[7 December/ Food Navigator]

Firmenich has selected fig as its flavour of the year for 2018. Firmenich Flavour Division President, Chris Millington said the fig had surged in popularity in recent years thanks to its complex flavour profile, health benefits, versatility in sweet and savoury applications, and artisanal culinary associations. Mr Millington added that the fig was naturally sweet, yet extremely complex. Mr Millington noted that figs were also packed with fibre, magnesium, manganese, calcium and potassium. Fig flavoured products had grown by more than 80 percent between 2012 and 2016.