Pine Bark Extract May Improve Inattention and Impulsivity in Kids with ADHD

Pine Bark Extract May Improve Inattention and Impulsivity in Kids with ADHD

We have watched this incredible ingredient continue to explore, test and innovate.

This is why we have such progressive changes bringing new products to market that are as healthy, clean and sustainable as possible, from all over the world.

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Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Leave it to the Italians to take on the romantic journey of lemon essential oil.

There are numerous stories of how the original lemon oils were extracted from the fruit and this one gives us incredible details of how that extraction process takes place. It is art at its best.

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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!

What does “natural flavor” really mean?

What does “natural flavor” really mean?

Consumers are compelled to read labels and are stumped when they see descriptions that say, “Made from natural flavors.”

That term is so vague to consumers. What exactly is a real, natural flavor and what makes a flavor artificial? That’s a bit tricky!

According to David Andrews, Senior Scientist at the Environmental Working Group, “natural flavor” is listed on labels in more than a fifth of the 80,000 foods the organization rates. The food’s source, he notes, is key to understanding the correct classification.

Natural flavors must originate from a plant or animal, while artificial flavors are manufactured in labs. The FDA defines artificial flavor or artificial flavoring as any substance, the function of which is to imitate flavor that is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermented products. Most importantly, the use of artificial flavors is solely for flavoring and not for nutrition.

Why do some juices or healthier foods need extra flavor? There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is the way these foods are made. The process by which some products are pasteurized or processed sometimes adversely impacts the fresh taste and scent. This is why you’ll see labeling on some juices stating that additional flavor has been added. Manufacturers want the product to have a distinctive yet pleasing flavor and the perfect scent, so that the food item will capture consumers’ flavor preferences and entice them to purchase it again. Think about when you buy a pack of fruit gum: The flavor is so concentrated but so short lived, so you need another piece that keeps you wanting more.

Consumers are looking for products that are healthy, natural, organic and all-around healthier. It’s clear that the best products need the best flavors and consumers need to feel confident about buying a product that is good for their family, too.

Artiste offers a variety of ingredients and flavors, many of which are natural and organic, for developers to work with in their newest food and beverage creations. Reach out to Artiste and explore what we have to offer, plus the many diversified and efficient services we provide. E-mail Artiste at  info@artiste.us.com.

The rise of dairy free: the need for true ‘real’ texture and endless flavor

The rise of dairy free: the need for true ‘real’ texture and endless flavor

Moo-ve Over Cows, Plant-based “Milk” is Here to Stay.

The ever-trending “dairy ditch” is more than just a fad, it’s a health movement. The food and beverage scene has been exploding with dairy free options for cheeses, creamers, milks, spreads and more. Not long ago, the move to go “dairy free” was more for those who were lactose intolerant or vegan. But today, it’s for everyone. The extremely educated consumer wants to do less harm to the environment and treat their bodies better…and now more than ever, they’re able to do that without having to sacrifice flavor and texture. Let’s talk two morning favorites: yogurt and coffee creamer or milk.

Going Nuts in the Yogurt Case

Not all non-dairy product buyers are strict vegans or lactose free. More and more households are looking to take baby steps to modifying their nutrition choices at home. The first hurdle to overcome: texture. Let’s start with yogurt. The creamy, smooth texture of this breakfast staple made from traditional dairy cow milk is hard to compete with, but the plant-based movement has figured it out. Soy, almond, coconut, oat and cashew milk are the front-runners of dairy free. But it’s sometimes hard to find just the right texture and flavor to hit the spot of a traditional yogurt. From our research, we’ve found that oat milk is definitely the winner – the creamy body is almost identical to that of your go-to traditional dairy. If you’re looking to dive into this without having to spend a lot of time tasting, Well and Good did all the work for you. The best part is, you’re not sacrificing texture or flavor.

Creamy Texture without the Guilt

When the doctor tells you it’s time to lose a few pounds, what’s the first thing to go? If you’re like us, we go straight to cutting out coffee creamer and sugar. Luckily now there are dozens of healthier plant-based options that don’t carry the ‘weight’ of traditional dairy creamers or milks and it isn’t limited to just the same old Coffee Mate. Califia Farms, Silk, So Delicious were the first few to offer healthy alternatives to milk or cream for your beloved morning “joe.” When some of the first milk alternatives launched, consumers were faced with stomaching a thin, non-milk-like texture, but thankfully those days are long gone. More and more options are becoming available with the “full fat” texture, body and flavor, without the guilt. These plant-based options are satisfying consumer’s desires for dairy replacements that give them the illusion that they aren’t missing out.


The plant-based movement is booming and is clearly here to stay. Do you have a dairy free product you’re looking to perfect? Artiste offers a variety of ingredients and flavors, many that are natural and organic, for use in your latest creation. If you’re looking for more information on flavors we can offer and our other services, please e-mail info@artiste.us.com.

From the Orchard – Blackcurrant

From the Orchard – Blackcurrant

A popular European staple, blackcurrants are a “powerhouse plant” from seed to oil.

Throughout U.S. history, blackcurrants were often referred to as the forbidden fruit as a result of the catastrophe they once caused on the nation’s pine tree population. However, the power of consumer desire and demand has changed blackcurrants rightful place in the culinary and beauty worlds. These somewhat elusive berries are making a strong comeback due to their undeniable health benefits and beautiful sweet and tangy taste.


With high concentrations of anthocyanins, antioxidants and endless amounts of vitamins, blackcurrants are a star in the health and wellness category. Benefits such as improved blood flow, improved immune health, digestive health and faster recovery times for athletes that consumed supplements with blackcurrant are proving that these tiny, yet mighty berries should be far from forbidden.


From a simple dried fruit snack to essential oils, from wellness supplements to specialty spirits, blackcurrants have no boundaries when it comes to their diverse product application possibilities.


Artiste offers quality blackcurrant flavors and extracts from around the globe for use in culinary creations, craft spirits, cosmetics and beauty products. Each variety is uniquely special for diverse product application. For more information on our blackcurrant products or any of our other specialty ingredients, please visit www.artiste.us.com or call 201-447-1311.