2021 Q1 Innovation Recap

By: iTi Innovation

Over the past three months, iTi Tropicals’ Innovation Team has published a total of 12 new, innovative, and creative concepts- including videos and infographics! From product spotlights to consumer trends, our innovation team has covered a variety of exciting ideas.  Check out the rest of our blog post to learn more! 

Product Spotlights 


Guava is an extremely versatile fruit and the innovation team wanted to showcase that through our blog posts.  We have found that guava and mint complement each other quite well, especially in a non-dairy frozen dessert! iTi guava puree is the perfect ingredient to add to frozen novelties for a sweet, yet tangy flavor! 

Passion Fruit  

iTi Tropicals also shared a blog post that highlighted Passion Fruit.  We wanted to show how versatile passion fruit juice and passion fruit concentrate are, so we took a look at applications ranging from savory to sour to sweet.  The applications we shared included health shots, a marinade, mousse, and a cocktail!  

Passionate about Passion Fruit 

iTi Tropicals is so passionate about Passion Fruit that we made February Passion Fruit month.  Every week during the month of February the innovation team at iTi Tropicals shared a new and innovative recipe that featured passion fruit as the main ingredient.  We shared a variety of different applications including: a passion fruit mousse dessert, a passion fruit salsa and margarita, a passion fruit white wine spritzer, and a passion fruit tart.   

iTi kicked off Passion Fruit February with a delicious, decadent mousse topped with a tart, vegan gelatin.  The mousse was made with our coconut cream and passion fruit juice while the gelatin was made with passion fruit juice!  

During week two, the innovation team shared a Passion Fruit Spritzer made with our Peruvian Passion Fruit Juice and Vietnamese Dragon Fruit Puree!  Read more about this cocktail on our blog

The innovation team put a tropical twist on a classic favorite for week three: Passion Fruit Meringue Tarts. These tarts are entirely plant-based, gluten-free, and contain only coconut, making them perfect for all consumers.   

During week four, we ended the month on a more savory note with two delicious recipes: a Passion Fruit Pico de Gallo paired with a Passion Fruit Margarita!  We took a traditional Pico de Gallo and replaced the lime juice with Passion Fruit Juice.  We paired our Passion Fruit Pico de Gallo with a Passion Fruit Margarita rimmed with a chili-lime salt!  

Industry Specific: Consumer Trends 

Functional Fruit Ingredients 

Consumers are continually seeking more natural and holistic approach to health, wellness, and nutrition. They are looking for products that provide an added functional benefit to support their specific health needs.  At iTi Tropicals, functional fruit ingredients are our specialty. Our product portfolio offers an extensive line of functional ingredients including: juices, purees, and juice concentrates.  

Infographics and Videos 

Over the past three months, we have shared some exciting recipe videos and infographics including: a coconut water cold brew infographic, a hard seltzer recipe video, and a coconut milk powder video infographic. 

Coconut Water Cold Brew Infographic 

The innovation team at iTi Tropicals wanted to try something new and exciting, so we cold-brewed coffee in coconut water.  Not only is this beverage energizing, but it is also hydrating and delicious!  Add coconut water cold brew coffee to your product line as a line extension, switch up your traditional menu items with coconut water cold brew, or offer a new and functional coconut water product.

Hard Seltzer Recipe Video  

Our innovation team has developed hard seltzer recipes that are made using tropical fruit ingredients such as Dragon Fruit Puree and Guava Puree, with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.  Check out our video to learn how to make your benchtop samples today!  

Coconut Milk Powder: The Culinary and Baking Guide Video 

iTi Tropicals now offers 100% Coconut Milk Powder! The newest addition to our product line is free from food starches, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and all other additives. 100% Coconut Milk Powder originates from Indonesia and is mildly sweet, free from off-flavors, and has a strong coconut taste and smell. Check out our culinary and baking guide video for coconut milk powder to learn more about it! 

To learn more about iTi Tropicals, visit ititropicals.com today! Interested in a sample of a product mentioned here? Visit our contact page!  

All content mentioned in this blog can be found on our website through our blog page! 

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