Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned company in the flavor and fragrance industry, has launched a new line of flavor solutions aimed to help developers address the challenges they face when modifying sugar, fat or protein content in dairy products.

Modifying sugar, fat or protein content in dairy products creates multimodal sensory “gaps” around sweetness and creaminess that can lead to decreased consumer preference. In order to close these gaps, a holistic approach is required to address three sensory dimensions: taste, tactile sensations (mouthfeel) and aroma.

Firmenich’s proprietary and integrated solutions, 3D-DAIRY, address these three sensory facets while helping customers reduce cost, create healthier profiles for their products and build consumer preference.

3D-DAIRY systems are built on the latest Firmenich scientific advances in the field of sensory, analytical and physical chemistry applied to dairy and food matrices. These solutions integrate numerous Firmenich technologies including:

  • TasteGEM® taste modulators to address taste gaps as a result of sugar reduction
  • ModulaSense® technologies including mouthfeel enhancers based on proprietary ingredients, unique delivery technologies and the latest advances in the field of material science (e.g. tribology); stevia maskers to mask off-notes of various types of stevia extracts; and acid maskers to target fat-free acidic dairy products like Greek yogurt
  • Captarome® high performing spray-dried flavors which optimize both sensory impact and cost-in-use
  • Several aroma ingredients, like Lactadione®, identified as key components for mouthfeel and dairy character in full fat dairy products

Firmenich 3D-DAIRY systems are designed to help the company’s customers meet the needs and expectations of their consumers in every part of the world.

Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-owned company in the flavor and fragrance industry. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, it has created many of the world’s best-known perfumes and flavors that billions of consumers enjoy each day. Its passion for smell and taste is at the heart of its success. It is renowned for its creativity and innovation, as well as its exceptional understanding of consumer trends. Each year, it invests around 10% of its turnover in R&D, reflecting its continuous desire to understand, share and sublimate the best that nature has to offer. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 2.95 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2014. More information about Firmenich is available at