R&D News: IFT names new president
Ingredient suppliers add distribution partnerships
Long Island City, N.Y.-based eSense LLC announced that Caleb Berridge has joined the company as a sales executive for the New England region. Berridge will be an integral component of the company’s plan to further expand its flavor presence on the East Coast, it says.
Innophos Holdings Inc., Cranbury, N.J., announced that its subsidiary AMT Labs Inc. signed an exclusive license agreement to manufacture, sell and market Smart Salt low-sodium salt substitute products in the Americas. Smart Salt’s range of salt substitute products will further enhance Innophos’ position in providing solutions to reduce sodium levels in baked goods, meat, seafood, poultry, dairy and beverage products, the company says.
Eagan, Minn.-based Biothera announced that Alacer Corp.’s Emergen-C Immune+ dietary supplement brand released four new varieties featuring Biothera’s Wellmune WGP. The Wellmune brand will be featured on packages of the two new fizzy drink mixes — Super Orange and Raspberry — and the two new hot drink mixes — Berry Medley and Apple Cider. In other news, Biothera reported that Jamjoom Pharma has introduced Vivamune, a dietary supplement that features the company’s Wellmune WGP, in Saudi Arabia. The product will be introduced in other countries throughout the Middle East at a later date.
Irvine, Calif.-based Gencor received notification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of no objection to Slimaluma, a patented extract of Caralluma fimbriata, being considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in meal-replacement products. Gencor is offering Slimaluma for use as an ingredient in meal-replacement products, such as baked goods, bars, soups, drinks and shakes, at levels up to 350 mg per serving (700 mg per day). Slimaluma currently is in the market as an ingredient in dietary supplements and is designed to reduce waist circumference and suppress appetites when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, the company says.
Cynthia Lipka, senior flavorist for Northbrook, Ill.-based Bell Flavors & Fragrances, was appointed president of the Society of Flavor Chemists (SFC) for the 2014-2015 term.
Mary Ellen Camire, a food science and nutrition professor at the University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture, was named the 75th president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Chicago. Camire succeeds Janet E. Collins, IFT’s 2013-2014 president.
Glanbia Nutritionals, Carlsbad, Calif., announced an agreement with Norway-based NattoPharma ASA, a worldwide manufacturer of vitamin K2, to distribute its MenaQ7 Pure nature-identical synthetic vitamin K2 as menaquinone-7 (MK-7) in the United States and Canada. MenaQ7 Pure helps the body to inhibit and clean up calcium in the arteries while promoting arterial flexibility and helps calcium bind to the bones, the company says.
According to its 2013-2014 Wastewater Statement preview from Los Angeles County, BI Nutraceuticals, Long Beach, Calif., has reduced its annual water consumption, and the company is on track to save nearly 2.5 million gallons of water year over year. This reduction in water usage was attributed to several factors, including the addition of a more efficient steam sterilization unit, retrofitting existing steam units to make them greener, and adjustments to BI’s irrigation schedule, the company says.