Citrus – A Cultivated Zest (LINK)

Citrus – A Cultivated Zest (LINK)

It’s so interesting that citrus fruits can grow across many diverse climates, and how its value has increased and is rapidly growing in so many new parts of the world.

Recently the health values of citrus have increased greatly to include improving memory and brain function as we age.

Citrus growing is spanning the globe and continues to increase benefits in so many CPG products.

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The Meyer Lemon Story (LINK)

The Meyer Lemon Story (LINK)

It is always fascinating to know the history of our most prized ingredients.

Meyer lemons have always been praised as one of the most iconic citrus flavors.

Overall, citrus ingredients are one of our most productive, versatile and diverse ingredient collections, for both flavorists and perfumers alike.


To read the full article on Perfumer and Flavorist, click here.

Rite Aid & Fragrance Transparency

Rite Aid & Fragrance Transparency

Another example of the progress on all levels of the supply chain to meet consumer demands for cleaner, healthier and safer products.

It takes great collaboration to move this effort forward and the ingredient industry has what is needed to meet the expectations for cleaner, healthier and more sustainable products.


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Things are Getting Spicy at Artiste

Things are Getting Spicy at Artiste

While 2020 kept the world at home, kitchens evolved into testing labs, taking every family member on exciting food adventures. Those journeys of food exploration will continue, and the spice ingredient world is revving its engine to deliver the ongoing promise of new spice blends that will help the “almost homemade” trend burst forward with new flavor experiences.

Artiste will bring you a series of trend stories centered around spices. We know that spice blends are heating up, as consumers try to replicate the flavor experiences they know and love from the restaurants they have enjoyed and miss visiting.

Consumers are cooking and baking as a family activity, to bring everyone together for some fun experimentation (and learning). It’s clear that healthy eating is a true focus for all ages, yet no one is willing to give up what they love…and today, no one should have to. Families can still enjoy their favorite foods and still eat healthier.

As we move to clean labels and ingredients that are more organic, natural, non-GMO, gluten-free, low- to no-salt and sustainable, we still have incredible options to bring consumers what they crave.

Travel with us through this flavorful journey as we explore the exotic world of spices.

Artiste is the best source for high quality ingredients from around the world. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

How natural and neutral will blend – creating a totally refreshed future

How natural and neutral will blend – creating a totally refreshed future

Trending forward, we see development of gender-neutral beauty products and fresh scents for a spirited neutral world.

The march toward gender-neutral beauty products is being spearheaded by Millennials, Gen Z and Gen Y, for whom skin care and fragrance is about choice and not about gender. Match this philosophy with the natural/organic movement and demand for products with healthier ingredients (ie, “clean labels”), and we are in for an exciting and highly creative time in the F&F industry.

We’re seeing an influx of genderless beauty and fragrance products because today’s consumers have grown beyond the old narrative that uses stereotypical gender cues to attract the opposite sex with scent. People want to choose the scent they feel like wearing. They don’t want a brand “telling” them what they should wear based on their gender, and they may not agree with that brand’s interpretation of gender. These consumers want non-binary scents that speak to everyone.

Consumers are becoming more independent, meaning that they enjoy co-creating product experience with the brand, rather than just being a passive consumer. The brand must communicate both freshness and sensuality. These tonalities are not always paired together and must be both open and provocative. This poses a challenge for the industry – one that will surely be met with great enthusiasm and game-changing innovation.

The F&F industry has always been a “experiential” leader and, much like the fashion industry, focused on exploration and energizing tradition in new directions. Designers who had mastered the introduction of unisex products are now bringing those products into the mainstream, stretching beyond fragrance to a range of beauty products. Redefining beauty in genderless terms broadens the potential appeal to more consumers, which builds brand opportunities.

Here are just a few new designer brands that are taking the leap and leading the charge toward change:


  • Chanel’s Les Eaux des Chanel
  • LVMH and its line of fragrances that prioritize experiential fantasy over gender-specific fragrance notes
  • Byredo: Slow Dance
  • Ariana Grande is breaking gender boundaries with the launch of Cloud Eau de Parfum.
  • TomBoyX
  • Gucci’s Memoir d’une Odeur
  • Malin + Goetz Leather Eau du Parfum
  • Kiehl’s Musk Eau de Toilette Spray

The following statistics to support this change:

  • According to market analysis company Mintel, gender-neutral or unisex fragrance launches accounted for 17% of the market in 2010; by 2018, that figure had tripled to 51%, and non-conformist ideas about gender were at the heart of some of 2019’s biggest new-fragrance launches.
  • According to a 2019 Pew surveyof 10,000 Americans, about 59% of Gen Z’ers (persons born in 1997 and thereafter) say forms that ask about a person’s gender should include options besides “male” and “female,” compared with 50% of Millennials (ages 22 to 37 in 2018) and 37 percent of baby boomers (ages 54 to 72 in 2018).


Makeup, skin care and fashion trends
Need more proof that gender-neutral is in? Consider these marketplace developments:

  • James Charles became CoverGirl’s first male model in 2016, and soon after graced the cover of a European edition of Vogue. Katy Perry, a CoverGirl brand ambassador, said she was “honored” to have Charles on board.
  • Makeup and skin care brands popular with Gen Z’ers, such as Milk Makeup, Glossier and Fenty Beauty, feature diverse casts in advertisements and on social media.
  • The Ordinary brand serums, creams and acids come in simple, clinical-looking packaging with an intentional unisex appeal.
  • Ursa Major, a skin-care brand co-founded by Oliver Sweatman and Emily Doyle, also has gone all in on genderless products. Facial, hair and body products containing natural ingredients are sold in eco-friendly packaging featuring blue, green and white mountain outlines, and its website pictures rugged, parka-clad women hiking through snow-covered mountain ranges.
  • Victoria’s Secret in August 2019 hired Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio, the company’s first openly transgender model.
  • Fast-fashion leader H&M sells a gender-neutral collection of clothing, shoes and accessories for children and adults.
  • Abercrombie Kids in 2018 introduced a gender-neutral line of children’s clothing.

At Artiste, our response to change is to get in front of our customers’ needs. Whether we’re helping our customers meet natural or organic ingredient needs, navigate shifting regulatory requirements or replace key ingredients to meet clean-label demands, we search the world for the resources to help customers satisfy their formulation and application details. We have worked more than 40 years in this industry, and each year has brought exciting challenges and new paths leading to stimulating, creative products. We are ready to tackle the challenges 2021 will bring.



Peaches are known for their beautiful, sweet flavor, and their health benefits are many. But don’t wait to enjoy them: The fresher and riper the peach, the more antioxidants it contains.

Peaches are thought to have originated in China more than 8,000 years ago, and cultivation later spread westward through Asia and into the Mediterranean region. The Spanish explorers brought peaches to the New World, and cultivation began circa 1600 in what is now Mexico. Peaches today are grown in warmer climates throughout both hemispheres.

Each little peach packs a world of nutrients, including magnesium, phosphorus, iron, antioxidants and vitamins. Peaches help promote healing, aid digestion, reduce allergy symptoms, improve eyesight and protect your body against aging and disease.

Use of peaches is steadily on the rise among master chefs, pastry chefs and mixologists. Craft ales, fizzy cocktails and sweet summer treats are just a few of the wonderfully peach-infused creations that abound. Peaches are also becoming commonplace in beauty and health and wellness products.

Artiste offers quality peach flavors and extracts from around the globe for use in culinary creations, craft spirits, confections and beauty products. Each variety is uniquely special for any product application. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!

2021 Will Change The World

2021 Will Change The World

2021 will change our world for the better.

2020 triggered desire for healthier, more sustainable products. 2021 will deliver on those needs.

Most would agree that 2020 was an unprecedented year for the world. Today, however, we want to take a moment to acknowledge and identify some of the positive impact we see for our industry that ultimately will offer great benefits to our lives.

We know that the post-COVID consumer will be forever changed, and those anticipated changes will drive the ingredient, flavor and fragrance industry forward in new and important ways.

Consumer attitudes, behaviors and priorities have shifted, so purpose and progress towards improved life choices will take a new path. Consumers will be more cautious about what they consider good for their bodies and for sustaining health. They will dig deeper and search wider to find healthier choices for themselves and their families. Their desire to buy from companies who support the concepts that are important to them will influence many of their decisions. Those concepts also will include foods that promote longevity, foods and beverages with healthier ingredients, foods with clean labels, and the elimination of any ingredients we do not need.

Consumers get it and developers can deliver it. Beyond that, we need the experience to match the level of need and interest. With 40 years of experience in this industry, I have no doubt that the ingredient, flavor and fragrance industry will rise above the obstacles 2020 presented and bring the world to a new, safe place through wonderful and substantive innovation.

We are seeing a rapid increase in sampling of natural, organic and wellness ingredients from around the world. It’s intriguing how exploration in applications has taken on new value and is giving our talented flavorists, perfumers, chemists, biochemists and R&D teams an opportunity to step beyond with new creations that will trigger the next generation of multi-dimensional, engaging, experiential, high-performing products.

At Artiste, we are ready to welcome 2021 to the threshold of positive change with the anticipation of a healthier year ahead.


Blood Orange

Blood Orange

The blood orange is one of the brightest stars of the citrus family, with a seductive hue and intriguing scent. Thanks to their always surprising color variety, blood oranges can appear as red as cherries, as blue as blueberries, or as purple as aubergines.

Blood oranges originated in Sicily and Spain, with varieties that include tarocco, moro and sanguinello, each with its own distinguishing note.

Often misunderstood, blood oranges are more complex than other fruits in the citrus family, with a slightly more bitter bite but with much less acidity. They pack many health benefits including high levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, iron, calcium, fiber, antioxidants and folic acid. Blood oranges improve metabolic functions, help repair tissue, and promote healthier gums and wound healing.

Blood Oranges are used in many foods and beverages including juices, cocktails and mixers, salads, sauces, sorbets, granitas, compotes, confections, spirits, marmalades and alternative health products. For sophisticated palates, blood orange olive oil and blood orange balsamic vinaigrettes are rising in popularity.

Artiste offers a full range of blood orange products, including Blood Orange Oil cp, Blood Orange Essence, and distilled (furocoumarin-free) Blood Orange Oil Molecular. All are 100% natural. Blood Orange Oil is also available in an organic version. Interested in knowing more? Need to know, ask Joe!


What is the value of simplicity in business?

What is the value of simplicity in business?

At Artiste, simplicity is the first of four core principles upon which we continue to build our business.

From our perspective, simplicity is key to maximizing success for our customers and minimizing the time it takes to help them reach their ingredient goals. There is a power in simplicity that is integral to getting projects done efficiently. By managing with simplicity in mind, we expend time and energy only on the efforts that will bring the best results for our customers.

When a work team focuses on simplicity, the work becomes easier to understand, the goals become more recognizable, the plan becomes easier to implement, and the brand lends itself more readily to expansion.

When simplicity is part of your operation, you can enjoy your professional journey even when unexpected outside challenges make your task more complex. In the ingredient industry, there are always outside forces that change timing and alter expectations. At Artiste, we maintain simplicity in every aspect of our work, so we can confidently affirm the best results for our customers, no matter what is happening in the world. Simplicity keeps us fluid and connected to our purpose and enables us to make every customer request attainable.

Simplicity is key to building a successful business in today’s world, and it continues to be an important core principle for Artiste that influences everything we do. The time afforded as a result of our commitment to simplicity is devoted to bringing our customers new ingredient resources from around the world – and anticipating what our clients will need next.

What is the value of reliability in business?

What is the value of reliability in business?

At Artiste, reliability is the third of four core principles upon which we continue to build our business.

We know customers truly value our reliability. And we believe that as a reliable company, we get opportunities that typically go to much larger companies. Customers in the ingredient industry know they can trust Artiste, and given Joe Raimondo’s 40-plus years in the industry, they know they can trust him to deliver.

Managing commitments is at the very basis of our business practice. We focus on our customers’ timelines; their deadlines become ours, and we never take our promises lightly. We make promises we know we can keep and our customers know that about Artiste. We always finish what we start, and that is the best way to build reliability with customers. We are strong starters and even stronger finishers.

Other critical pieces of the reliability picture at Artiste include:

  • Communication, the platform upon which reliability must stand.
  • Honesty, a value that is essential to building great business relationships. We are honest with both our customers and ourselves. Being true to our values helps us stay on point, and this proves to our customers that we can be trusted.
  • Commitment to excellence. We never compromise the quality of the work we do, and that means more than just backing up what we say and following through. We don’t cut corners; we do everything in the best way to satisfy our customers’ needs.

You will experience consistent value at every touch point when working with Artiste.