Company: Lycored SARL, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Ingredient Snapshot: Part of Lycored’s Real Food Ingredients range, SANTE is a taste enhancer with a high concentration of the natural compounds that produce umami and kokumi (the Japanese word for deliciousness) to accentuate existing flavor characteristics, while remaining taste neutral. Like other ingredients in the range, SANTE is made with 100 percent tomato, enabling manufacturers to use simple label declarations that consumers recognize. Depending on local regulations, this includes statements such as “Tomato Concentrate” or “Crushed Tomatoes.” SANTE powder can be used in topical snack seasonings for chips, crisps, pretzels and popcorn. It enhances the taste of the existing seasoning, according to the company, and may allow manufacturers to reduce the use of less attractive ingredients, such as salt, monosodium glutamate and yeast.