IFT and Process Expo: One Time, Two Shows

For the first and only time, IFT Food Expo and FPSA Process Expo shared Chicago's McCormick Place.

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GLG Life Tech Corp. launched BlendSure, the first blended stevia-based sweetening system that combines specific glycosides such as rebaudioside A and pure stevioside together to deliver sugar-like sweetness while providing a favorable cost. BlendSure can be used in food, beverages and as a tabletop sweetener, and it can be combined with other natural sweeteners. It meets the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) international standard for stevia extracts and is on track for GRAS approval by the end of the year.

Infused Dried Vegetables from Graceland Fruit have up to a two-year shelf life and superior rehydration and cooking performance. Among available options, broccoli is ideal in dry soups, rice mixes and boxed dinner kits; dried cubed carrots have the taste and color of fresh carrots and make the grade for pasta dishes, rice mixes and dry soups; and whole kernel sweet corn is perfect for dry soups, breads and stuffing mixes.

News from Grain Processing Corp. is its exclusive alliance with Enreco Inc. to offer Sterling Choice flaxseed ingredients. Flaxseed, an oilseed with stability in manufacturing, is nutritionally dense and provides fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids in foods and has a guaranteed shelf life of 24 months.

Hormel Foods Specialty Products Div. introduced Eterna Omegasource omega-3 EPA/DHA and vitamin D combination ingredient for food and beverage applications. Using proprietary technology, Hormel Foods created an ingredient that can be added to foods and beverages. The combination ingredient is allergen free, GMO free, GRAS affirmed and Kosher. It contains efficacious doses of omega-3 DHA/EPA and vitamin D, although Hormel Foods has the capability to customize its ingredients based on customer needs. As with omega-3 EPA/DHA, vitamin D stability is an issue, especially when exposed to light. Hormel Foods' proprietary technologies stabilize and protect the ingredients, allowing for easier emulsion in water-based drinks such as sports and energy drinks, smoothies and fruit juices.

The new Dietary Guidelines may be a boon to ICL Performance Products. The guidelines suggest sodium reduction and shed some focus on secondary fortification with micronutrients such as magnesium. ICL's Levona family replaces sodium-based leavening agents with calcium acid pyrophosphate. And Mag-nificent is a neutral mineral source that can add magnesium and phosphorus to a wide range of products.

Kikkoman Less Sodium PTN is a tamari-style soy sauce featuring high impact soy sauce flavor, with the added benefit of reduced sodium. During manufacturing, Kikkoman (www.kikkoman.com) uses a proprietary process to remove excess salt, resulting in a soy sauce with stronger flavor and no dilution, and the higher amino acid content offers increased flavor enhancement properties. It also stands up to the harshest production and cooking environments.

Natural sea salt products were added to Morton Salt's portfolio of products for processors. They include GRAS California Pure Sea Salt (Fine, Medium and Coarse) harvested from water taken from the San Francisco Bay using solar evaporation; Refined Sea Salt (screened to the size of table salt) for soups, meat, poultry, cheese and dough applications; TFC Refined Sea Salt (treated with a trace of Yellow Prussiate of Soda, an anticaking agent); and Extra Fine Refined Sea Salt for salted nuts, potato chips, soup bases and snack seasoning applications.

China's Niutang Chemical, one of the world's leading suppliers of sucralose, introduced a liquid sucralose, manufactured by partner Viachem Ltd.. For some applications, particularly in beverages, it will blend more easily than a powder product.

Ocean Spray Ingredient Technology Group launched a new variety of its BerryFusions line of dried fruit pieces. Pomegranate is a contemporary and distinctive taste with high consumer recognition – of both its flavor and its health benefits. It joins BerryFusions strawberry, raspberry, cherry, blueberry and mango.

Bret Lynch, executive chef from EverGreen Culinary Solutions, developed a menu for P.L. Thomas that featured a number of the company's health-promoting ingredients. For heart health, attendees enjoyed Wild Sockeye Kodiak Island Salmon Omega Skewers with Sesame Five Spice Chia Seed. For bone and heart health, Yuzu Citrus Glaze was highlighted. For bone health, Ancient Grain Garbanzo Salad with Yogurt Tahini Dressing. And for omega delivery and antioxidants, Gluten-free Chia Seed Rosemary Baguette were the options. Salsa Rosso Dipping sauce for sustained energy was ideal for tired attendees, and for skin hydration, Antioxidant Mini Cupcakes with Natural Colors and Beauty from Within Drink was definitely a boost for the ladies.

A month before the IFT show, Roquette's flagship ingredient Nutriose soluble dietary fiber won a Ringier Technology Innovation Award at Food Ingredients China. The prebiotic has a clinically proven positive effect on weight management/satiety and on intestinal well-being.

Sargento DuetsSix years ago, Sargento started developing reduced sodium cheeses, and in the past two years the company perfected the technology. Sargento unveiled Reduced Sodium Cheeses made with 2% milk (Mild Cheddar, Whole Milk Mozzarella, Provolone, Colby Jack and String varieties) and we couldn't tell the difference with whole milk cheese in a taste test. Sargento's R&D team developed a new processing technique that allows for the salt reduction without additive replacement. And the company introduced Duets, a breakthrough portion-control packaging system (sealed down the middle) that allows manufacturers to fill two 4-oz packets simultaneously with products that cannot normally be co-mingled — cheese, meat, dried fruit, grains, etc. This new system streamlines current production processes, improving efficiency and adding flexibility.

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