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Flavorists develop artificial and natural flavours and aromas for foods and medicines. Flavorists may also work on products for cosmetics and household products that contain aromas such as fruit, flowers etc. As well as developing flavours and techniques for their production, they test how new flavours perform in various products.

Flavorists usually have qualifications in food science, chemistry or biochemistry. Creativity along with an above average sense of taste and smell are required in this field. The development of new flavours and techniques for artificial flavour production is often critical to the financial success of business in a range of industries.

Flavorists may specialise in particular types of flavours, foods (eg beverages) and cultural or regional influences on flavour preferences.