprietary technologies and Spark trends will drive unique insights, garnering successful commercial connections between our customers and their consumers, creating a memorable experience for all.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries.  Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace and enables Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention. Bell is positioned globally to service our customers regionally in order to meet their needs.

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New Hires Enter 
Key Positions at Northbrook Headquarters

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Announces New Hires to Key Positions at Northbrook Headquarters

International Company Continues Strategic Growth, Creates New Leadership Positions

June 21, 2022 —

In support of strategic growth efforts, Bell Flavors & Fragrances announces new hires, including newly created positions at company headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois. The new additions will strengthen leadership, efficiency, and oversight across departments such as Regulatory, Human Resources, Quality Systems, Analytical Sciences, and Sweet Applications.

Please join Bell Flavors & Fragrances in welcoming these new hires and wishing them a successful start in realizing Bell’s global commitment to excellence across our organization.

Bell F&F is pleased to welcome Kathleen Hoppie to its location in Northbrook, Illinois, as the new Senior Quality Systems Manager. She will be responsible for the development, implementation and auditing of Quality Systems (QS) and Prerequisite Programs related to SQF certification and customer audits. Kathleen provides great depth of knowledge on internal and external auditing, supplier management, and GFSI requirements.

Kathleen holds a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance.

 

Dr. Thomas Mangos joins the Northbrook Regulatory Team as Director of Regulatory Affairs – Flavors. His initial focus will be on the USDA/New Technology Regulatory product lines while also supporting some of the company’s other Regulatory programs such as Kosher, Halal, as well as Vendor Approval and Control.

Thomas holds a PhD in Food Science from the University of Hannover, Germany.

 

 

Katie Knapp strengthens the Sweet Applications Team in Northbrook with a primary focus on bakery and pastry clients in addition to supporting the broader team on confections and dairy desserts. Katie is a Certified Research Chef through the Research Chefs Association with a degree in Baking and Pastry from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York.

Previously, she was the lead manager, pastry chef, and/or chocolatier for multiple high-end bakeries, chocolate/confectionery stores, and bread shops in the Wisconsin area. Katie is currently working toward a degree in food business leadership through the Culinary Institute of America online and relocating to Illinois from greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bell F&F has secured Chris Curran for the newly-created position of Director of Human Resources, U.S. Working from the HR Department in Northbrook, Chris reports directly to Maureen West, Sr. Director, Global Human Resources to oversee HR policy and procedures for Bell F&F’s U.S. Operations. He will ensure strategic alignment of human resources policies and programs including talent acquisition, performance management, employee training and development, compensation, change management, benefits and employee relations.

Chris commands extensive experience at the Senior HR level with industry experience in manufacturing, market research, logistics and sales and distribution organizations. He has served in roles specializing in talent acquisition, performance management, and new hire onboarding.

Dr. Rama Rengarajan, PhD has joined Bell as the new Director of Analytical Sciences. He will be responsible for developing, implementing and executing strategic analytical plans for Bell. He will provide Bell’s collaborative teams, both local and internationally, with insights and extensive team buildingcapabilities, drawing on his understanding of Food Science / Physical Chemistry. Rama will lead, co-create and execute new analytical processes, methodologies and upgrade the department as needed for flavor and fragrances analytical needs.

Rama joins Bell with over 20 years of experience in Flavor & Consumer Products Companies (CPG). Rama has a successful track record of success with innovation and strategy team building, both with internal and external customers. He holds both a PhD in Grain Food Science and a Master’s of Science in physical chemistry from Kansas State.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries.  Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace and enables Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention. Bell is positioned globally to service our customers regionally in order to meet their needs.

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Delphine Perdon Rupnow Inducted into American Society of Perfumers

Bell Flavors & Fragrances’ Delphine Perdon Rupnow Inducted into American Society of Perfumers (ASP)


Appointment to Premiere Industry Association in the United States Strengthens Fragrance Strategy

June 16, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (Bell) congratulates Delphine Perdon Rupnow, Perfumer, on being accepted into the American Society of Perfumers (ASP). Perdon Rupnow received her ASP Membership Certificate at the ASP business meeting in Spring 2022.

Perdon Rupnow joins the American Society of Perfumers following her three-year mentorship under Robert Siegel, Bell Senior Perfumer. Her appointment strengthens Bell’s global Fragrance strategy and reflects the company’s commitment to innovation, fostering its talent to create fragrances that consumers love.

“The ASP membership promotes agendas to educate, support and empower perfumers. Delphine’s inclusion in this society will offer her many opportunities to meet and consult with some of the most accomplished individuals in fragrance.  Congratulations on behalf on the entire Fragrance Creative Team on this achievement,” said Deborah French Wright, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bell’s Fragrance division.

“On top of having been a Director of the Board of the American Society of Perfumers for over a year and leading their social media for three years, I am very proud to have graduated as a full member of this unique group of talented professionals. I also want to thank my mentor Robert Siegel at Bell, who taught me a lot and with whom I love sharing new and innovative ideas about Perfume Creation,” said Delphine Perdon Rupnow.

The main goal of the ASP is to foster and encourage the art and science of perfumery in the United States and to represent the community internationally. This is accomplished by promoting professional exchange with a high standard of conduct within the fragrance industry. Achieving these goals happens through multiple channels, networking and select events as well as co-sponsoring and developing co-relationships with other organizations.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialties to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries. Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace and enables Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention. Bell is positioned globally to service our customers regionally in order to meet their needs.

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – get in touch with taste!

About The American Society of Perfumers

The American Society of Perfumers is a non-profit organization, founded in 1947, with a current membership of approximately three hundred qualified perfumers. The American Society of Perfumers has officers and a Board of Directors, who are nominated and voted into office by the membership to uphold the Bylaws and provide a vision for the future. www.asperfumers.org

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Announces Strategic Promotions at its Northbrook, IL and Middletown, NY Locations

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Announces Strategic Promotions at its Northbrook, IL and Middletown, NY Locations

 

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Enhances Global Strategy by Filling Key Leadership Positions with In-House Talent

June, 11, 2022 —

Bell Flavors and Fragrances is pleased to announce several promotions to strategic roles at company Headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois, as well as Middletown, New York. With the new appointments, the international company strengthens its global strategy across key segments such as manufacturing, quality control, finance, culinary and supply chain management.

Thom Heinz has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Vendor Management and Strategic Sourcing. In this new role, Thom will lead Global Vendor Management and Strategic Sourcing initiatives. He will proactively analyze emerging market and industry trends impacting raw material and sourcing strategies. This forward-looking approach will keep Bell F&F ahead of developing market and supply chain issues amid current changes. Thom will collaborate with Business Development and R&D to identify new approved sources of materials using innovative technologies.

Casey Schallert is the new Sr. Corporate Chef at Bell F&F, reporting directly to Chris Warsow, Sr. Director, Flavor Applications/Corporate Executive Chef.  Since joining Bell 3.5 years ago, Casey has served in multiple roles with increasing responsibilities on the Culinary Applications Team.  Most recently, Casey worked in the role of Corporate Chef during which she demonstrated strong commitment to cross-functional teamwork and technical expertise in flavors.

 

Sabrina Entwistle has been promoted to the role of Associate Director, Quality Systems. With the new position, Sabrina’s leadership role grows to include all the Quality, Continuous Improvement, and EH&S activities at the Middletown, New York, facility. A main responsibility of this key leadership position is to continue fostering our culture of continuous improvement at Middletown while embracing change management across all quality-related departments.

 

Ken Beecher now serves in the role of Associate Director, Manufacturing. In this new position, Ken’s leadership is expanding to include all the production activities at the Middletown, NY facility. His main focus lies with exceeding customer satisfaction goals while assuring compliance with employee safety, product quality, food safety and defense, regulatory, as well as employee conduct policies and procedures.

 

Mike Smith has been promoted to the position of SeniorDirector, Manufacturing-Fragrance at Middletown, NY. Mike will assume additional leadership responsibilities to develop and implement strategies, policies and procedures ensuring that the Middletown facility continues its success in operating effectively and efficiently. He will continue as the Middletown facility leader providing direction and guidance to the on-site team on a day-to-day basis. Mike will oversee continuous improvements at the Middletown facility while guiding change management.

 

Jake Pupillo has assumed the position of Director, Manufacturing – Flavors at the Northbrook, Illinois, facility. In this role, Jake will assume additional leadership responsibilities to develop and implement strategies, policies and procedures ensuring that the Northbrook manufacturing team embraces change management and operational efficiencies. Jake will continue his responsibilities as the Northbrook manufacturing leader providing direction and guidance to the Liquids, Spray Dry, Extractions, Dry Blending, and Reaction teams on a daily basis.

Zig Polak has been promoted to Senior Manager of Material, Planning, and Logistics – Flavors at Northbrook, IL. Zig will assume additional leadership responsibilities to develop and implement strategies, policies and procedures ensuring that the Northbrook warehouse, shipping and receiving teams operate effectively and efficiently through change management. On a day-to-day basis, Zig will continue his responsibilities as the Northbrook material, planning, and logistics leader providing direction and guidance to the warehouse, shipping, and logistics teams.

 

Mike Barron has received a promotion to the position of Senior Director, Information Technology. In this key role, Mike will lead the Bell Flavors & Fragrances in-house IT Technical Team in all activities, including programming, network configuration and support, as well as software evaluation, data security and integrity. His team also maintains the company’s IT help desk, and helps employees set up and maintain corporate devices such as computers, laptops and cell phones.

 

Allan Kaplan is the new Vice President, Finance, and will lead the Accounting Team in all activities, including financial statements, accounts receivable/payable, cash management, cost accounting, fixed assets, corporate accounting, and planning & budgeting. He will lead financial analyses of our overall global business and direct the Accounting Team in annual audit and tax preparation, insuring proper internal controls globally while evaluating pricing levels based on commodity cost movements. Allan will support the Capital Budget and spend process, secure appropriate business insurance, and oversee all other areas within the corporate financial structure.

Theresa Link has been promoted to the newly created position of Director of Cost Accounting. Theresa will lead the financial implementation of our new fully-costed product system. Theresa will also work closely with the Operations Team to evaluate specific direct labor and overhead costs assignable to each type of product produced. The team will also conduct time and motion studies as appropriate, and establish cost drivers for each product category (machine time, number of production processes, etc.) as the basis of certain cost allocations. She will also use this information to calculate appropriate Labor and Overhead rates to assign to each process.

Brian Enriquez is the new Senior Manager, Financial Reporting and Pricing at Bell Flavors & Fragrances based in Northbrook. In this role, Brian will continue to lead the pricing process on new products and formulation changes while working closely with R&D. Once the new Cost Accounting System is in place, his focus will switch from multiples of raw material cost to calculating appropriate margins on fully-absorbed product costs, including direct Labor and Overhead.

 

Madeleine van Overbeek has been promoted to the position of Senior Financial Analyst at the Northbrook facility. In this role, Madeleine will continue to provide analyses of the business in a variety of financial areas. Since joining Bell in 2019, Madeleine has not only performed valuable financial analyses and financial statement work, but also willingly assisted other areas of Finance when support was required.

 


Wesley Loyas
has received a promotion to the role of Quality Control Chemist. In this new role, Wes’ leadership is expanding to include a higher level of responsibility in the Quality Control Department at the Middletown facility with the focus to support the drive to exceed customer satisfaction goals. He is also in charge of assuring full compliance with employee safety, product quality, food safety and defense, regulatory, and employee conduct policies and procedures at the New York facility.

 

“I am personally very proud to welcome our newly promoted employees to their new titles and roles. We are able to promote from within, to fill these globally significant positions, as we continue to focus on growing our corporate learning and talent development.  Our investments in learning and development, will enable Bell to grow our employee engagement and customer experience with even greater success in the future,” said Ron Stark, President & CEO of Bell Flavors & Fragrances.

“This new wave of promotions is once again proof that our collaborative and innovation-driven company culture provides the mentorship and education for our team members to grow their personal skills and advance their careers,” said Maureen West, Senior Director of Global Human Resources of Bell Flavors & Fragrances.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries.  Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace and enables Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention. Bell is positioned globally to service our customers regionally in order to meet their needs.

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2022 Organic Recertification

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is excited to announce the completion of the annual Organic Recertification audit for flavors manufactured to the USDA Organic Flavor Program in its Northbrook, IL location
May 18, 2022 —

Recertifying USDA Organic Flavors
Bell Flavors & Fragrances (Bell F&F) recently completed an audit on its expanded range of USDA-certified organic flavors at its Northbrook, IL location in partnership with Quality Assurance International (QAI). This annual assessment of Bell F&F’s organic flavor line is critical within the industry, and the QAI program is a key supporting factor in providing customers with the confidence of Bell F&F’s organic flavor portfolio. QAI is authorized by the USDA as an international organic certification company that works to certify organic manufacturing processes and operations to comply with National Organic Program standards.

Principled Standards for Certifying Organic Flavors
Each year, Bell F&F certifies its organic flavors as a flavor manufacturing house that handles organic products prior to reaching consumers and store shelves. In order to be defined as organic, the flavors, botanicals and ingredients that Bell F&F uses for final product applications must meet certain criteria and strict compliance standards, including growth and extraction without synthetic pesticides or GMO’s. Among other criteria, protein-producing animals are also treated properly and without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones.

Organic Claims are Key Drivers with Consumers
According to Mintel, 61% of U.S. consumers agree that organic products take a higher importance to them in dairy, meats and deli/prepared foods, and 74% of U.S. consumers agree that food companies should be more transparent about their farming practices.

Bell F&F currently produces over 200 certified organic flavors held to these high QAI and USDA standards. Bell F&F is always looking at expanding its portfolio of certified organic flavors to service all the markets the company operates in.

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2022 Spark Flavor Explorations

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Introduces 2022 Spark Flavor Explorations
This year’s Spark trends find us traveling around the globe to find authentic and unique flavors from Eastern Europe to the colorful and inspiring recipes of Latin America & Malaysia. We see consumers diving to the deepest parts of the ocean and discovering the bounty of culinary surprises that the sea has to offer and exploring the wonders of nature in their own backyards and rediscovering local ingredients and heritage recipes that are the foundation of our culinary existence.

2022 Spark Flavor Explorations Start with the Larger Macro & Micro Trends
The Spark trends platform not only looks at the current day, but takes a longer term view identifying key consumer macro trends that will serve as a foundation for today and into the future. These macro trends were collectively identified by Bell’s global marketing teams and represent the core behavioral values present in all humans combined with the technology innovations and market dynamics that are shaping what the future of flavors, fragrances and ingredients will look like next year and beyond.

“Bell’s Spark trends platform not only identifies what’s up and coming for next year in the form of flavor and fragrance trends, but takes a long term view by identifying what’s at the root of these short lived fads and why we maintain the same macro and micro trends across both the flavor and fragrance industries as a collective whole and not simply by category or segment.” Kelli Heinz, VP of Marketing & Industry Affairs.

Aligned with actual physical travel we all yearn for, we are also embarking on a journey into the Metaverse, where technology and lifestyle are becoming intermingled and the ways that we communicate, interact and consume products are sometimes only in the “virtual world” around us. As Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, Zoom, Netflix and other platforms continue to dominate how we discover new food, beverage and product trends it slowly continues to evolve the ways we interact with and ultimately consume these products. Whether sharing a holiday meal over Zoom, hosting a virtual wine tasting or having an authentic meal from every continent delivered to your home each week, technology helps us stay connected, travel the globe and taste the world around us from the comforts of our own homes.

In contrast to this inner explorer we all possess, consumers are also yearning to stay home and continue to focus on their own health, safety and find an acceptable balance between work and life. The great resignation of 2021 has led millions of Americans to quit their jobs and rethink what is important to them. They are looking for better control of their lives in the form of the foods they eat, the impact they are having on the planet and their overall wellness of mind, body and soul. Whether it is choosing plant based alternatives, better-for-you products from the sea or finding comfort in rediscovering lost recipes, ingredients and traditions, there is a clear consumer movement in wanting to rediscover the foundational flavors that were defined by our childhood and our ethnic backgrounds and dictated by the regions we live and ultimately the place we call home.

“As we embark on another year of Spark trends we have set our sights on both the global world around us that has seemed so far away in recent years and the home that we have all become so accustomed to and in some cases trapped in over the past 24 months. As consumers continue to be limited in their travel options again due to the COVID-19 virus, our 2022 Spark trends take us from one part of the world to another as the inner explorer in all of us yearns for a return to the freedom of travel.” David Banks, Director of Marketing

With these consumer trends in mind Bell’s 2022 flavor explorations take us from one part of the world to another and into our own backyards. They take us under the oceans and into the coastal cuisines that have shaped many of our palettes. Finally, they take us back to our roots as we rediscover our culinary heritage. Bell’s 2022 Spark Flavor Explorations include:

This regional cuisine combines classic European flavors with Western Asian dishes creating a diverse cuisine filled with strong spicy foods, pickled vegetables and roasted meats.

Breakthrough Flavors
Ajvar, Aleppo Pepper, Fenugreek Leaf, Mahaleb, Urfa Biber Pepper

 

A dazzling array of diverse and interchangeable flavors spanning 22 countries that captures the true spirit of Latin highlands in the uniqueness that a specific Latin region brings to a familiar, time-honored recipe that could have the same name but taste completely unique due to its local flair.

Breakthrough Flavors
Acerola, Achiote, Cobanero Chili, Capuacu, Merken Chili

 

This diverse Asian Malay street food culture draws from the influential neighboring countries of Indonesia, China and India to bring together rich cultures and flavors showcased in hawker centers, night markets, and coffee shops called kopitiams across Malaysia.

Breakthrough Flavors
Calamansi, Durian, Galangal, Laksa, Makrut Lime

 

For centuries, coastal communities have included nutritious, delicate and flavorful gifts from the sea and land to develop new culinary paths. Ingredients like sea plants, kelps, coastal fruits/vegetables and unique cooking and fermentation methods have been discovered to create a burst of umami and deep flavor notes in their cuisines.

Breakthrough Flavors
Dashi, Furikake, Salmonberry, Sea Rosemary, Thimbleberry

 

Indigenous flavors, local folklore and timeless family recipes are bringing consumers back to their roots. Combined with the drive to buy local many Americans are refocusing on themselves and their families, seeking all-natural ingredients with local provenance and rediscovering the cuisines and flavors that created the culinary melting pot we enjoy today.

Breakthrough Flavors
Choke Berry, Kiwi Berry, Neroli, Paw Paw, Sumac

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EcoVadis Silver Medal

Bell Flavors & Fragrances awarded 2nd Silver Medal from EcoVadis for Sustainability Efforts

April 12, 2022 —

Partnering with EcoVadis
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. was recently awarded a silver medal in recognition of sustainability achievements by EcoVadis after completion of its audit at Bell’s global headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois. EcoVadis provides holistic sustainability rating that covers a range of systems including environmental, labor & human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. To date, EcoVadis has rated over 75,000 partners worldwide including some of the world’s largest organizations while positively impacting the environment and fostering transparency.

The mission at Bell is to be passionate, hard-working, creative, and to invest in people and processes. The company aligns its wholehearted commitment to make a difference for the planet with customer needs. Diego Darquea C., Bell’s Vice President, Global Flavors and Fragrances Quality, Compliance and Safety, works on a global scale to drive the company’s sustainability programs. Diego states “Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is proud to support and align with the IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter, which is built around five focus areas: Responsible Sourcing, Environmental Footprint, Employee Well-Being, Product Safety, and Transparency. Our commitment is to make a difference for the planet, for people, and for our business by achieving the highest standards in the industry.”

Sustainability Through the Supply Chain
Bell is proud to partner with suppliers and focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing in order to provide solutions for customers and consumers that demand transparency.  Bell is committed to make a difference for the planet and its customers, and the passion for the environment drives the company to protect its ecosystem use and supply chain health and safety.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries.  Bell has nine manufacturing plants worldwide including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore , and China. Bell operates sales offices in more than 40 countries. Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace and enables Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention. Bell is positioned globally to service our customers regionally to their needs.

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Deborah French Wright Promotion

Bell Announces the Promotion of Deborah French Wright
to SVP, Fragrance Creative & Commercial General Manager

 

March 23, 2022 —

Bell Flavors & Fragrances
is pleased to announce the promotion of Deborah French Wright to the position of Senior Vice President, Fragrance Creative & Commercial General Manager leading Bell’s Fragrance division. Deborah will further develop and execute strategies to optimize customer experience by closely linking Bell’s creative and technology development resources with our customers’ brands and their consumers.  In addition to Sales, R&D/Creative Center will continue to report to Deborah.

Deborah has extensive experience leading Global Fragrance Creation, Sales Management and Technology Development. Most recently, Deborah was Bell’s Vice President of Fragrance R&D/Creative Center. She also held several leadership positions in the industry, including VP Corporate Creative Center, Co-Director Global Functional Creation, VP Global Accounts and VP Global Applied Research.  As part of her tenure in the Fragrance Industry, Deborah has successfully led commercial, technical and creative teams across a variety of product categories, consistently driving sales growth and innovation. She has demonstrated team-building, relationship management skills and excellent cross-functional leadership.  Deborah is a customer focused, performance-driven leader, passionate about people, fragrance and the consumer.

 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the food and beverage industry, as well as the household care and personal care industries.

Bell  has 9 manufacturing plants worldwide including;  United States, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore and China and sales offices in over 40 countries.  Bell’s global presence allows flexibility in the world marketplace and enables Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention. Bell is positioned globally to service our customers regionally to their needs.

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – Combining Great Taste with Sensational Fragrance

 

 

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Bell EMEA Fragrance Trends 2022/23

Bell EMEA Presents Fragrance Trends 2022/2023: Feel-Good Mood – Do It Yourself – A Need For Nature

Inspiration, endless opportunities and trends from all over the world – Spark is a global trend programme originated by Bell Flavors & Fragrances in 2021 to provide ideas and outlooks on flavours and fragrances that will delight consumers in the coming years. For the 2022/2023 season, Bell EMEA has once again created a range of inspirational new fragrances for personal and household care.

The “Feel-Good Mood” trend is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, whereas “Do it Yourself” is designed to help you escape from the stress of everyday life. The final trend is “A Need for Nature”, which represents our longing for nature and completes the overall picture. It is all about positive thinking, finding ourselves and becoming one with nature. Bell’s perfumers have invested many hours in developing complex fragrance collections for body and household care products that reflect these three trends. Applications of the fragrance creations for personal care products range from shower gel and shampoo to creams and lotions. In household care, the trending fragrances come across best in liquid dishwashing detergents and fabric softener.

Feel-Good Mood

One topic has been keeping us in suspense for the last two years: The COVID-19 pandemic. Over time, it has not only become an indicator of how important our physical health is but has also increased the awareness of how essential our mental well-being is. People are desperately longing to feel joyful, happy and satisfied. This is exactly where “Feel-Good Mood” comes in. Consumer products that can boost your mood and trigger positive feelings are more in demand than ever. Suitable associated colours range from intense orange, yellow and pink to pastel hues from the same colour family. Olfactory profiles which can evoke the desired good mood are particularly sparkling citrus scents such as grapefruit or orange, juicy-summery fruit notes and floral nuances. “Feel-Good Mood” delivers a feeling of pure joy, like a confetti rain, that lifts your spirits and allows you to forget your worries for a short moment.

Do It Yourself

We live in times where everything has to happen fast. In our social media channels and all other areas of life, we are permanently being informed of the latest trends. We all feel like we practically need to run just to keep up. This is why more and more people are taking up leisure activities that offset the stress of everyday life and allow them to express themselves. “Do It Yourself” brings calm and inner balance. The trend ranges from baking cakes, repairing broken items and growing herbs to crafting products from natural materials. Another reason why “Do It Yourself” has become mainstream is raising environmental awareness in society. It is more sustainable to make things yourself or repair them than to buy new items. Soft and warm fragrance profiles embody this trend, complementing the calm and relaxed feeling many consumers are looking for.

A Need For Nature

The name of this trend says it all. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic at the latest, a new perception of nature has taken root. People are using nature as a refuge and a source of relaxation and well-being, as well as a location for little adventures. In these times of climate change, the appreciation of nature is taking on a whole new dimension. “A Need for Nature”, the third trend, is based on this development. Anyone who loves spending time in nature tends to surround themselves in daily life with personal and household care products that in a way have a connection to nature. The appropriate colours are shades of green and blue, which have a calming effect and immediately trigger associations of forests, meadows and lakes. It goes without saying that this can be transferred to the olfactory level using green, fresh forest-like and woody notes to take consumers on an imaginary walk through the woods. The fragrance range is rounded off with refreshing, watery scents that are reminiscent of mountain lakes or the sea.

 

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Releases 2022 Global Spark Macro & Micro Trend Toolkit

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is announcing the release of the 2022 Spark trend toolkit to identifying modern innovations within the flavor and fragrance industries. The toolkit has been reimagined, including both macro and micro trends that are applied to a flavor or fragrance category to identify what’s next.

Bell’s Spark platform takes a long term view of the global trend landscape by identifying five key consumer macro trends that serve as the foundation of consumer behavior.  These micro trends are the year over year fads that consumers experience and help to create based upon what is happening in the world today. They are identified by specific consumer actions or changes in market and are seen in current day culture. Micro trends evolve from the larger macro trends and can be tied to specific markets, categories, flavors, fragrances and botanicals.

This foundational macro and micro trend structure is the beginning of the trend journey when looking to future predictions and Bell combines these with category & market data and consumer research to choose the right combinations and trends that will resonate with consumers.

The Bell macro & micro trends structure includes:

 

Finding Silver Linings

Every moment in life offers the opportunity to learn something about the world, including the silver linings that make people feel comforted, worthwhile, rewarded and even whimsical in the most unexpected times.

MicroTrends

Nostalgia: Throwbacks from the most iconic eras are becoming prominent as people are curious to experience whimsical and familiar favorites in an immersive landscape.

Enjoying Rewards: The resurgence of sensorial indulgences is making its appearance across categories as consumers are yearning to break free from solitude and experience the next level of life.

Home-style: Home is where the heart is. The idea of home-style can make anyone feel happy – whether across the border or across the street.

 

 

Well Balanced

The beloved wellness trend is continuously evolving as consumers focus more on holistic & self-optimized nutrition, personal care, fitness, and mindfulness.

MicroTrends

Moods and Emotions: As consumers continue to gain a better understanding of holistic health, mood and emotions play a key role in ones focus, memory, creativity and overall wellbeing.

Self-Care: With individuals continuing to experiment with, and improve upon diets, products and practices aside from food are sought after for desired effects on the body.

Functional Ingredients: The strategic use of functional ingredients can dramatically improve efficacy and intended benefits as consumers look to incorporate them in their food and personal care products.

 

 

 

Escapism

Curious consumers engage and escape through the senses; by the transporting power of technology or of the mind, blurring the boundaries between real life and fantasy.

MicroTrends

Inward: The power of the mind has been explored on many different aspects. Whether focusing on fantasy and imagination, performance, learning, experience, or wellness; it becomes undeniable that the state of our mind alters drastically our perception of the world around us.

Get Away: The prospect of escaping somewhere new, triggers the senses and the need to find out more about different places around the world.

Multi-Sensorial: The interconnectedness of the senses allows amplifying experiences that would otherwise seem one-dimensional become magical and captivating.

 

 

Global Consciousness

Daily choices have a major impact on the world and a consumers’ role is to pay it forward to Mother Earth, protecting her from harmful practices, while preserving cultures, traditions and what makes humans, human.

MicroTrends

Diverse Humanity: Exploring the vast culture amongst humans. It is a harmonious celebration of how humans differ, yet are the same.

Sustainability: Sustainability is a multifaceted system. From the foods consumed, to the products used, all of this contributes to the sustainability of the Earth.

Preservation: Championing rare & endangered ingredients and plants of the Earth and celebrating ancient stories and folklore that humans can work to practice and preserve.

 

 

Together Apart

While the physical and emotional distance between humans has increased, connections have become more robust as technology has shaped the future to be worlds apart, but closer than ever imagined.

MicroTrends

Connectivity: Communication, sharing experiences and bonding over personal triumphs with the world have allowed people to connect in beautiful ways.

Joy of Missing Out: With more time on hand and fewer places to go, an appreciation of enjoying alone time is reemerging. Slowing down and staying in is becoming a preferred and joyful option.

Innovation: The use of technology comes into play for consumers looking for ways to make tools more efficient, time spent to be made more impactful, food taste more delicious, aromas smell more pleasant, and life, in general, made more comfortable.

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances announces new strategic hires at its Northbrook location

A new promotion at Bell strategically enhances its quality, compliance, safety, and sustainability programs.

Bell is pleased to announce the promotion of Diego Darquea as Vice President, Global Flavors and Fragrances Quality, Compliance and Safety.  In this role, Diego will assume executive leadership to develop and implement strategies, policies and procedures ensuring quality, safety and integrity of organizational products and services and

In this position, Diego will oversee the organization’s Corporate Compliance and Sustainability programs providing global strategic direction and leadership to the Quality, Compliance and Safety functional heads.  Diego will lead and maintain accredited certifications such as SQF, FSSC, ISO, ECOVADIS, SEDEX and others to ensure ongoing compliance with international, federal and local food, chemical and occupational safety regulations through partnerships with government and regulatory agencies, such as FDA, USDA, DEA, OSHA and CODEX.

 

New position created in Bell’s Marketing team with a consumer insights focus.

Bell is excited to welcome Karen Holliday to the Marketing team, filling a new role of Market & Consumer Insights Managerresponsible for acquiring, managing, and disseminating key consumer behavior insights across the Bell organization. She will manage the development and execution of projects that support Bell’s key technologies, categories, customers and internal initiatives to drive business development efforts.

Karen’s role will utilize quantitative and qualitative methods of insight generation to integrate the voice of the consumer (VOC) into the development of consumer preferred flavors and fragrances both internally across Bell and will be the key source of consumer and market understanding working cross-functionally with R&D, Culinary, Sensory and Sales to develop and implement strategies for growing Bell’s market share in the flavor and fragrance industry.

 

Bell’s Beverages team looks a lot sweeter with a new Director of Beverage Applications

Bell is excited to welcome Vuk Levakov to the Applications Team and Bell family in a newly created position of Director of Beverage Applications.  He will lead the beverage applications team to foster creative and technical development of Bell’s beverage portfolio in the areas of flavor development, sugar reduction & enhancement, and mouthfeel enhancement.

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Tiny Particles, Great Effect

Eco-friendly encapsuled fragrances free from formaldehyde and micro plastics with Bell MikroBurst®

Consumers are increasingly demanding for high quality and sustainable goods in their daily life. Bell MikroBurst® represents an encapsulation technology that enables outstanding fragrance performance for eco-friendly household care products, while it also suits the strict restrictions of certified natural cosmetics.

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances announces Sensory & Consumer Science’s leadership role at IFT and recent conference presentations

Karen Graves, Senior Director of Sensory and Consumer Sciences at Bell Flavors & Fragrances, is the new chairperson for IFT’s Sensory & Consumer Sciences Division

Bell is pleased to announce this new role taken on by Karen Graves, effective on September 1st, 2021.

In this role, Karen will direct a leadership team to ensure proper planning, organizing, and implementation of activities aligned with the divisional strategic plan. Key activities include: content for IFT’s FIRST 2022 Conference, educational seminars and newsletters, and networking events designed for professionals and students.

 

“I am honored to be the Chair of the IFT Sensory and Consumer Science Division. IFT is an integral part of the food industry and I am proud to give back to the community.  It is exciting to collaborate with other leaders to enhance Sensory Consumer understanding,” says Karen.

 

Bell’s Sensory & Consumer Science Department shares insights at IFT’s FIRST 2021 Conference and Pangborn Sensory Symposium.

Karen presented at IFT’s FIRST 2021 Conference in a session called “Drawer of Mistakes”. The session featured a series of speakers who discussed technical mistakes made during their career as a Sensory and Consumer researcher that have turned into learning opportunities for others. Karen shared a mistake where confusing preparation instructions were used in a consumer in home use test.

 

She also presented in a sustainability workshop at the 2021 Pangborn Sensory Symposium. During this workshop, Karen talked about how the Sensory and Consumer Science department validates sustainable ingredients to use in Bell’s multitude of flavors, fragrances, and botanicals.

 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavors, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the beverage and food industry, as well as the household care and personal care industry. Bell‘s affiliated companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China and Singapore give the company flexibility in the world market place and enable Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention.

 

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances announces new role and strategic promotions at its Northbrook location

Bell Flavors & Fragrances secures an integral role within the Savory team and announces new promotions within Quality Control and Flavor Creation.

Bell secures Peter Gollmer for key role of Director of Business Development – Savory

Bell is pleased to welcome Peter Gollmer to its headquarter location in Northbrook, IL. as Director of Business Development for Bell’s Savory business unit. He will be working within the company’s commercial team to accelerate growth in the clean label savory flavor category, optimizing Bell Flavor technologies while working closely with the culinary and sales teams.

Peter brings 30 years of food industry experience in the natural, organic and savory segment spanning manufacturing, product development, culinary, sales, and marketing with industry leaders such as Campbell’s, Diana Naturals, Activ International and Givaudan.

New promotions at Bell Northbrook

Bell is excited to announce the promotion of Emine Pargov to the position of Quality Control Manager. Emine has served in multiple roles of increasing responsibilities within the Quality Department since joining the company seven years ago.

In this leadership role, Emine will manage the Quality Control team by overseeing the daily operations and tasks required to review, approve and implement necessary procedures to comply with customer specifications.  She will also work with Quality Systems to develop, implement and maintain SOP’s necessary to ensure the organization maintains SQF certification, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), the HACCP program, and ensure compliance with legislation.

Bell is pleased to announce the promotion of Nicolas Poulin to the position of Production Manager.  Nick has served in multiple roles within the Fragrance and Research & Development departments since joining Bell five years ago.  Most recently, Nick has served in the role of Analytical Chemist Fragrance Lab Manager and began his career with Bell as a Fragrance Laboratory Technician.

In this critical leadership role, Nick will manage production activities at Bell’s headquarters location in Northbrook to exceed customer satisfaction goals while assuring employee safety, product food safety and quality policies and procedures are met.

Bell is excited to announce the promotion of Dana Chen to Principal Creative and Commercialization Flavorist. In this role, Dana will focus on commercialization, industrialization/integration, creative technical innovation, and training of junior Flavorists. She will execute projects for Bell’s research and development team, operations, regulatory, and be a key player in communication between R&D, Sales, Operations, Purchasing & Quality.

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So Fresh and so Clean – A New Smell of Purity

Bell EMEA Presents Unconventional Fragrance Compositions for Laundry Care

Laundry care experiences a wave of impulses on a technological level. But also olfactory-wise, consumers’ demand for more than just clean garments. The covid-19 pandemic has pushed the focus of laundry chores in making sure that clothes are also sanitised and disinfected. At the same time, convenient formats like pods gain a momentum. The continued interest in fragrances indicates that innovative products with unusual scents and innovative application possibilities are being positively received by consumers. For instance, seasonal and innovative fragrances from personal care, such as rhubarb, can pique consumer interest and encourage purchases. Bell’s new fragrances for laundry care cover sanitisers, liquid detergents and pods, promising a new olfactory experience beyond the well-tried.

Sanitising and Disinfection to Become Key

Similar to other spheres, laundry care is facing an unseen awareness for hygiene. Therefore, demand for laundry sanitisers and detergents that claim to sanitise and/or disinfect the garments is expected to rise in the coming years. Consumer education will never be so high in relation to home hygiene when the covid-19 pandemic abates. This will undoubtedly push improved hygiene cleaning practices well into the future. Consequently, consumers will be prioritising purchases of products with a “disinfectant” or “hygienic” component.

With a broad range of new laundry care fragrances, Bell combines consumers’ demand for a new cleanliness with the desire for innovative scents. Bell’s perfumers developed sophisticated fragrances that may push laundry sanitisers on a new olfactory level. Perfumistic compositions such as “Kiss of Art”, “Infinity” or “Midsummer Dream” invite on a fantastic journey combining familiar green and floral notes with newcomers like rhubarb.

Unconventional Fragrances to Attract Consumers

Besides disinfectants, concentrated liquid detergents and liquid tablet detergents (pods) are the most dynamic product categories within laundry care in Western Europe (Mintel). Both saw positive growth in the majority of markets in 2019/20. Especially, pods continued to gain momentum, recording strong retail volume and current value growth as more affluent consumers looked to this convenient format that reduces the mess, wastage and spillage factors of traditional formats.

At the same time, it is not only the functional aspects, where consumers’ expectations are on the rise. Brands also need to fulfill consumers’ desire for extraordinary and new fragrance experiences. Bell’s new laundry care fragrances stick out of the familiar, but still remain rooted in consumers’ general preferences. Fragrance’s names like “Wild Garden”, “Green Cottage” or “Amazing Forest” mirror the floral, green or woody character of the compositions, but also reflect the sense of the unconventional coming with these fragrances. Last but not least, compositions like “Romantic Moment” and “Lovely Miss” address those who are looking for more sensual floral or even sweet directions.

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Presents Trends at 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo in Indianapolis

Media Release
Northbrook, IL
July 19, 2021

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Presents Trends at 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo in Indianapolis

To help open the show on day one, David Banks, Director of Marketing at Bell, hosted an interactive session in which he broke down five macro trends that are shaping consumer behaviors that make up the foundation of Bell’s Spark trends platform.  These macro trends included Finding Silver Linings, Well-Balanced, and Escapism and illustrated how they affect the consumer and the products they gravitate towards.

Banks explained, “We start with identifying deep-seeded macrotrends happening with consumers such as emotional states and cultural drover, not fads.”

“We combine this with an understanding of the conscious and non-conscious decisions consumers are making and tie it back to that olfactory element that food and flavors can create,” he noted.

During the interactive tasting session, Banks explained how these turn into microtrends and how the industry can break these down into starting points for product development that will speak directly to the consumer, based on existing needs, state of the world, and cultural surroundings.

As Banks explained, the confectionary and snack industries are the introductory channels to different concepts and innovative ingredients. Consumers expect newness, but also comfort and familiarity- a balance that is not easy to achieve. Thanks to his extensive walk-through attendants left with a clear sense of where newness was coming from and what was the conductive thread through the hundreds of exhibitors.

A few of the featured microtrends that seem to resonate across the show floor included:

Finding Silver Linings

The need for comfort, indulgence, and nostalgia was a focus through last year and will keep going strong in the future. The emotional level at which a product can connect to the consumer was heightened and brands did not disappoint when providing innovation. One of the best examples is the upcoming Reese’s Potato Chips Big Cup and Garrett’s Popcorn S’mores.

Well-Balanced

“People focused on the basic human need to take care of themselves,” Banks told the audience, adding the three microtrends of mood and emotions, self-care and functional. Consumers want to be more well-rounded and attend to all physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Trü Frü and Sow Good caught a lot of attention thanks to their healthy, fun, and innovative approach.

Escapism

Snackers are looking for excitement. New textures, presentations, ingredients and anything that takes them away from their comfort zone will drive curiosity and can turn products into hits.

Nerd’s Gummy Cluster’s stood out as Best in Show thanks for the combination of flavors and textures.

During the Supplier Showcase Day Bell presented innovative flavors that tapped into all of these trends. The team developed a very well received concept of Escapism that included a trendy and unique Pink Pineapple, a complete line of terpene flavors for sweet and savory applications that gave the impact of specific cannabis strains, as well as a decadent Hazelnut Chocolate truffle.

 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leader in the flavor and fragrance industry. With eight manufacturing plants across the globe and over 40 sales offices around the world, Bell has the ability to create the flavor, fragrance, or botanical for any application.

 

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – get in touch with taste!

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Launches Alternative Protein & Vegan Flavor Portfolios

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Launches Alternative Protein & Vegan Flavor Portfolios 

Answering the needs of the evolving plant-based food and beverage market, Bell Flavors & Fragrances has launched a portfolio of taste technologies and flavors to help manufacturers overcome challenges in product development and improve the overall taste profile of plant-based alternatives.  With its product range, Bell aims to provide clean label taste solutions for meat and fish alternatives as well as dairy alternatives and plant-based high protein products.

Alternative Protein Overview

Throughout the world, there is a growing consumer interest in alternative proteins. Purchasing behaviors are shifting to alternative sources, partly due to health and environmental concerns as well as animal welfare. Whatever the reason may be, the market for these proteins is at an all-time high. According to McKinsey, the alternative protein market is a $2.2 billion industry worldwide, growing at a CAGR of 9.5% from 2019-2025 to reach $17.9 billion.

Alternative Protein Consumer

Consumers are demanding alternative options in replacement of meat, dairy and sweet goods. In fact, one in five consumers are limiting their meat intake, and 15% saying that they now follow a plant-based diet.

 

 

Understanding Needs and Plant Protein Sources

Bell’s alternative protein platform offers a wide range of vegan & vegetarian base and top note flavors as well as a collection of taste technologies to achieve the flavor profile and texture customers are demanding.

Bell’s deep understanding of functionality across many alternative protein applications helps to solve the taste and flavor challenges in current product formulations. These challenges identified by both consumers and customers include masking the off-notes of plant-based proteins, achieving desirable mouthfeel and delivering the perfect flavor experience.

With that in mind, Bell’s team of Chefs, Foods Scientists, Sensory Specialists and Flavorists work to find the perfect flavor & technology solution for any application. The company takes a creative approach to developing authentic profiles to achieve decadent, creamy/dairy notes, meaty beef/chicken flavors or bold seafood flavors.

In addition, Bell’s team of flavorists and sensory experts identified the potential off-tastes of various protein sources, including soy, wheat, pea, rice, oat, almond and coconut and its organoleptic effects on taste and other characteristics, including texture and mouthfeel. Based on the application needs, the team developed a range of functional masking solutions that help to mitigate specific off-notes and create a more appealing sensory profile. Bell further developed specific flavors to help achieve the more rounded taste characteristics, such as full-bodied umami or rich kokumi that many alternative protein products lack.

This cross-functional approach is applied to projects as Bell works hand in hand throughout the product development process, listening to customer needs, identifying consumer taste expectations and understanding the regulatory concerns while developing customized solutions that satisfy the technological challenges customers face.

To support this growing global opportunity, Bell’s regional organizations also offer a full range of alternative protein and vegan flavor varieties for the European market, as well as Canada and Latin America, being compliant to regulatory restrictions and consumer taste expectations within the respective markets.

 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leader in the flavor and fragrance industry. With eight manufacturing plants across the globe and over 40 sales offices around the world, Bell has the ability to create the flavor, fragrance, or botanical for any application.

 

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – get in touch with taste!

 

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Employees Inducted into the American Society of Perfumers

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is pleased to announce Perfumer, Delphine Perdon Rupnow has been named Apprentice Director for the Board of the American Society of Perfumers.  Additionally, Bell’s Fragrance Evaluation Manager, Melissa Scharoff, was accepted as an Apprentice in the American Society of Perfumers earlier this year.

The American Society of Perfumers
The American Society of Perfumers is a non-profit organization, founded in 1947, with a current membership of approximately three hundred qualified perfumers. The American Society of Perfumers has officers and a Board of Directors, who are nominated and voted into office by the membership to uphold the Bylaws and provide a vision for the future. The main goal of the American Society of Perfumers is to foster and encourage the art and science of perfumery in the United States and to represent our community internationally. The membership promotes agendas to educate, support and empower Perfumers and offer many opportunities to meet and consult with some of the most accomplished individuals in fragrance.

Delphine Perdon Rupnow named Apprentice Director to The American Society of Perfumers
In Delphine’s role at American Society of Perfumers, she will be responsible in supporting the society in a variety of capacities, such as offering her leadership on their social media platforms and in board meetings. In addition, the new by-laws have shortened the Apprentice Perfumer program from five years to three, which will make Delphine a full member in January 2022.

Delphine states, “I am thrilled of having been appointed Apprentice Director of the American Society of Perfumers, and I will serve the society as best as I can for the upcoming year. As a Perfumer, it is truly an honor to be part of such a renowned group of professionals, and I also would like to thank my company and my colleagues for supporting me in this new role.

Melissa Scharoff accepted as Apprentice of The American Society of Perfumers
Accepted in January 2021 as an Apprentice of the American Society of Perfumers, Melissa will be confirmed as a full member January 2024. Currently Melissa is training with Bell Senior Perfumer, Steve Orson and Bell’s entire Perfumery team over the next several years, working to become a Perfumer herself.

Melissa states, “Since getting started in the fragrance industry, I have always aspired to be a Perfumer and I am thrilled to be taking a step towards achieving that goal. By joining the American Society of Perfumers, I am excited for the opportunity to join a truly unique and talented community that constantly looks at the balance of art and science.”

 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a leading supplier of flavours, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the beverage and food industry, as well as the household care and personal care industry. Bell‘s affiliated companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China and Singapore give the company flexibility in the world market place and enable Bell to bring new trends quickly to customers’ attention.

 

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – get in touch with taste!

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances is excited to announce a myriad of promotions at the Northbrook, IL location

Bell Flavors and Fragrances continues to strengthen their North American team with internal promotions across multiple departments.  To continue the high level of service to customers, Bell has bolstered their internal operations with promotions in their Accounting, Environmental Health and Safety, Finance, Information Technology, Maintenance, Purchasing and R&D departments.

In addition, Bell continues to increase their emphasis on innovation and customer support with promotions in their Culinary, Marketing and Project Management departments.

Alden Duckett has been promoted to Sweet Technologist of Culinary Applications performing work to develop culinary driven  bakery and pastry concepts to help solve customer challenges.

 

 

 

Andrew Petrou has been promoted into the role of Savory Flavorist.  With his recent induction into the Society of Flavor Chemist organization he plays a critical role in creative flavor development, technical innovation and customer engagement working cross-functionally with Marketing, Culinary and Application teams at Bell.

 

 

Brian Enriquez has been promoted to Manager Financial Analysis & Pricing where he leads consolidating monthly, quarterly and annual financial closing documentation supporting the Accounting and Finance leadership teams.

 

 

 

Craig Varda has taken the role of Environmental Health and Safety Manager where he will be creating and implementing policies to ensure a safe and healthy work environment at Bell’s Northbrook and Middletown facilities.

 

 

 

Julie VanSickle has been promoted to Senior Marketing Specialist responsible for the development of marketing activities to support internal Bell brand efforts and customer specific partnership opportunities.

 

 

 

Kathy Yu has been promoted to Senior IT Support Specialist, delivering personalized IT support to identify, troubleshoot, research and resolve user IT issues playing a critical role in helping the company understand and optimize the growing technical capabilities at Bell.

 

 

 

Mike Barron has been promoted to Director, Information Technology (IT), providing vision and leadership in the development and implementation of the Bell Flavors & Fragrances corporate and global information systems and technology programs.

 

 

 

Rob Schmehil has been promoted to Senior Project Manager, Flavors serving as the main liaison between R&D, Sales and the Marketing teams coordinating all customer related activities.

 

 

 

Theresa Link has been promoted to Assistant Controller, where she will provide control and management of multiple accounting functions including Bell’s account receivables, financial statement support as well as overseeing all travel and expense processes.

 

 

 

Tom Curtis has been promoted to Project Maintenance Manager assuming responsibility of facility-related projects, contracts and services while continuing his responsibility for leading the Maintenance team.

 

 

 

Tracey Gossman has been promoted to Senior Purchasing Agent facilitating the execution of purchase orders to support stocking levels, while managing Purchasing’s workflow and tracking SOP’s for the department.

 

 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leader in the flavor and fragrance industry. With eight manufacturing plants across the globe and over 40 sales offices around the world, Bell has the ability to create the flavor, fragrance, or botanical for any application.

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – get in touch with taste!

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Employee Elected Into The Society of Flavor Chemists and promoted to Savory Flavorist

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is pleased to announce Andrew Petrou’s election into the Society of Flavor Chemists in March 2021, as well as a promotion to Savory Flavorist.

 The Society of Flavor Chemists  
The Society of Flavor Chemists is an industry organization with the purpose of advancing the field of flavor creation, technology and related sciences. The Society provides a forum to foster and encourage the art and science of flavor creation, promote professional growth and encourage assistance and common interests among members with a high standard of professional conduct.

Andrew Petrou named Apprentice for the Society of Flavor Chemists
In Andrew’s new role at the Society of Flavor Chemists, he will have the opportunity to join committees, network with fellow members and represent Bell in the society. In 2023, Andrew will become a fully certified member and have the option to hold committee chair roles and progress to the Society of Flavor Chemists Board.

Andrew states, “Passing my exam and being welcomed into the Society of Flavor Chemists has been a motivational stepping stone. Being selected as an apprentice member has validated all of my hard work, training and experience, and encourages me to innovate and create new products in the savory atmosphere. My foundation has been established, and now I’m here to grow even more and push the boundaries of savory science wherever I can.”

Andrew’s New Role as Savory Flavorist
Andrew Petrou was also promoted to Savory Flavorist in earlier this year. In his new role, Andrew will be experimenting with natural and synthetic materials to develop new flavors, support customer flavor development and perform quality control testing on newly developed flavors. Andrew will be a lead liaison between the Quality Control and Regulatory departments. He’ll also be reviewing materials and flavors for compliance with regulatory law in countries where Bell conducts business.

 

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leader in the flavor and fragrance industry. With eight manufacturing plants across the globe and over 40 sales offices around the world, Bell has the ability to create the flavor, fragrance, or botanical for any application.

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. Awarded Silver Medal In Recognition Of Sustainability Achievement

Bell Flavors & Fragrances proudly announces the completion of its annual EcoVadis audit and commits  sustainability alignment with the IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter.

Partnering with EcoVadis 

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. was recently awarded a silver medal in recognition of sustainability achievements by EcoVadis after completion of its audit at Bell’s global headquarters inNorthbrook, Illinois.

EcoVadis provides holistic sustainability rating that covers a range of systems including environmental, labor & human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. To date, EcoVadis has rated over 75,000 partners worldwide including some of the world’s largest organizations while positively impacting the environment and fostering transparency.

The mission at Bell is to be passionate, hard-working, creative, and to invest in people and processes. The company aligns its wholehearted commitment to make a difference for the planet with customer needs. Diego Darquea C., Bell’s Sr. Director of Product Safety and Compliance, works on a global scale to drive the company’s sustainability programs.

Diego states “Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is proud to support and align with the IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter, which is built around five focus areas: Responsible Sourcing, Environmental Footprint, Employee Well-Being, Product Safety, and Transparency. Our commitment is to make a difference for the planet, for people, and for our business by achieving the highest standards in the industry.”

Sustainability Through the Supply Chain

Bell is proud to partner with suppliers and focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing in order to provide solutions for customers and consumers that demand transparency. Bell is committed to make a difference for the planet and its customers, and the passion for the environment drives the company to protect its ecosystem use and supply chain health and safety.

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:

Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a leader in the flavor and fragrance industry. With eight manufacturing plants across the globe and over 40 sales offices around the world, Bell has the ability to create the flavor, fragrance, or botanical for any application. 

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – get in touch with taste!

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Plant Future

Taste solutions for plant-based alternatives

Plant-based nutrition has become mainstream

The health and wellness trend is fueling product innovation on plant-based food and drink alternatives on a global level. Based on the growing health consciousness of consumers and changing lifestyle habits, they increasingly avoid animal ingredients on a daily basis.

Providing flexible alternatives to traditional animal products such as dairy, meat and fish has become increasingly important across many product categories, with launches having accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Plant-based diets have evolved beyond traditional vegetarian and vegan consumers and are moving into mainstream. Hence, flexitarian consumer groups and younger consumers are key drivers for this megatrend.

Motivations for plant-based diets include:

  • Health & wellness aspirations
  • Environmental concerns & sustainability
  • Food safety & animal welfare
  • Novelty and multi-facetted choice
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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Announces the Launch of Their Full Line of Taste and Flavor Enhancement Technology

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is proud to announce the unveiling of this platform that includes mouthfeel, sweetness and flavor enhancement, and masking technologies. Bell FF is excited to showcase this portfolio across a number of different applications. See a brief explanation of each technology below.

Mouthfeel Enhancement
Perfecting mouthfeel is a tough, but crucial step in creating craveable products that consumers love. Whether adding or removing ingredients, or bolstering existing mouthfeel, Bell’s line of enhancement technologies ensure that products taste and perform as they were intended.

Sweetness Enhancement
BellTech™ SweeTech™ comprises a range of flavors that deliver a full, rounded sweetness profi­le similar to that of sucrose. SweeTech™ flavors provide numerous performance benefi­ts to consumers and food manufacturers and provide a compliment or alternative to high intensity sweeteners. Flavors within the SweeTech™ range possess different taste or ingredient label attributes, and the appropriate SweeTech™ flavor can be selected by Bell technical staff based on customer, application, and label requirements.

Flavor Enhancement
Bell has developed an array of BellTech™ fl­avor enhancers and modifiers to perfectly pinpoint the ­flavor consumers are looking for. These ­flavors are designed to trigger key ­flavor profiles in a base to make them more robust, without becoming dominant. BellTech™ ­flavor enhancers come in a variety of formats and can be applied to almost any product.

Masking Technology
Bell’s industry leading R&D team has developed a line of BellTech™ taste masking technologies to efficiently cover off-notes that arise throughout the innovation process. The masking technology can be used in a myriad of applications, thus allowing manufacturers the freedom to make label claims, without having to worry about the consequences to the flavor.

Click here to request more info on Bell’s Line of Taste and Flavor Enhancement Technology!

About Bell Flavors & Fragrances:
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a family-run business, growing on an ever-expanding global scale, and prides itself on adopting and implementing modern tactics and technologies, which provide superior quality and excellent customer service. This remains to be the heart and soul of the company, and is the “Bell Way” of doing business. With over 100 years of industry experience, Bell’s social science and research analysis are always a part of the recipe used to determine what is defining modern food and beverage culture. Bell’s detail-oriented regulatory and botanical team is constantly working to ensure flavors, botanicals, and raw materials comply with current regulatory restrictions and guidelines. Bell’s deep passion is to create products that captivate the world’s taste buds and stimulate the senses. This passion was instilled by Bell’s founder William M. Bell, and continues today.

 

Bell Flavors & Fragrances – get in touch with taste!

 

Media Contact:
David Banks
Director of Marketing
Phone: 937-219-0399
E-mail: info@bellff.com

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The Bell Familiy – Junior Perfumer Elisa

#WomenInScience: Elisa Tzedakis.

On the occasion of the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science and Technology” we would like to introduce one of our female Junior Perfumers.

Originally from France and holding a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Science and Perfumery, Elisa Tzedakis finally completed her perfumery apprenticeship at Bell in Leipzig. Read how she pursued her goal of a career in fragrances with passion and discipline for many years.

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Bell Flavors & Fragrances Releases 2021 Spark Micro Trends

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is excited to announce the 2021 Spark platform. Spark is Bell’s trend toolkit that provides a multi-faceted understanding of the consumer with a comprehensive knowledge of the global culinary influences, market dynamics, olfactive landscape and innovations that are shaping how consumers behave, what they consume and what the future of flavors, fragrances and ingredients will look like.

This year’s platform has been reimagined, including macro and micro level trends identifying both the fads we see today in popular culture, but also the core behavior values, market drivers and technology advancements that will last into next year and beyond.

These macro trends serve as the foundation of consumer behaviors that help us shape the micro trends that manifest themselves differently by geography, category, demographic, etc.  Under each of the five core macro trends, falls a series of micro trends that take a deeper dive into the specific ingredients, flavors, fragrances and current cultural influences as it pertains to the greater macro trend.

The micro trends are the current or future years to come fads that consumers experience and help to create based upon what is happening in the world today. They are identified by specific actions or changes in market or consumer dynamics and are seen in current day culture. Micro trends evolve from the larger macro trends and are tied to specific markets, categories, flavors, fragrances and botanicals.

This year’s macro and micro trend buckets are as follows:

 

Finding Silver Linings

Every moment in life offers the opportunity to learn something about the world, including the silver linings that make people feel comforted, worthwhile, rewarded and even whimsical in the most unexpected times.

MicroTrends:

Nostalgia: Throwbacks from the most iconic eras are becoming prominent as people are curious to experience whimsical and familiar favorites in an immersive landscape.

Enjoying Rewards: The resurgence of sensorial indulgences is making its appearance across categories as consumers are yearning to break free from solitude and experience the next level of life.

Home-style: Home is where the heart is. The idea of home-style can make anyone feel happy – whether across the border or across the street.

 

Well Balanced

The beloved wellness trend is continuously evolving as consumers focus more on holistic & self-optimized nutrition, personal care, fitness, and mindfulness.

MicroTrends:

Moods and Emotions: As consumers continue to gain a better understanding of holistic health, mood and emotions play a key role in ones focus, memory, creativity and overall wellbeing.

Self-Care: With individuals continuing to experiment with, and improve upon diets, products and practices aside from food are sought after for desired effects on the body.

Functional Ingredients: The strategic use of functional ingredients can dramatically improve efficacy and intended benefits as consumers look to incorporate them in their food and personal care products.

 

Escapism

Curious consumers engage and escape through the senses; by the transporting power of technology or of the mind, blurring the boundaries between real life and fantasy.

MicroTrends:

Inward: The power of the mind has been explored on many different aspects. Whether focusing on fantasy and imagination, performance, learning, experience, or wellness; it becomes undeniable that the state of our mind alters drastically our perception of the world around us.

Get Away: The prospect of escaping somewhere new, triggers the senses and the need to find out more about different places around the world.

Multi-Sensorial: The interconnectedness of the senses allows amplifying experiences that would otherwise seem one-dimensional become magical and captivating.

 

Global Consciousness

Daily choices have a major impact on the world and a consumers’ role is to pay it forward to Mother Earth, protecting her from harmful practices, while preserving cultures, traditions and what makes humans, human.

MicroTrends:

Diverse Humanity: Exploring the vast culture amongst humans. It is a harmonious celebration of how humans differ, yet are the same.

Sustainability: Sustainability is a multifaceted system. From the foods consumed, to the products used, all of this contributes to the sustainability of the Earth.

Preservation: Championing rare & endangered ingredients and plants of the Earth and celebrating ancient stories and folklore that humans can work to practice and preserve.

 

Together Apart

While the physical and emotional distance between humans has increased, connections have become more robust as technology has shaped the future to be worlds apart, but closer than ever imagined.

MicroTrends:

Connectivity: Communication, sharing experiences and bonding over personal triumphs with the world have allowed people to connect in beautiful ways.

Joy of Missing Out: With more time on hand and fewer places to go, an appreciation of enjoying alone time is reemerging. Slowing down and staying in is becoming a preferred and joyful option.

Innovation: The use of technology comes into play for consumers looking for ways to make tools more efficient, time spent to be made more impactful, food taste more delicious, aromas smell more pleasant, and life, in general, made more comfortable.

 

With over 100 years of industry experience, Bell’s deep passion is to create products that captivate the world’s taste buds and stimulate the senses. This passion was instilled by Bell’s founder William M. Bell, and continues today. Bell is proud to call over 800 employees its family and is opening more doors for new career opportunities.

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Two Inductees Into The 2018 Candy Hall of Fame

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is proud to announce two of the newest inductees into the 2018 Candy Hall of Fame, hosted by the National Confectionery Sales Association, are from their organization. James Heinz, Bell’s Chief Executive Officer and Laura Christian, National Accounts Manager in the flavor division, were recognized for their achievements as industry leaders on October 19th-21st at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, among hundreds of NCSA members. They were nominated and selected from a mix of industry allies who have recognized the work and dedication they put into the confectionery industry and were named as two of eight inductees from the same company.

James Heinz has worked in the candy industry since 1971 at Bell Flavors & Fragrances, headquartered in Northbrook, IL. He, along with his siblings, became more involved in the company and eventually ran the business together. James was named as Bell’s President in 1995 and CEO in 1997, and has expanded the company internationally. He holds leadership positions within several industry associations, and he also participates as a volunteer and contributor for Feed the Hungry, Riverside Foundation, and Saint Jude’s Hospital. “It is an honor to be inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame after all the years working with the confectionary industry with Bell Flavors & Fragrances”, quoted James Heinz.

Laura has worked at Bell Flavors & Fragrances since 1981 and started volunteering within industry organizations shortly after her career took off. She believes in continuing to support education and growth in the industry. Laura mentors and participates in student outreach programs, including the Sweets & Snacks Expo Mentor Guide for the Confectionery Foundation’s Next Generation Program in 2018. “Throughout my career in the confectionery and food industry, I’ve grown professionally and personally due to the industry icons I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with,” says Laura. “Bell has provided me the opportunity to be involved in the confectionery industry – which I love – and has fully supported me as I’ve grown and evolved. I am honored to have been nominated and inducted, and it’s such a privilege to be part of this prestigious group of dedicated confectionery professionals.”

The National Confectionery Sales Association has been in existence for over one hundred years and has been sponsoring the Candy Hall of Fame since 1971. This induction marks the 199th anniversary and the 47th induction weekend. The organization encourages growth and acceptance of confectionery products in the industry through educational tools, constructive dialogue, and acknowledgements of accomplishments. James Heinz’ brother Raymond Heinz, President of Bell EMEA, was also inducted into the NCSA Candy Hall of Fame in 2009. President and CEO of NCSA, John Leipold Jr. states “Our Association and the Candy Hall of Fame have built a lasting legacy and we are committed to supporting this great industry through recognition, fellowship, education, and mentoring.”

Bell Flavors and Fragrances, Inc. is a leader in the flavor and fragrance industry. With eleven manufacturing plants across the globe, as well as over 40 sales offices around the world, Bell has the ability to create the flavor, fragrance, or botanical for any application.

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NEW HIRE ANNOUNCEMENT

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is excited to announce the newest addition to the Bell family, Daniel Castillo, Vice President, Commercial General Manager of International.

In Daniel’s role, he will pave the way for the development and management of the global commercial organization allowing for the continued expansion of Bell’s international flavor and fragrance business.

Daniel joins Bell with a strong background in the chemical and consumer goods industry holding various Sales roles with top players in the industry. Daniel previously worked for Givaudan, where he built & executed global strategies in the USA, European, Asian and Latin American markets. Daniel has

also held other global positions in the savory & snack industries at F. Hoffman La-Roche and Abbott Laboratories. Daniel’s unique background and experience will help drive the continued growth of as they continue to reach customers globally, while maintaining a local, custom approach.

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2021 Spark Trends

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is excited to announce the 2021 Spark platform identifying the key trends that will lead the way to new innovations within the flavor and fragrance industry. The Spark platform serves as the origin of imagination, the essence of creativity and the future of what’s to come in the flavor and fragrance industry.

The 2021 platform has been reconstructed to take a longer-term view identifying five key consumer macro trends that will serve as a foundation for today and into the future. These global macro trends represent the core behavioral values that are present in all humans combined with the technology innovations and market dynamics that are shaping how consumers behave and what the future of flavors, fragrances and ingredients will look like next year and beyond.

Bell’s 2021 global Spark trends touch on all areas from overall wellness to reward and indulgence. They focus on paying it forward to mother earth and the ways consumers have engaged with each other in the new virtual environment we’ve all had to endure.  Finally, the platform speaks to a state of escapism where we are seeing new ways flavors, fragrances and botanicals are being used by consumers to experience the exotic and the familiar from their own homes.

Finding Silver Linings
Every moment in life offers the opportunity to learn something about the world, including the things that make people feel comforted, worthwhile, rewarded and even whimsical in the most unexpected times. Finding the silver lining encompasses this sense of purpose and delight consumers encounter through every taste and smell experienced.

MicroTrends: Nostalgia, Enjoying Rewards, Home-style

 

Well Balanced

The wellness trend is continuously evolving as consumers focus more on self-optimized nutrition, personal care, and fitness, among others. Through a new lens of holistic health adopting a comprehensive approach to mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing consciously establishing habits and routines aimed at enriching one’s core values.

MicroTrends: Moods and Emotions, Self-Care, Functional Ingredients

 

Escapism
Curiosity is one of the main drivers of human nature. The union of imagination, exploration and experience opens new worlds as new realities are reimagined into multi-sensorial experiences.  Consumers today engage and escape through the senses; by the transporting power of technology or of the mind, blurring the boundaries between real life and fantasy.

MicroTrends: Inward, Get Away, Multi-Sensorial

 

Global Consciousness
Sustainability is not just a trend, it’s a way of life. It’s a series of social, economic, and environmental factors that promote a self-sustaining, well-balanced lifestyle. Daily choices have a major impact on the world and a consumers’ role is to pay it forward to Mother Earth protecting her from harmful practices, while preserving cultures, traditions and what makes humans, human.

MicroTrends: Diverse Humanity, Sustainability, Preservation

 

Together Apart
While the physical and emotional distance between humans has increased, connections have become more robust as technology has shaped the future to be worlds apart, but closer than ever imagined. As a basic need to communicate through the senses has become a challenge, many typical experiences like a home-cooked meal or the smell of a rose have become virtual creating a new togetherness in how people experience the world.

MicroTrends: Connectivity, Joy of Missing Out, Innovation

 

With over 100 years of industry experience, Bell’s deep passion is to create products that captivate the world’s taste buds and stimulate the senses. This passion was instilled by Bell’s founder William M. Bell, and continues today. Bell is proud to call over 800 employees its family and is opening more doors for new career opportunities.

 

More Information Contact: David Banks (847) 291-8300

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Clouding Module

Clouding Module for creating cloudy beers and beer mixers.

The beer category is constantly evolving. It is driven by premiumization, the ongoing health & wellness trend as well as an increasing market demand for low and non-alcoholic beers, which is creating a strong need for functional product developments. Bell’s Clouding Module therefore answers consumers demand for more cloudy, natural and visually appealing beers and beer mixers.

 

Consumer insights and market dynamics

Consumers are willing to pay more for “better-for-you” products that are characterized by high quality natural ingredients and sustainable production – indicating that consumers are increasingly seeking quality over quantity. The continuing growth in premium beers and natural-appealing beer mixers evidences the move towards a thoughtful consumption and a stronger focus on premiumization.

 

Functionality meets naturalness

Discover Bell’s Clouding Module – a technical solution for creating authentic beers and beer mixers.

  • Creation of more cloudy, raw- & natural-looking and visually appealing flavored beers and beer mixers
  • Consumers will associate the cloudiness in beers and beer mixers with the attributes sophisticated, naturalness & simplicity
  • Addressing the megatrends premiumization and health & wellness
  • No off-tastes (e.g. citrus notes)
  • Meeting current market demands for clean labelling and more natural ingredients
  • Due to estergum elimination the declaration as natural flavoring is possible
  • Declaration: natural flavoring, stabilizer: Gum Arabic

More Info Here

 

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Fragrance Trends 2020 – 2021

Fragrance Trends 2020/21 by Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA

The inspiration for the fragrance trends 2020/21 is as familiar as it is mysterious: our fascinating planet. Based on three trend themes, the perfumers of Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA have created distinct olfactory interpretations for personal and household care products. “Ocean Vibes” symbolizes the origin of life on Earth. “Australian Inspiration” celebrates the island continent, which is a magical destination for many people. The “Planet Lover” trend brings it all full circle. It is dedicated to fragrances that help preserve this beauty.  

 

Ocean Vibes

Soft sand under your feet. White crests that call to you. An expanse to the horizon. The depth that is home to the unknown. No other landscape pulls at you quite like the sea because it fills us with joy and is still teeming with secrets! “Ocean Vibes” moves right between happiness and mystery. A drop originates in spheres where luminous deep-sea creatures light the way. From there the bubble rises to the surface, joins the other millions and becomes a rolling wave, that carries everything in its path right to the coast. There the wave breaks and all that’s left are shimmering shells it washed up on the beach. The fragrance compositions of the “Ocean Vibes” are just as varied as the oceans, ranging from delicate light notes and lively fresh ones to those of vibrating radiance.

 

Australian Inspiration

Ranked among popular travel destinations and most recently in the cosmetics industry as A-Beauty, Australia is in vogue. The rugged outback, unique diving and surf spots, lively cities and a relaxed, positive attitude – these are typical associations with Australia. The trend fragrances with the theme “Australian Inspiration” take up these images and feelings and invite you on an olfactory journey across the impressive continent. On the one hand, fresh eucalyptus, soft sandalwood and warm herbal notes with leathery animal tones evoke the red earth of the inland with its exotic animals and mystical places like Uluru. On the other hand, light, fruity and floral fragrances provide a tangy contrast. Just like the metropolis of Sydney, they combine the feeling of pulsating vitality with the beauty of flowering gardens and the light-hearted lifestyle on one of the breathtaking sandy beaches.

 

Planet Lover

Sustainability and environmental friendliness are not only important, but they are also far-reaching ideas. For years, many fragrances of Bell EMEA have complied with the high standards of renowned ecolabels. With the “Planet Lover” trend Bell now focuses on another aspect of sustainability and translates it into fragrances. And in this case, less is more. This means keeping the number of ingredients on a minimal scale while still developing an exciting and balanced creation. Of course, this increases the development effort and brings new, complex challenges for our perfumers. But it’s worth it. Eventually, this approach is not just a way to save resources when it comes to ingredients. It also reduces other factors that can harm the environment, e.g. packaging and the amount of transport needed. After all, we want our planet to remain a beautiful place for generations to come.

 

The creations of the Fragrance Trends 2020/21 are vegan and free from microplastics. Following the European regulation on cosmetic products, no animal tests have been carried out for their manufacture. All these attributes make them cutting-edge products that deliver an inspiring and environmentally friendly fragrance experience. To further expand the application fields of the trend fragrances, Bell’s perfumers are currently developing perfume oils that are suitable for certified natural cosmetics.

 

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COVID-19 Report: Effects on the F&B Industry

What are the impacts of the global pandemic on the European food & beverage industry?

The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a profound impact on the global economy and consumer markets. With various levels of lockdowns and self-quarantine being executed in most European countries, consumer behavior needed to adapt, impacting the food and beverage consumption and certain consumer and market trends in response.

Based on Bell’s profound market research methods and databases used, we have evaluated the changing consumer preferences and purchasing behaviors, market needs and possibilities for innovations in light of the pandemic for the European market. Hence, providing our customers with opportunities to align your future market and product development strategies.

 

Changing consumer behaviour and impacts on the food and beverage segment

In the era of COVID-19, consumers are adjusting to the “new normal”. As such, purchasing behavior is characterized by lower disposable incomes, stress and anxieties about the future, and concerns over hygiene, health and wellbeing. At the same time, an increased level of digitalization has brought online shopping to a new height and social distancing has evoked new levels of meeting digitally.

Additionally, consumers are still limiting their shopping excursions to one stop only, leading to a further need for retailers to position themselves as a place to satisfy all general lifestyle needs.

What you will learn in our COVID-19 report:
  • 5 Key trends and effects of changing consumer behaviour amid COVID-19
  • Impacts on various segments of the food & beverage industry including non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverages, dairy & plant-based dairy alternatives, meat products & meat substitutes, sweet & salty snacks, and foodservice
  • Key takeaways for brand positioning and innovation

Get your FREE report here

 

Adding value through partnership

At Bell, we believe in being successful together. Our market insights and trend observations help you discover key target areas and dynamics, aiming to build up a holistic business and product strategy.

With COVID-19 further influencing the food and beverage industry, Bell has installed a business contingency system in order to provide our customers with the usual quality and support. Thus, protecting the health and safety of our employees, partners and customers is our key concern. We therefore guarantee increased hygiene measures to ensure a reliable and safe manufacturing of our products. Our team is at your disposal, helping you with regulatory needs, documentation and technical support and ensuring to deliver continuous service.

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Breathe. Escape. Enjoy.

Bell EMEA presents Air Care Trends 2021/22.

The latest collection for candles and reed diffusers reflects the spirit of our time: The compositions underline the desire for inner harmony as well as the longing to escape and simply relax. In keeping with this ambivalence between quiet reflection and exuberant longing for the strange and surprising, Bell’s trends for the 2021/22 air care season come with the slogan “Breathe. Escape. Enjoy.”

In addition to current trend fragrances, manufacturers in the candle business can benefit from Bell’s many years of technical expertise. The company supplies the fragrances in both classic liquid perfume oil as well as in the specially developed, solid candle base Scenti Master Batch. Read more about this below.

Breathe.

The more turbulent and uncertain the times are, the more important the private sphere becomes. People focus on the essentials: family, home, community. Taking a deep breath, looking back, and exploring new paths characterizes contemporary life styles. A peaceful environment is a strong incentive and can help generate new strength. Natural materials like wood, untreated cotton and soft fabrics express this feeling as much as soft, neutral colors. Bell’s perfumers have created an olfactory interpretation of this feeling of well-being with extremely elegant fragrances. Lily of the valley and fig unfold in the fragrances “Midnight Lounge” for candles and “Fallen” for reed diffusers with an unusual lightness and freshness. No less noble are the candle fragrances “Deep Inside” and “Chillout Cloud” for reed diffusers: Supported by, among other things, jasmine and sandalwood, they communicate the imperfect beauty that the theme contains.

 

Escape.

There is also a deep longing for something far away. Much like homesickness, wanderlust drives people to search for inner fulfilment. Escaping the daily grind, looking to mysterious, distant lands, and also the origins of one’s own homeland satisfies the strong desire for freedom and responds to the deep inner thirst for fulfilment. The warm fragrances that reflect this feeling are characterized by earthy and spicy notes. The candle scents “Lost in the Woods” and “Be the Change” dive into the richness of the world and with cinnamon and woody notes on the one hand and an aldehydic lavender composition with a minty top note on the other hand, both of these fragrances represent an intermingling of cultures and rituals. Bells perfumers have reimagined the theme for reed diffusers with creations called “New Beginning” and “Wanderlust”.

 

Enjoy.

Ultimately everything is a question of personal preference. Realizing the limited nature and uniqueness of your own life as well as enjoying it to the fullest. Psychologists all agree: The most satisfied are all those who accept life and all its ups and downs and still manage to maintain their positive attitude. Moreover, fireworks of vibrant and bright colors, which are the essence of life, shine all the brighter in the dark. Featuring the fragrance of ripened peaches, red berries or even orange, prickly pear, and lychee, the scents “Peach Life” and “My little Cactus” show how lively and intense this hunger for life can smell in a candle. The reed fragrances “Tropisoul” and “Summer Fun”, with mango, jasmine, pineapple and grapefruit, capture the cheerful lightness of summer.

 

Scented candles are one of Bell’s core strengths. With Scenti Master Batch, the company offers a fragrance system that has been specially developed for the specific requirements associated with this application.

The intensity of scented candles in particular can be significantly improved with Scenti Master Batch. For example, the carrier material supports a dosage over 5 per cent. At the same time, the fragrance oil is bonded in a way that prevents the oil from separating, thus significantly increasing the longevity of the product. This means consumers can enjoy the benefits of a candle that releases its scent only after it has been lit. Last but not least, scented candles manufactured with Scenti Master Batch stand out due to their extremely efficient and even burning.

Scenti Master Batch is available either as a block or as pastilles. The latter is particularly easy to process as a bulk material and due to its lower melting point and, as a non-flammable material, can be stored very easily. Learn More Here

 

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Essentially Organic

Meeting the new EU-organic regulations with organic certified flavors and beverage compounds!

Organic food products are forecast a double-digit growth rate within the next four years, driven by consumer demand for naturalness, transparency and clean labelling. Additionally, an increased focus on eco-friendliness and sustainability are decisive factors influencing the customers’ buying decisions and the growing demand for organic products.

The European Union represents the second largest market for organic food and beverages, following the US. About 16% of all new product launches in Europe between January 2017 and September 2020 carry an organic claim (data: Mintel GNPD). At the same time, organic represents one of the major growth drivers in retail business, helping to generate shopper loyalty and sustained category growth.

 

Changing EU regulations

The new EU-Regulation (EU) 848/2018 applying for organic-certified products will lead to a change in the raw materials and flavorings allowed to be used in organic-labelled products. Following the new legislation, only natural x flavorings (95/5) or flavoring preparations are allowed to be incorporated in organic food. In order to keep the organic certification within end products, they are therefore only allowed to contain organic suitable or organic certified natural source flavorings or extracts.

As only a maximum of 5 % non-certified ingredients within product formulation is allowed, organic certified flavors or extracts are mandatory in product categories with high flavor dosages, such as beverage compounds, seasonings and others. This bears challenges for many product categories, especially within the beverage segment – being at risk to lose their organic status. A reformulation of the existing product range therefore is indispensable.

At the same time, the use of organic certified flavors enables product developments based on solely organic raw materials, addressing the growing consumer need for transparency and thus, emphasizing the shared values associated with a brand or company.

Essentially organic: Bell’s line of organic certified flavors and beverage compounds

With a new designed range of organic certified natural source flavors and beverage compounds, Bell enables beverage manufacturers to meet the new EU organic regulations while delivering authentic taste properties such as orange, lemon, apple, lime or cola, among others. The range further aims to support product developments based on solely organic certified raw materials, providing added value for your brand and helping you to meet consumer demands and expand your target group.

  • Organic certified Natural X Flavors compliant with the new EU regulations. 100% natural, clean label solutions for severely affected categories such as non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Bell guarantees the use of high quality raw materials, bearing a strong commitment to responsible sourcing
  • Authentic natural taste creations delivering unique profiles for targeting organic-focused consumer groups and addressing consumers’ health & wellness aspirations.
  • Regulatory expertise and support to meet your specific label requirements and to guide you through the process of certification.

Delivering comprehensive guidance on product reformulation, flavor creation and regulatory, we are happy to support your product development! Get in touch with our team: Contact Bell’s organic Experts!

 

Bell’s strategic approach in overcoming regulatory challenges

In order to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of flavors fitting market needs and growing consumer demands for organic products, Bell EMEA has carried out an organic certification for its European site. Having been effected with great efforts, this investment reflects Bell‘s increased technical expertise in all aspects of organic flavor creation, sourcing, production technology and regulatory proficiency. Hence, Bell’s organizational structure ensures compliance of its production methods with the new EU organic regulations while adhering highest quality based on carefully selected raw materials and a strong commitment to responsible sourcing.

Delivering comprehensive support in product formulation and regulatory compliance, Bell EMEA further offers a broad portfolio of organic suitable natural source flavorings (95/5) and extracts for beverage applications. While targeting organic needs on a global scale, Bell likewise comprises a portfolio of organic certified and compliant flavors based on USDA-regulations.

“With investing in organic certified product solutions, we are not only supporting our customers in developing EU-compliant organic products. We are further reflecting Bell’s ambition to target consumer’s health & wellness aspirations and to provide our customers with opportunities to engage with broader target groups while increasing their brand‘s own value.” Agneta Hoffmann, Manager Marketing Flavors

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Naturally Sophisticated

Bell EMEA Presents Modern Fragrance Creations for Natural Cosmetics.

The international natural and organic cosmetics industry is evolving like hardly any other consumer goods industry – and with it the scent preferences of consumers. Sophisticated fragrance profiles with fresh, spicy or creamy notes are in vogue. Inspired by current trends, Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA presents a modern collection of natural perfume oil compositions. These new scent creations are suitable for certified natural and organic cosmetics, from shower gel to shampoo and skin cream. Bell’s perfumers have developed the fragrances according to the standards of NATRUE, COSMOS NATURAL and COSMOS ORGANIC.

Booming Natural Cosmetics

The demand is greater than ever for cosmetic products made from natural ingredients. The industry has been recording strong growth rates for years, especially in the DACH Region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), the USA and France. The German market recorded an increase in sales of 9.5% in 2019 (source: Statista). This gives certified natural and organic cosmetics a market share of almost 10% of the German cosmetics market. If industry experts are right, the market potential remains far from exhausted.

Alongside this rapid development, trends and topics that appeal to consumers are also evolving. A few years ago, it was product concepts and scents with purely fruity, floral or herbal characteristics that were widespread and popular. Today, consumers of natural cosmetics are much more discerning and expect more diverse fragrance profiles. This is a preference which at times presents a major challenge for perfumers due to the much smaller range of raw materials available in the natural cosmetics sector compared to synthetic fragrances.

FRESH, SPICY, CREAMY – FRAGRANCE PROFILES WITH CHARACTER

Refreshing like Clear Water

One of the most popular as well as olfactorily challenging types of fragrances are those with watery notes. They are particularly in demand for moisturising and refreshing body and face care products, yet must be created with a very limited range of raw materials. The skilful use of fresh accords, such as minty notes, creates an aquatic-fresh scent – purely with the resources of nature. Bell perfumer Benjamin Bienek explains his approach to fragrance development as follows:

“For me, water is refreshing and invigorating, yet also elegant and graceful. In my composition “Minty Splash NatScent” I used the refreshing properties of mint, as well as notes of lively watermelon to olfactorily represent the cool, invigorating side of water. I underline water’s graceful elegance with a balsamic base of vanilla, patchouli & cistus”.

Benjamin Bienek, Perfumer, Bell EMEA

 

Relaxing like a Walk in the Woods

Fresh and green fragrances do also meet the current demands. Notes inspired by eucalyptus, cactus or aloe vera, which are widely used in cosmetics, are gender-neutral and suitable for every season. Ingredients from trees such as birch or cedar can be used as a source of inspiration for fragrance development, as well as to create a story around a personal care product. The Japanese wellness trend “Forest Bathing” (Jap. “Shinrin Yoku” = take a bath in the atmosphere of the forest) is currently making its way to Europe and promises mental relaxation and stress reduction. With reference to this calming ritual, Bell calls one of the woodland creations “Forest Therapy NatScent”. When developing this fragrance, the perfumer, Justyna Dehne-Degenkolb, was inspired by the soothing atmosphere of the forest. “I imagined myself standing in the middle of a forest clearing. Surrounded by the subtle smell of white birch bark, I could forget the hectic everyday life for a moment. The scent is fresh and green, but at the same time warm and relaxing,” reports Ms. Dehne-Degenkolb, who has a special fondness for composing natural fragrances.

Creamy like Skin Protecting Milk

Moreover, health-enhancing micro-organisms have found their way into the world of cosmetics, having first gained recognition in the nutrition industry: Probiotics are considered a way to guarantee good skin health as they balance the natural skin flora. The ingredient, primarily derived from lactic acid bacteria, is particularly suited to skin-protecting and skin-soothing creams and lotions. In keeping with this trend, Bell’s new fragrance collection contains milky creations – on the one hand a pampering creamy gourmand note, on the other a sophisticated accord that highlights natural aspects. The latter, called “Nature’s Milk NatScent”, evokes associations with the milky sap that escapes when plant stems are cut. Thereby, the perfumer reinterprets the milk theme in a surprising way.

 

Invigorating like Exotic Spices

Stimulating and spicy compositions complement the portfolio of natural fragrances. Far Eastern spices such as sweet and fresh cardamom are the inspiration for invigorating fragrance profiles, particularly suited to vitalising shower gels and body lotions. Some of these exotic treasures have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which can be beneficial for face care products. One example of this is turmeric root, which Ayurvedic medicine has valued for its healing powers for thousands of years. In “Kurkumissimo NatScent”, perfumer Elisa Tzedakis translated the golden spice’s naturally rather subtle scent into an aromatic composition.

 

“My idea was to develop a very spicy fragrance that reflects the turmeric root’s healing powers. To open this composition, I chose other precious spices such as cardamom, ginger and nutmeg to intensify the exotic aroma and lend the composition a sparkling touch. In the heart, along with the turmeric, notes of jasmine and orange blossom give the spicy facets a round and sensual aspect. The drydown of vanilla and cedarwood provides a remaining sensual and soothing feeling, to give comfort, along with the spicy energy, which is ideal in those currents times. With this accord, I would like to enhance people’s feelings of peace and energy in their everyday lives”.

Elisa Tzedakis, Perfumer, Bell EMEA

 

All perfume oil compositions are vegan and suitable for use in certified natural cosmetic products according to standards set by NATRUE, COSMOS NATURAL and COSMOS ORGANIC. From shower gel and shampoo to body lotion and facial cream, the natural perfume oils can be used for various applications. The fragrance collection is complemented by a selection of organic plant extracts, which can be claimed on cosmetic products to underline the nature-based formulation.

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New Hire Announcement – Bell Northbrook

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is excited to announce the recent hire of Mike Haracz, Senior Corporate Chef, Ben Stanley, Corporate Chef – Sweet Applications Manager, Harry Park, Research Chef, as well as promotion of Casey Schallert to the position of Senior Research Chef, at their headquarters in Northbrook, IL.

Chef Mike joins Bell with an extensive Culinary, R & D and Development career. Prior to Bell, Chef Mike was the Manager of Culinary Innovation at McDonald’s. In this role, he collaborated to bring menu concepts and ideas through a discovery process. While there, Chef Mike maintained up-to-date knowledge of culinary trends and techniques.  He collaborated across the organization including suppliers, operations, dietitians, food scientists, marketing, supply chain and senior leadership.

In addition, Chef Mike has served as Corporate Executive Chef with Nation Pizza and Foods and held the position of Culinary Development Chef with Woodland Foods and held similar roles with CSSI, Inc., Orval Kent Foods. He experienced being a Certified Trainer with Uno’s Bar and Grill in Rhode Island and was a Sous Chef at the Wentworth Club in Surry, England and Alpine Country Club. Chef Mike earned his Bachelors, Applied Science, Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University.

 

Ben rejoins Bell after starting his career with the company soon after earning his Bachelor of Arts & Restaurant Management from Kendall College.  At Bell, Ben held the position of Research Chef – Savory Applications for two years.  He left Bell for California and served as a Research and Development Chef for Basic American Foods.  Ben then went on to serve as Vice President of Product & Research as a Founding Member of Food Genius.  In this role, Ben was responsible for methodology, design and creation of client deliverables.  This included menu, culinary trend mapping, menu item price optimization, product concept development and competitive reviews.

Ben most recently has served as the Principal Scientist with The KraftHeinz Company and has served in roles of progressive development with Dunkin’ Brands.  Ben was responsible for all bakery and donut related innovation, calendar programs and core improvements as Senior R & D Manager.  Ben has led teams, collaborated with strategic partners, been responsible for quality improvement, franchisee profitability optimization, global distribution and regulatory compliance.  Ben has also managed a pipeline with 100+ innovative menu items and product platforms for Baskin Robbins.

Harry comes to Bell with recent experience as and Applications Technologist at Sensient and Applications Scientist at Prinova. He has also held positions at SpiceTec, Prinova, and Glanbia in their Quality Control Departments. Harry also has extensive experience in Culinary Arts while working as Sous Chef at Prairie Landing Golf Club and Stone Gate Conference Center. He holds an Associates of Arts from Elgin Community College in Culinary Arts, an Associates of Science in Chemistry and will soon graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science from Kansas State University.

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New Hire Announcement – Northbrook

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is excited to announce the recent hire of Doreen Karas, PLM Implementation and Applications Manager, at their headquarters in Northbrook, IL. Doreen joins Bell with significant experience supporting and implementing Product Vision from both a power user and IT support perspective.

Prior to Bell, Doreen was an IT Business Analyst at Prinova where she was responsible for managing Product Vision and other software projects which involved her in all stages of the global implementation cycle from planning to go-live. She was also responsible for user training, troubleshooting, continuous change management, and user support. At Prinova, Doreen also held numerous Regulatory positions, including Manager of Regulatory and Strategic Systems, where she acted as lead administrator for Product Vision and other quality systems.

Doreen earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Madison.

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Spark Trends for 2020 unveiled

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is excited to begin the sixth year of its Spark trends program and has unveiled key trends that will lead the way to new innovations within the flavor and fragrance industry, while also looking at the past five year’s trends. Spark is Bell’s insider resource for new and emerging consumer trends as well as flavor and fragrance inspirations. The Spark trends platform at Bell is the origin of imagination. It’s the source of what’s possible. It’s the essence of creativity and the future of what’s to come in the flavor and fragrance industry.  It’s a guide to what’s next and what will be seen by the everyday consumer.

Looking back at the past five years of Bell’s Spark trends platform, the path traveled tells a lot about where they’ve come from and where they are heading on this trend-driven journey. Bell stays ahead of this rapidly changing tech-savvy world by understanding their consumer at the deepest level possible by analyzing market data. This year, Bell’s five Spark trends fall under a theme of concepts that once were not easily within reach, but with the fast and ever-changing marketplace, a new level of access has made them obtainable to the everyday consumer. Moving into 2020, Bell has taken the time to review the past five years of Spark and see how their trend predictions have performed and evolved.

The flavor trends within this years’ Spark program include seeking out the rarest and most authentic ingredients of the world. Consumers are becoming more mindful, not only paying attention to what they eat, but how and why they do it. The crossroads of cooking methodologies and ingredients are visited through the indigenous flavors of South East Asia as well the appreciation for the environment that helps grow the florae that is gathered for consumption in foraging. Cannabis, once illegal, is now permeating all areas of society, from medical to culinary.

This years’ fragrance Spark trends will look to new luxury, taking inspiration from fashion, art and music as well as holistic beauty routines from the inside-out and being mindful of the environmental impact. In today’s society, anything goes, from the hyper-masculine to hyper-feminine, encompassing and experimenting with everything in between in a non-judgmental manner while multi-sensorial engagement and technology help delve deeper into the different dimensions of fragrance. Ingredients and concepts that were once considered vices or even forbidden, are being used to bring complexity and beauty to fragrance.

Bell is looking forward to a new decade, with a new set of innovational Spark trends.

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Food & Flavor Trend Outlook

What is driving the food and beverage industry in 2020?

Based on the constant evolution of the consumers’ aspirations for health & well-being, authentic and clean label products, the industry is facing a changing demand for new product developments, reformulations and market strategies.

In 2020 and the decade to come, ingredients, such as flavors need to focus on functionality AND taste attributes to serve the evolving needs of today’s consumers. Building a bridge between delivering an authentic taste experience and helping to maintain the sensory characteristics of consumer products is key. By that means, flavors need to provide natural taste solutions for sugar reduction, masking off-notes, salt reduction and many more. Thus, creating further opportunities for the future of food. At the same time, sustainability and transparency are major attributes that need to be obtained across the whole supply chain

 

Functional taste solutions lead the way

A growing number of consumers is seeking for more healthy food: less sugar or salt, added or alternative proteins as well as superfoods with high nutritional content are major drivers for purchasing decisions. At the same time, consumers are demanding tasty high quality food and seasonal or adventurous variations.

With respect to the vast growing market dynamic for alternative proteins on a global scale, not only meat alternatives will see a respective growth, but also dairy-free white products. Future opportunities will therefore be generated by innovations within the plant-based area. Supported by these market dynamics, the category of sports nutrition will further move into mainstream, opening opportunities for “wellness drinks” and further hybrid categories that address a far larger consumer group.

Thus, maintaining appealing taste characteristics is key for developing successful market products. Authentic taste profiles, such as roasted meat and other culinary profiles or creamy, milky and fresh characteristics need to be obtained. Covering or masking off-notes of various protein types equally play a major role for developing indulgent products. With sugar reduction evolving further and being evident in many product categories at the same time, the need for functional taste solutions will increase substantially over the next 5 years.

Learn more about Bell`s functional taste solutions for sugar reduction

 

Botanical extracts and organic flavors are taking center stage

Botanical extracts can be found in a growing number of product launches across all major segments, but will most significantly further influence product developments within the non-alcoholic beverage category. Products such as near water, flavored water or infused water are focusing on consumer groups shifting from drinks with a high sugar content to more natural and less sweet options by using a range of botanicals within their formulations. Hence, opportunities can be found in herbal varieties that comprise a more bitter taste or combinations with mint, tea leaves, mild spices or floral notes.

Changing EU-regulations effective for organic-certified products from January 1st, 2021 will also lead to an increasing focus on reformulation within a variety of food and beverage products. In order to keep the organic certification within end products, they are only allowed to contain organic-conform or organic-certified natural source flavorings (95:5) and/or organic-conform or organic-certified extracts.

At the same time, using organic-suitable or certified flavors and extracts will play a major role in new developments within categories such as non-alcoholic beverages, dairy products or bakery & snacks, addressing consumers’ desire for transparency and simplicity of ingredients and the increased focus on naturalness.

Let us help you in finding solutions for the new EU-organic regulations. Contact Us Here.

 

Hemp is here to stay

Especially younger consumer groups are looking for experimental, yet indulging products, with certain trends or megatrends shaping the industry and setting foundations for new and sophisticated market launches.

The current growth of hemp-based product developments across all product segments within the global F&B industry and the buzz around CBD is likely to fuel product innovations in 2020 and the years to come. Hemp is going mainstream – according to market data, the global hemp-based food market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 24% in the coming years.

The recent popularity of hemp can be mainly attributed to consumers’ growing interest in following plant-based and free-from diets. Together with the consumers’ aspirations for hemp as a superfood, its characteristic herbal and floral notes are also creating high interest and lend a signature taste profile to a variety of applications such as non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, baked goods and confectionery products and even sauces, condiments and marinades. The use of hemp extracts further underlines the better-for-you and at the same time premium appeal and creates depictional advantages. Both hemp flavors and extracts will therefore be seen in an increasing variety of product launches within the upcoming period.

Discover Bell´s range of natural hemp flavors and extracts, delivering authentic taste experiences for new and invigorating product creations.

 

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New Hires At Our Northbrook Facility

Bell Flavors & Fragrances Strengthens Sensory, Regulatory, Culinary and Flavor Teams at its Northbrook Facility

Bell Flavors and Fragrances is proud to announce the promotions of three team members, and hiring of seven new employees. Please join Bell in congratulating the promotions of Nicole Iwicki to Senior Sensory Scientist, and Joann Molloy and Valerie Seaholm’s promotion to Regulatory Analyst.

Bell also welcomes to the family Jordan Rammelsberg, Research Chef; Cyndie Lipka, Principal Flavorist; Megan Paul, Sensory Technologist; Dana Sanza Chen, Senior Flavorist; Ciara Baloun, Regulatory Project Manager; Paul Lai, Senior Sensory Scientist; and Prisca Lumbu, Regulatory Compliance Specialist.

Nicole Iwicki has been a key member of Bell’s Sensory & Consumer Insights Team for over eight years. In her new role as SeniorSensory Scientist, she will lead the Flavor Division’s projects and streamline overall Sensory processes.

 

Joann Molloy joined the Bell team in 2007 as a Kosher, Halal and CDA Administrator. Joann then transitioned to the role of Senior Documentation Administrator, maintaining her subject matter expertise through support of Kosher and Halal flavor submissions.

Valerie Seaholm joined Bell in 2012 as a Senior Documentation Administrator and had an immediate impact thanks to her exceptional organization and computer skills. She manages the CDA program for Bell along with supporting the data surveys of RIFM, FEMA and IFRA.

In their new roles, both Joann and Valerie will continue to ensure that the Regulatory team is on track to accomplish their goals while continuing to maintain a focus on the customer.

 

Jordan Rammelsberg joins Bell’s Culinary and Applications Team as a Research Chef. Jordan comes to Bell from Gamay Food Ingredients in New Berlin, WI where he was a Food Scientist that developed and tested shelf-stable dairy products. Jordan holds a B.S. in Culinology with a Minor in Nutrition from Southwest Minnesota State University. Jordan is an active member of the Research Chefs Association and was the recipient of the RCA Higher Education Scholarship in both 2014 and 2015.

 

Bell welcomes back Cyndie Lipka to the Sweet Creation Team as a Principle Flavorist. Cyndie has over 25 years of experience in the flavor industry developing and duplicating elegantly layered flavors for a variety of markets, including confectionary, chewing gum, and beverages. Cyndie is a trained sensory panelist with over 7 years’ additional experience on Perfumer & Flavorist ‘Organoleptic Characteristics of Flavor Materials’. Cyndie is an active member of the Society of Flavor Chemists (SFC), Chemical Sources Association (CSA), Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce (WFFC) and FEMA. Cyndie served on the Board of Directors for the SFC, a Two termed president of CSA, and is currently a board member of the WFFC. In 2017, Cyndie received the Flavorist of the Year Award from the WFFC and Bell is excited to have her join the team.

 

Megan Paul comes to Bell after three years at Trillian Food & Nutrition in Little Chute, Wi, and will serve as a Sensory Technologist. Megan earned her B.S. in Food Science with a minor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. Megan will lead Sensory Panel scheduling, preparation, and execution for both the Flavor and Fragrance divisions.

 

Dana Sanza-Chen has joined the Bell Flavor Creation Team as a Senior Flavorist. Dana has 20 years of experience in the flavor industry, creating and duplicating sweet flavors primarily for the beverage market. Dana is an active member of the Society of Flavor Chemists (SFC), holding a variety of positions including Chicago Meeting Coordinator (2013-2014), Membership Committee (2015-2019) and most recently, Membership Committee Co-Chair (2019-present).

Ciara Baloun joins the Bell family as a Regulatory Project Manager at the Northbrook location. Ciara previously spent time in Regulatory at Kerry and Silesia Flavors supporting TTB, Organic and the Non-GMO Project Verification Programs. Additionally, Ciara has experience in flavor quality with certifications in PCQI, HACCP, BRC internal auditing, and food defense programs.

 

Paul Lai joins the Bell Sensory & Consumer Insights team with nine years of experience in sensory and consumer research, most recently at Kerry. He will lead Sensory & Consumer research projects on the Fragrance side of the business. Paul earned his M.S. andB.S. in Food Science with a double minor in Packaging Science and Horticultural Science from the University of Florida.

 

Lastly, Bell welcomes Prisca Lumbu to the Regulatory team as a Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Prisca joins the company from Mars Food as a Labeling and Certification Specialist. Prisca holds a BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a family-run business, growing on an ever-expanding global scale, and prides itself on adopting and implementing modern tactics and technologies, which provide superior quality and excellent customer service. This remains to be the heart and soul of the company, and is the “Bell Way” of doing business. With over 100 years of industry experience, Bell’s social science and research analysis are always a part of the recipe used to determine what is defining modern food, beverage and fragrance culture. Bell’s detail-oriented regulatory team is constantly working to ensure flavors, fragrances, botanicals, and raw materials comply with current regulatory restrictions and guidelines. Bell’s deep passion is combining great taste and sensational fragrance. This passion was instilled by Bell’s founder William M. Bell, and continues today.

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BBQ Sauces

Inspiring product ideas based on global consumer and market trends.

The past months have put consumers and industry to a tough test. All the more consumers are longing for a return to normality and thus for an increased focus on taste and product diversity. Although the start of the BBQ season was a bit bumpy this year, it is the small measure of normality that connects industry and consumers to bring back the pleasure and joy of good food. Without any doubt, BBQ sauces represent an indispensable classic in this respect.

 

Consumer Insights: What trends and expectations define a good BBQ sauce?

Consumers are looking for multi-sensory taste experiences. They are demanding exciting and versatile product innovations based on extraordinary combinations of ingredients from around the world. Due to their increasing health awareness, younger generations in particular are paying closer attention to natural ingredients. They are equally focusing on the origin and manufacture of products. At the same time, popularity for plant-based and organic BBQ sauces is rising.

When formulating BBQ sauces, unique and innovative flavors based on high quality and natural ingredients can contribute to attract new consumer target groups and thus boost retail sales on a global scale.

 

Innovative and aromatic taste varieties for BBQ sauces

Our invigorating product concepts are based on traditional American BBQ sauce recipes. With appealing smoke profiles and the use of various spices, we are meeting the market requirements in Western Europe, while focusing on current market and consumer trends such as the willingness to experiment.

Whether you are looking for exotic and fruity creations, intense smoky profiles or sweet-chocolate notes with a hint of chili – Bell’s extraordinary flavor profiles can turn BBQ sauce into a unique taste experience. Thus, satisfying the consumer’s need for exciting and authentic product varieties. Our intense and complex flavor profiles are characterized by consistent quality and are also free of added flavor-enhancing ingredients. The use of natural flavors and extracts enables clean labelling. We are offering tailor-made flavor solutions that help to refine and expand your product portfolio.

You want to learn more about our unique flavor creations? Our team is happy to assist. CONTACT US

 

Culinary perfection meets flavor expertise: Bell’s Culinary Solutions

Bell’s Global Culinary Team consists of classically trained chefs and food scientists that work tirelessly to create new and on-trend flavors and applications. Naturalness and authenticity are key in this process. Based on tailor-made flavor profiles and our passion in culinary perfection, we can support you in developing successful market products.

Learn more about our culinary expertise

Innovative flavor creations for BBQ sauces.

One of the finest things about traditional cooking is the scent of something grilled upon open flames, with BBQ sauce being the staple accompaniment for this classic cooking technique. The diversity of this focus topic continues with classic flavors thus far extending it to exciting, authentic and unusual varieties that are increasingly appealing to consumers.

“By creating this BBQ sauce range and using it as a platform for myself to incorporate the ingredients through our flavors, I bring provenance, authenticity and innovation to the forefront of my culinary developments.”

Dan Bell – European Culinary Chef Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA

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Sustainable Please

Bell EMEA presents botanical extracts for environmentally friendly products.

Botanical extracts have long been an integral part of the portfolio of Bell Flavors and Fragrances EMEA. Now the company has developed a series of botanicals that focus on sustainability.

The result is this range of extracts from cocoa shells, coffee cherry husk, chamomile and dyer’s woad.

Throughout the entire process, the company’s experts have focused on the most environmentally friendly, resource-efficient production possible without compromising on quality. The newly developed extracts are particularly suitable ingredients for products aimed at the growing number of consumers who want to shop and live more sustainably.

“Our customers’ enquiries show an increased demand for extracts that are produced in an environmentally friendly way. This is no longer just about the organic quality of the raw materials used. Our approach is much more holistic. It involves considerably more factors in the overall process, from packaging and storage to extraction and composting of the plants used.”

Dr. Torsten Blitzke, Manager Botanical Extracts, Bell EMEA

 

Download Press Release (pdf) – English
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Karen Graves a Featured Panelist in IFT Fireside Chat

Bell Flavors & Fragrances invites you to tune into IFT’s free fireside chat featuring Bell’s Karen Graves on Wednesday May 13, 2020. Karen is the Director of Sensory & Consumer Insights at Bell and will be accompanied by John Hayes, Associate Professor of Food Science and Director of the Sensory Evaluation Center at Pennsylvania State University. Hosted by IFT’s Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division, Karen and John will have an opportunity to discuss their backgrounds, some of the challenges that they are facing today, as well as the initiatives they are working on to prepare for the future. Attendees of the fireside chat will have an opportunity to ask both panelists additional questions toward the end of the program.

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) will be hosting 30-minute webinars in response to COVID-19, as a means to provide their members up to date information and a platform for discussion. These events will cover a variety of pressing topics within the food and beverage industry and are offered on a weekly to bi-weekly schedule.

You can find more information & register for this webinar at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ift-fireside-chats-tickets-104151730630

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is a family-run business, growing on an ever-expanding global scale, and prides itself on adopting and implementing modern tactics and technologies, which provide superior quality and excellent customer service. This remains to be the heart and soul of the company, and is the “Bell Way” of doing business. With over 100 years of industry experience, Bell’s social science and research analysis are always a part of the recipe used to determine what is defining modern food and beverage culture. Bell’s detail-oriented regulatory and botanical team is constantly working to ensure flavors, botanicals, and raw materials comply with current regulatory restrictions and guidelines. Bell’s deep passion is to create products that captivate the world’s taste buds and stimulate the senses. This passion was instilled by Bell’s founder William M. Bell, and continues today.

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New Line of Cannabis & Terpene Flavors and Fragrances

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is excited to announce its full line of cannabis-inspired and terpene flavors and fragrances. These are specifically designed to recreate the flavor and aroma of familiar terpenes, such as Linalool and Limonene, as well as well as popular cannabis strains like Blackberry Kush, Blue Dream, and Pineapple Express. This line is not derived from the cannabis plant and does not contain any active ingredients, such as CBD or THC.

Bell has also engineered technologies to supplement the application of this line of flavors and fragrances. Through Bell’s proprietary research, it was discovered that while consumers have differing opinions in regards to the taste and smell of cannabis, many still want the functional benefits that the plant provides. For this reason, Bell has developed a range of flavor maskers and enhancers to neutralize or enrich the taste and smell of cannabis, while maintaining the functional integrity of the plant.

As states throughout the United States legalize medical and recreational marijuana, the cannabis market continues to rapidly expand. According to newfronteirdata.com, the overall CBD market is expected to increase from $292M in 2016 to $2.15B in 2021. While the U.S. Cannabis market is expected to grow to $25B by 2025. The versatility of the product plays a key contributing factor in the overall growth, as there are a variety of vehicles that consumers use to ingest cannabis other than smoking. The leading alternatives amongst US & Canadian consumers are Food, Vitamins, Supplements, Cosmetics, Fragrances, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The significant growth projections are backed by the three major purchasing generations, Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers, all supporting the legalization of marijuana throughout the United States.

Interested parties can use the link below to download a FREE Cannabis educational infographic –

https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/vH8LtQa/BellCannabis420

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RCA Chicagoland

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is proud to have hosted RCA Chicagoland members at its headquarters in Northbrook, IL for a Foraged Foods Event on October 23rd, 2019.

During the event, RCA members learned about native and wild ingredients that can be found in nature all around us. Dave Odd, founder of Odd Produce, presented and taught the group about wild ingredients that can be found in the Chicagoland area. He led attendees on a small foraging expedition at the Potawatomi Forest Preserve where they discovered the various flora and plants that can be used in culinary development.

Attendees had the opportunity to taste foraged ingredients in savory, sweet, and beverage applications that were prepared by the Bell Flavors & Fragrances Culinary team. The foraged menu included dishes like Chicken of the Woods Mushroom & Acorn Bisque, Wild Amaranth Crab Cake with Sumac Remoulade, and many other delicious foraged-inspired bites.

Dave Odd resides from Illinois and has been foraging as a hobby for years prior to starting Odd Produce. In 2009, he has been a supplier of several varieties of local wild mushrooms, ramps, and other foraged edibles to Chicagoland restaurants. Currently, Odd Produce has supplied over 300 local restaurants with other 500 ingredients and continues to look for new varieties daily.

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New Hires and Promotions at Northbrook Headquarters

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is excited to announce a series of recent personnel updates at their headquarters in Northbrook, IL. These include the addition of Cole Charboneau, Marketing Specialist, the promotion of Casey Schallert to Corporate Chef from Sr. Research Chef and the promotion of Sandy Yu to Regulatory Affairs Manager from Regulatory Affairs Supervisor.

Cole Charboneau comes to Bell from Perrino & Associates, a sales and marketing consultancy that represents food, beverage, and equipment manufacturers within McDonald’s and other global quick service restaurants. Prior to Bell, he worked at Groupon in a Business Development role focusing on recruiting bars and restaurants to offer promotions on their platform. Cole holds a Bachelors in Finance from Illinois State University.

 

Casey joined Bell in 2018 as a Research Chef and has over eight years of culinary research and development experience focused in flavor development, ingredient applications and sodium reduction across a large portfolio of products. She holds an Associates in Culinary Arts as well as a Bachelors in Culinary Science from the Culinary Institute of America.

 

Sandy Yu joined Bell in July of 2014 as a Regulatory Compliancy Specialist working with Bell’s top customers and has been instrumental in training other Regulatory Specialists in procedures and policies for labeling, second sourcing, and other Regulatory demands. Sandy has previous experience working at Newlyweds and Quest (Givaudan). She holds a Bachelor’s in Food Science and Food Operations from Purdue University and participates in the Organic task force and LATAM Regulatory Task force thru FEMA.

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Bell Achieves SQF’s Top Rating For Ninth Straight Year

Bell Flavors & Fragrances is proud to announce the completion of their 2019 SQF audit, resulting in Northbrook’s highest ever score of 99. For the ninth year in a row, Bell Northbrook has achieved SQF’s top rating of ‘Excellent’.

“The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program that is recognized by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers world-wide. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain – from the farm all the way to the retail stores.” SQF Institute

Preparation for the audit has been a yearlong project requiring effort from various Bell departments. Onboarding new software for food safety, quality and compliance assurance, has required many changes and relearning of everyday tasks. Having this in place greatly streamlined the audit process.

The auditor made many positive comments, about the facility’s clean and orderly appearance. He and Bell’s SQF Practitioners were particularly impressed, that among the many personnel interviewed, responses were knowledgeable and consistent person-to-person.

The auditor believed that Bell recognizes and fully embraces a culture of Food Safety & Quality.

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Bell at Fi Europe 2019

Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA focuses on functionality and innovation at Food ingredients Europe 2019 in Paris

At this year’s Food ingredients Europe, the world’s leading food and beverage ingredients show, Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA presents a range of taste solutions with a strong focus on naturalness, health & well-being and innovation. From 3 to 5 December, Bell will showcase taste solutions for sugar reduction, innovative product concepts based on hemp as well as flavour inspirations for snack seasonings, meat products, confectionery and beverage products – delivering inspirations for a variety of industry applications.

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Bell at SEPAWA 2019

Bell EMEA Presents Latest Technology Developments and Environmentally Friendly Fragrances at the 2019 SEPAWA Congress

From 23 to 25 October Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA presents environmentally friendly fragrances as well as latest technology developments at SEPAWA Congress in Berlin. This year, they put the focus on the efficient and sustainable use of resources that enables first-class products, and at the same time help to protect the environment.

The creation of inspiring fragrances is part of the core business of Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA. The company is steadily working on improving its established products to meet the growing demands for functionality and environmental compatibility. Therefore, the Leipzig-based company is now introducing concepts revolving around natural or particularly environmentally friendly fragrances.

To consistently pursue the aspect of sustainability, Bell is also developing its technologies accordingly. They now created a version of their encapsulation system Bell MikroBurst®, that is made of natural ingredients only. In the segment of fine fragrances, sustainability is of increasing importance, too. Here a silicone-free version of the perfume cream Scent2Last was developed. Both applications offer well-known advantages in terms of performance.

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UK CULINARY CENTRE OPENING

Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA opens culinary centre and office in UK

Designed to encourage creativity, target culinary innovation and focus on regional product needs – Bell’s new culinary centre and office space in UK has been officially opened on September, 26th 2019. With the new location in Ketton, Stamford, Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA strengthens its culinary capabilities and regional reach within the market and sets a strong focus on speed to market and customer-centric culinary innovations tailored for the needs of the UK food and drink industry. Complementing Bell’s headquarters in Leipzig, Germany, the new facility incorporates a state-of-the-art test kitchen, meeting space and office facilities. An own culinary chef is working on-site to deliver on food innovation.

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Bell partners with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Bell Flavors & Fragrances EMEA becomes part of the Gewandhausorchester Sponsors Club.

With the start of the new Gewandhaus season 2019/20 Bell Flavors & Fragrances starts its engagement as official Classic Partner of the worldwide renowned Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig. With its commitment, the global operating company not only underlines the social activities at the Leipzig location, but further supports a sustainable form of cultural promotion – along with the company’s own values.

Combining regional responsibility with a global presence

As a global company and one of the leading suppliers of flavours, fragrances, botanical extracts and ingredient specialities to the beverage and food industry, as well as the household care and personal care industry, Bell Flavors & Fragrances represents quality, reliability and above all creativity. These values are also lived up to by the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, thus ensuring a strong bond between the two partners. Through its commitment as a Classic Partner, Bell supports the Gewandhausorchester in maintaining its artistic performance and the attractiveness of its concert programme (commissioned compositions, performances by world-class soloists, promotion of young talent at the Mendelssohn Orchestra Academy) as well as in strengthening the role of the Gewandhausorchester as Leipzig’s ambassador for guest performances abroad. Based on a strong attachment with the city, Bell’s partnership also focuses on the responsibility for the Leipzig location and its cultural charisma far beyond national borders as well as on a global level.

Oliver Saalmann, Vice President Flavours Division:

”We are very proud that we could find a partner such as the Gewandhausorchester that also combines regional responsibility and global presence and with whom we share common values. Cultural commitment is a high priority for us and is particularly characterised by our strong historically evolved connection to Leipzig and the region. We are looking forward to our future cooperation and to further promoting the cultural diversity of the Gewandhausorchester“.

The Gewandhausorchester: from town band to institution of international renown

The Gewandhausorchester is the oldest civic symphony orchestra in the world. The enterprise was founded in 1743 by a group of 16 musical philanthropists – representatives of the nobility as well as regular citizens – forming a concert society by the name of Das Große Concert. The Gewandhausorchester´s unique contribution to Europe´s historical and current musical wealth has been recognized with the award of the European Cultural Heritage Label. Music lovers worldwide revere the highly individual sound palette that distinguishes the Gewandhausorchester from all other symphony orchestras. This unique sound identity, along with the extraordinarily rich diversity of the repertoire which the Gewandhausorchester performs, is cultivated in over 300 performances each year in the Orchestra’s three ‘homes’: as concert orchestra in the Gewandhaus, orchestra of the Leipzig Opera and orchestra for the weekly performances of the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Thomanerchor in St. Thomas’s Church. The Gewandhausorchester has toured the globe on a regular basis since 1916 and enjoys almost unparalleled presence in the media of radio, television, CD and DVD.
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