OptiBiotix Health, a specialist in the development of functional ingredients to modulate the human microbiome, has entered into a manufacturing and supply agreement with Cereal Ingredients
The agreement grants Cereal Ingredients a licence to manufacture and supply OptiBiotix's award winning functional ingredient, SlimBiome, in its range of cereal based particulates in the US.
SlimBiome is a next generation functional weight management ingredient, which actively helps people to consistently manage their weight loss by reducing their food intake, without the usual food cravings.
OptiBiotix has been working with Cereal Ingredients to incorporate SlimBiome into its range of cereal and protein-based particulates and speciality ingredients.
This technical innovation extends the application of SlimBiome into bakery products, breakfast cereals, crackers, toppings, as well as increasing the range of options for healthy snacks, yoghurts and cereal bars.
This creates the opportunity to develop healthy functional products for the US cereal, snacks and sports nutrition market.
SlimBiome contains non-digestible prebiotic fibres, which increase microbial diversity. An increase in the diversity of microbes (microbiome) in the gut has been shown to help people lose weight more quickly and most importantly sustain this weight loss.1
In addition to prebiotic fibres, SlimBiome contains a water-soluble dietary fibre that promotes a feeling of fullness, a mineral that helps to maintain a healthy metabolic rate.
This fibre works by forming a viscous gel when it is exposed to an aqueous environment. This delays gastric emptying, leading to a feeling of fullness. It can also reduce post-meal surges in insulin and glucose.
Stephen O'Hara, CEO of OptiBiotix, said: “We chose to work with Cereal Ingredients due to their industry reputation and world leading expertise in incorporating functional ingredients like SlimBiome into extruded cereal and protein based particulates, bringing added value and differentiation to the cereal, snacks and sports nutrition markets.”
“We believe working with Cereal Ingredients and similar partners around the world, provides OptiBiotix with the best opportunity to fully exploit the functional benefits of SlimBiome to improve the health of people around the world.”
This agreement not only brings OptiBiotix’s microbiome modulating products to the US for the first time, but also widens its access to the global healthy ingredients market, which is expected to be worth $101.32 billion by 2022.2
SlimBiome is first in a range of products developed by OptiBiotix, which brings the science of the microbiome to help improve human health. Other products under development in the product range include ImmunoBiome, CardioBiome and WellBiome.