Las Vegas, Nev. – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) says its 2012 Annual Meeting & Food Expo was a huge success. The event, which took place in Las Vegas from June 26-28, attracted more than 18,000 attendees from nearly 80 countries.
The event featured 1,066 exhibitors, which was an eight per cent increase from last year, and offered 100 educational sessions and more than 1,000 poster sessions that provided information on the latest developments and trends in food science.
The 2012 IFT Food Expo Innovation Awards were also announced at the show. Only companies who were exhibiting were eligible and judging criteria included degree of innovation, technical advancement, benefits to food manufacturers and consumers, and scientific merit. The winners were:
• Advantix Systems
• Glanbia Nutritionals
If you missed the show, there’s always next year’s IFT, which takes place in Chicago from July 12 to July 16.
Food in Canada attended this year’s show and offers this second roundup of some of the exciting and innovative products and companies we saw.
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TIC Gums introduced its Add-Here CSA for the snack and bakery industry. The new line of products allows for sugar-free binding and fixing of food ingredients. It’s specifically for sticking and maintaining inclusions like seeds to bagels or salt and spices to crackers, chips or other snack products.
The company says Add-Here is a proprietary blend of gums. It’s cold-water soluble, with viscosity low enough to be spray-able. With its binding and film-forming characteristics, it can hold more salt, spices, seeds or other inclusions without the addition of sugar, honey, egg wash or high fructose corn syrup. Add-Here CSA can also be used for affixing inclusions and spices onto foods like: pretzels, seasoned nuts, meat and croutons. It can also be used to seal burritos and other closed meat or fruit-filled pockets. It’s also allergen-free.
The company also unveiled Add-Here 3200, a hydrocolloid system that can effectively bind particulates commonly found in granola, cereal and energy bars while significantly reducing the amount of sugar, honey and/or high fructose corn syrup in the formula.
Dow AgroSciences produces Omega-9 Canola and Sunflower Oils, the next generation of healthier oils since they have no trans fat, the lowest saturated fats and high heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. The oils also don’t affect taste or functionality.
Under its Omega-9 Oils Ingredient Solutions, the company showcased its Omega-9 Shortening. Omega-9 Shortening offers users healthier baked goods. The shortening offers lower saturated fat content on the nutrition panel and improved ingredient labels. It maintains or extends shelf life due to its natural stability, provides a neutral product flavour and it prevents off-flavours.
Erlab is a manufacturer of non-ducted filtering laboratory fume hoods. The company’s new Green Fume Hood is the energy saving next generation fume hood technology. With the breakthrough Neutrodine 2G system, the Green Fume Hood is a turnkey solution providing a variety of installation, operational and environmental benefits. The product can help save energy, comply with green building standards and provide protection to laboratory technicians.
The company also highlighted its Captair, ductless filtering fume hoods and vented storage cabinets that are designed to protect laboratory personnel with working with chemicals.
Glanbia Nutritionals launched its BarPro 585, calling it a first for nutritional bar formulations. BarPro is designed to enhance the texture of nougat-style bars.
Visitors were able to witness firsthand how a whipped texture could be created for bars using BarPro 585.
The company also showcased its OptiSol 5300 hydrocolloid ingredient, a cost-effective guar gum replacer for gluten-free baked goods.
The company also highlighted its GanedenBC30, a shelf-stable probiotic; Carnipure L-Carnitine L-Tartrate and electrolytes for muscle recovery and hydration; BevWise A-101WS, a whey and soy protein blend that provides protein fortification; BevWise I-302WM, a milk protein and whey protein blend; and BevGrad, a fine-milled flax seed.
BASF Nutrition & Health showcased ingredients targeting formulators looking for a combination of taste, structure, texture, volume and shelf life.
The company showcased its Lamequick whipping agents, which are ideal for whipped desserts, cream fillings and cake decorating, ice-cream and frozen desserts; and Spongolit aerating emulsifiers, which can ensure stability, volume and crumb structure.
The company also highlighted its omega-3 fatty acids; vitamins A, B, D, E and K; phytosterols; Tonalin conjugated linoleic acid; and a wide range of carotenoids that can be used as colourants.
Bunge Oils and Bunge Milling, Bunge North America produces edible oil, shortening and milled corn ingredients that range from bulk commodity to premium packaged value-added products.
Bunge Oils can offer solutions that help eliminate trans fats, reduce saturates and optimize performance for finished products.
Bunge Milled offers a complete milled corn product line including whole grain, high fibre and gluten-free customized products.
At the show, the company debuted its mobile food truck, which featured a menu highlighting the company’s healthier oils and shortenings.
Cargill Inc. highlighted its ability to work with clients from concept ideation to consumer launch. The company offers services in ingredients, supply chain and risk management.
The company showcased many of its products, including: Xtend Sucromalt, CitriTex, WheatSelect White Whole Wheat, Clear Valley Omega-3 Oil & Shortening, Wilbur, Gerkens, Oliggo-Fiber Inulin, Zerose Erythritol, Prosante Textured Soy Proteins and SodiumSelect.
David Michael & Co., the flavour company, offers creative ideas to expand product lines and develop new ones.
The company showcased its custom flavours abilities in categories such as vanilla, savory, dairy, fruit flavours and beverages. The company also highlighted its flavour modifiers, salt replacers and potassium blockers, sweetness inhibitors and masking flavours.
The company also highlighted its Michtex, custom stabilizer blends for an array of food and beverage products.
The company also showcased its natural colours abilities.
Decagon Devices Inc. is a provider of water activity technology. The company highlighted its Aqualab by Decagon, a line of instrumentation that aids with food safety, microbial growth prediction and shelf-life stability.
DSM Nutritional Products, a provider of nutrition and nutrition innovation, highlighted its ingredient supplies and solutions. The company offers an international network of research and development, production and custom nutrient blending facilities as well as sales and marketing.
The company highlighted its fat and water soluble vitamins, carotenoids for colouration and fortification, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and novel nutraceuticals.
Some of the products the company showcased were: ALL-Q CoQ10, Fabuless, life’sDHA, resVida resveratol, Teavigo EGCG, CaroCare Natural ß-Carotene, FloraGLO Lutein, Optisharp, and Lycopene.
GEA Westfalia Separator Group highlighted its experience in the field of mechanical separation. The company highlighted its centrifuges for separating liquids and liquid mixtures. Its centrifugal separators are designed for liquid-based applications and can separate substances and solids from liquids. The separator designs include solid-wall separators, chamber separators, self-cleaning disk separators, self-cleaning disk separators in steam-sterilizable design and nozzle separators.
The company also highlighted its decanters for use when separators are no longer feasible. The decanters are horizontal, solids-oriented, solid-wall scroll centrifuges. The decanter designs include clarifying decanter, separating decanter, classifying decanters, and extraction decanters.
Ecolab highlighted its sanitation products and systems. The company’s solutions help customers produce safer, high-quality products, improve operational efficiency and enhance environmental stewardship.
The company featured its new Residual Antimicrobial Coating for environmental surfaces, hard surface and continuous belt treatment sanitizers, antimicrobial direct food treatments for meat, poultry, RTE and fruit/vegetable products.
The company also highlighted its ATP-based surface sanitation verification systems, personnel hygiene program and pest elimination services.
Corn Products and Natural Starch are now Ingredion Incorporated. The new company offers ingredients and techniques and offers formulations that can deliver value, natural/clean labels, nutrition, taste and texture and healthy eating.
Some of the products the company showcased were Aquamin, Enliten, Erysta, Expandex, Hi-Maize, Hystar, Invertose, Maltisweet, Novation, Nutraflora, Precisa, Purimune, Purity Gum and Q Naturale.
Custom meat flavours
Innova, a Griffiths Laboratories Company, highlighted its ability to create customized meat and savory flavours with unique signatures that can be used in a broad range of food applications.
The company showcased its flavour flexibility and can offer spray- and pan-drying technologies for products delivered in powder, paste or liquid, in water or oil soluble forms.
The company featured its Robust, a line of meat flavours; Vegamine, the benchmark for hydrolyzed vegetable proteins; and SavorNotes, a portfolio of savory flavours and flavour enhancers.
PL Thomas & Co unveiled its new natural antimicrobial, eatFresh.
eatFresh is a blend made with FDA-approved GRAS ingredients that promotes and extends product freshness while enhancing flavour profile and appearance. eatFresh also offers the benefit of a clean label and helps meet consumer demand for all-natural products.
The features include extended shelf life by inhibiting growth of bacteria, yeast and mould. It provides a minimal flavour profile and is kosher certified. It’s easily incorporated into a wide variety of preparations and beverages.
The Almond Board of California says 63 per cent of consumers report almonds as the nut that comes to mind first as part of a cereal product. In fact, other stats the board has found show that 70 per cent of consumers agree that products with almonds are contemporary; 81 per cent of consumers agree that products with almonds are more interesting; and 86 per cent of consumers believe products with almonds are better nutritionally.
The board also highlighted the fact that almonds add a subtle, buttery taste, versatility and variety.