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Re: Ask a Scientist

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In a not unrelated vein, how do some artificial flavours like cherry (for example Dr Pepper) and banana smell absolutely nothing like the original article?
The main answer to this is simple: money. Food manufacturers are so stingy that they often won't pay for decent flavors. Firmenich, where I worked, had wonderful, authentic versions of every flavor under the sun.

However there are other factors. Depending on the product, it may be difficult to make a stable flavor that tastes authentic. For instance, if it is very acid, the environment will break down the more chemically fragile molecules. A need for a long shelf life can eliminate some of the best molecules for the same reason.
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