BENEO has announced that its BENEO-Orafti, BENEO-Palatinit and BENEO-Remy business units now conduct business under the BENEO Inc. umbrella in North America. BENEO Inc. is the North American subsidiary of BENEO. The purpose of the strategic combination is to create value for North American food and beverage manufacturers.
BENEO offers functional food ingredients that are naturally derived from the sources of chicory root, sugar beet and rice. The ingredients provide highly-specialized nutritional and technical advantages to food and beverage manufacturers. With more than 100 years of experience and a unique chain of services, BENEO is the ideal partner to help formulators improve the taste, texture, mouthfeel and nutritional value of products toward the development of more balanced and healthy food products. BENEO Inc’s product portfolio in North America is as follows:
From chicory root: BENEO is the worldwide leading company in the production and sales of inulin and oligofructose for the food, beverage and nutritional supplement markets. In fact, the company's Orafti® inulin and oligofructose—active prebiotic fibers—promote the balance of the intestinal flora by selectively stimulating beneficial bacteria in the gut. Besides being good for the digestive system, they also help the body to absorb more essential minerals from food, such as calcium, and they contribute to the body’s natural defences and general well-being. Those findings have been scientifically investigated and supported through studies with human volunteers.
Inulin and oligofructose also allow food manufacturers to produce non-guilty foods by replacing fat or sugar, and thus reducing the caloric value without altering the taste and texture.
From sugar beet: When it comes to sugar replacement and functional sugars, BENEO develops, manufactures and markets the next generation sugar Palatinose™ (isomaltulose) as well as ISOMALT, the only sugar replacer made from sugar.
Being derived from pure sugar beet, both have a sugar-like taste but are kind to teeth. Palatinose™ is the only fully-digestible, low-glycemic carbohydrate that provides prolonged energy in the form of glucose. It is highly suitable for applications such as instant and RTD beverages (sports, energy, wellness, even beer, etc) baby food, confectionery and cereals. ISOMALT is the No 1 sugar replacer in hard-candy. Also, it is mainly used for sugar-free, low-glycemic and tooth friendly products within the field of confectionery but also for healthy bakery alternatives.
From rice: BENEO has an extended range of organic and non-organic whole grain flours. With the US and the UK leading the way in whole grain new product launches, BENEO’s whole grain range lives up to the current trends and provides the perfect opportunity for product innovation in the cereals, bakery, rice and pasta food categories. Whole grain rice flour improves the cooking behavior in pasta, and provides a perfect elasticity and bite; in breakfast cereals it improves crispiness and prolongs bowl life and there is a large range of applications in cakes, cookies and gluten free bread. BENEO’s product portfolio also includes Nutriz, a rice concentrate that is used in non-dairy drinks and desserts.
Overall, BENEO’s rice ingredients help to address the rising demand for clean label, organic, gluten-free and hypoallergenic products and are used in diverse applications like baby food, breakfast cereals, ready prepared meals, soups & sauces, bakery, dairy products and many more.
The BENEO product portfolio consists of functional ingredients with nutritional and technical advantages, derived from chicory roots, beet sugar and rice. BENEO is the ideal partner to help improve the health (weight management, energy for mental & physical performance, digestive, bone and dental health), taste, texture and nutritional value (fat and sugar replacement/fiber enrichment) of a product. Through a unique chain of expertise, including the BENEO-Institute, BENEO actively supports (industry partners in) the development of more balanced and healthy food products.
BENEO is part of the Südzucker Group, employs almost 900 people and has production units in Belgium, Chile, Germany and Italy.