High quality minerals for holistic food and drink solutions

At IFT Food Expo, Omya presented its versatile calcium carbonate range and additional ingredients from its distribution portfolio

At this year’s IFT Food Expo, Omya launched the Omyafood range, which consists of tailor-made particles for powdered protein and vitamin premixes.

Another focus was on the Omya-Cal high purity calcium carbonate ingredients. Mined in Amboy (California) and processed in Superior (Arizona), these minerals impress with a favorable combination of lead, cadmium and aluminum compared with leading US competitors.

First presented at IFT, Omyafood 100-OG provides powdered sports nutrition products and vitamin supplements with multiple benefits.

The innovative minerals act as flow aids and anti-caking agents while minimising dusting. Thanks to the consistent porosity of the particles, they offer a carrier functionality of up to 55% loading capacity for vitamins, flavours and other actives.

Moreover, Omyafood has a very high elemental calcium content of approximately 40%, making it the most concentrated and highly bioavailable source of calcium on the market.

As such, it can be used as an efficient fortification agent, allowing calcium-related claims to be made. Last but not least, Omyafood 100-OG particles are not in a nano size range and neutral in taste.

Owing to the natural ingredient’s multiple benefits, it is possible to avoid several synthetic additives, helping to provide a cleaner label on the end product.

Furthermore, visitors interested in high quality calcium carbonate ingredients had the opportunity to talk to leading experts on Omya-Cal. The mineral is sustainably sourced in California, certified organic and available in a variety of sizes, adding nutritional and processing benefits to both food and pharmaceutical applications.

Processing takes place in the company’s state-of-the-art Arizona plant, which is Food Safety System 22000:2010-certified and recognised by the US FDA as a registered drug establishment.

An advanced processing method incorporates a precise thermal inactivation step that heats ground limestone to ensure food safety and quality. Omya-Cal range products are manufactured according to GMP and HACCP requirements and certified as Kosher and Halal.

The company’s distribution portfolio was also presented at the show: it includes chicory root and agave fibres, organic agave syrup as a natural sweetener, hydrocolloids and gums, cocoa powders, plant-based replacements for glycols and glycerin, natural excipients, natural colours, functional extracts, proteins and natural foam control agents.

The combination of its proprietary mineral solutions with the ingredients from the distribution portfolio enables Omya to develop holistic solutions that fit current market trends and consumer demand.

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