Flavour Standards

GMP Pharma Flavour Standards - The Industry Standard

FlavorActiV GMP Flavour Reference Standards are safe to both smell and taste. They are used the world over to train beverage sensory panels as they learn how taints, positive and negative flavours can influence quality and brand expectations.

From the world’s only pharmaceutical facility dedicated to the production of flavour reference standards, FlavorActiV produces its encapsulated flavour references to GMP Pharma Standards. These flavour standards are used directly within liquid foods or beverages to impart a taint, off-note or positive flavour for the purposes of training and maintaining the abilities of professional tasters.

FlavorActiV produces its industry leading encapsulated flavours in its state-of-the-art pharma facility designed from the ground up at the direct request of its global customers as they looked to move away from inferior food grade ‘certified flavour standards’ to GMP Pharma, a standard that ensures safe, stable, traceable, consistent and long shelf-life products. The MHRA audited facility is located near Liverpool in the UK.

Once a panel has undergone its initial training the flavour standards are used to maintain their abilities in double blind proficiency testing, supported by FlavorActiVs proprietary taster software.

The FlavorActiV Pharmaceutical Quality GMP Flavour Standards range is constantly expanding to meet the needs of new beverage and non-beverage customers.


Only FlavorActiV GMP flavour standard capsules bear our mark of authenticity.

We brand each of our capsules so that our customers know they're getting the Pharmaceutical Quality GMP that only FlavorActiV provide.

“FlavorActiV has changed the math. Their flavor capsules are relevant, accurate, and globally available—just as easy if you’re in Lima as in Limrick as in Lincoln, Nebraska. FlavorActiV saw that coffee had a need, and they invested in the R&D to create something completely new. We embrace the same spirit of solving problems through innovation. We’re very excited about what they’ve done.”

Tim Schilling
CEO, World Coffee Research

Only Pharmaceutical Quality GMP Flavour Standards provide sufficient quality for professional sensory panels to train and validate with.

For the craft industry and those new to flavour reference standards we provide kits of selected flavours, all indivdually packaged. Individual flavour reference standards are sold in packs of 5, with each of the 5 capsules individually blister packaged.

A full list of our flavour standards can be found below. Select a sector from the menu to view by beverage/food and to discover sector specific flavour kits.

Icon Name Chemical Name
Acetaldehyde Acetal
Acetic sodium acetate
Alkaline sodium bicarbonate
Almond Benzaldehyde
Astringent saponin
Bell Pepper 2-isobutyl-3-methoxypyrazine
Brett - Barnyard 4-ethyl phenol
Bitter iso-alpha acids
Bromophenol 2-bromophenol
Burnt Caramel 3-ethyl-2,5-dimethylpyrazine
Butyric Acid butyric acid
Caprylic octanoic acid
Catty p-menthane-8-thiol-3-one
Chlorine Chloramine T
Chlorophenol 2,6-dichlorophenol
Coconut Whisky Lactone
Control Blank Beta Cyclodextrins
Cooked Vegetable methyl thioacetate
Cucumber trans, cis-2,6-nonadienal
Diesel/Motor Fuel p-cyemene
Diacetyl butane-2,3-dione
DMS dimethyl sulphide
Earthy ethyl fenchol
Ethyl Acetate ethyl acetate
Ethyl Butyrate Ethyl Butyrate
Ethyl Hexanoate ethyl hexanoate
Fermented ethyl isovalerate
Freshly Cut Grass cis-3-hexenol
Geraniol geraniol
Geosmin geosmin
Grainy 2-methyl propionaldehyde
Grape methyl anthranilate
H2S hydrogen sulphide
Honey ethyl phenyl acetate
Hop Oil Hop Essential Oils
Jasmine indole
Icon Name Chemical Name
Indole indole
Isoamyl Acetate isoamyl acetate
Isovaleric isovaleric acid
Kettle Hop Spicy hop essential oils
Lactic lactic acid
Leathery pyralone(6-(1 methyl propyl)quinolone
Lightstruck 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol
Malty / Biscuity 2-acetylpyridine
Methanethiol methanethiol
Mercaptan ethanethiol
Medicinal 2-methyl phenol
Metallic ferrous sulphate
Methional methional
Mousy 2-Acetyletrahydropyridine
Mulchy methylisoborneol
Mushroom octan-1-ol
Musty 2,4,6,trichloroanisole
Nonanal nonanal
Onion dimethyl trisulphide
Oxidised oxidised
Papery trans-2-nonenal
Woody 1,4 cineole
Phenolic 4-vinyl guaiacol
Plastics styrene
Potato Skins 2-isopropyl-3-methoxypyrazine
Root Beer methyl salicylate
Rotten Vegetable dimethyl disulphide
Salty sodium chloride
Smoky guaiacol
Sour citric acid
Spicy eugenol
Sulphitic sodium sulphite
Swampy dimethyl trisulphide
Sweet sucralose
Yeasty Yeast Extract
Vanilla vanillin

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