Omya: Fortifying Minerals
Omya uses IFT to showcase versatile calcium carbonate line for holistic food, drink solutions
At this year’s IFT Food Expo, Omya launched the Omyafood™ range, which consists of tailor-made particles for powdered protein and vitamin premixes. Another focus was on the Omya-Cal® high purity calcium carbonate ingredients. Mined in Amboy, Calif., and processed in Superior, Ariz., these minerals impress with a favorable combination of lead, cadmium and aluminum compared with leading US competitors.
First presented at IFT, Omyafood™ 100-OG provides powdered sports nutrition products and vitamin supplements with multiple benefits.
The innovative minerals act as flow aids and anti-caking agents—while they minimize dusting. Thanks to the consistent porosity of the particles, they offer a carrier functionality of up to 55% loading capacity for vitamins, flavors and other actives. Moreover, Omyafood™ has a very high elemental calcium content of approximately 40%, making it the most concentrated and highly bioavailable source of calcium on the market. As such, it can be used as an efficient fortification agent, allowing calcium-related claims to be made.
Last but not least, Omyafood™ 100-OG particles are not in a nano size range and neutral in taste. Due to the natural ingredient’s multiple benefits, it is possible to avoid several synthetic additives, helping to provide a cleaner label on the end product.
Furthermore, visitors interested in high quality calcium carbonate ingredients had the opportunity to talk to leading experts on Omya-Cal®. The mineral is sustainably sourced in California, certified organic and available in a variety of sizes, adding nutritional and processing benefits to both food and pharmaceutical applications.
Processing takes place in the company’s state-of-the-art Arizona plant, which is Food Safety System 22000:2010-certified and recognized by the US FDA as a registered drug establishment. An advanced processing method incorporates a precise thermal inactivation step that heats ground limestone to ensure food safety and quality. Omya-Cal® range products are manufactured according to GMP and HACCP requirements and certified as kosher and halal.
Omya also represented the many other ingredients that the company distributes. These include chicory root and agave fibers, organic agave syrup as a natural sweetener, hydrocolloids and gums, cocoa powders, plant-based replacements for glycols and glycerin, natural excipients, natural colors, functional extracts, proteins, and natural foam control agents.
The combination of its proprietary mineral solutions—along with the ingredients from the distribution portfolio—helps Omya develop holistic solutions that fit current market trends and consumer demand.
About Omya Group
Omya International AG is a leading global producer of calcium carbonates and a worldwide distributor of specialty additives, premium services and solutions. Founded in 1884 in Switzerland, Omya has a global presence extending to more than 175 locations in over 50 countries with 8,000 employees. Omya provides sustainable added value products and services from responsibly sourced materials to meet the needs of current and future generations. In the Consumer Goods sector, Omya offers innovative solutions based on high purity natural minerals and complementary ingredients complying with the most stringent regulatory and quality standards.
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