Company: Choco Finesse LLC


Ingredient Snapshot: Health conscious consumers will soon be able to enjoy indulgent foods with drastically fewer calories without sacrificing taste or flavor thanks to Epogee Fat Replacement (esterified propoxylated glycerol) developed by Choco Finesse LLC.

Epogee, a new solid fat replacement, is now available to food manufacturers who want to reduce calories, fat and sugar in popular food items. Beginning later this year Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America, will use Epogee in its new Wonder Line Coatings.

“The need has never been greater for a fat replacement like Epogee,” said Choco Finesse founder and president David Rowe. “Intense pressure is on the food industry to cut calories and sugar in popular food items to combat the rise of obesity in our country. Beyond the health benefits, Epogee also opens new horizons for innovation and creativity for food companies.”

Epogee lowers total calories by up to 45 percent per serving and cuts up to 80 percent of the total fat in a wide range of foods. After rigorous testing and review by the Food and Drug Administration and other experts, Epogee is ready for use in a wide range of foods including: confectionery and candy products, cookies, pastries and other baked goods, peanut butter and other nut butters, sauces and dips.

“Epogee is one of the best food innovations that I’ve seen. It significantly reduces calories in foods that we all love, including indulgent foods like chocolate,” said Kent Glasscock, president of Kansas State University’s Institute for Commercialization, which gave Indianapolis-based Choco Finesse the rights to further develop Epogee. “A tremendous amount of time and expertise went into Epogee to ensure an effective, safe product for the benefit of consumers.”

After more than 17 years of research and development, Choco Finesse created a superior fat replacement that gives foods the same taste as full fat, full calorie foods. Epogee tastes like fat and acts like fat in foods because it’s made from naturally occurring vegetable fats.

Choco Finesse is currently working to develop other collaborations with food manufacturers, beyond its partnership with Blommer Chocolate Company, to bring to market a wide-range of foods containing Epogee.