As consumers show increasing concern over synthetic antioxidants in cereals, Kalsec® rosemary extract offers a cleaner label alternative.

In a series of tests on extruded cereal, Kalsec® Herbalox® XT rosemary extract provided a 79% reduction in the formation of hexanal, a typical marker for oxidation in foods during ambient storage conditions. The reduction in the development of off-flavors, such as rancid, cardboard-like flavor notes, significantly improved the shelf life of the tested cereal. 

Natural antioxidants have historically contributed undesirable flavors to food products while providing oxidative stability. Kalsec® has developed a full range of natural oxidation management solutions to improve stability without compromising taste in flavor-sensitive applications.

“Our customers continue to look for cleaner label solutions for their products, without sacrificing quality or performance,” says Jill McKeague, product director, antioxidants.

Kalsec® is the leading global producer of natural spice and herb flavor extracts, natural colors, natural antioxidants, and advanced hop products for the food and beverage industry. For more than 50 years, Kalsec® has consistently delivered high-quality, innovative ingredient solutions that make products look better, taste better and last longer. Kalsec® is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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