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.

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.
Accent On Turmeric

Accent On Turmeric

An ancient Indian spice and mighty medicinal herb, turmeric is a nutritional powerhouse. Its signature golden yellow color and gingery, peppery taste have made turmeric a culinary staple throughout Asia. From soups to supplements, from beauty products to juice booster shots, turmeric truly is the golden spice of life.

Nearly all the world’s supply of turmeric is sourced from the “Yellow City” of Erode in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Turmeric has been used throughout history for many diverse purposes. Turmeric’s natural medicinal-like qualities have helped the herb play a pivotal role in ancient and modern healthcare practices.

The product application of turmeric is limitless, ranging from specialty foods, cosmetics, supplements, beauty products, dairy products, baked goods, healthy snacks and savory sauces, to medicine. Turmeric has also been used in textiles and fashion for clothing dye.

For more information about our turmeric products or any of our other specialty ingredients, please contact Joe Raimondo at info@artiste.us.com or 201-447-1311.