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December 1, 2004
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Sweets for the Sweet
Oh! So Sweet, a new sugar substitute introduced by Vitafood Flavors, a division of The Arnhem Group of Cranford, N.J., is classified as a natural flavor, spice or natural extract under U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. Citrus-based Oh! So Sweet is 600 times as sweet as sucrose and provides clean labeling. The sweetener is low-carb and low-calorie and works well for consumers on nutritional diets — including Atkins or South Beach. Oh! So Sweet dissolves easily in water, is acid- and heat-stable (even at baking temperatures), has a minimum shelf-life of three years, is non-hydroscopic and has a pH of 6 in a 30% solution. 1-800-851-1052.

Power of Oats
VDF FutureCeuticals presents Nutrim oat bran, a new-generation oat bran with unique hydrocolloidic and hydrophilic characteristics that offer luscious mouth-feel with creaminess and rich texture, neutral taste, moisture and satiation. Nutrim also features the advantage that oat beta-glucans are known to promote heart health by reducing triglycerides, serum cholesterol and blood glucose levels. 1-888-472-3545

Blending the Best
The Blendex Company’s primary business is to blend dry ingredients for the food industry, and is committed to total quality management. The company can meet specifications for products and does private labeling as well, using the finest ingredients, carefully inspected and scientifically blended, providing consistent quality, unvarying flavor and dependable performance. 1-800-BLENDEX

Joy for Soy
QUALISOY is a partnership of food industry representatives, including the United Soybean Board, Monsanto, ADM, Cargill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and others. The goal of this partnership is to improve the compositional traits of soybeans in order to answer the food industry’s needs for trans fat-free solutions to hydrogenated oils. Recently, several technology providers have announced the commercialization of soybean varieties with low-linolenic acid. The products include VISTIVE from Monsanto, a 1% low linolenic variety from Iowa State University, and NUTRIUM from Bunge and DuPont. 1-314-579-1583.

Cheesy Goodness
Cheese Crumbettes are new from Commercial Creamery. Shelf-stable cheese pieces, they have the appearance of cheese crumbs and contain the flavor and aroma of toasted cheese. The product can withstand high bake temperatures and is available in Kosher and non-Kosher. It is ideal for baked goods, dips, dressings, sauces, breading, potatoes, rice, pasta and snacks, and is also available in Parmesan cheese variety. 1-800-541-0850

Boisterous Blueberries
The fresh fruit taste of ripe blueberries is sweet, tart, delicious and good for you, all rolled into one. Van Drunen Farms selects only the finest blueberries from the best growers for use in the food-processing industry. Freeze-dried blueberries can be stirred into doughs and batters, infused berries are processed in a sugar solution, and drum-dried blueberry flakes or powder are easy to add to bakery mixes, all of which produce a product that carries a distinctive color swirled throughout and maintains almost all of its nutrient quality and harvest-fresh flavor. 1-815-472-3100

Sense-ational SensoryEffects
Turn creations into bar sensations with SensoryEffects for low-carb, high-protein nutrition bars from Loders Croklaan. SensoryEffects are lipid-based inclusions and bits created to impart sensory experiences into baked goods — flavor, aroma, color and texture all in one piece. Choose from a selection of quick and easy off-the-shelf low-carb products, or enjoy unlimited customization. Whether it’s sweet, spicy, subtle or bold, SensoryEffects has an inclusion to enhance the experience with varied flavors. 1-800-621-4710.

Incredible Edible Eggs
The American Egg Board presents its EggSolutions booklet — A Complete Reference for Egg Products. The booklet covers topics like processed egg products, ask the doctor (FAQ), processing handling and storage, advantages of egg products, product equivalency and more. Overall, the egg category has grown substantially and per capita consumption of eggs has reached its highest point in 20 years. The booklet gives consumers working knowledge of the different types of egg products available. Find money-saving tips, ideas for storage space and preparation time inside. 1-877-488-6143.

South of the Border
Edlong Dairy Flavors announces the release of five new flavors that mimic popular authentic Mexican cheeses. These natural and artificial powder flavor varieties are Chihuahua, Manchego, Oaxaca, Panela and Queso Blanco. The concentrated, water dispersible and Kosher-dairy certified flavors work in sauces, dips, topical applications and more. When sampling, ask for Chihuahua #1426, Manchego #1438, Oaxaca #1434, Panela #1436 or Queso Blanco #1424. Suggested usage levels range from 0.10% to 1.00%. 1-888-698-2783.

Savory Salt
Cargill Salt manufactures exclusive Alberger brand salt. Rapid solubility makes Alberger a natural for topping crackers and breadsticks, leaving no gritty aftertaste. Its pure, unaltered, flake crystals improve product appearance and deliver a burst of flavor. 1-800-377-1017

A+ Performance
Azteca Milling offers superior corn masa flour that will raise the quality of products, optimize production and potentially increase profits. MASECA and VGP Masa-Mixta brands are especially designed for the corn snack business. For example, Chip Delight #6 under the MASECA brand has a white or yellow color with a medium texture, is perfect for medium-thickness tortilla chips and requires only a short equilibration time. Under the VGP Masa-Mixta brand, Corn Chip #4 has a yellow color and coarse texture that is designed specifically for extruded and in-line chips, and can also be used as a blending flour. 1-800-364-0040

Brain Food
Smart Choice bread mix from General Mills is formulated using fiber and protein ingredients and sugar substitutes to make wholesome bread with more fiber and less than half of the net carbs of standard enriched bread. With one mix, manufacturers can make white, whole wheat and multi-seed breads. Also available is the Smart Choice Hearty 3-Seed Mix, a unique blend of sunflower, flax and sesame seeds that can be added to Smart Choice bread mix. 1-800-767-5404

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