Chr. Hansen now targets the market for Dahi, the traditional ethnic Indian yogurt.

Chr. Hansen now targets the market for Dahi, the traditional ethnic Indian yogurt. The company is launching DAC-03, a new dairy culture tailor-made for making Dahi. India is the world's largest producer of milk and dairy products, and the majority of the population of almost 1.1 billion are vegetarians. Today, most Indians make simple yogurt and other fermented milks at home, but as the country's economic boom continues and creates a middle class, the demand for prepared foods increases, states the company. Today, organized dairies make only one to two percent of the Dahi consumed in India, but demand for industrially produced Dahi is currently growing at a pace of 20% per year. Dahi is made from cow or buffalo milk and is generally consumed for breakfast together with Indian bread, mixed with rice or as a side dish. Dahi is also consumed as Chass - with salt and spices - or with cane sugar and water as the sweet beverage known as Lassi.

Chr. Hansen
800/558-0802
www.chr-hansen.com

For the second consecutive year, Frutarom USA Inc. has received official organic certification for a line of flavors from Quality Assurance International (QAI). The company's certified organic flavors now include Almond Type Flavor Natural, Buttermilk Type Flavor Natural, Cherry Type Flavor, Coconut Type Flavor Natural, French Vanilla Type Flavor Natural, Lemon Flavor Natural, Orange Flavor, Peach Type Flavor Natural, Peach-Mango Flavor, Peach-Pineapple Flavor, Pineapple Type Flavor Natural, Raspberry Type Flavor, Strawberry Type Flavor, and a range of Vanilla Flavors.

Frutarom
201/861-9500
www.frutarom.com

Mundelein, Ill.-based FiberGel Technologies, has launched Z-Trim Plus product line formulated to make specific high-fat foods healthier for the institutional and food service markets. The new line adds functional food ingredients such as Omega 3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, as well as both soluble and insoluble fiber, and other ingredients essential to healthy eating, while reducing calories from fat up to 50%. Each Z-Trim Plus product is flavor-designed for a specific food application such as margarine and butter, mayonnaise, sour cream, cream cheese and others, and is currently being tested to address childhood obesity and help satisfy requirements of the Federal School Meals program.

FiberGel Technologies
847/549-6002
www.ztrim.com

Kerry

Kerry Ingredients offers Canola Oil Powders in its portfolio of spray-dried shortening powders. Canola oil has been shown to provide health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes as well as alleviate autoimmune diseases and mental health issues.

The powders are made with non-hydrogenated, high-oleic canola oil and contain alpha linolenic acid (ALA) - the essential omega-3 fatty acid recommended for healthfulness. The dry powder form, which is pre-emulsified for wet use, allows for ease of handling versus liquid canola oil. Imparting taste and health benefits, the Canola Oil Powders offer a variety of applications, ranging from Alfredo sauce and mocha cappuccino to energy bars and snacks. The powders have a shelf life of 12 months and are available Kosher.

Kerry Specialty Ingredients
608/363-1200
www.kerryamericas.com

A&B Ingredients has developed a specialty rice starch based on a variety of rice to closely simulate mozzarella's re-melt, firmness and stickiness. According to the company, advantages of this starch include a small granule size, creamy mouthfeel and white color. This Remy DR 7-111 rice starch is meant to replace rennet casein when making imitation cheese, as rennet is considered too variable.

A&B Ingredients Inc.
973/227-1390
www.abingredients.com

UC Davis Study Shows Grape Seed Extract May Be Effective in Reducing Blood Pressure

Forty percent of American adults suffer from metabolic syndrome, prompting some dairy manufacturers to consider adding grape seed extract to their products. According to researchers at UC Davis, School of Medicine, adding grade seed extract to a diet can help lower blood pressure. The first human clinical trial to study the benefits of grape seed extract on patients with high blood pressure has just been completed; a second trial will follow.

The one-month study was done on 24 male and female patients diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of factors that add up to high risk for heart disease, including elevated blood pressure, excess abdominal body weight, high blood cholesterol fats, and high blood sugar.

The patients were divided into three groups of eight. The first group received a placebo while the second and third groups received 150 mgs and 300 mgs, respectively, of a new patent-pending grape seed extract developed and made by Polyphenolics, a division of Constellation Wine US. All participants' blood pressure was automatically measured and recorded for 12 hours after ingestion.

"Participants in the two groups receiving grape seed extract experienced an equal degree of reduced blood pressure. The average drop in systolic pressure was 12 mm. The average drop in diastolic pressure was 8 mm," says lead researcher, Dr. C. Tissa Kappagoda, Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and Director of the Preventive Cardiology Program at UC Davis.

Dr. Kappagoda adds that the group taking the 300 mgs of grape seed extract also had reduced serum oxidized LDL cholesterol levels. "Generally, the higher their initial oxidized LDL level was, the greater the drop by the end of the study," he says. The grape seed extract is GRAS certified and has no known side effects.

The UC Davis research team is currently embarked on a second placebo-controlled human clinical study of grape seed extract, looking at its benefits for pre-hypertension patients with systolic pressure of 120-139, and diastolic blood pressure of 80-89.

Polyphenolics
559/661-3430
www.polyphenolics.com

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