Savor Flavor

One of the disadvantages of convenience foods is a higher proportion of salt for flavor enhancement, but a high-salt diet contributes to hypertension, heart disease and stroke. Now, Bell Flavors & Fragrances introduces a Natural Flavor Enhancer that can replace up to 40% of the salt in food applications, without the attendant flavor loss. Available in liquid and spray-dried forms, the flavors are kosher, heat-stable, thaw-stable and clean label. Bell Flavors & Fragrances,

Helping Hearts

Several different studies show marked positive effects of an ingredient used in sports nutrition. D-Ribose, from Bioenergy Inc., was used in three different research projects involving cardiac health, including patients with congestive heart failure, ventilation efficiency and coronary bypass surgery. In each study, patients given D-ribose showed a significant improvement in cardiac health and performance compared to the control group. Bioenergy Inc.,

Safe Sterols

An advanced sterol-based ingredient designed to significantly reduce “bad” cholesterol and other cardiovascular risks has received GRAS approval from a panel of experts. CardiaBeat™ from Enzymotec has been shown—through a number of clinical trials—to provide unique health benefits and advantages over typical approaches to managing cholesterol levels. CardiaBeat replaces the fat fraction in a number of different food products, such as yogurts and nutrition bars, while addressing additional cardiovascular issues that regular plant sterols do not. GRAS approval is the last step in the process leading to the distribution of CardiaBeat in the U.S., joining Enzymotec's other lines of health-oriented nutritional solutions. Enzymotec, Orly Farkash, +972-4-65451,


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  • Tate & Lyle announced the completion of its acquisition of the U.S. specialty food ingredients company Continental Custom Ingredients (CCI). Ray Minzner, chief executive officer of CCI, will become president—Tate & Lyle Custom Ingredients.

  • FONA International hired Dianne Gill as sensory analyst; Deirdre Kurland as product solutions manager—beverage; Scott Schiller, business development manager—beverage; and Ketan Shah, senior flavor chemist.

  • PepsiAmericas Inc. purchased Ardea Beverage Co., maker of a portfolio of nutritionally enhanced, low-calorie, carbonated beverages, including Airforce Nutrisoda. PepsiAmericas will collaborate with Pepsi-Cola North America to market Airforce Nutrisoda in select PepsiAmericas markets with the possibility for future expansion.

    Plan Now! 2006 R&D Application Seminars

    These are a few of the seminars to be given at this year's Prepared Foods' R&D Seminars to be held September 11-12 at the Wyndham Northwest Chicago in Itasca, Ill.:

  • What is Water Activity? — Decagon Devices Inc.

  • The New Trend of Veganism: A Must Know on Marketing, Labeling and Ingredients — The Animal Law Office

  • Choosing the Right Enzyme for Your Marinade/Tenderizing System — Enzyme Development Corp.

  • Formulation for Better Cardiovascular Health, Brain and Liver Function Made Easy — Balchem Corp.

  • Calcium Salts and Calcium Complexes for Fortified Beverages — Bartek Ingredients Inc.

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