Mineral expert Omya used Fi/Hi Europe to showcase a range of natural ingredients that address processing challenges while also offering health benefits.

Non-nano Omyafood® 120 and Omya Calcipur® are two new flow aids that offer superb anticaking functionalities while providing a source of calcium. Particles provide a highly porous structure with high moisture binding capacity to assist in the free flow of all kinds of powders, without lumping or dusting. Also, the very fine particles are ideally suited for applications that need a reduction in mechanical interlocking or color enhancement thanks to the ingredient’s characteristic white pigment.

Though powders in convenience foods, drinks, sports nutrition and nutraceuticals are often in high demand, there are frequent processing challenges such as powders caking due to temperature and moisture, resulting in a loss of quality in the finished product. Highly porous and non-nano Omyafood® 120 particles counteract these issues thanks to their strong absorption and moisture-binding capabilities. Their advanced porous structure also means reduced mechanical interlocking. The low-dust ingredient not only enhances flow but also allows for improved storage and product quality throughout the supply chain, resulting in better performance for the end-user.

The Calcipur® range of products can be used for a broad range of applications—such as to enrich vegan drinks with Calcium, increase wafer crispiness or create brilliant white coated chocolate lentils. These benefits all were demonstrated with inspirations and prototypes at the show.

For nutraceutical applications, the two innovative excipients Omyanutra® 300 DC and Omyanutra® 300 Flash were presented. Their extremely fast disintegration is possible due to a porous structure which supports the safe carrying and release of active ingredients. Both ingredients allow for free-flowing, directly compressible blends and provide better compactability at low compression forces compared to benchmark excipients such as lactose and microcrystalline cellulose.

Omyanutra® 300 Flash contains a superdisintegrant making it a perfect all-in-one solution for orally and fast-dissolving tablets (ODTs/FDTs) regardless of the hardness of the solid dosage form.

Omya Distributed Solutions
A perfect round-up for the company’s own innovations were the products from the distribution portfolio. Showcased for the first time was a new range of all-natural very fine dietary-fibers from apple, oat and cocoa—all suitable for clean label products and without chemical treatment or E numbers. By increasing the healthy fiber content of the formulation, the micronized powders allow a health or nutrition claim to be made for the final product. Moreover, the ingredients serve as binders, colorants and anti-caking agents, and therefore support a smooth production process.

“For more than 130 years, Omya has been committed to producing sustainably processed, high-quality ingredients using state of the art technology to achieve utmost functionality while also respecting nature,” said Stefan Lander, Omya Vice President Consumer Goods, Group Sales & Marketing. “We are happy that our mineral specialties and exclusive distribution portfolio allow manufacturers to create futureproof finished products that are natural, effective and easy to process.”

About Omya
Omya is a leading global producer of industrial minerals – mainly derived from calcium carbonate, dolomite and perlite – and a worldwide distributor of specialty materials. The company provides innovative products and environmental solutions that contribute to its customers' competitiveness in multiple industries such as Construction, Paper & Board, Polymers, Food, Pharma, Personal & Home Care, Agriculture, Water and Energy.

Founded in 1884 in Switzerland, Omya has a global presence extending to more than 160 locations in over 50 countries with 9,000 employees.

Committed to implementing the principles of sustainability at all company levels, Omya provides added value products and services from responsibly sourced materials to meet the essential needs of current and future generations.