Spice Supplier Takes To Tea
Vermont-based organic spice and oil supplier ForesTrade has responded to the increased popularity of specialty teas by launching an expanded range of organic spices and essential oils.
The company, which has traditionally supplied the coffee, spice and tea trades, has tailored its new selection to the fast-growing alternative beverage sector that includes drinks such as chai tea and green coffee.
ForesTrade has long been an importer of premium quality, certified cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and other botanicals, all ingredients that are major components of the specialty tea industry.
ForesTrade was founded in 1996 and is the largest producer and importer of certified organic spices in North America.
ForesTrade: +1 802 257 9157
Grape Extract Goes Mainstream
Ingredient supplier Polyphenolics has gained approval to use two of its concentrated phenolic/flavonoid compounds in the mainstream beverage industry.
MegaNatural Gold Grape Seed Extract and MegaNatural GSKE Grape Skin Extract have earned GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) status in the US that will allow the California-based company to sell the ingredients in a range of drinks.
The company says the products are ideally suited to the beverage industry because they are 100 per cent soluble in water and have long-term stability.
The two extracts have gained acceptance in dietary supplements for their antioxidant properties. According to the company, when combined with vitamin C or E, the extracts double their antioxidant potential.
MegaNatural, the company's flagship product, contains at least 90 per cent polyphenols and a standardised composition of monomers, oligomers and polymers. GSKE has a minimum of 80 per cent phenols and 1.5 per cent anthocyanins.
Polyphenics extracts are produced in California wineries from unfermented grapes using a solvent-free water extraction process that has been granted 'patent pending' status for exclusive use by Polyphenics.
Polyphenolics: +1 219 243 9825
Ocean Spray Debuts Blueberry Ingredient
Ocean Spray has unveiled an enhanced blueberry Flavoured Fruit Piece (FFP) that offers manufacturers the opportunity to add value and consumer appeal to product lines.
The FFP derives from cranberry but is dried and infused with blueberry juice and extract. It tastes and looks like a blueberry. It is all-natural and contains no added flavours or citric acid and complements the existing FFP line that includes cherry, raspberry, strawberry, orange and peach flavours.
Its advantage over fresh and dried fruit alternatives include year-round availability, extended shelf life, reduced colour bleeding and higher processing tolerance.
The ingredient, which comes in various sizes, can be added to products such as breads, bagels, cereals and trail mixes.
Ocean Spray has also brought a new line of fruit extract powders onto the market. Derived from blueberries and Concord grapes, the powders have had their phytonutrient content boosted by enrichment technologies and are aimed at nutraceutical, dry-mix beverage and other low moisture applications.
Ocean Spray: +1 5098 946 1000