Seeking coconut water flavor optimization

Desired outcome

PepsiCo is looking to modify our current From Concentrate Coconut Water (FC CCW) ingredient to minimize off flavor and aroma profile to make it more taste neutral to expand application potential and improve juice portfolio margins.
Generally, coconut water has a positive consumer perception, but the current flavor profile, specifically that of Mature FC CCW makes it very polarizing. Removal of targeted flavor compounds (Aldehydes, Lactones, Benzothiazoles, and Alcohols) will make the product more neutral in taste and juice businesses across the globe can use more of it for sugar reduction, innovation, renovation, and productivity projects.

Solutions of interest:

• Physical removal – based on MW
• Chemical removal - w/processing aids, absorbent resin beads
• Neutralization - flavor maskers
• Other innovative approaches

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Key Success Criteria

Must-Haves

  • A significant reduction in the known off-flavors and aroma groups (Aldehydes, Lactones, Benzothiazoles, and Alcohols). Levels must be at or below the sensory thresholds
  • Need to maintain current standard of identity for brix. Key sugars and salts (electrolytes must be kept).
  • Maintain juice authenticity. Reduction and or deviation of flavor must meet juice authenticity regs per SRA. Target to remove key groups of compounds completely. Any ingredients used must be GRAS/equivalent.

Nice-to-Haves

  • Leverage existing technologies or blend of technologies which can be implemented relatively quickly (6 - 9 months).
  • ID technologies which can be Implemented at a commercial scale within 6 -18 months.

Past work and Out of Scope List:

  • Solutions that chemically alter the FC CW
  • Solutions that add significant ingredients

Preferred Collaboration Types:

PepsiCo is open to a range of collaboration types.

Related Keywords

  • Agrofood Industry
  • Technologies for the food industry
  • Drink Technology
  • Food Additives/Ingredients/Functional Food
  • Food Packaging / Handling
  • Food Processing
  • Food Technology
  • Food & feed ingredients
  • Consumer related
  • Food and Beverages
  • Health food
  • Soft drinks and bottling plants
  • Foodstuffs Intended For Special Nutritional Uses

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana and SodaStream. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

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