Milwaukee, WI - The organic market is growing at about 20 percent annually, creating a rise in demand for organic ingredients. Sourcing and formulating organic ingredients can present challenges and unexpected results for food processors, as organic ingredients can significantly impact the product development process, as well as the finished product quality and shelf life.
Chr. Hansen joins the market and introduces an ingredient portfolio of colors, flavors, seasonings, and dairy and probiotic cultures for use in foods labeled "made with organic ingredients," as defined by the National Organic Program (NOP). For these applications, the company formulates its ingredient products to be NOP compliant, which is a self-assessment that involves a thorough review of its suppliers and processes that include purchasing, regulatory, development, and manufacturing.
Organic colors must be derived from natural sources, which can make them less stable and more difficult to produce specific hues. As the world market leader in natural colors, Chr. Hansen has developed a range of hues that are acid, heat, and light stable in organic foods and beverages. Some of these colors also can be used as phytonutrients.
Flavors allowed for use in organic foods must be from nonsynthetic sources, and must not be produced using synthetic solvents and carrier systems or any artificial preservative. Chr. Hansen formulates customized flavors and seasonings that meet not only the client's organic needs, but functional and taste requirements as well.
Chr. Hansen's NOP compliant dairy cultures for use in organic cheese, yogurt, and other fermented milk products offer acidification, gas formation, flavor, texture, and phage resistance characteristics.
The company's premier probiotic cultures for dairy, BB-12® Bifidobacterium and LA-5® Lactobacillus acidophilus, are also NOP compliant. These cultures have proven to exert certain health benefits, and can be used in a variety of applications such as yogurt and smoothies.
Within the different global food industry markets, organic regulations and standards can vary widely. Chr. Hansen offers customers assistance on these issues, from the USA's NOP to the European Union and other regional standards.
To help food manufacturers understand the organic industry, Chr. Hansen has produced a new informational piece that also introduces its formulation and ingredient solutions for organic foods. To request this or additional information, contact the company at 800-558-0802 or [email protected].
Operating from facilities in over thirty countries worldwide, Chr. Hansen is a global biotechnology company that provides ingredients to the food, dairy, pharmaceutical, nutrition, and animal health industries. Based on intensive research, Chr. Hansen works to improve the quality of food and health for people all over the world. Chr. Hansen is a primary supplier of cultures, enzymes, colors, flavors, and seasonings, which are applied in foods, beverages, and agricultural products. For more information, visit www.chr-hansen.com.
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