Watson Inc. offers 10-minute, on-demand webinar designed to help formulators prevent costly errors in nutrient selection for fortified food, beverages and dietary supplements. This webinar entitled, “Selecting Nutrient Forms for Formulation of Fortified Foods, Beverages, and Dietary Supplements,” is the first in a series of five on-demand webinars to be made available this spring. 

The series presenter is Alice Wilkinson, a recognized industry expert in nutritional formulation. In this webinar, Wilkinson explains that, when formulating dietary supplements or fortified foods, formulators must consider the chemical and physical properties of each micronutrient to be used, as well as its compatibility with the finished product. The overages necessary to compensate for processing and storage losses must be built into the formulation.

Topics discussed include selecting the right nutrient form for end-product application. Considerations include cost, solubility, effect on flavor profile, overages, GMO positioning, color, stability and interactions or degradation of nutrients. Wilkinson also addresses finished product attributes that impact nutrient form selection. These include considerations of shelf life, packaging, processing, the end-market positioning and label claim goals.

Wilkinson illustrates that navigating a complex set of variables is key to formulating a product that will be successful in the marketplace. Expertise and experience can help food and supplement manufacturers avoid costly errors, such as: inappropriately high overages which overrun price points, off flavors impacting consumer acceptance, and potential recalls due to product not meeting label claim.

This webinar and others in the series are available for viewing at http://info.watson-inc.com/choosing-the-right-nutrient-form-webinar. Additional slides from this webinar are available upon request. Slides provide a convenient and useful reference for each nutrient including: benefits of the nutrient, chemical structure, commercial forms available and challenges presented when formulating with the nutrient. Requests for slides can be made at http://www.watson-inc.com/contact-us/.

About Alice Wilkinson:

Alice Wilkinson has been working at Watson for 15 years and is currently the vice president of nutritional innovation. She attended the University of Connecticut where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and her Master’s degree in Food Science.

Watson is a leader in developing quality products and innovative ingredient systems for the food and supplement industries. Expertise in custom nutrient premixes, microencapsulation, agglomeration, micronizing, spray drying, and film technology allow us to develop unique formulations and products using Watson manufactured value-added ingredients. For more information, visit www.watson-inc.com or call 800-388-3481.