July in Chicago: Hot temperatures and even hotter trends at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo®. Innovation in health and wellness products and research shows no sign of slowing down. This will be evident not only in the technical sessions, but also on the expo hall floor.
The Scientific Program offers many symposia to choose from, addressing some of today’s growing consumer demands and prominent health concerns. Glucose management, which is associated with diabetes, weight management, and other metabolic syndrome conditions, will be addressed in the symposium “Carbohydrate Digestion: Glucose Management and Related Physiology Responses” (July 15, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.). Cognitive health, which is a concern for both the young and elderly, will be highlighted in the symposium “Diet, Mental Energy and Mental Well-being: A Landscape Overview of the Science and Consumer Perceptions” (July 15, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.). Sports nutrition, which encompasses the hardcore athletes as well as weekend warriors, will be discussed in “Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods in Exercise, Muscle Building & Sports Nutrition” (July 16, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.).
Moving to the IFT Food Expo, unique prototypes addressing children’s nutrition, lean muscle building, and weight management will be available for sampling and idea-sparking. Healthful ingredient suppliers will have experts on hand to discuss formulation issues, questions, and more. A sampling of what attendees can expect in Chicago follows.
And in the name of keeping up with trends and technologies, be sure to download the mobile event app. This allows you to access floor plans as well as exhibitor and session information. Everything is right at your fingertips to ensure a successful IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo experience.
One of the advantages of walking the Food Expo floor is seeing and tasting various healthful ingredients in innovative applications. Examples of this year’s planned prototypes show that ingredient suppliers are high on creativity.
Focus on functionality, advanced nutrition, and specialty ingredients
A variety of great-tasting prototypes will highlight Glanbia Nutritionals’ ongoing innovation and continuously growing range of food and beverage ingredients. Visitors will be able to sample a Fruit Smoothie highlighting Chromax® and VitaCholine™ ingredients, which may help increase cognitive function. The smoothie also features BevGrad® XtraThick flaxseed specifically designed to enhance the body of a beverage while delivering omega-3s and other nutrition benefits to beverage applications. Further highlighting its beverage formulation expertise, Glanbia Nutritionals will also showcase Natural Energy Shots fortified with energy-boosting PepForm® Fatigue Fighter peptides. The inclusion of BevGrad® Chia provides a further natural form of energy, while CarniPure™ supports sustained energy. Both of the beverages can be manufactured at Glanbia’s recent acquisition, Aseptic Solutions USA.
Bakery ingredient solutions will be featured in delicious and playful cake pops. The cake pops will feature GanedenBC30®, a bake-stable probiotic aimed at improving digestive health and immunity. They will also feature OptiSol® 3000, a newly introduced stable cost management egg replacer for bakery products. Plus, for additional protein fortification, the cake pops will be coated with a high protein coating. Visitors looking for a new and convenient way to consume protein can sample Protein Bites. The bites are made with a high-protein coating and a center fortified with Setria®, which aims to protect against toxins and oxidative stress. Continuing the healthy indulgence theme, Glanbia Nutritionals is also presenting gluten-free, high-omega-3 peanut butter and jelly flax sandwiches to showcase the omega-3 benefits of its fine-milled flaxseed in bread, the powerful antioxidant pTeroPure® for overall health in the fruit spread, and BevGrad flaxseed in the peanut butter. Glanbia Nutritionals, www.glanbianutritionals.com, Booth 1029
Applications showcase diversity of ingredients
Two very different product applications will showcase the diversity of products in which BI Nutraceuticals’ ingredients can be incorporated . For Carrot Juice with Ginger and Green Tea, BI added an exciting twist to the traditional taste of carrot juice by incorporating its ginger root powder. Not only did the company add a little flavor to this healthy beverage, but it also added 50 mg of polyphenols per serving (8 fl oz) by incorporating its Green Tea Extract, making this healthy beverage even healthier. BI incorporated psyllium fiber (Psyberloid) to Spicy Gazpacho with Psyberloid™, doubling the fiber content to 3 g per serving. And just like the carrot juice, BI added its own flavor to this tomato-based cold soup utilizing its blending capabilities with a premix of its Capsicum Fruit Powder, Garlic Granular, and Parsley Leaves Powder.
BI Nutraceuticals is a full-service, SQF certified supplier of more than 200 natural GRAS ingredients for use in functional foods and beverages. BI has developed a comprehensive database of its GRAS ingredients and has segmented them into 12 condition-specific, functional platforms, allowing food and beverage manufacturers to quickly and easily locate specific ingredients appropriate for new product development. BI Nutraceuticals, www.binutraceuticals.com, Booth 1056