New probiotic survives in juice drinks

by Jeff Gelski
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HORSHOLM, DENMARK — Chr. Hansen has launched L. casei 431 Juice, a probiotic developed to survive in low pH environments such as chilled juice and juice drinks. The probiotic contains Lactobacillus paracasei 431, a probiotic strain with clinically documented immune health benefits. It has a history of use in yogurt and dietary supplement products, said Marie Brenoee, global marketing manager, Probiotic Cultures, for Horsholm-based Chr. Hansen.

“With a survival of eight weeks, thus securing long shelf life for the beverage product, L. casei 431 Juice outperforms competitive products in the marketplace,” Ms. Brenoee said. “Further, L. casei 431 Juice has no side effects in the beverage such as unpleasant off-flavor or gas formation.”

Chr. Hansen teamed with Swedish-based Tetra Pak to develop an inoculation system for safe production of probiotic juice. Traditional production risks associated with adding live probiotic bacteria to juice after pasteurization include molds, yeasts and cross contamination of the juice plant, according to Chr. Hansen.

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