The International Food Technologists' (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo® will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., from June 15-29, 2002. See www.ift.org.

Eatem Foods Company

Eatem Foods will showcase its Chicken Base for Passover, which was awarded first runner-up for best new foodservice product of the year at Kosher Fest, the largest U.S. tradeshow specifically for kosher food products. Also featured will be the company's Low Sodium Chicken Base, a meat-first food base that gives real chicken flavor to healthy kosher food products. Eatem Organic Bases in savory applications also will be a central focus. A new product that will be unveiled at the show will be Eatem Toasted Cheddar Cheese Flavor Base, fully flavored with real cheese, but punctuated with a warm, toasty note. The product is meant to be used in foods that cannot be baked. The company also will be featuring its marinade bases, which feature flavor nuances such as roasted, rotisserie, grilled and sauteed.
www.eatemfoods.com Booth 5729

Grain Processing Corporation

GPC has introduced INSCOSITY™ modified food starch, a functional, cold water-swelling corn starch designed to provide viscosity without heating or cooking. The starch provides excellent freeze/thaw and steam table stability, without syneresis and is ideal for hot- or cold-water dispersible applications. Additionally, the ingredient maintains a clean flavor and ultrasmooth surface appearance with clarity and sheen. PURE-DENT® B730 is a unique modified food starch designed with very high absorbency rates. PURE-GEL® stabilized starches are designed to provide stable viscosity in conditions of extended heat, acid and shear conditions. PU RE-COTE® and INSTANT PURE-COTE® modified food starches will be featured, as well as the MALTRIN® line of maltodextrins and corn syrup solids.
Sales@grainprocessing.com Booth 3700

Fortitech

Growing interest in health-related beverages has resulted in a number of “hot” ingredients being formulated into beverages. Taurine is in high demand, and other popular beverage ingredients include prebiotics, which work as a functional food ingredient and as a substrate for probiotics. Glucosamine and fish oil (omega 3s), flax seed oil, CoQ10, vitamins A, E, C and D, and lycopene also are popular. Manufacturers who would like to give their beverages an added health kick can turn to Fortitech, a company that designs and manufactures a variety of nutrient blends containing these ingredients for beverage applications. For information, call 800-950-5156 or 518-372-5155, or visit the company's bionutrition database, FortiSource™, at www.fortitech.com.
Booth 3724

Kraft Food Ingredients

Kraft Food Ingredients Corp (KFIC) is expanding the ClassicRoast™ component of its Flavors of Cooking™ line with CharRoast™, a particularly robust roast flavor that offers food manufacturers a distinctive slow-roasted profile and more development advantages than traditional roast flavors. CharRoast, which is free of MSG, has a distinctive, brown, fatty, slightly sweet roast flavor profile with a chargrill character that allows formulators greater development and application versatility. The product's low color profile helps to minimize color stratification so that the end product has a consistent appearance. CharRoast will not discolor white meats such as chicken, turkey and pork. For more information: Mike Veal at 901-381-6543.
Booth 2120

GNT

GNT USA Inc. manufactures natural and healthy ingredients made from fruits and vegetables, free of solvents or additives. The company will showcase EXBERRY® Shade “Bordeaux,” a new halal- and kosher-certified replacement for grape skin extract, and Shade “Mango Yellow,” an alternative to annatto. The yellow color is ideal for cheeses, yogurts and other lipid-based dairy applications, and is recommended for use in natural and similar whole-type products. The company also will feature Nutrifood®, the only line of standardized, all-natural phytochemicals made from fresh ripe fruits and vegetables. For information, please call 914-524-0681.
Booth 4538

Antioxidants, Disease and Statins

Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, known as the “father of aerobics,” covered the area of heart disease by reiterating the strong correlation most researchers believe exists between high blood homocysteine levels and heart disease risk. Very low heart disease rates are correlated with homocysteine levels of less that 5 micromoles/liter (m mol/L), while the heart disease risk is very high at 19 m mol/L or over. Strong scientific evidence exists for the ability of folic acid to reduce homocysteine levels. Cooper is a strong proponent of CoQ10 supplements.

Vitamin A and its precursor beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, selenium and chromium, all potentially help reduce oxidation in the body. Disease conditions associated with oxidation include arthritis, cataracts, cancer, arteriosclerosis and aging, in general. Cooper noted that although the brain is only about 2% of the body's weight, it consumes some 20% of its oxygen. One could theorize that environmental pro-oxidants increase rates of diseases associated with the brain.
www.cooperwellness.com

Consumers Know

Maryellen Molyneux, president of Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), Harleysville, Penn., provided insight into consumers' attitudes toward health issues. The information is based on NMI's Health & Wellness Trends database, a U.S. census balanced sample of over 2,000 households. The results, which span from 1999 to 2001, cover 90 health and wellness product and service categories, 46 health conditions and more (www.NMIsolutions.com).

Molyneux noted the top reasons those in the general population give for maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle are moving from “prevention drivers” (or proactive measures) toward “treatment drivers” (or reactive measures). The reasons include an aging population; busier lifestyles; and a plethora of complex whole-health solutions.

A survey portion examined the credibility of health claims. Some 52% of shoppers indicated vitamins and minerals had “extremely” credible or believable product benefits/claims. This dropped to 28% of them saying the same for herbal supplements, 17% for soy foods and beverages, 10% for energy/nutrition bars, and only 8% for weight loss products.

Ten Techs to Transfer

Ten technologies in various stages of clinical investigation, licensing and marketing stages were presented over the course of three days. The technologies include a licensing opportunity for a patented composition that combines glucosamine forms with proteolytic enzymes for use in articular diseases (e.g., joint inflammation). Another was a patented compound, backed by “superb double blind, university proof of concept sleep laboratory studies,” which would be of assistance in maintaining a sleep state. “We received significant interest in several of the technologies profiled,” reports Anthony Almada, IMAGINutrition Inc., Laguna Niguel, Calif. See www.IMAGINutrition.com. For more information on this year's Nutracon conference, see www.NutraConference.com

-Claudia D. O'Donnell, Chief Editor, Prepared Foods

Concentrated Dairy

An expert in the dairy flavors and culinary areas, Edlong Flavors will be showing a non-dairy primavera cream soup, Thai shrimp cakes on sugar canes with an orange jalapeno sweet and sour dipping sauce, mini-corn crust pizzas and several other foods at IFT this year. The company specializes in highly concentrated dairy flavors that can stand heat processing and are ideal for cost reduction projects in which keeping the same great profile is essential. Dbooth@edlong.com, www.edlong.com

A Quick Overview of Dairy

A full-line product catalog provides food formulators an overview of performance and natural cheese dairy-based sauces, as well as butter, spreads and margarines available from Land O'Lakes Inc., Arden Hills, Minn. The company offers food manufacturers a broad array of value-added products to meet specific quality, nutritional and labor needs. To receive a free copy, call 800-328-1322.

Decaffeinated Teas to Herbal Extracts

Plantextrakt provides custom tailored products and services for functional foods and beverages involving plant extracts and ingredients. It is a primary producer of decaffeinated teas and herbal extracts. Two new, clinically proven herbal complex beverage concepts are being introduced at IFT in Anaheim.

RELAX is a great-tasting, green tea-based soft drink that also has other herbal extracts. Green tea has natural components that reduce the risk of cancer and diseases such as stroke, heart attack, and high blood pressure. Six other herbal extracts in this product not only help in making a great-tasting natural beverage, but aid in relaxation.

ANTIOX is an herbal-complex beverage that combines natural anthocyanins, flavonoids and polyphenols to produce a fruity herbal, healthy drink. The Martin Bauer Group, 877-979-HERB info@plantextrakt-inc.com

Stable, Sugarless Sweets

SPI Polyols, Inc., New Castle, Del., is launching a maltitol solution for sugar-free hard candy with equivalent stability and sweetness of sugar candy. Maltisweet™ MH80 Maltitol Solution reduces/eliminates the need to use high-intensity sweeteners and also provides improved flavor release, thereby lowering the candy's total cost. The ingredient, with about 15% more maltitol than other commercially-available maltitol solutions, provides the optimal balance of sweetness and stability. Maltisweet™ MH80 Maltitol Solution can be used in conventional depositing and roping/stamping candy manufacturing processes. SPI Polyols Write in 216

Clearly Applied Isoflavones

AdvantaSoyT ClearT, available with various isoflavones concentrations up to 50%, has been added to the AdvantaSoyT brand product line that already includes AdvantaSoy CompleteT (2.25% concentration). The technology behind the ingredient delivers high concentration isoflavones with superior taste, color, and solubility and is targeted to expand soy isoflavone applications in the food, beverage and nutraceutical industries. "With this unique, proprietary technology we're able to incorporate soy isoflavones into foods and beverages with less affect on flavor and taste at competitive economics in the final product," said Lee Knudson, business development manager. For more information, click the "request information" button at www.cargillhft.com, or call 1-866-45-NUTRA Cargill Health & Food Technologies Write in 217

Firing Up the Veggies

Fire roasting adds a subtle smokiness and brings out the sweetness in vegetables such as tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, eggplants, mushrooms and corn. These ingredients are now available in IQF form for salsas and chutneys, pasta sauces, soups, stews and vegetable blends. A variety of freeze-, drum-, air- and sun-dried fruits and vegetables, as well as sugar-infused products, also are available. Van Drunen Farms Write in 218

Bulk Chocolate: A Great Concept

Cocoa powder, chocolate liquor, press cake and bean nibs, as well as bulk finished chocolate items, are offered by one of only a handful of U.S. companies manufacturing chocolate from cocoa bean to finished products. World's Finest Chocolate, eshneider@wchocolate.com

All Natural GDL

An “all natural” glucono-delta-lactone (GDL) is now available. Every test necessary to confirm that Gluconal® GDL meets FDA requirements for an “all natural” ingredient has been completed. This makes Glucona, already the only domestic producer of glucono-delta-lactone (GDL), the only worldwide provider of a natural-status GDL food additive.

The uniquely lactone formulated Gluconal GDL is used in a wide variety of food, beverage and pharma applications, due to its key characteristics: slow release hydrolysis, pH reduction, mild taste, solubility, leavening action, coagulating action, chelating properties and bioavailability. Applications include dairy, bakery, meat, protein salads, sauces and dressings, canned fruits and vegetables, dips, fish and other foods requiring natural preservatives. www.glucona-america.com Glucona America Inc. Write in 219

Antioxidant Action

After years of product development, RAD Natural Technologies Ltd., is excited to announce a new product that incorporates the latest, most effective and versatile antioxidant available for use in the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries.

Manufactured with neither solvents nor processing chemicals, Origanox is a line of powerful, natural antioxidants, extracted from Origanum vulgare, a non-toxic edible herb species (considered as GRAS by the FDA) which is particularly high in the powerful antioxidant rosmarinic acid.

Maintaining its electron-absorbing properties at sustained high temperatures—as high as 180º C (356º F)—rosmarinic acid can be baked into foods without impairing its antioxidant properties. Origanox can be used in a wide range of applications in the food industry, including meat, fish, baked and fried products, salads, dressings, pastas, fish oils and even pet food while sustaining its antioxidant properties.

For more information, call RAD (USA) c/o Barrington Nutritionals, a division of Barrington Chemical Company at (800) 684-CHEM. www.barringtonchem.com Write in 220

Sidebar: Nutracon 2002

New Hope Natural Media's Nutracon conference took place in Anaheim, Calif., this past March 10-12. The dozens of presentations were segmented into plenary sessions, and four tracts on marketing and business development, science and technology, global business development and clinical applications. Technology transfer sessions provided information on technologies, in various stages of development, that could be purchased or licensed.

Sidebar: Homocysteine Awareness

Elizabeth Sloan, Ph. D., president of Sloan Trends & Solutions Inc., Escondido, Calif., provided an overview of the size and growth potential for individual, condition-specific markets, such as heart disease. Consumer concerns regarding total cholesterol levels are shifting to their understanding the importance of homocysteine levels and controlling hypertension, high HDL and low LDL cholesterol levels.

According to Sloan Trends and Solutions TrendSense Model, which predicts the time needed for a trend to reach mass market status (if ever); its potential magnitude; where it is in its lifecycle; and whether it will be sustainable, homocysteine is one of the fastest up-and-coming nutraceutical market opportunities. According to the model, it is already a well-established risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, and is understood by more health-conscious and specialty health channel shoppers. It is only nine months to one year from mainstreaming, and mass consumer product markets should be readying products at this time.