Yeast extract is a natural origin ingredient derived from fresh yeast. Yeast is a unicellular microorganism belonging to the fungus family, occurring in nature for millions of years. This same yeast is used to produce bread, wine and beer.
The interest in yeast as a savory ingredient to improve taste started beginning of the 20th century and was introduced to the market in the 1950’s.
Like herbs and spices, yeast extract is used by food companies and restaurants as an aromatic ingredient to design more flavorful food and beverage recipes of various applications such as soups and sauces, seasonings and snacks but also in ready meals, in meats and more.