Ingredients receive health awards at Hi Europe

by Jeff Gelski
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MADRID, SPAIN — Innophos, Danisco, DSM Nutritional Products and Chr. Hansen all won Health Ingredients Excellence Awards Nov. 16 at Hi Europe in Madrid. The awards honor the best innovations and companies involved in ingredients.

Fruitflow from DSM Nutritional Products won in the heart health category and for being the most innovative ingredient of the year. Fruitflow helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system by keeping platelets smooth and reducing platelet aggregation. It is suitable for functional food, beverage and dietary supplement products. The European Food Safety Authority has approved a health claim for Fruitflow.

“We are delighted that Fruitflow has received these highly respected awards,” said Jacob Bauly, market development manager at DSM Nutritional Products. “With heart health remaining among the top 10 consumer health concerns, the demand for effective nutritional solutions continues to grow. With our long-standing applications expertise and investment in scientific research, we’re excited about the new opportunities that will benefit our customers.”

VersaCal Clear, a highly soluble calcium phosphate for clear beverages from Innophos, won in the nutrition for young and old category. The judges praised the ingredient for its effective combination of calcium and phosphorus to promote healthy teeth and bones while not compromising product taste and stability.

“We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award, which validates the benefits VersaCal Clear offers our customers,” said Joseph W. Golowski, vice-president – specialty phosphates, for Innophos.

Innophos, which has a U.S. office in Cranbury, N.J., had one other ingredient, the no-sodium leavening agent Cal-Rise, nominated in the nutrition for young and old category.

In the digestive health category, the Grindsted Fiberline bakery ingredient system from Danisco won. The judges said the system “brings the benefits of fiber to a broader audience, enabling bakers to create products with real processing and health benefits.”

Jan Charles Hansen, senior application specialist at Danisco, said, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious recognition of our innovation work. This supports the initial feedback we have already received from our customers: that Grindsted Fiberline technology brings outstanding functionality to the growing market for healthier breads.”

Also nominated in the digestive health category were Vivinal GOS from FrieslandCampina Domo and Fibregum from Colloides Naturels International.

In the sports performance category, the probiotic strain PCC from Chr. Hansen won for its immune benefits. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in competitive distance runners conducted at the Australian Institute of Sport showed PCC reduced the total number of days that the runners had symptoms of respiratory infections.

“We are very proud to receive this prestigious award,” said Sune Schmoelker, commercial development director, Human Health & Nutrition, for Chr. Hansen. “Probiotics are today used more mainstream in yogurts and standard dietary supplements, and the benefits have not yet been reaped by the sports nutrition industry. PCC is a probiotic strain showing effect within sports nutrition and is clinically documented in placebo-controlled studies to reduce illness in athletes after training.”

Optipep SN, a hydrolyzed whey protein from Carbery Food Ingredients, Ltd., also was nominated in the sports performance category.

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