The Institute of Food Technologist Food Expo, July
16-20 in New Orleans, sparked the following introductions from these
Dairy protein for health
Dairy Management Inc. demonstrated how to use whey
protein in formulations for nutrition and functionality. Representing the
current popularity of functional beverages, DMI presented a beverage
prototype at IFT that was a mango-flavored isotonic protein beverage. The
drink included 10 grams of whey protein isolate, a highly digestible
protein that also helps restore muscle mass after exercise, in one serving,
which is 20 percent of the recommended daily value of protein. Moreover,
the drink contained 25 percent less sugar than a typical soft drink. The
beverage also demonstrated that whey proteins have the unique ability to
remain clear at the low pH of most isotonic drinks. — Dairy Management Inc., 10255 West Higgins
Road, Suite 900, Rosemont, Ill. 60018; 847/205-5660; dairyinfo.com.
Genie in the bottle
The world of beverage flavors was again highlighted by
Wild Flavors, with a wide variety of beverages circling the company’s
booth. One of the most innovative applications on display involved a new
technology for dairy-based beverages called Light Shield. This processing
technology creates a barrier from light degradation of the nutrients in
dairy products. For example, the prototype beverage product was a
passionfruit-flavored kids’ drink that was created using Light Shield
processing so the riboflavin included in the beverage would not break down
over time. The advantage of Light Shield processing is that it can be a
cost savings – so that in place of using an opaque bottle to protect
the beverage contents from nutrient degradation, the protection is a result
of the process itself.
Wild also displayed a number of other beverages at IFT
that were designed to offer health benefits. For example, the Tropical
Heart-Health beverage was described as “brimming with
‘cardio-licious’ antioxidants” to address heart health.
The tropical-flavored beverage was formulated with enough plant sterol
esters to enable the FDA-approved label claim that plant sterol esters
“may reduce the risk of heart disease.” Other heart-healthy
ingredients in this beverage included co-enzyme Q10, lutein and lycopene,
selenium, vitamins C and E, apple polyphenols, chromium, fiber, B vitamins,
calcium, magnesium, potassium and arginine. — Wild Flavors Inc., 1261 Pacific Ave.,
Erlanger, Ky. 41018; 888.WILD-Flavors; wildflavors.com.
An innovative strategy for marketing functional
ingredients is in place at GTC Nutrition, wherein the company’s
nutraceutical ingredients all bear logos that appear on the retail shelf on
packaged products. The company’s short chain fructooligosaccharide is
called NutraFlora, is a natural prebiotic fiber that helps improve the
absorption of calcium, magnesium and soy isoflavones while supporting
healthy digestive function, immune response and regularity. The NutraFlora
name and logo adorns the retail products that include this prebiotic fiber.
For example, because the GTC NutraFlora ingredient is used by Horizon
Dairy, the NutraFlora name adorns several of Horizon’s retail
products such as the smoothies. Such logo programs make it possible for
innovative partnerships with retail companies. In the case of Horizon
Dairy, GTC is creating a consumer education and awareness program deemed
“Health Sense, not Nonsense,” which aims to educate consumers
about the nutritional value of prebiotic fibers.
Other ingredients that GTC offers include Aquamin,
which is a sea plant-derived calcium source that provides bioactive
calcium, magnesium and up to 70 trace minerals for bone health and overall
wellness. Aquamin is also a logo ingredient, and has been used in orange
juice produced by Smith’s Dairy to deliver additional calcium and
magnesium. At the IFT show, the Aquamin product was put to good use and
handed to attendees in its hang over cure form, Lifeline, which is a
supplement made of the Aquamin minerals and available in Ireland and some
parts of Europe. The product bears the tagline, “Partying tonight?
Busy tomorrow” and directions recommend that if the capsules are
taken within an hour of first imbibing, one can avoid the next-day
discomfort from overindulging on alcohol. — GTC Nutrition, 600 Corporate Circle, Suite H, Golden, Colo. 80401;
The fallout from the low-carb craze still has the
industry reeling, but consumers still have interest in beverages that have
less sugar. Palatinit now offers a new product that can possibly
revolutionize formulations as the next sugar replacement ingredient.
Palatinose is a new functional carbohydrate that offers a low glycemic/low
insulinemic response. Palatinose can be used in
a variety of applications, from beverages and functional drinks to instant
coffees and teas. Palatinose is made from sucrose that has undergone
enzymatic rearrangement and then hydrogenation and crystallization to yield
the Platinose disaccharide. It is known as a natural
constitute of honey and sugar cane, and therefore has a natural mild sweet
taste akin to sugar and is 50 to 55 percent as sweet as sugar.
Palatinose offers several significant advantages
compared to sucrose, including being tooth-friendly and being digested much
more slowly, which means that the glycemic response and insulin index are
both very low. In fact, compared to other sugars, Paltinose offers a slow
and sustained energy release that does not peak and then fall off like the
hypoglycemic index response to typical carbohydrates. Palatinit introduced
this new carbohydrate ingredient early this year, and Palatinose has
received GRAS status in the United States, and is primed and ready for
incorporation into low sugar or no-sugar applications. — Palatinit of America, 101 Gibraltar Drive, Suite 2B,
Morris Plains, N.J. 07950; 973/539-6644; isomaltusa.com.
Hot and cold
In the spirit of New Orleans and Mardi Gras, David
Michael exhibited a number of beverages featuring tropical flavors —
“Mardi Tropicals.” The eight beverages on display each paired
an exotic flavor with a more traditional flavor; the overall concept
demonstrating that consumers are willing to try new flavors when they are
couched in the familiar.
Two of the beverage concepts had ‘cooling’
and ‘heat’ sensations — “Hot” Mamey Orange
delivered an element of heat to the mouth when consumed, along with the
familiar flavor of orange and the more exotic flavor of mamey fruit, which
is native to the West Indies and northern South America, with flavor
resembling an apricot or red raspberry. The “Cool” Black
Currant delivered a cooling sensation upon consumption along with the
flavor of black currant. Other beverage concepts were Tamarind Pear, Acai
Raspberry, Lulo Lime, Lychee Berry, Marula Mango and Guanabana Pineapple. — David Michael and Co. Inc., 10801 Decatur Road,
Philadelphia, Pa. 19154; 215/632-3100; dmflavors.com.
Virginia Dare has developed a repertoire of all of the
different vanilla flavor profiles from the world’s market —
Madagascar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Uganda, among others. Virginia
Dare can help manufacturers match the flavor profile of a vanilla
ingredient with the taste goals of the end product to determine exactly
which source vanilla beans are best for specific formulations. The new
world vanilla market offers some distinct advantages, and Virginia Dare can
help food industry manufacturers determine how to benefit in the new
vanilla world. — Virginia Dare Inc., 882
Third Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11232; 718/788-1776; virginiadare.com
Glanbia Nutritionals has built a reputation by
providing dairy ingredients such as calcium and dairy proteins that are
dairy-derived, meaning that their nutritional composition replicates the
mineral and nutritional structure of natural milk and dairy products. At
IFT, Glanbia demonstrated the company’s Prolibra ingredient in a
weight-loss smoothie prototype drink. Prolibra is a patent-pending, natural
dairy-derived ingredient that is ideal for weight management applications.
The ingredient has been clinically proven to reduce body fat and maintain
lean muscle mass.
The prototype Wild Berry Weight Loss Smoothie included
Prolibra at 5 percent of the formulation. Prolibra can be used to enhance
meal replacement and dietary supplements in ready-to-drink and powdered
beverages, and in bars and snacks. — Glanbia Nutritionals Inc., 523 6th Street, Monroe, Wis. 53566;
Solae demonstrated several examples of the viability
of soy at this year’s IFT, including an opportunity to compare two
meal replacement beverages — one using all
dairy ingredients and one that is a milk and
soy combination formulation. This taste challenge was designed to
demonstrate that without sacrificing taste, manufacturers can realize cost
savings and other benefits by using soy protein in products that may have
historically been milk protein based.
Other beverages products that Solae demonstrated at
IFT included a juice beverage that features soy protein for protein
fortification and heart health benefits. This product utilized exclusive
Solae technology to yield protein stability in an acidic environment, which
is a difficult proposition in traditional fruit juice-based beverages.
And finally, Solae demonstrated a dual-layer nutrition
bar concept that was created on the company’s pilot plant bar line.
The soy ingredients included in the bar help manage texture and prevent bar
hardening, in addition to providing innovative flavor through the use of a Cocoa Soy Protein Nugget which delivers a
rich cocoa flavor and a high-quality, 75 percent
soy protein. — The Solae Co., P.O. Box 88940, St. Louis, Mo. 63188; 314/982-1983;
Phosphates for health
With the April 2005 release of the new USDA dietary
guidelines and “MyPyramid,” many product developers are seeking
to create new products that qualify as healthy or feature healthy
ingredients. Key areas of interest since the release are sodium reduction,
potassium enhancement, mineral fortification (calcium, magnesium, potassium
and phosphorus), incorporation of fiber, as well as essential fatty acids.
Astaris highlighted at IFT its line of functional phosphate-based
ingredients to help the industry develop products to meet these goals.
Astaris’ full line of potassium phosphates and functional blends will
allow manufacturers to deliver products that are lower in sodium while
having the additional benefit of potassium fortification. — Astaris LLC, 622 Emerson
Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63141; 314/983-7500; astaris.com.
Green tea advantages
DSM Nutritional Products made attendees aware of its
marketing campaign to communicate the important health benefits of Teavigo,
a green tea extract. Teavigo has achieved GRAS (Generally Recognized As
Safe) affirmation, enabling food and beverage manufacturers to expand their
product development opportunities. Research suggests that EGCG
(Epigallocatedchin Gallate), the major active component in green tea, may
enhance metabolism and be beneficial in weight management. DSM Nutritional
Products extracts EGCG from green tea utilizing patented technology, and
unlike other common tea extracts, Teavigo is nearly colorless and odorless.
Proven safe and effective in increasing metabolism, the company says
caffeine-free Teavigo can be an ideal complement to a sensible weight
management program. — DSM Nutritional
Products Inc., 45 Waterview Blvd., Parsippany, N.J. 07054-1293;
VDF FutureCeuticals, through a patent-pending
technology, made available at the IFT exhibition the whole, fresh, ripe
coffee fruit in whole powdered and concentrated extract forms called
Coffeeberry. Previously, the only coffee options available came from the
roasted bean or seed. Growers were forced to throw away the fruit of the
coffee – a glowing red berry – because it was too perishable to
process. Like many plants, coffee concentrates most of its nutrition in the
whole fruit, not just the seed. Whole coffee fruit contains high
concentrations of phenolic acids and other nutrients. — VDF
FutureCeuticals, 819 North Dixie Highway, Momence, Ill. 60954;
Citrocoat, a coated acid
by Jungbunzlauer, can prevent unwanted acid hydrolysis of other
ingredients, and act as a gentle acidulant in instant drinks. Citrocoat N
is based on citric acid as core material, with a layer of a citrate as
shell material. When dissolved in water, Citrocoat N behaves like uncoated
acid. Thus far, the functional citrics from
Jungbunzlauer are processed in applications including instant drinks. — Jungbunzlauer Inc., 7 Wells Ave., Newton Centre,
Mass. 02459; 617/969-0900; junbunzlauer.com
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The February 2020 issue dives into Essentia water, their high-pH and high aspirations for ongoing innovation. Speaking of innovation, this issue also features a special report on how (and why) the zero-proof functional beverage market is growing. Also, check out what types of rifts and shifts are shaking up the wine category and discount variety stores, as well as the latest ingredient highlights (hint: exotic fruits make an appearance). To cap it off, peruse new product releases, the latest appearances in packaging, and holistic approaches to cognitive health. Thirsty for more? Subscribe to get the latest stories delivered right to your inbox.
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