Nagase America will use SupplySide West to highlight the benefits of TREHA™ trehalose in beverage and snack applications. Trehalose is a multi-functional disaccharide, naturally occurring in mushrooms, yeast, honey, and other foodstuffs, with benefits for many food categories. TREHA™ trehalose is distributed exclusively by Cargill in the United States and Europe for food and supplement applications.

Nagase will sample collagen beauty beverage. A sensory panel rated the beverage prepared with trehalose as better tasting than the sucrose control. Trehalose can mask off flavors and odors associated with high intensity sweeteners, vitamins and minerals, as well as amino acids.  This functional beverage contains collagen, a protein associated with skin elasticity, as well as high intensity sweeteners.

Nagase also will showcase crispy cheese crackers. With TREHA™ trehalose, the crackers have a unique crispiness and enhanced shelf-life. Trehalose may provide unique benefits for crispiness and shelf-life in baked, extruded, and fried snacks.

“TREHA™ trehalose is an extremely versatile ingredient,” says Sharrann Simmons, senior business manager at Nagase America.  “With benefits for texture, shelf-life, as well as flavor and aroma, trehalose can provide innovation not only in the beverage and snack areas that we are highlighting at SupplySide West but also in bakery, meats, fruit processing, frozen foods and confections.”

Nagase America provides a variety of functional ingredients for food and beverages, including Leci-PS® phosphatidylserine, pullulan, Sunmalt®-S maltose, and a variety of specialty enzymes.  TREHA™ trehalose is manufactured through a proprietary enzymatic process from starch by Hayashibara Co., Ltd., a Nagase Group company in Japan.

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