Flavor Research Platform


FREC delivers state-of-the-art research that furthers the understanding of food flavor in unique ways. In alignment with current global food challenges, our utility-based fundamental research platform enables industry members and academic partners to go beyond incremental innovation for the development of high-impact market-wide solutions. As part of our mission, we are dedicated to advancing food quality and supporting key initiatives in health promotion and ingredients sourced by sustainable agricultural practices.  FREC provides market-driven solutions to positively impact consumers around the globe.

Our research platform consists of four core areas of discovery: identification of flavor stimuli, flavor modulation, pathways of flavor generation/degradation, and mechanisms of delivery. Our holistic approach provides a wide lens of discovery that facilitates translatable outcomes.  Identifying compounds that contribute to flavor perception specifies the molecular targets necessary to understand pathways of formation or modes of instability. This information, in turn, offers insight into potential control points for flavor optimization and allows for better utilization of natural ingredients. Another key component of perception is flavor delivery.   Flavor compounds need to be released from the food matrix in order to be perceived.  Identifying the interactions that govern flavor release provides further opportunities for optimization.  This multifaceted approach across all four research areas provides the knowledge necessary to understand and impact food flavor.  Our holistic research platform provides a wide lens for flavor research that facilitates translatable outcomes. 

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