Ingredion Inc., Westchester, Ill., and Batory Foods, Rosemont, Ill., signed a new strategic distribution agreement to expand their geographic reach. Effective since Sept. 10, the arrangement consolidates Ingredion’s distributor reach in the West and Central Midwest of the United States to help food and beverage manufacturers get the clean-label native and functional starches, multi-functional flours and fibers, and plant-based proteins and hydrocolloids ingredients they need to produce and bring their products to market. This agreement includes the following 15 states: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The distribution agreement does not include Ingredion’s sweeteners, specialty sweeteners, polyols, stevia or sugar reduction systems, the company says.

Ahead of the company’s milestone 30th anniversary in 2022, Louisville, Ky.-based Flavorman named Scott Weddle and Peter Eberle as its chief operating officer (COO) and chief strategy officer (CSO), respectively. Formerly Flavorman’s director of business development, Weddle has been with the company since 2010. As COO, Weddle will apply the full spectrum of his beverage development expertise to advancing Flavorman’s operations and contribute a customer-first approach to product innovation, consistency and quality. Eberle joins the team with more than 30 years of specialized experience in the start-up, transformation, and turnaround of businesses in highly competitive markets. As CSO, he will direct strategic planning initiatives and oversee key projects in production, logistics, construction, safety and financing.

Sternchemie GmbH & Co., Hamburg, Germany, announced the publication of a new standard reference book on lecithins, which long have been known for their emulsifying and dispersant properties, as well as their nutritional benefits. The 550-page book, “Phenomenon of Lecithin – Science, Technology, Applications,” features the work of 24 renowned and internationally acknowledged scientists and specialists in eight countries. The book describes the current state of the science as well as new functions and application areas for the 170-year-old phospholipid.

Atlanta-based NutraSweet changed the name of its natural and plant-based stevia sweetener to NutraSweet Natural to showcase that its zero-calorie sweetener is natural and plant-based. Made using stevia and available in a 70-count box with individual packets, NutraSweet Natural delivers a just like sugar taste and is designed to break the stereotype that traditional stevia sweeteners taste bad, the company says. The product is diabetic friendly and keto friendly.