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Conagen launches a natural preservative

By Food in Canada staff   

Products Ingredients & Additives Blue California Clean labels Conagen Editor pick fermentation Natural preservatives p-Coumaric Acid

Conagen, a Massachusetts-based biotech company, introduces p-Coumaric Acid (PCA), a natural preservative. Conagen’s PCA is made by fermentation and expands the natural preservatives offered by its commercialization partner Blue California.

“Our PCA expands the toolbox for product developers looking for a scalable, low cost-in-use, natural solution for increasing the shelf life of food without interfering with the flavour of their products,” said Dr. Casey Lippmeier, Conagen’s vice-president of innovation.

PCA is a natural antioxidant and antimicrobial compound found in all plants, primarily peanuts, tomatoes, carrots, basil and garlic. It is a key constituent of wine, vinegar and honey.

Conagen produces PCA by an innovative precision fermentation process. This technology enables the cultivation of micro-organisms programmed to create sustainable, natural ingredients.


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