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Food technology startup Gavan has created natural blue colorings for hot and cold drinks via a proprietary technology. Gavan developed an innovative method for extracting an entirely natural, pure blue that delivers high performance and high stability. Derived from spirulina, this new natural blue holds up under high heat processing and in low pH, enabling full pasteurization. The platform allows for a full spectrum of stable shades of blue.
MISTA launched its first member co-created product, a high-performance, good-tasting, plant-based yogurt base. The yogurt base was co-created by MISTA members AAK, Chr. Hansen, Givaudan, and Ingredion. Made from high-quality, sustainable, clean label ingredients, the yogurt brings together a wide range of technologies that include plant-based proteins, designer cultures, specialized protein binders, and flavors with unique functional enhancers.
CP Kelco introduced a new line of multifunctional solutions for formulating plant-based burger and sausage alternatives. KELCOGEL MA-60 Gellan Gum acts as an alternative to methylcellulose. For extra juiciness, GENU Pectin MA-50 can be used in combination with KELCOGEL MA-60 Gellan Gum or another gelling agent. The pectin is upcycled from spent citrus peels, a byproduct of the juice industry. GENU Texturizer MA-1 is a multifunctional solution that provides juicy texture as well as both hot and cold bite, enabling a more robust formulation and a meat-like eating experience, CP Kelco reports. It is a blend of carrageenan extracted from red seaweed and methylcellulose. NUTRAVA Citrus Fiber is a label-friendly fiber ingredient that enables starch replacement in plant-based meat alternatives.
Symrise has developed a broad diana food portfolio of strawberry ingredients that includes powders, flakes, crunchies, and crunch flakes. To assist global customers in choosing the most appropriate strawberry reference for their application needs, Symrise created a new product brochure for the diana food portfolio. The company also produced a video, “The Iconic Strawberry: A Global Favorite, from Soil to Spoon,” focusing on sourcing and highlighting the specific, long-term partnerships the company has entered into with strawberry farmers in Chile.
ADM introduced an innovative line of proprietary white color solutions called PearlEdge. PearlEdge helps meet clean label targets as it is derived from natural sources, including native corn starch, through ADM’s vertically integrated supply chain. ADM utilizes patent-pending technology, specifically for PearlEdge Silk and Satin, which provides superior stability, bright white intensity, and smooth texture in certain applications. PearlEdge Splash acts as a cloud agent for beverages.
GoodMills Innovation introduced a new range of VITATEX plant texturates, which can be used to authentically replicate various meat concepts. Manufacturers can use the same machines for the production of vegetable minces, patties, nuggets, or schnitzel for meat processing with no major investments necessary. Texturates pre-swell and are then further processed in a cutter or grinder in the same way as ground meat.
MartinBauer announced the addition of U.S.-grown and processed echinacea purpurea to its product portfolio. This addition complements the MartinBauer botanical strategy of expanding its current product offering into its network of U.S. farm partners.
Pharmactive Biotech Products introduced Aged Black Garlic+ (ABG+), which has a sweet, “social” flavor that is odor-free and thus suitable for functional gummies. Traditionally, it is produced by aging whole bulbs of a selected Spanish species of fresh garlic at high humidity and low temperatures for several weeks. ABG+ is produced using the company’s proprietary ABG Cool-Tech aging technique. ABG+’s primary active ingredient, S-allyl cysteine, is relatively stable, allowing it to be incorporated during the mixing stage of gummy ingredients, just before setting. This ensures that each gummy will contain a precise portion of the 250 mg recommended daily dose. ABG+ has claims for cardiovascular health, cholesterol, immunology, and antioxidant properties pending with the European Food Safety Authority.
Paul N. Gardner USA (GARDCO) introduced a compact, portable pocket scale, built with a precision sensor system and high accuracy and made of high-quality ABS plastic with magnets and an anti-slip design. It conveniently closes up in a protective case, making it suitable for use in the field. It features six units of measurement (g, oz, gn, ct, dwt, ozt), has a 1,000-g max weight capacity, and reads weights in increments of 0.1 g. The minimum weight recommendation is 0.3 g. Its tare function, which allows the user to subtract the weight of the container, makes it easy to obtain accurate readouts.
Cargill’s new sweetener system, EverSweet + ClearFlo, brings together the company’s stevia sweetener with a natural flavor, a combination that provides benefits that include flavor modification, improved solubility and stability in formulations, and faster dissolution.
Using EverSweet’s quick sweetness onset and high sweetness potency as a foundation, EverSweet + ClearFlo goes a step further to create an even more sugar-like experience, especially at higher concentrations. This new sweetening system also helps manage off-flavors from other ingredients, be it earthy notes from proteins, bitterness from caffeine, or metallic tastes from potassium chloride.
EverSweet + ClearFlo dramatically boosts solubility, enabling far more concentrated solutions than Reb M alone. The improved solubility opens the door for stevia to be used in applications like foodservice fountain drinks and flavor syrups. The new sweetener system also results in improved dissolution properties. Unlike standalone Reb M sweeteners, EverSweet + ClearFlo dissolves in water at ambient temperatures with no heating required.
NZMP and Maypro have entered into an agreement in which Maypro will be an authorized reseller of NZMP’s BifidoB HN019 and LactoB HN001 probiotic strains in North America, as well as new strains in development. BifidoB HN019 and LactoB HN001 probiotic strains have been extensively researched in clinical trials and show a range of consumer benefits related to digestive health, immunity, skin health, women’s health, and postnatal depression.
Certified Nutraceuticals announced an exclusive sales and marketing distribution agreement with Safe Iberoamericana for all five of its branded collagen products in Mexico.
Novolyze has raised $15 million in a Series A financing round led by WAVE Equity Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm investing in clean energy, food, water, and materials companies with proven transformational technologies, with participation from the European Innovation Council and Liberset, a long-term investment firm focused on sustainable food, agriculture, beauty, and wellness. Novolyze will use the new investment to hire additional employees and expand its digitalization solutions for food safety and quality processes.
BENEO announced a quadrupling of the storage capacity at its Offstein facility in Germany, to improve its efficiency and strengthen the company’s business contingency resilience. The new high-bay warehouse, which opened in February, allows for increased storage of BENEO’s crystalline functional carbohydrates Isomalt, Palatinose, and galenIQ.
EnWave Corporation announced that its state-of-the-art vacuum-microwave toll drying facility, REVworx, is officially open for business. REVworx offers on demand contract manufacturing services for the production of high-quality, vacuum-microwave dried snack and ingredient applications for food companies of all sizes.
Varcode, a developer of affordable digital collection, recording, tracing, and reporting for supply chain compliance and logistics monitoring, finalized a new strategic partnership with General Data Co., a leading manufacturer and provider of labeling, packaging, barcode identification, data management and equipment service products and solutions. General Data is now authorized to sell and support Varcode’s complete Smart Data Solutions wireless time and temperature monitoring system, including the Smart Tags as well as software, hardware, integration, and support.
Swiss technology group Bühler and Ardent Mills, a leading flour milling and ingredient company, celebrated the opening of Ardent Mills’ new Port Redwing Mill in Gibsonton, Fla. The mill, powered by advanced milling technologies from Bühler, is already in operation and contributes to both companies’ commitments to innovation and sustainable development within the food ecosystem.
MycoTechnology, a leading mushroom mycelia company, has secured $85 million in funding. The recently concluded Series E fundraise represents the company’s largest single round of financing since it was established in 2013. The company leverages a proprietary mushroom fermentation process to harness the natural power of mycelia and create food ingredients. By combining age-old processes with modern-day science, MycoTechnology has developed a range of solutions that address sugar reduction, sustainable protein, nutrient density, and more. Its current ingredient portfolio includes FermentIQ protein, a line of indulgent yet guilt-free plant-based protein products, and ClearIQ flavor, a range of clean label flavor modulation tools that facilitate sugar and salt reduction and the creation of more nutrient-dense products.
NeoSpectra by Si-Ware, the creator of NeoSpectra material analysis solutions built on single-chip FT-NIR spectrometers, has announced a partnership with NutriControl Analytical Solutions, a leading laboratory network based in the Netherlands serving the animal feed, dairy, and food sectors. The partnership leverages NutriControl’s calibration experience to provide users of NeoSpectra by Si-Ware’s portable NeoSpectra Scanner with quick, accurate materials sampling capabilities for a broad range of applications, empowering users with improved quality assurance and on-demand decision-making.
Comet Bio, manufacturer of Arrabina dietary fibers, was selected as the winner of the Givaudan Innovation Challenge at this year’s Future Food-Tech conference in San Francisco. Givaudan hosted the challenge with Future Food-Tech organizers to find a partner that has breakthrough natural and healthy ingredients. As the innovation challenge winner, Comet Bio will work together with Givaudan and assess opportunities for collaboration.
The American Egg Board (AEB) named Bradd Bosely director of egg innovation. Bosely will lead the execution of AEB’s innovation plan, including developing the egg innovation pipeline, building strategic relationships, executing innovation projects, establishing a technical research program, and continuing to build the organizational structure and capabilities that allow AEB to spearhead innovation for the industry.
Blommer Chocolate announced that Carolin Fesenberg has been appointed to the role of director of cocoa sustainability. In her new role, Fesenberg will lead and develop a global team of cocoa specialists and position Blommer to navigate the cocoa sustainability challenges to come.
Kemin Industries debuted a free webinar, “Translating Trends to Tortilla Formulation,” to help viewers learn more about the latest in the tortilla industry. In the webinar, Kemin food technology experts discuss trends driving the industry and take a deeper dive into the formulation requirements necessary for manufacturers to develop high-quality tortillas that address consumer demand for clean label, fresh taste, softness, and flexibility.
Designed to help manufacturers see how all the ingredients in a tortilla work together, the webinar provides information on tortilla label claims, market opportunities for better-for-you tortillas, healthy ingredients, and convenient solutions that make tortillas healthier without diminishing product quality or shelf life. The webinar can be accessed at kemin.com.