Ingredient Snapshot: At Vitafoods, Nexira will highlight its extensive range of organic ingredients for food, beverages, and supplements. Food & Beverages and Supplements markets are going through some changes with the increasing demand for transparency and clean labeling. Organic and natural products are not anymore a trend but are fully integrated to the mainstream market. Consumers are more and more environmental and health conscious. Organic products are one of the industrials’ response to this request. In 2016, 10% of the new products launched were carrying an Organic label.
“Nexira is proud to supply a large range of organic ingredients to satisfy all the consumers and industrials’ needs in food & beverages and supplements,” says Mathieu Dondain, managing director. Nexira works closely with its suppliers and is compliant to EU and NOP certified for arabic gum; for Korean, Japanese and Brazilian areas, Nexira respects the rules of equivalency.
The Food & Beverages sector offers more and more organic products: in 2016, according to Innova, 14% of new products launches were made under organic certification in West Europe and 13% in North America.
“We see some products categories are emerging in organic market: healthy & natural beverages or snacks, vegetarian/flexitarian, recipes suitable for special diet etc.,” says Julie Impérato, marketing manager. Nexira offers a complete range of organic ingredients and solutions to answer industrial’s needs and help them to develop qualitative and new formulations: flavor stabilizer (Damar- EZ organic), flavor emulsifier (Instantgum AA organic).
“Our organic range of fibers, Fibregum Bio, is used to add fibers, to improve nutritional values or health benefits and also to improve texture to the product,” says Damien Guillemet, innovation director. This ingredient is a way for manufacturers to make nutrition claims (such as good source of fiber or rich in fiber) while being suitable for clean labeling (e.g. organic, vegan, FODMAP friendly etc.) Nexira also offers solutions for brands positioning on healthy category with super fruits (Cactinea, Cactus fruit, Exocyan, cranberry fruit) and organic labelling with specific ingredients: organic green coffee or organic green tea extract for a caffeine content.
To answer the growing demand from young consumers and other generations, Nexira has been expanding its portfolio with more than 50 organic ingredients for plant-based supplements.
“Nexira offers organic premium and branded ingredients with scientific support,”, Impérato says. “Our range covers applications for cognitive (memory and stress with Cognivia and Serenzo), weight management solutions (with Cactinea and NeOpuntia) or women’s health with Exocyan, a cranberry extract.”
Nexira also supplies numerous other organic botanical extracts such as blackcurrant, cranberry, Devil’s Claw, green coffee, green tea, etc. These organic botanical extracts, as the conventional ones, can be standardized in specific component, such as PACs for cranberry or polyphenols for green tea.
Focus on Fibregum:
Focus on Fibregum Fibregum Bio is composed of 100 % acacia gum. The product is all-natural, organic certified, non-GMO Project Verified and has a 100% vegetable origin. Fibregum has a high fiber content, with at least 90 % soluble fiber on dry weight. This ingredient has a great advantage as it can be used in special diets. Its high digestive tolerance allows its use in FODMAPfree, fructose-free, gluten-free, allergen-free diets. Fibregum has a prebiotic effect, restores the intestinal barrier and helps to decrease the gut inflammation. Thanks to its properties, Fibregum is an easy-to-use ingredient (soluble in water, no adding color / odor / flavor, low viscosity and hygroscopicity, stability to heat treatment and acidity). In terms of social and economic impact, acacia trees are a sustainable and valuable resource for the population. On the environmental aspect, growing acacia trees prevents desertification and deforestation.