LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Flavorman is proud to celebrate their 40,000th beverage formulation. For the past 22 years, owner David Dafoe and his team of “beverage architects” have created unique drink recipes (or formulations) for brands of all sizes at their Louisville development lab. With concoctions ranging from energy drinks to sodas, functional drinks, coffees, teas and flavored spirits, Flavorman helps businesses through every stage of the beverage making process. Big names like Crispin Hard Cider, Jones Soda and Chiquita have used Flavorman to bring new products to market from concept to manufacturing planning and quality control.
Started in 1992 by expert flavor tester David Dafoe, Flavorman has grown from a small consulting firm to a worldwide, full-service custom product development and ingredient supply company. His team of 30 beverage architects works with many of the nation’s largest beverage makers in a state-of-the-art facility in downtown Louisville engineering flavor formulas and testing new product lines. In contrast to “flavor houses” that manufacture ready-made “stock” formulations, Flavorman works one-on-one with each client to mix dynamic beverages that are one-of-a-kind and under sole ownership of the client.
“We’ve formulated everything from taco-flavored soda to devil’s food cake vodka in the past 22 years, not to mention beverages for dogs, cats, horses and hummingbirds,” said Dafoe. “It’s our job to lend expertise to help clients be trendsetters in the industry. It’s not what’s now – it’s what’s next.”
Marking the company’s 20-year anniversary in 2012, Dafoe’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit struck again with the launch of Distilled Spirits Epicenter. Comprised of Grease Monkey Distillery, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling, the Epicenter makes it possible for anyone to create and explore the possibilities in artisanal spirits through professional and enthusiast learning. Distilled Spirits Epicenter is the exclusive education provider of the Kentucky Distillers Association.
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Louisville-based Flavorman, 809 S. 8th St., is an international custom beverage development and ingredient supply company. Flavorman’s “beverage architects” lead businesses through every phase of development and production… from start through finish. Winner of the Greater Louisville Inc. ‘Inc.credible’ Small Business of the Year 2013 award, Flavorman and owner David Dafoe are the foremost authorities on flavor. Sister company Distilled Spirits Epicenter consists of Grease Monkey Distillery, Moonshine University and Challenge Bottling and offers educational and training resources focusing on artisan spirits. For more information, visit flavorman.com and ds-epicenter.com.