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Ingredient suppliers are developing solutions sourced from raw materials perceived as natural by consumers.

Ingredient suppliers meeting the need

During IFT17, the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and food exposition held this past June in Las Vegas, a number of ingredient suppliers showcased products that fit a variety of applications. Salt of the Earth Ltd., Atlit, Israel, was honored at the event with an IFT Innovation Award for its flagship sodium-reduction ingredient, Mediterranean Umami.

The ingredient system was named an outstanding innovation, because the ingredient solves the challenge of reducing sodium significantly in processed foods without interfering with clean label objectives. It allows product developers to formulate across a range of lower-sodium applications, from meats, soups and sauces to bakery and ready-meals, according to the company, and its blend of simple, consumer-friendly ingredients include natural vegetable extracts and sea salt.

Salt of the Earth Mediterranean Umami
Salt of the Earth's Mediterranean Umami is a blend of simple, consumer-friendly ingredients including natural vegetable extracts and sea salt.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious innovation award for our sodium-reduction ingredient,” said Dovik Tal, chief executive officer of Salt of the Earth. “I.F.T. is the premier organization for the food industry, and this recognition highlights the awareness of the need for significant sodium reduction and the importance of effective natural and clean label solutions for the industry.”

The ingredient supplier Prova, Danvers, Mass., exhibited its line of clean label flavors at the show. The line features a range of gourmet, nut, caramel, cocoa, coffee and vanilla flavors, according to the company.

“Prova’s clean label line features more than 40 distinct flavors with unique profiles in liquid and powder form,” said Bill Graham, vice-president of North America sales. “Our dairy and dessert flavors include consumer favorites like dulce de leche, brown butter, coconut biscuit and speculoos. Of course, our market leading vanilla, cocoa, and coffee flavors also have the clean label stamp. And our clean label line even includes alcohol notes like whiskey, vodka and amaretto.”

Mizkan organic rice vinegar
Mizkan recently added organic rice vinegar to its organic vinegar line.

Mizkan America’s Food Ingredients Division, Mount Prospect, Ill., exhibited a number of ingredients at IFT17 to meet the consumer’s perception of natural. The company most recently added organic rice vinegar to its organic vinegar line and now offers food manufacturers organic vinegar varieties, including: apple cider vinegar, white distilled vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar and white wine vinegar.

“The demand for natural and organic ingredients continues to grow, and our organic vinegar offerings help meet that demand,” said Dave Sackett, executive director of sales and marketing for Mizkan America Food Ingredients.