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Taste Collaboration with the Flavor Experts

Full-Flavor Capabilities

Our team helps brands turn ideas into innovative products with tasteful formats and flavors. We work with you from research and development to prototyping and formulation support, so your brand can bring the most delicious ideas to market – a process we call Taste Collaboration. 

Through our Taste Collaboration platform, we offer product development, R&D support, marketing insights, and access to a network of recommended suppliers and manufacturers. 

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From Ideation

The foundation of a successful food or beverage product is research and development. From optimizing existing base formulations to finding optimal flavors and formats for new products, our food scientists work directly with you to balance on-trend flavor and functionality. The indulgent through the nutritional, the baked good to the plant-based alternative, our creative expertise includes technical resources and custom solutions that successfully bring your product to the next stage of the process.  

To Product Development

Making a prototype can be one of the most exciting parts of the product development process. Seeing your idea in 3D takes you from concept to reality – and it’s a crucial period to perfect the application. But even before that, your formulations need to be tested, for both flavor and texture. We have a full-scale lab to do just that, ensuring the prototype stage simply becomes  preparation for scaled production.

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Through Regulatory

Once products reach a certain point in the development process, the next step to shelf is getting you through regulatory hoops. Challenges can pop up during this period around labeling flavors, in particular. FDA flavor labeling regulations are often incredibly complex, like when to add With Other Natural Flavors (WONF). Fear not, we’re on it. Our regulatory expertise runs deep, and we’ll walk you through the entire process. 

Did you know?

Vanilla is the only flavoring subject to a federal standard of identity by the FDA. This demands a boots-on-the-ground approach to growing and cultivating this beloved ingredient. Virginia Dare vanilla extracts, concentrates, and oleoresins are up to the challenge. 

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Trend Watch

We keep our fingers on the pulse of the food and beverage industry, collecting and collating so we stay ahead of the trends, and your product sets them. Our sources range from the largest data collection companies to the happenings at vogue boutique restaurants and CPG brands. 

Research Insights

We perform both primary and secondary research to hear directly from the end-consumer, helping form smarter go-to-market strategies for our partners. Surveys, focus groups, questionnaires, and digging through the depths of internet publications and trade magazines, bringing it together to form a full picture. 

Our Promise.
From Start to Shelf.

We’ll Remain Reliable

In the food and beverage world, nothing is certain except supply chain issues. Unless you’re intentionally set up to withstand volatile environmental factors and transportation concerns. We are. With our thoughtful sourcing variation and ingredient storage capacities, we can help you keep production moving.  

We’ll Remain Resourceful

Virginia Dare’s longevity and respected reputation in the food and beverage industry has allowed us to create a unique support network that connects customers with trusted ingredient suppliers and co-manufacturers, further facilitating an enriched product development experience.