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Articles from 2012 In January


3 experts pick ingredients for healthy aging

Pills in a spoon

Karen Todd, Kyowa Hakko"Ingredients like citicoline for brain health and glutathione for immunity/ detoxification will play a strong part in the diets of consumers. The addition of citicoline and glutathione to one‘s diet will contribute to the body’s antioxidant defenses, promote anti-inflammatory activities and support neurotransmitter function. Our current diet and lifestyle conditions do not support high enough levels of these important nutrients and they must be supplemented in the diet."

—Karen E. Todd, RD, CSCS, HFS, Registered Dietitian, Director of Marketing, Kyowa Hakko USA Inc.

"The obvious response is anti-inflammatory agents, most of which are antioxidants. Also, omega-3s, which modulate prostaglandin activity. I believe that consumer awareness on the importance of antioxidants in the diet is still at a very early stage, which is good, because scientific and nutritional understanding of the role of dietary antioxidants on the mitigation of inflammatory responses is also at a very early stage."

—Dan Best, Owner, Best Vantage Inc., Strategic Food Business and Technology Marketing

"Inflammation is Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Healthmeasured by three major markers—C-reactive protein (CRP), Cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF), with TNF being the master factor. Polyphenols such as resveratrol, quercetin, curcumin, pine bark (Pycnogenol), and vitamin D are strong TNF-inhibitors and will continue to shine in scientific studies. Because inflammation is also a marker of aging (inflammaging) and aging largely progresses as the body accumulates minerals (iron, copper, calcium), then mineral chelators such as rice bran IP6, resveratrol, quercetin, curcumin, will also play a strong role in quelling inflammation associated with aging."

—Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health Inc., Managing Partner, Resveratrol Partners LLC, dba LONGEVINEX

Nutracon 2012: Top nutrients to combat aging, oxidative stress and inflammation

Nutracon 2012: Top nutrients to combat aging, oxidative stress and inflammation

Britt Burton-Freeman, PhDBritt Burton-Freeman, PhD, is research assistant professor and director of nutrition at the Institute for Food Safety and Health, a research consortium consisting of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the Illinois Institute of Technology and the food industry.

Functional Ingredients: What is the latest news in our understanding of aging, and how we might experience it in a healthier way?

Britt Burton-Freeman: The long-term impact of oxidative stress has been a hot topic for the last decade or more. More recently, inflammation has been gaining momentum, and in particular, how certain nutrients found in foods can have a positive impact on inflammatory pathways. Oxidative stress and inflammation are linked; there are cellular mechanisms and genetic factors common to both.

Fi: How, exactly, do foods affect cellular inflammation?

BB: There are foods that fit in the classic antioxidant category, such as vitamin C, but there are also phytonutrients that circulate in the body at much lower concentrations. For these, it’s less about the fact they are antioxidants than the fact they act to modulate cell-signaling pathways. Scientific evidence is accumulating showing that they have a role in heart disease and the atherosclerotic process, as well as other chronic diseases.

Fi: Do we have concrete evidence of this outside the test tube?

BB: No, we don’t. This is an area under intense investigation, but the evidence is based on in vitro data, in vivo animal, observational epidemiological research, and some clinical research using biomarkers. Clinical studies (randomized control trials) are the gold standard and are needed to understand cause and effect.

You can’t go in and dissect a person’s aorta to study inflammation in the vessel, but you can look at certain inflammation markers and other proteins that circulate in the blood when inflammation is present, such as C-reactive protein. Our lab also looks at LDL, the bad cholesterol. When there is a lot of oxidative stress, it gets oxidized. Elevated levels of oxidized LDL tell about oxidative stress in the body. But importantly, oxidized LDL promotes inflammation in vessel walls, and therefore is more harmful to vessels than un-oxidized LDL; it thus promotes atherosclerosis.

Fi: How does this relate to aging?

BB: With aging, we are less able to accommodate the daily stressors or imbalances we could when we were young. It’s hard to say what comes first, daily insults breaking down compensatory processes or compensatory processes breaking down and therefore not able to handle insults. But we do know that a standard American meal—a meal high in readily available carbs and fat—can increase markers of inflammation and oxidized LDL.

However, several research groups, including ours, have shown that consuming certain fruits or vegetables, or red wine, along with meals, can block the increases in oxidative stress and inflammation. What this means is you are putting your body under undue stress on a meal-to-meal basis, depending on what you eat. The cumulative effect over 10, 20, 30 years manifests what we know as chronic disease.

Unfortunately, you can’t just go healthy for a day. It really is about choices and behaviors practiced over a lifetime, and what happens on a day-to-day basis. But it’s never too early to start! Studies are going on now examining how inclusion of certain fruits, extracts, or fats in the diet can slow or prevent the transition from insulin resistance to diabetes, improve cognitive function in people who have mild cognitive impairment, or keep people with elevated blood pressure out of the range requiring medication.

Fi: What are the foods or nutrients that have this inflammation-inhibitory benefit?

BB: Fruits with high polyphenol content, such as strawberries. Orange juice and tomato paste have also been reported to have anti-inflammatory properties. Likewise, certain herbs and spices show favorable anti-inflammatory effects. And of course, omega-3 fatty acids consistently show anti-inflammatory effects when consumed.

Burton-Freeman will be presenting "Inflammation: The Next Business Opportunity" from 2:45-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, as part of Nutracon 2012 in Anaheim, Calif. For more information, or to register for Nutracon, please visit www.nutraconference.com.

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Tried-and-true ingredients the key to the 2012 weight loss category

Tried-and-true ingredients the key to the 2012 weight loss category

The weight-loss segment seems to yo-yo with the same frustrating frequency as many of the dieters using the products. A promising new ingredient comes out with exciting claims, consumers buy it up in droves, weight is lost and money rolls in. Then come the reports of health risks, maybe even deaths, attributed to the ingredient. Suddenly the boom busts and consumers change their buying patterns out of fear and mistrust.

“Reputability, efficacy and safety are bigger issues in this category than any other,” said Juliana Erickson, marketing manager for InterHealth Nutraceuticals, supplier of Super CitriMax as well as Meratrim. “Wild claims combined with negative media coverage have made many consumers wary.”

But according to Scott Steil, president of Nutra Bridge and sales manager for category heavyweight 7-Keto, the more suspect ingredients that get pulled off the market, the better it is for those that have the research to back up their efficacy and safety. “What we’re seeing right now is that everything old is new again. For the most part the active ingredient in most new products is something that’s been around, that has clinical trials behind it, is pre-DSHEA, or has an NDI or GRAS status,” explained Steil.

Tried-and-true thermogenics

Super CitriMax has been around the block. It took a significant hit when Hydroxycut was forced to reformulate, but has since achieved GRAS status. “It’s highly soluble and tasteless, odorless and colorless, making it an excellent choice for inclusion in a wide variety of beverages,” says Erickson.

Super CitriMax is a calcium-potassium salt of hydroxycitric acid (HCA-SX) derived from Garcinia cambogia. One clinical trial showed that when taken at a daily dose of 4,667 mg (providing 2,800 mg HCA per day) in combination with a 2,000 kcal diet/day and a 30 min/day, 5 day/week walking program, subjects’ body weight and BMI decreased by 5.4 percent, low-density lipoprotein and triglycerides levels were reduced by 12.9 percent, and urinary excretion of fat metabolites increased by 32-109 percent in an eight-week period.1 No significant adverse effects were observed.

Advantra-Z from Nutratech is an extract of bitter orange, or Citrus aurantium. There is a certain amount of controversy surrounding C. aurantium’s cardiovascular side effects, what with its similarity to the banned ephedra. The dominant alkaloid amine in Advantra-Z, p-synephrine, binds to beta-3 adrenergic receptors that trigger lipolysis—the process by which fat stored in cells is broken down. P-synephrine has some structural similarities to ephedrine, but with markedly different receptor-binding properties.2 Because of its similarities to ephedra, it has gained traction as a bona fide weight-management ingredient. Importantly, studies show that p-synephrine exhibits little or no binding to alpha- and beta-1 and beta-2 adrenergic receptors, which are associated with increases in heart rate and blood pressure.3,4

In a published 2011 study, 23 mildly overweight Americans were given a formula containing 13 mg p-synephrine, 176 mg guarana (a caffeine source), 55 mg green tea, and small amounts of bee pollen, white willow bark, ginseng, Garcinia cambogia and vanadium. No effects were noted on heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure or mean arterial pressure. The researchers concluded that the formulation did not increase cardiovascular stress, and, while not a primary endpoint in this study that was mostly about safety, did increase fat oxidation in some subjects.2

7-Keto (Humanetics) is a non-stimulant thermogenic ingredient that helps boost the resting metabolism that usually falls off when people cut calories while dieting. Our levels of this naturally occurring, fat-burning enzyme drop as we age—a 50 percent loss by age 40, says Steil. When combined with diet and exercise, subjects taking 7-Keto experienced a 3-fold increase in weight loss compared to participants using diet and exercise alone.5

One recent hit against 7-Keto comes from across the pond, where the Brits—mindful of the London Olympics being held in June—put restrictions on the sale of 7-Keto by following up with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to put the ingredient on the banned list.

“WADA likened 7-Keto to anabolic steroids,” said New York attorney Rick Collins. “They classified it as a Schedule 4 substance—it can be prescribed by a doctor but not sold over-the-counter. It’s not good news for 7-Keto.”

“We show no anabolic effect, no hormonal effects, in one or two 7-Keto studies,” says researcher Douglas Kalman of Miami Research Associates.

While the UK and WADA decision does not have any practical effect of the ingredient’s sale or availability in the US, it doesn’t help, either.

[Collins and Kalman will be luminaries in the Food-Supp-Drug Convergence track at the Nutracon conference, March 7-8, in Anaheim, CA, on the front end of Natural Products Expo West/Engredea.]

Fucoxanthin, derived from brown seaweed, is a relative newcomer to the weight-loss scene, but has already made its way into formulations from Garden of Life, Solaray and Life Extension. This carotenoid has shown promising results in numerous animal studies as a thermogenic agent in reducing body weight and particularly abdominal fat in obese mice.6,7

Human clinical trials with Xanthigen (a branded ingredient combining fucoxanthin and pomegranate oil) have resulted in statistically significant reduction of body weight, waist circumference, body and liver fat content, liver enzymes, serum triglycerides and C-reactive protein in the obese women studied.8

African mango (Irvingia gabonensis), grown in Cameroon on the west coast of Africa, actually began its rise with a 2009 study published in Lipids in Health and Disease by Cameroon researchers.9 This was the first double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical trial. The 10-week study on 102 overweight people (BMI >25) showed 150 mg twice daily 30-60 minutes before meals led to significant improvements in body weight, body fat, and waist circumference as well as cholesterol and blood-sugar levels. A follow-up rat study, by the same researchers, published in the March 2011 issue of the same publication showed significant increases in HDL (good) cholesterol.10

Carb control

Phase 2 (Pharmachem), a white bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) extract, earned self-affirmed GRAS status in March of 2007. One clinical trial shows that when combined with a carbohydrate-rich, 2,000- to 2,200-calorie diet, subjects had significantly greater reduction of body weight, BMI, fat mass, adipose tissue thickness, and waist/hip/thigh circumferences while maintaining lean body mass compared to subjects receiving placebo.11 Another in vivo study in which eleven fasting subjects were given 4 slices of white bread and 42 g of margarine with or without 1.5 g of bean extract showed inhibited absorption by 66 percent as measured by the area under the plasma glucose-time curve.12

InSea2, formulated from concentrated polyphenols from two types of brown seaweed, slows down the action of the enzymes that break down carbohydrates and sugars. The results of a recent clinical study presented at the Experimental Biology meeting and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal, revealed a significant decrease in blood glucose and insulin responses following a high carbohydrate meal.13 The study also showed improvements in insulin sensitivity.

Appending appetite

Slimaluma (Gencor Pacific), a standardized extract of Caralluma fimbriata, has produced statistically significant results reducing appetite, waist and hip circumference, as well as BMI and body fat in two human clinical trials.14,15 This edible succulent was used for centuries in India as an appetite suppressant in times of famine. Its concentrated form, extracted and supplied by Gencor Pacific, has achieved self-affirmed GRAS status.

Oliggo-Fiber brand inulin (Cargill) is an inulin-oligofructose combination offering the benefits of prebiotics, fiber, and low-calorie sweetening to functional foods. “Food and supplement products that contain significant amounts of prebiotic fiber can promote a feeling of satiety without adding calories,” according to Kerry Watson, certified nutrition consultant and manager of the product library for SPINS, a Schaumburg, Ill.-based market research company for the natural products industry.

“Clinical studies have linked inulin and oligofructose, as prebiotics, to a range of whole-body benefits that extend over a lifetime,” said Joseph O’Neill, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Beneo-Orafti in North America. “By boosting levels of beneficial bifidobacteria in the colon, they can enhance digestive health, function and immunity, and exert positive effects on bone health through improved calcium absorption. They also help maintain healthy body weight in both adolescents and adults.”

Select weight management suppliers

ADM
Fibersol-2 digestion-resistant maltodextrin is a highly-soluble fiber, licensed in North America from Matsutani. It is stable, has low viscosity, is transparent in solution and adds virtually no flavor.
www.admworld.com

AHD International
LuraLean condensed, water-soluble fiber promotes weight loss. The GRAS ingredient can be used in bars, breads, cookies, crackers and frozen foods.
www.ahdintl.com

Beneo
Orafti brand inulin and oligofructose. Its moderately sweet taste makes oligiofructose a natural sugar replacer, while inulin has GI-lowering and prebiotic properties.
www.orafti.com

BioNeutra
VitaSugar is a prebiotic fiber sweetener that works well with high-intensity sweeteners and is  pH stable for acidic beverages.
www.bioneutra.ca

Cargill
Xtend sucromalt and isomaltulose are low-glycemic, natural liquid sweeteners. OliggoFiber prebiotic inulin fiber can be added to most foods and drinks. Barliv is a barley beta-glucan extract that helps promote healthy blood-sugar levels.
www.cargill.com

Danisco
Litesse polydextrose is a soluble prebiotic fiber sweetener low in calories. Fibrex, or sugar beet fiber, has a unique composition of both soluble and insoluble fibers. It is gluten-free.
www.danisco.com

DSM
Fabuless is a patented oil-in-water emulsion that can be incorporated into dairy or supplements. It is a mixture of palm oil and oat oil that triggers the natural appetite-control mechanism. Teavigo is natural green tea catechin EGCG with a purity of a minimum of 94 percent on dry basis. InsuVital hydrolyzed casein stimulates secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Available as a powder, it can be used in foods and beverages.
www.dsm.com

Frutarom
Fenulife is a concentrate of the beneficial galactomannans in fenugreek used for supplements. By regulating sugar absorption, it turns fast carbs into slow carbs.
www.fenulife.com

Gencor Pacific Group
Slimaluma brand Caralluma fimbriata extract is for supplements, an edible succulent used for centuries in India as an appetite suppressant.
www.gencorpacific.com

Humanetics Corp
7-Keto DHEA plays a role in up-regulating key thermogenic enzymes in the body, enhancing resting metabolic rate.
www.humaneticscorp.com

InterHealth
Zychome brand chromium dinicocysteinate is a unique, patent-pending, next generation chromium complex. This revolutionary new form of chromium has been clinically shown to be safe and effective for enhancing metabolic parameters for insulin management. ChromeMate is a niacin-bound chromium compound that reduces insulin sensitivity. Super Citrimax, a Garcinia cambogia extract, targets weight and insulin.
www.interhealthusa.com

Kemin Health
Slendesta is a GRAS, all natural, clinically-backed ingredient derived from potatoes that is used for satiety applications in a variety of food categories.
www.kemin.com

National Starch
Nutriose soluble prebiotic fiber is suitable for beverages, dairy and sauces. It adds texture and body to reduced-sugar and reduced-fat recipes.
www.foodinnovation.com

Nutratech
Advantra Z brand Citrus aurantium stimulates thermogenesis, reduces weight, increases ratio of lean-muscle mass to total body mass and suppresses appetite.
www.nutratechinc.com

Nutraceuticals International
FucoPure 10 percent is a thermogenic ingredient used to target belly fat. It’s a highly-concentrated form of fucoxanthin extracted to reduce levels of heavy metals and iodine content commonly found in Wakame seaweed.
www.fucopure.com

Pharmachem
Phase 2 starch blocker for supplements and StarchLite for food applications is a proprietary white-bean extract. It reduces GI of white bread when added to recipes. Phase 2 is a patented extract of Phaseolus vulgaris, the white bean plant.
www.phase2info.com

Sabinsa
ForsLean is a patented extract derived from Coleus forskohlii roots, and the only known plant source of forskolin, a natural compound that has been shown to increase lean body mass. GarCitrin is a patented ingredient combining a standardized extract obtained from the dried fruit rinds of Garcinia cambogia with hydroxycitric acid.
www.sabinsa.com

European food and beverage industry needs investment, innovation

European food and beverage industry needs investment, innovation

Industry leaders have urged the European Commission to do more to encourage investment in R&D in Europe’s food and beverage industry.

Responding to Horizon 2020—the Commission’s newly launched “Framework Program for Research & Innovation”—Brussels-based trade body FoodDrinkEurope said it hoped the initiative would “deliver on its promises” by “promoting a mechanism which will deliver a more business- and research-friendly framework for the sector.”

In particular, FoodDrinkEurope said it hoped the framework would result in an increase in investment in technologies, make it easier for companies to access finance, and boost support for innovation among small and medium-sized enterprises, which account for more than 99 percent of food and drink businesses in Europe. 

Jesús Serafín Pérez, president of FoodDrinkEurope, said: “Encouraging innovation is central to ensuring the industry remains competitive, engendering greater consumer choice. The current framework creates bottlenecks to innovation.”

Meanwhile, FoodDrinkEurope has just published its own Competitiveness Report 2011, in which it urges policymakers to “resist the temptation of turning to fiscal measures, such as discriminatory food taxes, in an effort to address obesity while raising money to reduce national deficits at this tough economic time.”

It adds: “The food industry recognizes the importance of tackling obesity and that is why operators have been doing so much to reformulate their products, encourage consumers to live healthy lifestyles and to work closely with regulators in Brussels and elsewhere, to take forward creative solutions to what is a real societal challenge about the way we live and work, not just the way we eat.”

Delicious Living

13 easy, delicious quinoa recipes

You’ve likely heard about quinoa, the quick-cooking whole grain that’s also a complete protein. Whether you’re already a devoted quinoa fan or just curious about it, these quinoa recipes will enliven your cooking and improve your nutritional intake.

European Parliament urged to reject health claims list

European Parliament urged to reject health claims list

On Dec. 5, the European Commission rubber-stamped 222 health claims that will form the basis of an EU general list of approved structure-function claims that can be used by any company meeting the conditions of use. The list will now go forward to be debated by the European Parliament, which has 90 days to scrutinize the list before voting to accept or reject it.

So begins a period of lobbying by the industry, which continues to be highly concerned by the fact that—as the 222 approved claims become officially legal—2,000+ rejected claims will be banned. It is argued that the standard of evidence required in support of claims is too high, making it almost impossible to obtain approval.

Among those calling for the Parliament to reject the Commission’s proposed heath claims list is the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH), a pro-natural health campaign group.

Robert Verkerk, executive and scientific director of ANH, said: “Ensuring consumers are not given false and misleading claims, the key objective of the regulation, is laudable. But removing the majority of claims, some 92 percent of those evaluated, on the basis of scientific methods that are derived from a pharmaceutical rather than nutritional science model is simply madness.”

He continued: “With so few claims authorized—and unauthorized claims banned—European consumers will be thrown into an information-free void in which they will find it much harder to discriminate between healthy and less healthy foods."

Record Number of New Brands to Launch at Natural Products Expo West

Natural Products Expo WestBOULDER, Colo. — Natural Products Expo West, produced by New Hope Natural Media, remains the premiere natural, organic and healthy living tradeshow in the world since its inception over 30 years ago. The trade-only event will be held March 8 - 11, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center and will play host to over 3,000 exhibits showcasing new products.

“With over 400 first time exhibitors, the innovation and entrepreneurship shown at Natural Products Expo West pushes the natural, organic and healthy living market to the forefront of micro and macro economic growth,” said Adam Andersen, show director.

Paralleling booming industry growth, this year will feature newly introduced business opportunities, education and events.

-   The Beer, Wine and Spirits Marketplace will connect retail buyers with wine, spirits and beer importers, distributors and producers. 

-   International Buyers Program, through a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce, focuses on teaching brands how to create, optimize and find export opportunities into Canada, the E.U. and China to grow their business.  Buyers from over 99 countries will be in attendance.

The Bloggerati Forum offers the latest opportunity for exhibitors to connect and create a personal connection with some of the most influential bloggers at Expo West.

Natural Products Expo West brings together the latest and fastest growing trends, unveiling of product launches and the thought and entrepreneurial leaders across the categories of natural and specialty foods and beverages, organic, supplements, health and beauty, natural living and pet products.  “Natural Products Expo West is THE tradeshow for the Natural Products industry. Not only is it an amazing place to meet buyers, but the relationships you establish with other companies, with the New Hope staff and with industry veterans are invaluable. It’s a place to learn, grow, network, sell and have fun,” said Lauren Lortie, Director of Marketing for Justin’s.

The year’s keynote is Paul Greenberg, author of the New York Times bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and a regular contributor to The New York Times MagazineZiggy Marley will be the entertainment at the show’s live music party; he is also launching his own natural brands at the show, Coco’Mon and Hemp Rules.

Co-located with Natural Products Expo West:

-          Engredea and Nutracon, the ingredient and supply chains' most comprehensive trade show and conference platforms focusing on innovation.

-          The Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace, an innovative outdoor event focused on organic products.

Editorial staffs who meet press guidelines may register online at expowest.com/press. Natural Products Expo West is open to a professional audience of manufacturers, buyers, and industry members. It is not open to the general public.

For Industry news and coverage of Natural Products Expo West before, during and after the event visit newhope360.com.

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Ingredient production rising 7.5% a year in Central, South America

Ingredient production rising 7.5% a year in Central, South America

Shipments of nutraceutical ingredients originating from Central and South America will increase 7.5 percent a year to $509 million in 2015, according to a new market report by The Freedonia Group of Ohio. Argentina and Brazil are the leading producers in the region, both specializing in protein and fiber additives. Chile is evolving into a major regional manufacturer of omega-3s from fish oils.

Ingredient demand within the region is also on an upswing, said Bill Martineau, analyst for the report, titled “World Nutraceutical Ingredients.” Total demand will increase 7.9 percent annually to $830 million in 2015. Brazil accounts for nearly 45 percent of this demand, and is the largest producer of nutraceutical products. It also consumes the most, though many products remain out of reach for average citizens.

“Despite an extensive retail distribution network, from hypermarkets to supermarkets, to drug stores and specialty shops in all major cities, more than one-fourth of the Brazilian population lives below the poverty line,” Martineau said.

Argentina is the second-largest consumer of nutraceutical ingredients. Like Brazil, it has a large contingent of multinational and local producers. “Argentina also incorporates a well-established retail distribution system that extends into all major cities,” Martineau said. “Products are becoming more popular due to a growing awareness of health and wellness consciousness in the older, aging population.” But, like Brazil, these products miss about 30 percent of the population living in poverty.

Brazil and Argentina are the largest markets, but on a per capita basis, the top nutraceutical-consuming country is Chile; it also produces most of its products internally. But Chile’s small population holds down the production level of end-use products, as well as the level of demand for related ingredients. As a result, Chile is only the fifth-largest market in the region.

Other leading markets for nutraceutical ingredients include Venezuela, Colombia and Peru. Their food and beverage industries tend to focus on low-cost products due to residents’ income levels. The more active producers of nutraceutical end products are Costa Rica, Cuba, Panama and Uruguay.

Tate & Lyle introduces a line of new extra-dry starches

Tate & Lyle introduces a line of new extra-dry starches

Tate & Lyle introduces two extra dry starch products: MERIZET® 116 and MERIZET® 118, with low moisture contents of typically 5% and 7% respectively. Extra dry starches are used in frozen dough, dehydrated soups, noodles, sauces, desserts, and other dry mixes in which moisture control is critical. They improve the stability and shelf life of the final product by helping to prevent the development of moisture in the product during storage. Extra dry starches are especially key for dry mixes sold in tropical markets.

Clotilde Feuillade, Texturants Product Manager at Tate & Lyle Speciality Food Ingredients, says: "There is an increasing demand in the market for extra dry starches which are highly complex to manufacture. We are therefore delighted to introduce two new varieties, helping manufacturers to formulate their products more easily."

Both new starch references are made from non genetically modified maize and are manufactured in Tate & Lyle’s European flagship starch facility in the Netherlands. While the plant specialises in modified starches, it also generates value added native starches such as moulding starches MERIZET® 150 and MERIZET® 158 for confectionery applications.

About Tate & Lyle: 

Tate & Lyle is a global provider of ingredients and solutions to the food, beverage and other industries, operating from over 30 production facilities around the world.

Tate & Lyle operates through two global business units, Speciality Food Ingredients and Bulk Ingredients, supported by Innovation and Commercial Development. The Group's strategy is to become the leading global provider of Speciality Food Ingredients through a disciplined focus on growth, and by driving the Bulk Ingredients business for sustained cash generation to fuel this growth.

Speciality Food Ingredients include starch-based speciality ingredients (corn-based speciality starches and sweeteners), no calorie sweeteners and Food Systems which provides blended ingredient solutions. Bulk Ingredients include corn-based bulk sweeteners, industrial starches and fermentation products (primarily acidulants). The co-products from both divisions are primarily sold as animal feed.
 
Tate & Lyle is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol TATE.L. American Depositary Receipts trade under TATYY. In the year to 31 March 2011, Tate & Lyle sales totalled £2.7 billion. http://www.tateandlyle.com.