GTC Nutrition, a business unit of Corn Products International, Inc., (NYSE: CPO) today announced that it has launched a new value-added ingredient to expand its immune health solutions offerings – Purimune™, one of the highest purity galactooligosaccharides (GOS) available on the market.
Galactooligosaccharides such as Purimune™ prebiotic GOS occur naturally in human milk and can support immune system strength. According to the International Food and Information Council, more than half of consumers are interested in purchasing foods designed to address a specific health benefit such as improving immune function.
A high purity GOS – 90 percent – Purimune™ prebiotic GOS is available in powder form and delivers numerous benefits to manufacturers. Purimune™ prebiotic GOS is a prebiotic ingredient – a non-digestible carbohydrate that supports immune health by nourishing and stimulating the growth of beneficial microflora in the colon to support immunity. The gastrointestinal system is the body’s largest immune organ and, when properly balanced, supports healthy immune system function.
“Expanding our immune-health offerings with the addition of Purimune™ prebiotic GOS underscores our commitment to provide natural ingredients that address the growing demand for health and wellness solutions,” said Patrick Smith, president of GTC Nutrition. “Strategic collaboration amongst our international product development and commercialization teams expedited our go-to-market approach, and provides us with a solid global foundation to deliver this innovative ingredient solution to our customers.”
Purimune™ prebiotic GOS is stable in extreme processing conditions, including high temperature and low pH, is highly soluble and delivers desirable textural and sensory properties. Ideal applications for Purimune™ prebiotic GOS include infant formulas, baby foods, functional beverages and supplements.
Purimune will be manufactured in South Korea at Corn Products’ Icheon plant, and distributed globally by GTC Nutrition, the health and wellness business unit of multinational ingredients company Corn Products International.
About GTC Nutrition
GTC Nutrition is a recognized leader in providing innovative, customized ingredient solutions along with scientific, technical and marketing expertise to the food processing, dietary supplement and animal feed industries. GTC Nutrition promotes health globally with innovative functional food ingredients and unsurpassed customer support. For more information, visit gtcnutritionsolutions.com.
About Corn Products International
Corn Products International is one of the world's largest corn refiners and a major supplier of high-quality food ingredients and industrial products derived from the wet milling and processing of corn and other starch-based materials. The Company, headquartered in Westchester, Ill., is a leading worldwide producer of dextrose and a major regional producer of starch, high fructose corn syrup and glucose. In 2007, Corn Products International reported record net sales and diluted earnings per share of $3.4 billion and $2.59, respectively. The Company has operations in 15 countries at 34 plants, including wholly owned businesses, affiliates and alliances. For more information, visit cornproducts.com.