Exhibitor Highlights from the IFT 2009 Show

By Diane Toops and Dave Fusaro

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Diane Toops and the Almond Board
Watch Diane Toops speak with a representative of the Almond Board of California. Click to watch.

We sent FoodProcessing.com's roving reporters, Foods & Trends Editor Diane Toops and Editor-in-Chief Dave Fusaro, to the show floor at the IFT this year. The following is a list of exhibitors that Dave and Diane thought had some of the most innovative products.

Adding fiber and protein, while providing up to a full serving of vegetables in formulations is a snap with VegeFull, a line of pre-cooked, ready to-use healthy bean ingredients from ADM (www.adm.com). Available in bean powders, grits, refried noodles pieces and quick-prep whole varieties, VegeFull is made from a wide range of beans – pinto, black, small red, navy, great northern, dark red kidney and chickpea beans. These whole bean ingredients are an all natural, non-allergenic, non-GMO, non-gluten source of protein and complex carbohydrates, such as fiber and resistant starch. They are ideal for bakery blends, extruded snacks, salads, soups and dips. 

Consumers are demanding healthier food products, but they have to be versatile, easy to use, look appealing and taste great. The solution from the Almond Board of California (www.almondsarein.com) is almonds in one of their many forms. Almonds are a perfect combination of utility, flavor and exploding consumer demand, and research shows they are linked to heart health and satiety, and almond extracts can act as prebiotics.

Blue California (www.bluecal-ingredients.com) has been at the forefront of the stevia sweetener war from the beginning, and the company still is plugging its 97 percent pure (and above) rebaudioside-A extracts. But new for the show was a highly purified green tea extract, standardized to 95 percent epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This pesticide-free ingredient is soluble in water has no taste, color or odor, making it suitable for beverages, functional foods and unique personal care products. 

Cargill (www.cargill.com) showed capabilities of rebiana-compatible flavor solutions based on recently patented groundbreaking technology. These flavor solutions are suited for cereal, yogurt, ice cream, confectionary and various beverage applications that can benefit from a natural, reduced calorie product positioning. Prototypes included Blueberry Yogurt, with a 50 percent reduction in sugar thanks to Truvia rebiana; and Sugar Cookie, with 30 percent reduced sugar, great for kid’s products. Branded ingredients showing up in consumer products include CoroWise cholesterol-reducer in Krusteaz waffles and Barliv barley fiber,in a Bolthouse Farms juice drink. 

Dave Fusaro and EnWave
Dave Fusaro speaks with a member of the EnWave team. Click to watch.

Who’s gonna protect all those IFT Show ingredients from pests? Copesan (www.copesan.com) officials explained their Signature Care program for food & beverage processing plants. Services are handled by independent, local representatives in different parts of the company. Jon Bain showed how pest control can be part of an organic program.

Meeting the demand for traceable, high-quality nutritional ingredients, DSM Nutritional Products Inc. (www.unlimitednutrition-na.dsm.com) introduced Quali-Blends, nutrient blends for food, beverage and dietary supplements. These customized dry and liquid premix solutions enable the reduction of processing, warehousing and quality control costs. Blends encompass vitamins, carotenoids, nutritional ingredients, minerals, nucleotides and novel nutraceuticals. 

Flush with that Innovation Award, EnWave Corp. (www.enwave.com) explained its nutraREV dehydration technology by showing blueberries that had been dried to varying degrees, including a puffed dehydrated berry. The nutraREV process uses 30 percent less energy and reduces capital costs by 80 percent, according to company figures. 

Diane Toops and Graceland Fruit
Diane Toops speaks with a member of the Graceland Fruit team. Click to watch.

Ganeden Biotech (www.ganedenlabs.com) was showcasing its GanedenBC30, a patented strain of probiotic bacteria Bacillus coagulans, which research has shown to be effective in supporting healthy immune and digestive systems. Because it’s spore-forming, the probiotic is protected by an organic shell, which means it can survive both manufacturing processes and the digestive process. Ganeden also hosted in its booth Steven Pratt, author of SuperHealth: 6 Simple Steps, 6 Easy Weeks, 1 Longer, Healthier Life, which promotes probiotics and GanedenBC30 in particular.

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