The Spanish biotech company AB-Biotics has launched a new food ingredient, called AB-Fortis, which prevents iron deficiency. AB-Fortis allows to provide all the recommended daily amount of iron in a single dose, avoiding the metallic taste and the classic side effects of iron fortification of foods. The product is a patented micro-encapsulation system consisting of a calcium alginate matrix that holds and protects a salt of iron (III) inside. This capsule is stable under high temperatures and pressures, so it can be easily incorporated into food processing, including fat-rich matrices such as milk or yogurt without oxidation, and it can also be incorporated into nutritional supplements containing iron and vitamins.
To market this new ingredient, AB-Biotics has signed distribution agreements with several companies. The Spanish company Suan Farma will be the main distributor of AB-Fortis, as it will have distribution rights for two years worldwide. These rights will be exclusive except in certain markets where the product will also have other distributors: AB-Biotics has also signed an agreement with the American company The Green Labs, which will have nonexclusive rights for five years to distribute AB-Fortis in the United States, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia; on the other hand, the Spanish firm Disproquima will have non-exclusive distribution rights for four years to distribute AB-Fortis in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, Italy and Turkey.