Solae unwraps the world of chocolate bars

Solae unwraps the world of chocolate bars

With the large variety of nutrition and snack bars to choose from, it can be challenging for food companies to rise above the pack. Solae’s Sensory Science department recently shared results of their bar Key Sensory Drivers study in a poster session entitled, “Driving Growth in the Nutrition Bar Category: Sensory Characteristics and Consumer Liking for Chocolate-Based Nutrition Bars” at the 9th Annual Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium in Toronto, Canada.

The study examined sensory aspects of chocolate-based nutrition bars, such as appearance, flavor and texture. More than 300 bar consumers were recruited in California, Missouri and New Jersey and asked to rate their opinion of a diverse set of 20 nutrition and snack bars. The consumers showed similar liking response patterns, regardless of segment, reason for usage, bar frequency usage or exercise frequency. They ranked ‘taste/flavor’ as the most important characteristic influencing their purchase decision, while ‘protein’ and ‘fiber’ are key ingredients for their purchase decision.

“It’s important for us to conduct these studies to better understand how the various bars in the marketplace are similar or different and what consumers are looking for in this category,” said Colleen Conley, lead sensory scientist and associate science fellow, Solae. “This information allows us to identify optimal sensory characteristics for nutrition bars and discover potential new areas of opportunity for our customers.”

The products selected for the study were whittled down from 115 bars in the marketplace today. All bars contained chocolate as a common flavor ingredient, and represented a wide range of nutritional profiles. Sensory profiles of this diverse set of bars were documented using Solae’s highly trained descriptive analysis panel, resulting in a sensory perceptual map. Twenty bars were selected for final evaluation by consumers, each representing a unique space on the sensory perceptual map. The 20 bars tested included four prototype bars that were created by Solae to address potential white spaces in the sensory maps. The 16 other bars were commercial leaders and were purchased at retail stores across the country.

“We found that flavor and texture were the most important purchase drivers in this study followed close by calories, protein content and price,” said Conley. “We also found that consumers don’t necessarily distinguish between soy and whey as protein sources, which is a benefit to our B2B customers when balancing economics while still delivering the protein content consumers desire.”

Detailed feedback on the bars is being shared with Solae customers so they can use the information for product modification or new product offerings. “Two of the Solae prototypes scored in the top four of the bars we selected, which allows us to go to customers with those prototypes and suggest ways we can work together to create more products that appeal to consumers,” said Conley.

Immediate customer feedback on the study was positive and included this comment from a food scientist, “The Key Sensory Drivers study was very well done and helped us to focus on the attributes that are important in the category, while saving us an immense amount of time and effort.”

“This study is an example of Solae's intense customer focus: proactively developing unique and new technical insights that are relevant and impactful to our key customers,” states Minhthy Nguyen, senior director of global applications, technology and innovation, Solae.

Due to the success of this study, Solae’s Sensory Science department is in the early planning stages of a Key Sensory Drivers similar project on protein beverages to be conducted in early 2012. Customers or other beverage makers interested in participating in this study can contact Colleen Conley at

Solae, LLC is a world leader in developing soy-based ingredients for nutritious, great-tasting products. Solae provides solutions that deliver a unique combination of functional, nutritional, economical and sustainable benefits to our customers. Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., USA, the company was formed through a joint venture between DuPont (NYSE: DD) and Bunge (NYSE: BG) in 2003. Solae is a recipient of the 2011 Ethisphere's Ethics Inside Certification and was recognized as one of "World's Most Ethical Companies" in 2011. For more information, visit


Ulrick & Short muscles in on sports nutrition market

Ulrick & Short muscles in on sports nutrition market

Following a recent surge in demand for nutritional supplements, leading clean label ingredients specialists, Ulrick & Short Ltd, has launched a specialist range of products exclusively developed for the sports nutrition market.

Fuelled by consumer desires for healthier lifestyles, Ulrick & Short's Complex 12 hydrolyzed wheat protein, coupled with its range of Delyte fat replacers can offer this burgeoning sector the perfect opportunity to develop the innovative high protein, low fat sports drinks, protein shakes and energy bars that the UK market is so hungry for.

Complex 12 is free from lactose and cholesterol and not only offers a higher glutamic acid level but has just 1.4 percent fat content and is also suitable for vegans.

Made up from 80 percent protein and 30 percent glutamine dipeptides, typically bonded by L-Alanine and L-Glycine, Complex 12 is a highly functional ingredient offering a complete balance of proteinogenic and anti-inflammatory amino acids that work synergistically to deliver the optimum ratio of protein and carbohydrate, to replenish spent glycogen stores and aid muscle growth.

Unlike other protein supplements, Complex 12 has binding qualities that help enhance, rather than degrade overall product texture and provides a silky mouth-feel for superior drinkability without compromising on taste or quality. Available as a powder, Complex 12 can be easily incorporated into existing pre-mix drink blends, ready to drink shakes, or protein and energy bars and health snacks.

Complementing Complex 12 is Ulrick & Short's sophisticated range of Delyte fat replacements, which are produced from a range of crops and have been developed with extremely high process tolerance levels so can withstand multiple production cycles.

Not just a product for improving nutritional profiles, the Delyte range of fat replacers also plays a significant role in keeping formulation costs down and is a vital ingredient in cost engineering. Delyte ingredients deliver the same multifunctional organoleptic properties of original fats such as superior mouth-feel, creaminess and overall texture quality.

Traditionally the sports nutrition market has relied on simple, accessible products, often high in sugar and dairy based, designed and created for professional athletes and body builders. However, the market is changing and with growing interest in nutritional supplements from occasional athletes, weight loss groups and people with specialized diets.

Ulrick & Short will work closely with producers to help them to design new, great tasting, lower fat, high protein drinks and snacks to suit the needs of this developing consumer market. Its team of highly qualified food experts is on hand to offer immediate technical back-up and help integrate ingredients into existing recipe formulations, develop finished products and deliver new ideas on the use of the ingredients.

The company's range of clean label ingredients is continually expanding and currently consists of binders, emulsifiers, bakery glazes, fat replacers, phosphate alternatives and Omega balanced flax oils and fibers, which help remove chemicals and allergens without compromising on taste, quality or texture.

derma e hires Canadian Sales Manager

derma e hires Canadian Sales Manager


derma e® Natural Bodycare, a pioneer in formulating cutting-edge effective natural skincare, has hired Kathleen Dills as Canadian Regional Sales Manager. With Kathleen Dills Canada as the second largest market for derma e® products,this new role was created to help support and grow their North American business.

Dills comes to derma e® with 17 years of experience in the natural products industry. Previously, Dills worked as the Director of Vendor Relations and Marketing for Purity Life Health Products, Canada’s largest natural health products supplier. This position has lead to Dills’ extensive knowledge in developing and implementing sales programs, conducting sales analysis and projections, organizing sales training programs and building vendor relationships.

With this new position, Dills will be responsible for the successful sales of derma e®’s 90+ award-winning anti-aging and solution-oriented natural bodycare products throughout Canada. This includes territory development, account management and execution of tactical programs to grow new and maintain existing business. The position will also focus on trainings and education to reinforce the quality and efficacy of the derma e® brand.

“Kathleen brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge into this marketplace, and I’m very excited to have her join the derma e® team as a regional sales manager. By having Kathleen in the field working with our Canadian sales team, we will increase sales, build key relationships and expand our exposure to independents and key chain retailers,” says Gina Ferrato, North American Sales Manager.

For over 27 years, derma e® Natural Bodycare has pioneered the development of high-performance antioxidant skincare solutions. This award-winning, comprehensive line offers over 90 SKUs that are free of parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, mineral oil and lanolin, and are cruelty-free, 100% vegan and manufactured with wind energy [wind energy certificates purchased to offset all electrical use]. derma e® can be found in over 5000+ retail outlets across the U.S., with additional distribution in 36 countries internationally and on Find us on Facebook and Twitter too. derma e® is family owned and operated and dedicated to serving the natural products retailer.


CRN welcomes two new members

CRN welcomes two new members


The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the dietary supplement industry’s leading trade association, has announced the addition of two Voting Members: Nordic Naturals, headquartered in Watsonville, Calif., and Optimum Nutrition, Inc., headquartered in Aurora, Ill.

Nordic Naturals is a producer of marine-based omega-3 fatty acid dietary supplements, as well as a manufacturer of other vitamins and minerals. The firm aims to correct omega-3 deficiency around the world and prides itself on its incorporation of ethical and socially responsible practices with regard to the environment, corporate transparency, philanthropic partnership and education.

Optimum Nutrition, a wholly-owned subsidiary of international nutritional ingredient group Glanbia, owns and operates two different brands of nutritional supplements: Optimum Nutrition and ABB Performance. The firm’s products can be found at approximately 10,000 retail locations in the U.S. and are distributed in more than 70 countries.

For a complete list of CRN member companies, visit CRN’s website. For information on membership with CRN, please contact Sandy Khouri at skhouri@crnusa.orgor 202-204-7673.

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our 75+ manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit


NPA names LeDoux ComPLI committee chairman

NPA names LeDoux ComPLI committee chairman


The Natural Products Association (NPA) announces that Mark LeDoux, founder, chairman and CEO of Natural Alternatives International, Inc., has been named chairman of NPA’s Committee for Product and Label Integrity (ComPLI). LeDoux will focus on the development of NPA’s comments for the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) draft guidance, as well as oversight of NPA’s self-regulatory programs. Learn more at  

ComPLI advises NPA on scientific and regulatory matters pertaining to the dietary supplement industry and governs the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification and TruLabel programs. NPA’s GMP certification program is the first third-party GMP certification program for the manufacturing of dietary supplements and ingredients. NPA helps to ensure accuracy, quality and safety in the dietary supplement industry through TruLabel, a dietary supplement label registration and random-testing program.

“As the leading voice of the natural products industry, NPA represents more than 1,900 members who support the health and well-being of millions of Americans. Mark’s leadership with NPA’s self-regulatory programs will benefit consumers and businesses across the country,” said John Gay, NPA executive director and CEO.  

Mark LeDoux said, “I am honored to be asked to serve in this vital capacity for the NPA as well as the industry at large. We need to continue to strengthen our resolve to assure the finest quality of products for the millions of people who have come to rely on our research, science and technology to provide beneficial supplements and products that are beyond reproach. As we work to strengthen the proper role of the federal and state agencies to help us in that objective, we must also be ever mindful that too much regulation can stifle creativity and unnecessarily increase product costs. Since safety remains our predominant concern, we also need to work with the regulatory agencies to help protect our consumers from materials masquerading as healthful products which can be criminally altered. The goal of the ComPLI committee is to assure that the delicate balance between regulation and innovation remains intact while fostering advances in health for so many in need.”

LeDoux has been a proud member of NPA since 1980 and serves on its board of directors. Natural Alternatives International, Inc. (NAI) is a publicly held corporation founded in 1980 with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the United States and Switzerland and a sales presence in Yokohama, Japan. NAI is engaged in the research, design and manufacture of customized nutritional supplement programs and products for multinational clients. For additional information about NAI, visit

Natural Products Association

The Natural Products Association (NPA), founded in 1936, is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NPA represents over 1,900 members accounting for more than 10,000 locations of retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. As the leading voice of the natural products industry, the NPA’s mission is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maintain and improve their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products. Visit


SunOpta expands non-dairy aseptic processing technology

SunOpta expands non-dairy aseptic processing technology


SunOpta Inc. ("SunOpta" or "the Company") (Nasdaq:STKL) (TSX:SOY), a leading global company focused on natural, organic and specialty foods and natural health products, announced that it intends to further expand its vertically integrated non-dairy beverage processing and packaging capabilities with the expansion of the Company's Modesto, California operations.

The expansion will include the addition of further processing technologies which are expected to leverage existing packaging capabilities at the operation and increase the capacity at the Modesto plant by approximately 40%, and the Company's overall aseptic non-dairy beverage and broth capacity by approximately 10%. The expansion will commence in the fourth quarter of 2011 with full capacity expected to be on-line early in the third quarter of 2012.

The expansion is required to meet growing demand for aseptic non-dairy beverages, broths and soups from existing customers, plus accommodate the production of new private label non-dairy beverages that are scheduled to be launched with a large club format retailer in early 2012.

SunOpta's vertically integrated non-dairy beverage capabilities utilize operations integrating raw material sourcing through ingredient production and finished packaged products, ensuring control of quality and organic certification and providing traceability from the farm gate to the retail shelf. Current production capabilities include natural and organic soymilks, rice beverages, almond beverages, hemp milk and broths, plus the Company's recently launched sunflower beverage which is being sold under the SoL(TM) brand name. Once this capacity expansion is completed the Company will have production capacity of between 250 and 300 million quarts of non-dairy beverages and broths, dependent upon product mix.

SoL(TM) sunflower beverage is a delicious new addition to the non-dairy beverage category that is made from wholesome sunflower seeds grown on American family farms. SunOpta is one of the largest processors of confection sunflower seeds in the world and the development of a sunflower beverage adds further value to and extends the Company's vertically integrated production capabilities.

SoL(TM) sunflower beverage is naturally free of the eight most common food allergens, which include soy, dairy, wheat and tree nuts. SoL(TM) also provides an excellent source of Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Calcium, Vitamin D and Phosphorus. Each 8 oz. serving provides 50% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E, 30% for Calcium, 25% for Vitamin D and 20% for Folic Acid. The product is available in shelf stable, aseptic 32 ounce Tetra Pak containers and comes in three flavors: Vanilla, Original, and Unsweetened and is currently distributed nationwide through United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) and is available in supermarkets such as Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets.

About SunOpta Inc.

SunOpta Inc. is a leading global company focused on natural, organic and specialty foods and natural health products. The company specializes in sourcing, processing and packaging of natural and organic food products, integrated from seed through packaged products; with a focus on strategically vertically integrated business models. The Company's core natural and organic food operations focus on value-added grains, fiber and fruit based product offerings, supported by a global infrastructure. The company has two non-core holdings, a 66.4% ownership position in Opta Minerals Inc. (a Toronto Stock Exchange listed company), a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial materials; and a minority ownership position in Mascoma Corporation, an innovative biofuels company.


Unibar Corp. introduces UniGold lutein extract

Unibar Corp. introduces UniGold lutein extract

UniGold™, a proprietary extract of free lutein, and manufactured from the finest marigold flowers exclusively for Unibar through a strategic alliance with Synthite Industries, one of the largest cultivators and manufacturers of marigold oleo resin in India, has been introduced by Houston, TX-based Unibar Corp.

UniGold™ is available in 5% or 10% vegetarian beadlet and 20% vegetable oil suspension form. U.S.-manufactured by Encap Technology using a patent-pending encapsulation process that creates a protective, all-natural barrier around the lutein—shielding it from the acidic conditions of the stomach and allowing for timed-release in the alkaline environment of the small intestine.

UniGold™, which is self-affirmed GRAS, is protected by a U.S. process patent and manufactured in the U.S. It is also stable for 24 months, as verified by third-party laboratory testing.

A Unibar Corporation representative will be available to discuss UniGold™ at the FCC Products booth 16028 at SupplySide West in Las Vegas, October 12-13.

Unibar Corporation, which also distributes CurQnetic™ Curcumin, is a Houston-based supplier of herbal extracts to the dietary supplement and food industries.

For more information contact Unibar Corporation at 281.556.5670 or via email at The website is


Embria Health Sciences looks to health practitioners for growth opportunities

Embria Health Sciences looks to health practitioners for growth opportunities

Embria Health Sciences, manufacturer of the all-natural, immune-balancing ingredient EpiCor, will be at this year’s SupplySide West trade show at the Exhibit Hall of the Venetian and Sands Expo, Las Vegas, from October 12-13 (booth #14043).

Selected as the first immune health ingredient to receive the prestigious SupplySide Scientific Excellence Award in 2010, EpiCor is a unique immune health ingredient with published human clinical studies supporting its effectiveness in providing year-round immune support for the body. Debuting their new “hard core immune” brand messaging, Embria spokespeople will be on hand at SupplySide West to discuss how the science behind EpiCor can substantiate significant claims for a wide variety of innovative product applications.

Additionally, Dr. Derrick DeSilva will be introduced as a featured company spokesperson, and is a panel member during the Embria-sponsored workshop titled ‘Health Practitioners and Supplements: Channel Data, Strategies and Opportunities for Growth.’ The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Dr. DeSilva is on the teaching faculty of the JFK Medical Center and has lectured on various topics in medicine. Featured as a medical guest on CNN and ABC’s Nightline, Dr. DeSilva’s radio talk show, Ask the Doctor, and his television show, To Your Health, are based in New Jersey. He has also authored several books, including The Big Book of Cures and Ask the Doctor.

About Embria Health Sciences and EpiCor:

Embria Health Sciences combines science and nature to bring high-quality, research-based natural ingredients to the global human nutrition market.

Embria’s flagship ingredient, EpiCor®, is an all-natural product that helps the body balance the immune system and is manufactured using a proprietary technology. EpiCor contains protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and other metabolites that deliver nutritional benefits and support immune health. Clinical studies have found EpiCor’s immune-balancing properties provide year-round support by helping the body boost or suppress immune response as needed. EpiCor’s compelling clinical studies have been published in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Advances in Therapy and Urologic Nursing.

About SupplySide West:

The SupplySide West trade show is dedicated to bringing together manufacturers and suppliers in the dietary supplement, food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The event provides a unique opportunity for an executive-level exchange of ideas, goods and services not available through any other business to-business event. SupplySide West offers three days of informative seminars and exhibitions tailored to the specific needs of supply chain executives. For more information about the trade show, visit

For more information about Embria’s booth exhibit, visit the Embria Health Sciences booth #14043 at SupplySide West.


BioCell Collagen II—joint health ingredient of the year

BioCell Collagen II—joint health ingredient of the year

BioCell Technology LLC received Frost & Sullivan’s 2010 North American Customer Value Enhancement of the Year Award in Bone and Joint Health Ingredients.
The Frost & Sullivan Award is presented annually to a company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value through research and development activities, with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its products.

Frost & Sullivan employed its unique research philosophy called TEAM Research methodology to recognize outstanding achievements in BioCell Technology’s diligence and innovation of BioCell Collagen II®, an essential healthy aging ingredient promoting both joint and skin health.

Stop by the booth at SupplySide West October 12th – 13th to learn more about our patented BioCell Collagen II. Booth# 24067.

EHPM welcomes new European Policy Director

EHPM welcomes new European Policy Director


The European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) this month appointed Cynthia Rousselot as its Director of European Policy.

Based at the association’s headquarters in Brussels, Ms Rousselot will provide invaluable support for EHPM based on her extensive experience of advising on global regulatory affairs, strategic planning and being involved in research and development, including product formulation and regulatory assessments.

EHPM Chairman Peter van Doorn said: “We are delighted that Cynthia has joined EHPM. She brings a strong base of expertise and experience which will further strengthen our activities. EHPM believes that appropriate regulation under food law will ensure the free movement of food supplements across Europe. Having worked within the EU food supplement regulatory arena for a number of years, Cynthia is well placed to drive our work forward.”

Ms Rousselot holds a Master degree in Biochemistry and has completed advanced studies in Food Science and Engineering at ENSBANA (AgroSup Dijon) in France.

The European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) was created in 1975, working to provide consumers with safe, science-based, high quality products as well as accurate and helpful information about their nutritional value and use.

To contact EHPM email, tel + (32) 2 209 11 45, or visit