Things to See at IFT

The Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo is just around the corner – July 16-20 in New Orleans. Here are a few things to look for on the floor…
Nutraceutical ingredients
Archer Daniels Midland Co. will offer a range of nutraceutical ingredients for beverages, baked goods, candy and confectionery at IFT Booth 3127. Attendees can sample soy-based powdered drinks and fortified bottled waters containing NutriSoy protein and Fibersol-2 digestion-resistant maltodextrin for fiber enrichment. — Archer Daniels Midland Co., 4666 Faries Parkway, Decatur, Ill. 62526; 217/424-5200;
Custom premixes
Fortitech will demonstrate new applications for its custom nutrient premixes, including healthy snacks and beverage alternatives for kids at IFT Booth 2221. The company produces a selection of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, nucleotides and nutraceuticals. Beverage applications at the show will include dairy beverages with calcium and vitamins A, B12, B6, D3 and E in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors. — Fortitech, 2105 Technology Drive, Schenectady, N.Y. 12308; 800/950-5156;
Gum expertise
TIC Gums will show off its gum expertise for the food and beverage industry at IFT Booth 1133. The company will focus on helping manufacturers boost soluble fiber and create foodservice dishes with the latest in gum technology such as TIC pretested Gum Arabic, TICorganic Certified Organic Gum Arabic, TICorganic Guar Gum and TICorganic Locust Bean Gum as well as the company’s proprietary systems. — TIC Gums, 4609 Richlynn Drive, Belcamp, Md. 21017; 410/273-7300;
Survey says…
Virginia Dare will release the results of its Flavor Preference Survey at IFT booth 2731. Among the results: What kind of ice cream do men prefer? What flavor of iced tea is most popular for women? Do more men or women prefer nutrition bars? The company also will feature new flavors and masking agents in the form of nutrition bars, soy beverages, flavored teas and ice cream with toppings. — Virginia Dare, 882 Third Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11232; 718/788-1776;
True Waters
Danisco Sweeteners will feature True Waters with added fiber in six fruit flavors at IFT booth 2521. The waters, which will be available in regular and no-sugar-added versions, will include Danisco’s Aura and Commonsense flavor technologies, as well as Litesse polydextrose, which is a good source of fiber. — Danisco Sweeteners, 440 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, N.Y. 10502; 800/255-6837;
Natural nutrition
Orafti Active Food Ingredients will focus on all-natural fiber ingredients with “real-world nutritional benefits that deliver healthier digestive inner peace” at IFT booth 4335. The company will feature new products based on its natural inulin and oligofructose ingredients, which aid in calcium absorption and add fiber to American diets. — Orafti Active Food Ingredients, 101 Lindenwood Drive, Malvern, Pa. 19355;
Caramel colors
D.D. Williamson and colorMaker will give IFT attendees a chance to sample NOP-compliant caramelized rice syrup, and cost-effective natural color blends, in addition to taking home powdered caramel color sample jars with a Cajun-style recipe at IFT booth 2623. The NOP-compliant syrups can be used in natural food products to add visual appeal, and the color blends have beverage, confectionery and dairy applications. — D.D. Williamson & Co., 1901 Payne Street, Louisville, Ky. 40206; 502/895-2438; colorMaker Inc., 3309 E. Miraloma Ave., Suite 105, Anaheim, Calif. 92806; 714/472-0444;
Sweet treats
Nutrinova will feature the latest advancements in sugar replacement with hot and cold beverages containing Sunett acesulfame potassium at IFT booth 3627. Attendees can sample non-alcoholic, sugar-free New Orleans-style Hurricane cocktails and other still and carbonated flavored beverages. There also will be a range of coffee drinks with sugar-free syrups in hazelnut and mint flavor as well as a vanilla whitener. — Nutrinova Inc., 285 Davidson Ave., Suite 102, Somerset, N.J. 08873; 732/271-7221;
Flavor enhancers
Treatt USA will highlight additions to its Treattarome From the Named Food (FTNF) portfolio at IFT booth 4737. The company will feature Tea Treattarome Iced, a clear water-white distillate for use in iced tea applications, and Juicy Tangerine WONF (With Other Natural Flavors) for beverage applications. It also will offer essential oils and their natural fractions, citrus specialties and high-impact aroma chemicals. — Treatt USA Inc., 4900 Lakeland Commerce Pkwy., Lakeland, Fla. 33805; 863/668-9500;
Fruit flavors
California Custom Fruits and Flavors manufactures fruit products and flavors for the beverage, confection, frozen, cultured dairy and bakery industries. Housed in an 85,000-square-foot production facility, the company offers laboratory services such as research and development, quality assurance and a full-service micro lab. — California Custom Fruits and Flavors, 5800 Ayala Ave. Irwindale, Calif. 91706; 626/812-6555;
Tools for winemaking
Chr. Hansen is helping winemakers with innovative wine cultures and yeasts for successful malolactic fermentations as well as optimal process and flavor control. The company’s Viniflora wine concept offers easy-to-use, direct inoculation cultures and Saccharomyces and non-Saccharomyces yeasts and will showcase the items at the American Society for Enology and Viticulture annual meeting this month. — Chr. Hansen, 9015 West Maple Street, P.O. Box 14428, Milwaukee, Wis. 53214; 414/607-5700;
Pure vitamin B
BASF’s Human Nutrition business has introduced two new, highly pure forms of Riboflavin — High Flow 100 and Fine Powder. Both are 100 percent vitamin B2 powders that meet the monographs requirements of the United States Pharmacopoeia and the Food Chemicals Codex. The new riboflavin products are produced by a fermentation process that uses naturally occurring, non-genetically modified microorganism. High Flow 100 offers solubility and dissolution qualities for tablet and beverage applications, while Fine Powder has a bright yellow color suitable for premixes and applications requiring color uniformity. — BASF Human Nutrition, 3000 Continental Drive North, Mount Olive, N.J. 07828; 800/527-9881;
Natural grape extracts
Degussa Food Ingredients has become distributor for Ferco Nutraceutique’s Grap´Active product line in North America and Asia. The line includes grape seed and grape skin extracts for functional foods and health supplements. Ferco uses a gentle extraction technique that results in a flavorless, highly wettable and completely water-soluble extract, and can be used in beverages and dairy products. It has up to 95 percent polyphenol content, 85 percent proanthocyanidines, and 22 percent OPCs. — Degussa Food Ingredients, 10311 Chester Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215; 513/771-4682;
So sweet
Vitafoods Flavors has introduced Oh! So Sweet, an all-natural low-calorie sweetener classified as a natural flavor. The sugar substitute is 600 times sweeter than sugar and has been agglomerated with three different bulk sweeteners to allow food and beverage producers to choose a profile that best matches the profile of their products. The ingredient is classified as GRAS as a natural flavor and provides a natural sugar-like taste with a sweet finish and provides clean labeling for low-calorie and low-carbohydrate food and beverage systems. — Vitafoods Flavors, a division of the Arnhem Group, 25 Commerce Drive, Cranford, N.J. 07016; 800/851-1052;