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September new ingredient round-up

By Shane Starling , 24-Sep-2008
Last updated on 24-Sep-2008 at 13:33 GMT

The ingredient launches are coming thick and fast. NutraIngredients presents a selection of this month’s most innovative debuts.

Weight management: DSM Fabuless extension

DSM Nutritional Products added a spray-dried powdered version to its Fabuless weight management stable, with the growing meal replacement market being a point of focus.

The company said Fabuless DE (dry emulsion) is suitable for instant powder applications including beverage powder sachets, meal replacement shakes, protein shakes, dry soup mixes and beverages.

“The meal replacement market in the US is far ahead of other markets and we expect to launch a product there very soon,” said product manager Emily Tellers “We are also looking into several European markets where meal replacement products also perform very well.”

Fabuless debuted in Spain in late 2006 in a Campina yoghurt called Optimel Control that claimed it “helps you eat less”.

Heart health: AHD brings ‘super seed’ chia to global market

Georgia-based AHD International has debuted chia seeds, which the company is marketing as a vegetarian wholefood that improves overall heart health.

Chia is the edible seed of the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family, which grows in Latin American countries including Mexico, Argentina and Peru.

The seeds are said to be a significant source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as easy-to-digest protein. They are also rich in fiber (25g give around 7g fiber), amino acids, and a range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

AHD has termed chia “natural super seeds”, and said they can be used in a variety of functional food applications, including cereals, breads, soups, salad dressings and nutrition bars.

"Our customers can add chia seeds to functional foods where gluten-free, high fiber, high protein and low carb end products are desired," stated John Alkire, president of AHD International.

Heart health: Vitiva high-concentrate rosemary extract

Slovenian herbal specialist Vitiva presented a high-concentrate rosemary extract targeting functional beverages.

The company said it resolved many of the taste, odour and colour issues that have made it difficult for food and beverage makers to incorporate it into the food matrix.

The ingredient builds on Vitiva’s existing range of rosemary extracts that include an organic version that has proved popular with cosmeceuticals manufacturers and a lower concentration version that has its biggest market in dietary supplements in the US.

The new offering – AquaRox80 – is suitable for food supplements and contains a minimum of 80 per cent rosmarinic acid.

It is suitable for tablets, soft-gels, clear liquid applications and a variety of food applications.

Weight management: Collagen formulas target smoothie market

French gelatine and collagen specialist Rousselot has launched a range of hydrolysed collagen ingredients targeting the European and international smoothie markets.

The ingredients take advantage of technologies Rousselot acquired when it purchased BHJ Peptan Products in July and are being marketed on their weight management and skin health potential.

The weight management claim is based around the idea of satiety, and testing has demonstrated the 97 per cent protein ingredient can deliver in this area, said Rousselot communication manager, Caroline Brochard-Garnier.

Additional studies demonstrated 10g/day supplementation with hydrolysed collagen delivers bone and joint health benefits.

Infant nutritrion: Omega-3 in infant formula first

Friesland Foods Kievit debuted an omega-3 (DHA) and omega-6 (ARA) encapsulated combination ingredient that can be incorporated into hypoallergenic infant formula.

The DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachinodonic acid)-based ingredient is free of proteins and other milk-derived allergens that are common in infant formulas, and caters to the growing rate of hypo-allergenicity among infants.

Friesland developed a starch-based alternative that brand manager for baby foods, Frank Systermans, said incorporated its dry-blending and encapsulation technology that allows the fatty acids, for the first time, to be added into the formula in a powder state.

The new ingredient, called Vana Sana DH 7 IF, is sourced from fish oil, algae and malt and will sell at a premium of less than 20 per cent over regular DHA and ARA ingredients.

Gut health: Hansen targets probiotic cheese

Chr Hansen is aiming some of its probiotic strains at the cheese market.

Three of Hansen’s clinically-backed strains – BB12, LA5 and L.Casei 431 – are being highlighted as potential fortifiers of three kinds of cheese – cottage, Continental and cheddar.

She said these cheese types, which respectively account for 5, 25 and 20 per cent of the world’s 14.5m ton yearly cheese output, were best suited to probiotic fortification.

“Probiotics are live cultures and cannot withstand cooking and are not suited to ripened cheeses,” said Chr Hansen marketing manager of cheese cultures, Nanna Borne. “But these types of cheeses tend to be eaten in a cold format such as in sandwiches and so are suited to probiotics.”

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