Ocean Spray's Ingredient Technology Group (ITG) today responded with corrections to a recent labeling claim by the National Consumers League regarding its "Choice" ingredient product.
Geoff Woolford, PhD., Vice President of Research and Development, issued the following statement:
"The recent claim about our 'Choice' sweetened dried cranberries ingredient product being mislabeled is inaccurate.
We were disappointed the National Consumers League did not contact us to inquire about this product prior to issuing a press release.
Our Choice product is made from Grade A superior frozen whole cranberries which are then sliced and sent through our patented process including infusion of sugar, citric acid and elderberry juice to infuse flavor and color specifically developed to meet our industrial customers' needs for their variety of recipes. Being made from whole cranberries, Choice retains many of the same healthful compounds.
Ocean Spray's Choice product is just one ingredient product among a portfolio of flavor-infused ingredient products we sell to large industrial food manufacturers. Choice is not a product sold directly to consumers at retail. Choice is only sold as an ingredient for use in other food products.
Choice is labeled accurately and the food manufacturers that buy this product receive a specifications sheet of ingredients as well as nutritional information of the product."
About Ocean Spray's Ingredient Technology Group
Ocean Spray's Ingredient Technology Group (ITG) offers an extensive portfolio of fruit ingredients including sweetened dried cranberries, BerryFusions(R) Fruits, cranberry powders and puree -- all available year round. ITG total annual sales are $160 million worldwide.