LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2015) — Veteran beverage development lab Flavorman has been a flavor authority since 1992 and celebrates its 3000 custom formulations hitting the final testing stage this month. Every type of drink imaginable has spent time in shelf-life testing at the Louisville-based company led by David Dafoe. The milestone number includes juices, energy drinks, teas, shooters, drops, liqueurs, spirits, ciders, malts, protein drinks and even beverages for horses, dogs, cats and birds.
“We guide companies from start-ups to industry leaders through the entire development process ‘from start through finish,’” said Dafoe. “By offering in-depth shelf-life testing, we set ourselves apart as the most thorough developer in the business.”
A close eye on oxidation, exposure to light and environmental variables has led to many successful products. With drinks trending toward natural flavors and colors, extra care must be given to guarantee freshness. Expert advice on development, production and bottling from Flavorman can lead to optimal drinking by consumers for years to come.
“Trends come and go but some things never change,” said Dafoe. “Our first product in shelf-life testing was whiskey-flavored vodka and the last to go in was a whiskey processed to taste more like vodka.”
In the past 23 years in the industry, Flavorman has guided hundreds of brands through the difficulties of entering the highly-saturated beverage market. Top corporations like Jones Soda, Crispin Hard Cider, Sun Sweet and Chiquita have called on the ‘beverage architects’ at Flavorman to ensure their formulations hold up in post-production. Should any issues arise during testing, they work quickly to correct the problem. Color, flavor, aroma and appearance are all monitored, sometimes up to 2 years, to confirm the same great taste keeps its integrity.
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.