Lycored used this year’s IFT Food Expo to showcase its tomato-based flavor enhancer, SANTE; and CTC, the company’s Clear Tomato Concentrate.  Food formulators and corporate chefs can use both products to make formulations healthier boost “craveability” with natural umami and kokumi characteristics.

To demonstrate its products, Lycored partnered with top US chef, Charlie Baggs, president of Charlie Baggs Culinary Innovations. Baggs, a former Purdue University professor, is a proponent of “culinology,” which combines food science with culinary art. He specializes in helping companies satisfy consumer needs by working creatively with taste characteristics to drive superior flavor. 

For IFT, Baggs developed new recipe concepts that showcased both of Lycored’s ingredients. 

A carrot and apple soup demonstrated how SANTE can reduce salt and cream; while a roasted red pepper sauce with SANTE and CTC contained lower tomato paste and heavy cream. The third concept was a Tom Yum soup with reduced sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk and soy sauce.

“Lycored’s approach to taste and flavor is similar to mine. We work scientifically to understand the needs of consumers and develop solutions that meet them,” says Baggs. “I’ve long been interested in the idea of using natural sources of umami to create craveability. These recipes show how effectively you can do that with ingredients from the humble tomato.”

Christiane Lippert said: “We were very impressed by Charlie’s passion and his food philosophy. Like us, he’s committed to the natural, clean label, and real food movements and it’s exciting to be working with someone with his track record. The new concepts he has created demonstrate the potential of SANTE and CTC when used alongside natural, real ingredients. We can’t wait to share them.”

SANTE and CTC are part of Lycored’s range of real ingredients from tomatoes. Both have non-GMO certification and can be declared as either “tomato concentrate” or “natural flavor” (depending on local regulations.)

SANTE is a flavor enhancer that allows a reduction in sodium from salt by 30% to 65% in some applications. It is the perfect solution for removal of MSG, yeast extracts, or artificial flavors while giving a great taste boost. CTC is a liquid serum that harnesses the balance of acidity and high Brix sweetness of tomatoes to bring smoothness and complexity to savory products.

About Lycored

Committed to “Cultivating Wellness,” Lycored, part of Adama Group, is an international company at the forefront of unearthing and combining nature’s nutrition potential with cutting-edge science to develop natural ingredients and products. Established in 1995 in Israel, Lycored is the global leader in natural carotenoids for food, beverage and dietary supplement products. 

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