Flavour/Aroma Infusion

Seeking an efficient ‘infusion’ or dispensing technology

Challenge description

Leading brands are increasingly looking to the use of aroma/scent to not only enhance the sensory experience for the end-user, but for marketing, to distinguish products from competitors and build brand loyalty. This includes personalising the product so it stands out in a retail environment, and in this instance allowing the end-user to determine their own level of flavouring, fragrance or seasoning.  The client therefore seeks an efficient ‘infusion’ or dispensing technology capable of imparting one or more volatile flavour/aromas to a product when triggered by the end-user.  The preference is for a simple, unpowered component that could be placed inside the package as an insert, with a simple activation or trigger mechanism (a food example could be flavouring sachets applied to snack products). However, the client is also happy to consider an external and discrete, powered device / component (either fitted to the outside of the package or as a separate accessory / diffuser) that can be used to infuse products off-line, on an ad-hoc basis. In this case, electronic technologies can also be considered (a household example could be a customisable fragrance plug-in device).  The technology must be able to:  - ‘Infuse’ a variety of flavour/aromas into the contents of a pack - Manage up to three discrete flavour/aromas and infuse them separately, or in combinations of any two, or all three together, dependent on user preference  - Allow unfettered, occasional user access to the pack  - Provide complete ‘seasoning’ of packed product within 0 – 24 hours  - Demonstrate safe, ideally food safe, credentials (so allowing use in cosmetic and food products)  Appropriate technology may be found in the following industries/products however this list is not intended to be either exhaustive or limiting: -  - Aerosol / air fresheners / air management / atomisers  - Perfumery and cosmetics  - Dispensing and dosing industries  - Pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals  - Snack / confectionary  - Dehydrated / rehydrated foodstuffs 

Key Success Criteria

We are working with an international design and development company seeking technologies to allow customisation of products on demand, with a focus on the use of flavours/aromas.

Background

We are working with an international design and development company seeking technologies to allow customisation of products on demand, with a focus on the use of flavours / aromas.

Preferred Collaboration

Our client is currently in the exploration / proof of concept stage and therefore innovative approaches are particularly welcome. It is the intention to prototype various implementations and therefore a willingness to work with the client is important.  Suppliers are invited to provide introductory product information for review. Companies that are currently developing technology or end-product that could be suitable for this requirement are welcome to share what non-confidential they can, for review by the client. If you have a potential solution or approach to the above Challenge, please click 'Submit Solution'.

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