Univar, a leading global distributor of specialty and basic ingredients used in food and beverage applications, and Solazyme Inc., a renewable oil and ingredients company, will jointly present a technical segment on the benefits of AlgaVia™ microalgae food ingredients at the upcoming 2015 Clean Label Conference from March 31 to April 1, 2015, in Itasca, Ill. The technical segment, titled “Innovating with Microalgae,” will spotlight the benefits of microalgae-based proteins and lipid powders that help formulators address dietary restrictions and preferences of today’s health-conscious consumers.
Solazyme is a leader in microalgae innovation, producing healthier, sustainable ingredients that offer functional, nutritional, and performance benefits to help customers respond to the growing demand for great tasting and nutritious food. Univar is the exclusive distributor of Solazyme’s AlgaVia whole algal flour (a lipid powder) and whole algal protein in the eastern United States.
“Through Univar’s distributorship with Solazyme, we can offer customers innovative ingredients,” said Jack Koberstine, industry director for Univar Food Ingredients. “The addition of these microalgae food ingredients to our robust portfolio of ingredients offers our customers even more selection for optimizing formulations focused on health and wellness. Solazyme’s innovative product capabilities, together with Univar’s deep industry expertise and substantial distribution network, can help drive new opportunities in this growing market.”
“Solazyme is committed to delivering innovative solutions to help customers respond to the growing consumer demand for improved nutritional profiles,” said Charles Bowman, Solazyme’s commercial and application vice president. “AlgaVia microalgae food ingredients provide unprecedented opportunity to create foods with a better nutritional profile without relying on additives and stabilizers to deliver the taste consumers expect.”
Two distinct AlgaVia microalgae food ingredients available through Univar:
- AlgaVia™ whole algal flour: A trans-fat-free and cholesterol-free lipid powder that enables the creation of healthier products with satisfying taste and texture. This new fat source allows for the reduction or replacement of dairy fats, oil and egg yolks.
- AlgaVia™ whole algal protein: A vegan-friendly, gluten-free product that contains a rich collection of protein with fiber, lipids, and micronutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin. This ingredient enables fortification in challenging applications such as low-pH beverages, dressings, and crackers.