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Spotlight Sensient Technologies: The Flavor, Texture and Color of Comfort Food

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Sensient is a leading global maker of colors, flavors and specialty ingredients for the cosmetic, food, and pharmaceutical industries. Inspired by nature, its products are designed to enhance sensory experience through Sensient’s proprietary technologies.

Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the firm’s R&D teams help many of the world’s favorite consumer and industrial brands stay ahead of trend shifts. For example, this year the Sensient detailed new flavor and texture combinations to suit consumer cravings with the rise of comfort foods during the last two pandemic years. In February, Sensient unveiled a new paprika extract for hot buffalo wing popcorn seasoning, along with new bright botanical-sourced colors for use in orange foods, such as those with carrots and pumpkin.

Oranges from botanical sources, credit: Sensient

The firm was founded in 1882 as a whiskey and gin distillery that evolved into a successful yeast business, packaging under the name Red Star Yeast. During the 1960s the company evolved from a single product line to a diversified food company, and over the next several decades transformed itself into a food technology innovator. In 2000, the firm changed its name to Sensient Technologies to reflect that special expertise. Today the firm serves customers in more than 150 countries, with Flavors and Extracts being the biggest contributor to revenues, followed by Colors, and the Asia Pacific group, serving the Pacific Rim and India. Recently, Sensient opened a new global innovation center in Singapore, a destination for exchanging cross-functional knowledge to share across all business units. In its world-class lab, researchers connect with customers and partners from all regions to formulate, iterate and innovate Sensient’s unique technologies.

Color crystals, credit: Sensient

As of 3/31/22, Sensient Technologies was held in the Knowledge Leaders Strategy.

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