Omya: many ingredients, multiple solutions


FiE 2017, booth P29, hall 8: Omya presents a wide range of specialty ingredients, calcium fortification agents as well as enhancements for processing, bulking and coating

At this year’s FiE, Omya will highlight its versatile range of natural calcium carbonates.

These can be used as fortification agents, white pigments, bulk providers, extrusion aids and anticaking agents.

Additional ingredients from the company’s huge distribution portfolio enable holistic one-stop solutions for industries such as pet foods, savoury products and nutraceuticals.

From food fortification to extrusion

Omya’s products, bundled together under the Calcipur brand, have a very high elemental calcium content — approximately 40% — making them among the most concentrated sources of calcium on the market.

As such, they are efficient fortification agents that can be used to enrich baby products, vegan drinks, bakery produce, snack bars and breakfast cereals.

Depending on the dosage used, calcium-related claims can be included on pack. Furthermore, Calcipur acts as a white pigment and can replace titanium dioxide in applications such as chewing gum coatings.

Chewing gum masses and icings for cakes and cookies also benefit from its bulking property. When it comes to icings, this allows manufacturers to reduce the icing sugar content and hence the calorie count of their brands.

In the production of extruded snacks, Calcipur facilitates the formation and homogenous distribution of fine gas bubbles, influencing the extrudate’s expansion and texture.

Plus, thanks to its refractive index, the ingredient has successfully been shown to significantly improve overall opacity and contribute to an appealing appearance in a multitude of products.

Effective anti caking

Calcipur is also an ideal anticaking agent that keeps powders flowing freely, making processing and precise dosing much easier.

Providing a range of coarse particles, Calcipur improves both the flow and the bulk density of powders without dusting and offers faster flow rates than silicates.

It also prevents lumping during processing, transportation and storage. The anticaking offering from Omya is suitable for all powdered food products, including table salt and salt replacements, convenience goods such as packet soup, cocoa products, spice mixes, milk protein powders, and infant formulas.

Broad distribution portfolio

Omya will also be showing a wide range of specialty ingredients from its carefully selected portfolio, which includes flavour enhancers, natural food colours, antioxidants, sweeteners, preservatives, acidity regulators, filling agents and vitamins.

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The combination of its proprietary calcium carbonates and the ingredients from its distribution portfolio enable the company to develop holistic solutions that fit market trends and, therefore, current demands. One of its latest developments is focused on pet food applications.