Red Arrow® - Natural flavor, pure and simple.™

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Natural flavor, pure and simple. It’s not just what we make, it’s everything we believe in. Our passion is creating great-tasting flavors that help you develop signature foods with unique appeal that enhance brand recognition. From hundreds of Condensed Natural Smokes™ and Cooking Method Flavors™ to custom development of proprietary flavors, we’re dedicated to providing savory flavor solutions that are natural, authentic and healthy. Our technical capabilities and state-of-the-art manufacturing expertise enables us to deliver products in formats suitable for your specific application and process.  

A Rich History of Natural Flavor

In 1956, Dr. Clifford Hollenbeck created and later patented the process of producing smoke flavoring by burning hardwood sawdust and capturing the flavorful wood smoke components in water. Soon, there was significant commercial interest in Condensed Natural Smoke™, and the Red Arrow company was born. The name was chosen in honor of the 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Brigade, made up of members from Wisconsin and Michigan.  

From the early 1960s through the 1990s, Red Arrow furthered its research and development and gained national and international recognition for its smoke and grill technologies. Under new ownership in the late 1990s, the company expanded its expertise, leading to the development of Cooking Method Flavors™ that emulate the tastes created from roasting, frying, sautéing and grilling.

Red Arrow continues its tradition of innovation and technology with revolutionary product development and flavor customization to meet the various needs of today’s manufacturers and end consumers.