Carbery’s experts join forces to showcase combined knowledge at Vitafoods

Published: 2-May-2024

The company will exhibit its collagen, sports nutrition powders and hydration solutions at the event in Geneva

Leading nutrition and flavour experts from Carbery and Synergy Flavours are exhibiting together at Vitafoods 2024. 

With expertise in taste modulation for sports nutrition, Synergy is showcasing a strawberry and lemon collagen concept, a new natural Belgian chocolate flavour whey protein concentrate (WPC) made with Carbery WPC 80, and a mango coconut hydration beverage. 


Optipep RTD

Carbery will highlight its heat stable Optipep RTD (ready to drink) range of whey protein ingredients for high-performance protein and clinical nutrition applications, and will be offering chocolate and vanilla samples at the stand.

In the development of the bovine collagen ingredient, the flavour research team at Synergy used mass spectrometry to analyse the collagen to identify the aroma compounds responsible for its flavour profile. 

This data was then used to identify flavour pairings – such as strawberry and lemon, which share similar aroma compounds to the base, and so work well. The product concept being shown also contains a flavour masker to further conceal undesirable off-notes that naturally stem from the collagen source.

Synergy will also be showcasing a natural Belgian chocolate flavour for WPC sports nutrition powders, alongside a mango coconut hydration drink.

Chris Whiting, Business Development Manager for Nutrition at Synergy Flavours, commented: “Sports nutrition is still an exciting market segment, buzzing with new concepts, ingredients, flavours and formats. However, for manufacturers to meet consumers’ appetite for fortified products, an expert use of flavours is crucial. For example, adding collagen or other nutritional ingredients to a product could result in unappealing notes, so it’s important to use flavours that have been developed specifically to mask and modulate any potential negative impacts on taste.”

Carbery has developed new heat stable Optipep RTD whey protein ingredients for clinical nutrition and high-performance protein shots and beverages. 

Optipep RTD 9026, for example, can deliver up to 15% protein in neutral pH beverages to provide optimal nutritional support. The Optipep RTD range is made with milk from grass fed cows whilst being suitable for vegetarians.

The Vitafoods Europe conference takes place between 14th – 16th May 2024. To taste the latest concepts and speak with representatives of Synergy Flavours and Carbery, visit the teams on stand G254.

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