Watson Inc. now offers a 10-minute, on-demand webinar to help prevent costly errors in nutrient selection during the formulation of 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 available this spring. 

The speaker for this series is Alice Wilkinson (pictured), one of the foremost industry recognized experts in the field of 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 an 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 issues include shelf life, packaging, processing, end-market positioning and label claim goals.

Wilkinson says 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/.

Alice Wilkinson has been working at Watson for 15 years and is currently 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 one of the world’s leading suppliers of products and services to enhance human health and nutrition. We are 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 on Watson see www.watson-inc.com.