Ocean Spray Highlights Multiple Health Benefits in Campaign

Ocean Spray’s Ingredient Technology Group is launching a new health marketing campaign for its cranberry ingredient portfolio. Highlighting the multi-faceted nutritional profile of the North American cranberry, the ‘One berry, Whole body’™ campaign promotes a holistic view of the cranberry’s role in improving wellbeing. It aims to help manufacturers understand the wide scope of the cranberry’s health benefits, so they can develop a clear consumer positioning for food and drink products containing cranberry.

Taking the debate beyond superfruit rivalry and ORAC value claims, ‘One berry, Whole body’ is supported by decades of science highlighting the cranberry’s whole body health credentials. The cranberry is traditionally known for its role in preventing urinary tract infections, but emerging research suggests the fruit also has health potential throughout the body, including cardiovascular, immune, cellular, oral and gastrointestinal health.

These whole body benefits are derived from the fruit’s dual antioxidant and antiadhesion mechanism. Unique A-linked compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACs) prevent bacteria from adhering to cell walls and removing the potential to cause infection, while the high antioxidant content helps fight free-radicals that can damage cells throughout the body. With a rich combination of other nutrients, such as fibre, vitamin C and quercetin, the cranberry offers truly multidimensional health benefits.

Christina Khoo, PhD, Ocean Spray’s research sciences manager, presented ‘One berry, Whole body’ at this year’s Nutracon conference in Anaheim. “The cranberry’s complex mixtures of polyphenols and unique Type A PACs means it is capable of delivering a wide range of health benefits, not limited to a specific area,” she commented. “At a time when the industry is looking to ensure consumers are informed and not confused, the campaign is an important step forward. The cranberry has a lot to offer, and with more research in the pipeline, we’re excited about what else we’ll discover.”

Kristen Borsari, senior marketing manager at Ocean Spray ITG, added: “The health and wellness industry is overflowing with nutrient claims and competing science, while the consumer benefit is consistently lost in the conflict. We are investing significantly in this new direction to help manufacturers understand the many and varied benefits the cranberry contributes to overall wellbeing.”

Ocean Spray ITG is part of Ocean Spray. Ocean Spray in the US currently ranks as one of the top 50 food and beverage companies. In Europe, combined sales of branded products and ITG ingredients have topped $100 million. Ocean Spray ITG offers an extensive portfolio of fruit ingredients including sweetened dried cranberries, BerryFusions® Fruits, cranberry powders and purée – all available year round.

For further information on how cranberries can be used in your products, please contact:
Tom Jones, Tel: (508) 946 7606 Fax: (508) 946 4594
Email: [email protected] Or visit: www.oceansprayitg.com and www.oceanspray.com

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