PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BENEO, Inc., one of the leading manufacturers of functional ingredients, today announced the opening of its BENEO North American Application Center in Parsippany, NJ. The new Center focuses on developing advances in its functional ingredients application portfolio and bringing that expertise closer to customers in the North American market.
The 3,000 square foot facility is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to test formulation aspects of its functional ingredients, including fiber enrichment, sugar or fat replacement, as well as taste and texture improvements. The Application Center features a variety of versatile benchtop scale and pilot scale equipment that can be used alone or in combination, giving BENEO the ability to cover a wide range of applications. Initially the Application Center will focus on bakery applications, dairy and dairy fermented applications, soups, sauces and frozen convenience meals as well as cereal and slab-type nutrition bars and beverages.
Analytical equipment is also included in the Application Center specifically for the measurement of microscopy, rheology, particle size, pH and freeze-thaw stability – all to assist BENEO in optimizing ingredient use in formulations
“We are very excited to bring BENEO’s experience in developing unique applications for our functional ingredients closer to our customers in the North American market,” said Jon Peters, President of BENEO Inc. “BENEO is unique in that we sell the ingredients we’ve discovered, developed and manufacture. This gives us a long history and strong heritage to bring out the very best of the ingredient when it comes to its functional benefits like health, taste and texture. Now with these significant resources in the U.S., we can react more quickly to optimize and customize formulas for specific regional applications.”
BENEO’s portfolio of natural and non-GMO ingredients includes Palatinose™, a functional carbohydrate derived from sugar beet which plays a role in food and beverages that boost performance in a balanced way with less effect on blood glucose levels and insulin. Isomalt is the only sugar replacer derived from sugar beet that’s used as a key sweetening ingredient in products like candy, gum and chocolate. It is non-cariogenic and has only half the calories of sugar and thus delivers a low-glycemic response. Orafti® Inulin and Oligofructose are also included in BENEO’s portfolio. These prebiotic fibers have been recently approved as dietary fibers by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Inulin and oligofructose have been proven to improve intestinal flora as well as to support weight management and help the body absorb more calcium for stronger bones. These highly soluble fibers can be used in a variety of food and drinks, adding needed fibers and at the same time improving texture and providing a natural sweetness. Like other BENEO ingredients, BENEO’s functional rice starch Remypure is a natural and clean label starch. Remypure can achieve performance levels comparable to chemically modified food starches – without the chemical modification. Remypure is suitable for both gentle and harsh processing conditions and adds pleasant texture and mouthfeel to foods like sauces, mayonnaise, dressings, dairy desserts and fruit preparations.
BENEO has added new people to support the Application Center. The company also expects to be working closely with customers and partners in industry such as other ingredient suppliers as well as tapping into the resources of universities and others involved in supporting food and beverages that are natural and support health lifestyles for all ages.
BENEO offers functional ingredients derived from chicory roots, beet sugar, rice and wheat. BENEO is the ideal partner to help improve a product in its nutritional and technological characteristics. Key nutritional benefits are ‘less fat’, ‘less sugar’, ‘less calories’, ‘added fiber’, ‘gluten-free’ and dairy alternatives as well as energy management, digestive, bone and dental health. Key technological benefits focus on taste and texture improvements. Through a unique chain of expertise, including the BENEO-Institute that provides decisive insights into nutrition science and legislation, and the BENEO-Technology Center that consults in application technology, BENEO actively supports customers in the development of more balanced and healthy food products.
BENEO is a division of the Südzucker Group, employs more than 900 people and has production units in Belgium, Chile, Germany and Italy.
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