IFT 2016: Round-Up


Chicago, IL—The Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) held a busy annual convention in Chicago in July where more than 23,000 food scientists from around the world gathered to learn about new research and fresh trends.

Several companies scheduled announcements and new product launches for the event. Here are some of the many pieces of company news from the 2016 show:

PLT Health Solutions, Inc. of Morristown, NJ, announced that it is using a new technology called PhytoShield Flavor Enhancer (developed by Flavor Solutions, Inc.) that enhances food/beverage flavor while improving improving product quality and shelf life. PLT is featuring PhytoShield in a line of ingredients for the development of natural flavors.

Ganeden of Cleveland, OH, held its first-ever Innovation Jumpstart program to encourage the development of new probiotic food and beverage ideas. Finalists were AVOKE Spoonables, which came up with an avocado probiotic smoothie; Red Lotus Foods, which thought of a probiotic-fortified spread made from cultured cashews, roasted garlic and herbs; and simplyFUEL, which created non-GMO, protein energy balls. Companies pitched their ideas to a panel of experts at IFT for the chance to win $25,000 in support to use GanedenBC30 probiotics in their product. AVOKE was selected for the top prize.

DSM of Parsippany, NJ, showed off some new off-the-shelf products that it partnered to develop, such as LOLIVITA edible vitamin cups and Vitamingum and SmartGum breath-freshening chewing gums fortified with nutrients.

Virginia Dare, based in Brooklyn, NY, announced it is refreshing its brand identity to “more effectively…demonstrate its value to the food and beverage industry.” The company debuted a new logo, website, marketing and sales materials, and tradeshow booth.

AIDP of City of Industry, CA released the results of a consumer survey suggesting that 38% of survey takers would like to try a prebiotic that offers digestive and immune health benefits. More than 60% said they would buy a product that contained both prebiotics and probiotics.

TIC Gums, based in White Marsh, MD, displayed new clean label texture and stability solutions for dairy alternative beverages, gummies and ice cream at its booth.

BENEO showed off its new Remypure high-performing rice starch that qualifies for both natural and clean label status worldwide. Possible applications include jarred baby food, sauces and dairy desserts. Studies show Remypure has comparable viscosity behavior to modified rice starch and remains stable under severe processing conditions like heat and acidity.

EAS Consulting Group, LLC of Alexandria, VA, announced during IFT that it is now offering strategic consulting services to the food industry for product development and labeling.


Posted on WholeFoods Magazine Online, 7/22/16