Another exciting year of continuous growth!

Another exciting year of continuous growth!

ITS has seen another fantastic year of growth driven by cutting edge innovation and trendy new flavours! A big hit with our customers has been the launch of the new Flavour Trends Forecast, which incorporated new formats and innovations. With 2019 fast approaching our marketing team have been reviewing and tasting foods from far afield to gather our thoughts for the future, so keep your eyes peeled in the next few months.

Validating our predictions; coffee has been on everybody’s lips this year and it’s been no different in the innovations kitchen. Additions to the portfolio this year was a new range including different profiles of Instants, Grounds with provenance (adding flavour and visual), Cold brew extract, and new Natural coffee flavourings profiles to be used in a broad range of applications.
In July, we were proud to be awarded with the prestigious Small Business of the Year Award at The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.
This award showcased companies that show consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance, while demonstrating a clear understanding of the markets that it operated in.
ITS also came runners up in the categories for 'Export Business of the Year' and 'High Growth Business of the Year'.
As specialists in Natural Flavourings, ITS launched a campaign on Ice cream Flavourings in the Summer. All our flavourings are available for a broad range of applications, but ice cream and dairy are particulars favourite amongst the team! 
With increased customer awareness has come the drive for healthier and more natural ingredients, which in turn is prompting a growing number of manufacturers to upgrade and review recipes. At ITS, our focus is on continuous innovation and product development in order to respond to demand for new, natural, healthy and sustainable products.
Our team’s extensive research and development has led to a new to market range of solutions for sugar reduction: SweetLITE™ Super and SweetLITE™ Fuse.
Declaring as natural flavour, SweetLITE™ Super gives a sweetness boost when reducing sugar content, delivering the taste that consumers enjoy in food and drink products.
SweetLITE™ Fuse can replace sugar syrup in a wide range of food products. It is a Clean Label solution declared as vegetable fibre & water. SweetLITE™ Fuse replaces the bulk and functional properties of sugar and syrups, whilst drastically reducing the calorific content. Sweetlite™ Fuse works synergistically with SweetLITE™ Super and a wide range of our natural flavourings to create the perfect calorie reduced product.
Part of our business ethos has always been to promote the benefits of sugar reduction and health. As members of Sugar Wise, Mike Bagshaw, founder and owner of ITS, offered a speech at the Houses of Parliament at the last edition of the SugarWise Summit in November.
November also saw our annual pilgrimage to Food Matters Live, London and Health Ingredients Europe in Frankfurt . It was great to see so many new faces (and some familiar ones too!) and our product demonstrations were received with positive reviews by all.
The exhibitions formed the official launch of our Cleannovation™ platform, which highlights our different Clean Label Solutions such as natural flavourings (including FTNF), natural extracts, and flavoured dried fruits amongst others. This platform supports and develops the market move toward completely natural solutions.
Excitingly a number of publications picked up on our launch with features in both national and local forums: FoodIngredients First, Technifood  and The Newbury Weekly News
Returning to our ethos, we are committed to supporting ETHICAL causes to improve and develop the world around us. This year our focus has been on Surfers Against Sewage, the Mental Health Foundation, the Joe Glover Trust, the Rosemary Appeal and the Odisha Challenge. If you’d like to help support any of these please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and we will help link you up with the organisations.
From Mike and the team we’d like to thank everyone for their continuing support in 2018 and look forward to working closely with you to all to innovate and develop new and exciting products in 2019.
 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!