Condiment Experts Gather in Savannah

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The Association of Dressings and Sauces (ADS) celebrated its 90th anniversary at the 2016 annual Technical Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, which boasted the highest attendance in the group’s history.  Attendees participated in presentations and organized discussions on packaging, technology, communications and quality assurance, focusing on best practices and winning formulas for success.

Each year ADS honors a Package of the Year Award. Unilever won the 2015 Package of the Year Award with Enercon Industries as the supporting vendor. Submissions are reviewed annually by the packaging committee, nominated for final selection and voted on by all meeting participants. This year meeting attendees had nine packages to review. The 2016 winner will be announced in the fall.

Flavor trends and evaluation was a ‘hot’ topic at the event. Statistics show how population diversity in the US is reflected in condiment flavor demands. According to Euromonitor, mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup account for the highest sales of condiments in the region. More notably, hot sauces have experienced a 150 percent growth rate in the US since the year 2000. Chelten House, a natural and organic sauce and dressings producer, earned the ADS 2015 Sauce of the Year Award.

Flavors originating in Asia and Latin America are expected to be implemented more and more in this growing category. Chef Christopher Warsow of Bell Flavors & Fragrances promoted the Korean savory and spicy condiment Gochujang Go Choo Jong. Warsow said, “I think Gochujang is going to be the next sriracha.”

Quality Assurance and R&D professionals gained insight on production standards and new applications. Paul Pratt of T. Marzetti Company walked the audience through a mock recall experience implemented by his team, which he explained has strengthened the company’s awareness, responsiveness and resiliency should a situation ever arise. Dr. Gillian Dagan of Merieux NutriSciences promoted sensory evaluation as a strategic tool. She said, ‘Sensory data is a good way to deliver consistency.”

Outlook Group enjoyed participating in this year’s ADS Technical Meeting. We will look to continue our relationship with the group in an effort to partner with more condiment manufacturers looking to enhance their brand presence through pressure sensitive labels.