Frutarom, New Jersey, and Tab Labs, British Columbia, Canada, collaborated to make the prototype of a probiotic gum featuring BLIS K12TM, a new oral probiotic bacteria known as an immune system booster. Frutarom and Tab Labs will introduce BLIS K12 TM gum at Supply Side West, Las Vegas, booths # 24060 and #10041.
This functional gum, designed for adults as well as children, is available in Mint and Fruit flavors. The BLIS K12 TM dose per serving (one piece) is 20mg — an amount shown to help boost immune system protection. BLIS K12 TM can promote ear, nose and throat health, supporting protection against coughs and colds, and even helps balance the microflora in the mouth to ameliorate bad breath.
“Because BLIS K12 is an oral-cavity probiotic, it needs to be delivered in a format that has prolonged contact with the mouth, making a chewing gum the perfect delivery system — and more importantly, an immune system booster,”says Laurent Leduc, VP of Frutarom’s Health Division. “Chewing BLIS K12 gum increases the probiotic bacteria activity time in the mouth, as compared to a chewable tablet for example, and provides more opportunity for colonization of the K12 bacteria.”
Previously, manufacturers were unable to develop a stable functional gum application due to probiotic bacteria’s sensitivity to heat. Tab Labs succeeded in developing a proprietary cold-press technology to manufacture functional gums. No heat or moisture is used in the manufacture of BLIS K12 gum. “As a result, you get a very high survival rate of the K12 bacteria and there is no moisture in the finished product, which further helps to ensure longer shelf life” explains Tom Holtgen, Managing Director of Tab Labs. “The cold-press technology also allows for full release of the active, immune system booster compounds, unlike other gums which tend to bind.”
Manufacturers interested in collaborating with Tab Labs to produce a market-ready version of BLIS K12 TM gum are invited to contact Tom Hoeltgen at Tab Labs (604) 513-1391.
Visit us at SupplySide West, Las Vegas, Frutarom Booth no. 24060 and Tab Labs booth no. 10041