There are two ways to look at this trend: unique fruit flavors and unique ways to use fruit flavors. On the unique fruit side, don’t be surprised to find prickly pear popping up on a wide range of menus this year. Spiny fruits, such as prickly pear (also known as a cactus pear) and dragon fruit, bring in color and subtle sweetness that provide ideal mix-ins for teas and cocktails because they are undeniably intriguing without being overpowering or offensive to the palate.
On the unique ways to use fruit flavors, soft drinks are an ideal vehicle for experimentation. Spiny fruits can be an exciting addition to soft drinks, as well as citrus varieties such as bergamont orange, yuzu, calamansi, citron, makrut lime, pomelo, Meyer lemon, blood orange, and more.3
The best news about each of these flavor trends is that they are all easily accessible and adaptable. From teas to sparkling drinks to soda to cocktails and more, there are near endless ways to incorporate them into your operation. And when you do, be sure to promote your on-trend flavors on the menu and social media to stir up excitement and drive traffic.
1New Hope, “9 Beverage Industry Trends for 2019 and Beyond,” August 28, 2018.
2SFGate,”Benefits of Ginger & Turmeric,” November 19, 2018.
3Food Dive, “Ethnic and Better-For-You Flavors Dominate Comax’s 2019 Predictions,” December 6, 2018
4Restaurant Business, “5 Beverage Trends for 2019—and Beyond,” November 19, 2018.
5 Business Wire, “Global Fruit-Flavored Soft Drinks Market 2019-2023,” December 5, 2018.