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The Search for Deliciousness
Traceable Recipe Formulation
Formulation is the preparation of a substance, undertaken by the putting together of all the component materials in the correct proportion in accordance with a specific recipe, or formula. Formulation is a relatively common procedure in industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals and food.
When we walk down the aisle in the grocery store, we invariably discover new products on the shelf. Whilst the attractive packaging is often what first attracts our attention, it is the aroma and taste of the product which makes us return again and again. A successful food product is the result of a long line of trial and error in the food development process. A slight tweak of the starch concentration in the formulation, or the addition or subtraction of a seemingly insignificant ingredient can affect the sensory experience completely.
Product development begins with identifying a consumer trend and, hence, a market opportunity for a new product. Target market requirements, including flavor and textural characteristics are defined and delivered to the product developers as a marketing brief. Such food scientists work in their lab-kitchen to create a series of prototypes. Following multiple tests and reviews, the most favorable formulation will be scaled up into a commercial product. That`s one of the reasons why traceable recipe formulation is so important.