Ingredion Inc., Westchester, IL, recently entered into an expanded distribution agreement with Desert King International, San Diego, to be the exclusive global distributor of its naturally sourced foaming agents for use in food and beverage applications. Ingredion will introduce Desert King International’s Quillaja saponaria and Yucca schidigera products to the North American and European markets under the FOAMATION brand, on Nov. 1, followed by a global rollout in 2015.

Desert King International has been producing food-grade saponins since 1978 and is the leading producer of Quillaja saponaria and Yucca schidigera products for a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, agricultural, beverage and cosmetics.

“We are excited to work with Ingredion to expand the use of Quillaja and Yucca extracts in the food and beverage industry,” says Paul Hiley, president of Desert King International. “With Ingredion’s support, we will not only broaden our presence worldwide, but our customers will also benefit from the company’s expertise in formulation, CULINOLOGY, sensory and more.”

The agreement strengthens the relationship between the two companies, whom have collaborated in the development and marketing of Q-NATURALE, a naturally based emulsifier for beverages, since 2007.

“We are delighted to extend our relationship with Desert King International and to add their high performance range of foaming products to the Ingredion global portfolio,” says Stuart Wilson, director, global delivery systems with Ingredion. “These products are a welcome and complementary addition to the successful Q-NATURALE range of natural emulsifiers, which are already well-established in the marketplace.”