Flavor and Color Facts

GCI Flavor & Color Facts

Gold Coast Ingredients is a flavor company that will take your most delicious ideas and translate them into a universal language for the world to enjoy!

We proudly present to you a full line of Organic Flavors, Natural Flavors, Non-GMO Flavors, Clean Label Flavors, N&A Flavors and Conventional Flavors offered in a wide range of consistencies:

  • Liquid Flavors
  • Powder Flavors
  • Powdered Encapsulations (Spray-Dried Flavors)
  • Emulsion Flavors
  • Advanced Extractions
  • Seasonings

From ripe yellows and greens to vibrant red and blue hues, GCI offers various colorants:

  • FD&C Dyes
  • Lake Blends
  • Natural Plant Extracts
  • Natural Fruit & Vegetable Extracts

Our products are formulated as Oil-Soluble or Water-Soluble
and are suitable for every industry’s needs.

Powders or Liquids?

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Although each of us may have a personal preference in this never-ending debate, we’d like to provide some specific points to help you decide which flavor is easier or better to use. In different applications there definitely are some advantages or disadvantages. For dry mix manufacturing, powders certainly provide easy scaling, low water content and general disbursement by dry blending. In non-dry mixes, oil or water based liquids can provide easy disbursement and volume measuring. To some, liquid is favorable since most flavor components begin in a liquid form.

What is Value?

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Value means much more than a low price and it should be more than just getting what you pay for. Our company is dedicated to value. Value should include an unfailing quality at a competitive price with performance when and where you need it most. A product priced cheaper does not always mean better value. Sometimes a few cents more per batch can yield a superior finished product resulting in greater customer satisfaction. Never the less, always examine the quality, the performance and the true end price which is determined by your usage level.

Natural, Artificial or N&A Flavors?


In addition to your desired product result, your product specifications and labeling may also play a part in determining your flavoring requirements. Other variables include: direct cost, the strength or subtlety noticed in the finished product, heat stability, etc. This may seem complicated, but skilled professionals working together can simplify this process. We at Gold Coast Ingredients, Inc. are dedicated to providing you with the exact flavor you need for your product.

Certified Organic Flavors


Certified Organic means that a non-profit, state or private certification organization, accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has verified that products labeled as organic meet strictly defined organic standards.

Our organic products are certified by Quality Assurance International (QAI), which also meets international (IFOAM) standards of organic accreditation. This assures that the client is receiving a traceable, reliable product from origin to plate.

Non-GMO Flavors


For consumers who are mindful of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Gold Coast Ingredients offers Non-GMO flavors upon request. GCI defines Non-GMO flavors as flavors that do not contain detectable genetically modified proteins nor are they derived from genetically modified sources.


Natural Flavors WONF

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W.O.N.F. stands for: With Other Natural Flavors. W.O.N.F. flavors can be a method of obtaining the best value in natural flavors. Direct concentrates of some of the more delicate or subtle flavors like Blueberry, Strawberry or Raspberry can get quite expensive and require special handling. W.O.N.F. flavors obtain a naturally stronger flavor without the use of artificial enhancers – providing you with the luxury of “all natural” in flavoring your product.


Concentrated Flavors

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First let’s briefly understand what is meant by concentrated: That which is considered many times stronger than an average strength product. (Note: other than pure vanilla extract and pure oils, there are no government specifications regulating how a company may determine or evaluate a strength or level of concentration.) For example, a gallon of tenfold vanilla will flavor as much product as ten gallons of single fold vanilla. A gallon of eighteen fold vanilla equals eighteen gallons of single fold vanilla in flavoring potential.


Savory Flavors

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Savory Flavors and/or Reaction Flavors are the result of heating proteins or amino acids with sugars for a specific temperature and time. An intimate understanding of the complex Maillard reaction gives us the ability to naturally create vegetarian flavors such as beef, poultry, seafood, as well as complex chocolates and caramels. Gold Coast’s technical savory department continues to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of Savory and Umami flavors.

Vanilla Flavors & Extracts


One of the most universally recognized and utilized flavors worldwide. From Crème Brulee, to ice cream and wedding cakes. All exhibiting vanilla’s unique characteristics which are subtle and delicious. One of the special qualities of vanilla is its ability to help blend different flavors and make them compatible.

There are two main varieties of vanilla which are grown commercially. The location combined with regional curing processes distinctly influences the predominant characteristics of the
vanilla beans.



It is often said we eat first with our eyes, and it has been proven that color influences the mind to taste differently. From ripe yellows and greens to vibrant red and blue hues, color invites us, warns us and even influences perception of strength.

We at GCI offer a wide variety of colorants: FD&C Dyes, lake blends, natural plant, fruit, vegetable extracts utilized as natural colorants and in select areas, certified organic. All to help make your product consistently look as good as it tastes.