Conagen launches a natural preservative
Ingredients & Additives
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.