New tomato concentrate enhances taste

by Jeff Gelski
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BEER SHEVA, ISRAEL — LycoRed has introduced LycoRed Sante globally. Designed to enhance taste and flavor, the patented and natural tomato concentrate may be used to enhance salt taste and to reduce the use of more expensive flavor components in food products.

“The good news is that, in some cases, you can save up to 10% to 20% of product cost just by replacing expensive ingredients while at the same time reducing sodium and enabling a clean label,” said Ehud Zach, food applications manager at LycoRed, which is based in BeeR Sheva and has a North American office in Orange, N.J.

To create Sante, LycoRed’s food scientists separated and concentrated all the taste-enhancing components in tomatoes.

“After five years of intense research and development, we were able to create LycoRed Sante as a healthy, natural solution for the industry with umami and kokumi flavor characteristics,” said Sam Bernhardt, director of new food ingredients for LycoRed. “LycoRed Sante can be applied to a wide variety of food systems, such as culinary products, soups, sauces, baked products, snacks and protein-based formulations. By replacing artificial flavors and removing ingredients such as MSG (monosodium glutamate) and yeast extracts, we can offer food manufacturers a superior choice for tasty, clean-label natural products.”

Sante is available in liquid form or as a free-flowing powder. It is heat-resistant, pH-stable and suitable for ambient, frozen, baked, cooked and fried products. Sante may be mixed directly into dough or food mixes, applied as a seasoning, dusted or applied with a brush.

“LycoRed Sante is designed to successfully enhance flavor, replace artificial flavor components and, in some cases, reduce costs in products as diverse as chili con carne, fruit juices and even ice cream, allowing a clean label designation,” Dr. Bernhardt said.

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