ORAFTI Active Food Ingredients, a world leader in natural prebiotic ingredients, scooped up two prizes at the ‘Ingredient of the Year 2006’ ceremony at Ingredients Russia in December. ORAFTI received a gold award for its Beneo™Synergy1 ingredient, as well as receiving recognition for the ORAFTI reports presented at the Ingredients Russia Forum.
Beneo™Synergy1 fought off stiff competition from 44 other entrants in ‘The Best New Foreign Ingredient Distributed in Russia’ category. This category was open to food ingredients of foreign origin developed during the last three years and now available in Russia. The judging panel was comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Russian Union of Food Ingredients Producers as well as a representative from the organizers of the exhibition, the ITC Group.
The judges were impressed by the 100% natural composition of Beneo™Synergy1 and its vast number of scientifically proven health benefits. As well as offering food manufacturers a product that provides an optimal prebiotic effect to the overall gut, thanks to its combination of long chain inulin and short chain oligofructose, Synergy1 has been proven to increase calcium absorption by 20% and enhance bone health. Synergy1’s fiber effect and positive impact on immunity were also recognized. In addition to delivering nutritional benefits, Synergy1, like other ORAFTI products, can enhance the texture and overall taste profile of dairy, cereal, meat, bakery and ice cream applications while reducing sugar or fat content.
ORAFTI also received recognition for its contribution to the Ingredients Russia Forum ‘Food Ingredients of the XXI Century.’ The ORAFTI reports, presented by Maya Perkovets, Sales Manager for the CIS countries, were entitled "Flour based and sweet stuffs with inulin and oligofructose from ORAFTI: indulgence will become healthy" and "Prebiotic fibers from ORAFTI for the dairy and meat industry: conquer the consumers by providing them with the Feel Good Factor," and were singled out from over 60 other submissions. The judges applauded the reports and commented that “they were very convincing and had an interesting and innovative theme.”
Dominique Speleers, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ORAFTI said, “We are extremely pleased to have won two accolades at Ingredients Russia. With these awards we show the importance of Russia as a market with much potential for development over the forthcoming years.”
About ORAFTI Group
ORAFTI Group is a subsidiary of the Belgian agro-food group Raffinerie Tirlemontoise/Tiense Suikerraffinaderij, and is part of the ORAFTI/PALATINIT ingredients unit of the Südzucker Group. ORAFTI Group produces Beneo™ inulin and oligofructose from chicory roots for human and animal nutrition. ORAFTI Group's head office is in Tienen, Belgium and the company operates in more than 75 countries, with production units in Oreye (Belgium), Pemuco (Chile), Wijchen (The Netherlands) and Wijgmaal (Belgium). ORAFTI Group also includes REMY INDUSTRIES, a world-leading producer of rice-based ingredients.