Creators Briefs

Health & wellness at IFT
Chr. Hansen plans to showcase innovative, natural ingredient solutions for health and wellness at IFT later this month. The company’s latest developments include sweetness enhancers and mouthfeel enhancers. “We have launched a wealth of new, good-for-you products, including probiotics, cultures for low fat dairy products, and antioxidant-containing natural colors for a large assortment of applications. We are really looking forward to introducing solutions that suit factors as wide as consumer tastes, shelf life requirements, as well as production methods,” says Marilyn Stieve, director of marketing, dairy flavors.
— 9015 West Maple St., Milwaukee, Wis. 53214; 414/607-5700;
Vegetarian omega-3s
Frutarom USA Inc. has developed Alina, a source of omega-3 fatty acids with improved flavor and shelf stability in heat-treated dairy, beverage and savory applications. Alina is a patented plant source of omega-3 fatty acids from Salvia seed, and is derived through a natural extraction process. The company says Alina is easy to use, and can provide a substantial amount of omega-3s per serving. It is stable in pasteurization processes and in baking. Alina is odorless, has a neutral flavor and is allergen free, which makes it ideal for children’s formulations.
— Frutarom USA Inc., 9500 Railroad Ave., North Bergen, N.J. 07047; 201/861-9500;
Omega-3s from fish oil
Hormel Health Technology LLC, and the specialty products division of Hormel Foods have launched the Eterna brand of flavorless and odorless omega-3 fish oils, and will showcase the ingredient at the IFT Show. The company says it has used a proprietary process to remove virtually all of the fishy odors and flavors. In addition, the product is said to be highly stable. “Healthy omega-3 oils with a pure flavor and no odor meet the rapidly growing needs of the food industry,” said Paul Jacobson, director of Hormel Foods Specialty Products Division. “Our purified Eterna brand of omega-3s offer effective solutions to food manufacturers needing to overcome end-user concerns related to fishy-smelling odors, poor shelf life and off flavors. In addition, our Eterna product line may be used in a wide range of foods and beverages.”
— Hormel Health Technology LLC, 1 Hormel Place, Austin, Minn. 55912; 507/437-5293;
GRAS affirmation
TIC Gums announced it has self-affirmed the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status for its TICAmulsion line of modified gum acacia emulsifiers based on an evaluation from an independent expert panel of scientists. This status permits the use of modified gum acacia in a wide variety of foods and beverages.
The first product in the line, TICAmulsion A-2010, was initially launched with the more limited FEMA GRAS status in 2004 for use in flavor and beverage emulsions. The company says the ingredient offers improved functionality because it effectively emulsifies the most difficult systems such as those that contain oil levels of more than 10 percent.
— TIC Gums, 4609 Richlynn Drive, Belcamp, Md. 21017; 410/273-7300;
New fiber ingredient
Tate & Lyle has launched a range of dietary fibers under the Promitor brand, and will have the product on-hand at the upcoming IFT Show. The average adult diet in the United States does not contain the daily recommended intake of fiber, the company says. Current intake for men and women ranges from 12 to 16 grams per day, whereas 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams per day for men is recommended. “There is a real opportunity for food manufacturers to give consumers the fiber they ‘need to eat’ in the products they ‘want to eat,’” says Harvey Chimoff, director of marketing, Americas. “The prototypes that we have taken to our customers show that Promitor branded dietary fibers are easily incorporated into a wide range of food and beverages with no impact on taste. Through our technical applications expertise and specially commissioned consumer research, we can help our customers to develop differentiated products that add value for consumers.”
— Tate & Lyle, 2200 East Eldorado St., Decatur, Ill. 62521; 217/423-4411;
Prebiotic benefits
Orafti will discuss the benefits of its Beneo prebiotic ingredients, beyond the conventional expectations of “good digestion,” at the IFT Show in Chicago. The company will offer information on Beneo as it applies to all age groups, including its ability to reduce the risk of infant diarrhea, constipation and intestinal infections, as well as moderation of symptoms such as vomiting and fevers. For adults, the ingredient offers improved digestive function, enhancement of the body’s natural defenses, increased mineral absorption (calcium and magnesium), and better overall well-being and comfort. The company will demonstrate the products in yogurt and fruit combinations as well as soymilk, baked goods, and even prebiotic water H2ORAFTI.
—Orafti Active Food Ingredients, 101 Lindenwood Drive, Malvern, Pa. 19355; 610/889-9828;