Westchester, Ill.-based Ingredion Inc. and Chicago-based PureCircle Ltd. have announced Ingredion will acquire a 75 percent stake in PureCircle. The companies expect the transaction to close during the second half of 2020, subject to approval by PureCircle’s shareholders and receipt of the required regulatory approvals. Upon completion of the acquisition, Ingredion and PureCircle intend to provide technologies that solve formulation challenges faced by today’s food and beverage developers, the companies said in a statement.

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) announced that it will transition the IFT20 Annual Event and Food Expo, slated for July 12-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, to a virtual event experience. The move comes in an effort to prioritize the health and safety of participants and the broader community throughout current and anticipated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. “After thoughtful consultation with leaders and partners within the food industry and academia, IFT’s board of directors made the decision to transition IFT’s onsite Annual Event and Food Expo into a virtual event experience,” said IFT President Pam Coleman in a statement. “We believe this to be the best and safest course of action in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic developments.”

A new study led by West Allis, Wis.-based Rousselot in collaboration with INRAe and Triskelion, presents evidence of peptan collagen peptide’s bioavailability. Analysis of human serum drawn after peptan intake showed increased levels of hydroxyproline-carrying dipeptides, a known bioactive marker for collagen bioavailability. The study is published online in the peer-reviewed Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry journal.

Beverly, Mass.-based PROVA Inc. announced that the company has hired Julia Decruz to be the company’s new director of research and development (R&D) applications. In her new position, Decruz is tasked with taking the North American R&D team to the next level, while supporting PROVA’s Global R&D organization, the company says. PROVA also hired Mario Marin as the company’s new inside sales representative. In this role, he will assist the North American sales managers as needed with customer follow-up and at trade shows, as well as manage some of his own accounts for the company.

CreatorBrief: Innovative new cultures

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences launched YO-MIX PRIME, which is a culture series designed for yogurt manufacturers to address their formulation challenges. The new YO-MIX PRIME series includes the PRIME 800 and PRIME 900 cultures designed for versatility in yogurt products, including drinkable yogurt and Greek yogurt. The cultures were developed to create mildness and premium texture to help yogurt manufacturers save formulation costs by reducing the amount of skimmed-milk powder added to boost the yogurt texture. This, in turn, will enable manufacturers to add less sugar while maintaining sweetness perception, the company says. The new YO-MIX PRIME series’ advantages include a full pH control that also allows for more process flexibility due to full control of the acidity before cooling and packaging, resulting in higher production output and less yogurt waste, it adds. YO-MIX PRIME cultures were designed to meet the textural and taste desires of consumers while offering opportunities for manufacturers to lower formulation costs and improve pH control, the company says. “Our versatile YO-MIX PRIME cultures can help our customers create a yogurt that is mild in taste while providing a great texture and mouth feel – the yogurt of their dreams, if you will,” said Morten Boesen, global product line manager for dairy cultures at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences, in a statement.

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