Check out this host of recently introduced ingredient solutions, designed to provide healthier alternatives for snacks and baked goods.

J.R. Short develops a selection of pellets designed to provide healthier alternatives for schools. The rice/potato/corn-based ripple fries come in plain, spinach and tomato and provide a credible calcium claim. Its vitamin A content meets up to 45% of the daily allowance. In addition to flexible formulations, the ripple fry pellets can be air popped or fried for expanded product development possibilities.  
J.R. Short
Kankakee, Ill.

Drum-dried apples from Van Drunen Farms (VDF) offer the fresh flavor and nutrition of real apples but in an easy-to-handle flake or powder form. Drum-dried apples can be used in fillings, bakery mixes, cobblers, tarts and pies, and with instant solubility, it is easy to blend and add sweetness and texture to frozen desserts. VDF sources its apples from Canada and U.S. orchards, assuring that they have been picked at the peak of ripeness. The apples are then drum-dried at carefully controlled temperatures to keep them fresh.
Van Drunen Farms
Momence, Ill.

Clabber Girl’sRumfordbrand now offers a reduced-sodium baking powder to produce light and fluffy cakes, breads and more. It is said to contain 52% less sodium than leading brands and can reduce sodium in baked goods by more than 40%. This gluten-free powder comes in 4- and 8.1-oz. resealable, recyclable canisters.
Clabber Girl Corp.
Terre Haute, Ind.

IOI-Loders Croklaan introducesFreedom IC500dairy fat replacer.Freedom IC500is a drop-in replacement that provides frozen dessert manufacturers with the ability to reduce and control costs while maintaining the desired quality of the end-product.Freedom IC500is based on palm oil, which provides a less volatile raw material base relative to dairy fat, while providing the unique functionality and eating qualities needed in the frozen dessert segment.  
Loders Croklaan North America
Channahon, Ill.

Viterra’s non-GMO expeller-pressed canola oil is an all-natural refined, bleached and deodorized oil manufactured using a double expeller-pressed process to maintain natural nutritional value. Its non-GMO Omega-9 expeller-pressed canola oil is a high-oleic canola oil that also is all-natural, refined, bleached and deodorized and manufactured using a double expeller-pressed process to maintain natural nutritional value. Both oils boast a six-month shelf life.
Viterra Canola Processing
Ste. Agathe, Manitoba, Canada

For more than 100 years, snack food manufacturers have relied on ADM Cocoa’sAmbrosia brand of quality chocolates for their custom confectionery formulations. But,Ambrosiaoffers more than just first-class chocolate. What truly sets ADM Cocoa apart is its ability to work with customers and create one-of-a-kind, crave-worthy products. ADM Cocoa also provides market information, production troubleshooting and ongoing customer service to help ensure the success of any creation.
ADM Cocoa
Decatur, Ill.

Perfect Grain White from Watson is a blend of wheat bran and germ from white wheat that can be used in conjunction with existing flour. Perfect Grain White is derived from white wheat, providing minimal color impact. It also has an average particle size of under 1.5 microns, resulting in low water retention and virtually no organoleptic perception of the bran particles, thus producing smooth textured baked goods. Applications include bread, rolls, croissants, muffins, cakes, donuts, pizza crusts and batter, among others.
Watson, Inc.
West Haven, Conn.

Ocean Spray’s Ingredient Technology Group debuts cranberry powders designed for snack, bakery and confectionery applications. Produced from superior-grade cranberries, these powders lend fruit appeal, deliver heart-health benefits and offer a superior replacement for artificial colors and flavors. Cranberry’s nutrient profile includes vitamin C, quercetin and fiber.
Ocean Spray Ingredient Technology Group
Lakeville-Middleboro, Mass.

*Photo courtesy of Loders Croklaan North America