LP: Spicy

  • Food Matrix Matters in Heat Delivery

    When developing spicy food products, understanding how the heat intensity will be perceived by consumers is a complex challenge. Kalsec scientists conduct sensory analysis to understand heat delivery across different applications. The application that you are adding heat to, and the level of fat that is present, both affect the heat expression. When it comes […]

  • Final Review of Kalsec’s 2021 Food Trend Predictions

    At the beginning of 2021 Kalsec predicted six food industry trends that we expected to grow over the year: functional food and beverages, celebrating culture with cuisine, a force for good, innovations in prepared and takeout meals, specific spices and ingredients 2.0 and classics with a modern twist. A lot has changed throughout the globe […]

  • Trend Brief: Spicy Specificity

    Consumers are intrigued by more than just a heat level in the spicy foods and beverages they consume. Their preferences are expanding beyond mild, medium and hot to specific pepper flavors, like chile de arbol, serrano and habanero. There is also an increase in regional transparency, as consumers explore flavors beyond ‘Chinese,’ for example, and […]

  • Trend Brief: Spicy Flavors

    Many brands are adopting well-known spicy flavors to their lineup, as consumers seek comfort in familiar flavors and food applications. These consumers want to add heat to their expanding adventurous palate, but want the comfort of familiar pepper flavors. Trending spicy flavors include jalapeno, chipotle, habanero, sriracha, wasabi and chili, among others. Keep reading to […]

  • Trend Brief: Spicy Flavor Trends

    What is Trending in Spicy Flavors? When it comes to spicy flavors, the options can be daunting. From spicy flavors like piri piri to sriracha, consumers are becoming more aware of specific pepper varietals. Could this be attributed to pop culture with YouTube shows like Hot Ones? Consumers are definitely paying attention to spicy flavor […]

  • eBook: Spicy Perceptions

    Hot and Spicy Food Trends and Industry Insights What is the perception of heat levels in spicy foods? How do these perceptions vary across the globe? Which food applications are ready for spicy innovations? As the leaders in capsicum and pepper extracts, Kalsec conducted new and original consumer, analytical and sensory research to provide food […]

  • Case Study: Heat Delivery in Salsa

    Understanding Heat Delivery Differences A US salsa manufacturer was seeking help to ensure that their products labeled ‘mild,’ ‘medium’ and ‘hot’ were representative of the targeted pungency intensity ranges in their established markets. The manufacturer realized that they did not have the resources to conduct this research. They sent samples of their salsa base and […]

  • HeatSync Heat Index

    Mainstream Heat With the help of Innova Market Insights, Kalsec has tracked a steady growth in global new product introductions with hot and spicy flavors and ingredients through our HeatSync® heat index for 11 years. As leaders in heat management and capsicum extracts, we invest in maintaining the most up-to-date knowledge on hot and spicy […]

  • Capsicum Vertical Integration

    The Story Behind Kalsec® Capsicum Extract Cooking and food are about coming together. At Kalsec we are family. We have strong values, passion and a belief that we should simply treat people right. We believe in dedication and tradition, which is why our family has been cultivating chili pepper plants from a small group of […]

  • Heat Index: Hot and Spicy Trends

    10 Years of Heat Consumer interest in hot and spicy foods is continuing to grow. According to the updated Kalsec® HeatSync® Heat Index, global new product introductions with hot and spicy ingredients increased for a tenth straight year. Hot and Spicy Product Launches Overall, there was a five percent increase in hot and spicy foods […]