Company: Olam Cocoa

Ingredient Snapshot: deZaan D11BK cocoa powder is the first ever nib alkalized, black cocoa powder that provides both intense cocoa flavor and very dark color, without added sodium. Excessive salt intake remains a serious health concern globally, with the majority of it consumed unknowingly in processed foods. Unlike other dark cocoa powders, which are typically processed using sodium alkalizing agents, D11BK uses potassium instead, reducing the sodium in the formulation while maintaining the flavor and color impact benefits of a typical dark cocoa powder.

Rinus Heemskerk, global head of product development & innovation for Olam Cocoa comments:

“We are committed to helping our customers find ideal ingredient combinations that deliver rich flavor and color impact but that also meet growing consumer demand for healthier products which offer ‘permissible indulgence’ experiences. deZaan D11BK is well suited to deliver against this, while our new Flavour Friends tool will support our customers as they explore new flavour combinations in applications, ensuring that they don’t need to compromise on the sensory experiences that their products provide.”

Working alongside Dutch master Chef Angelique Schmeinck, Olam Cocoa has created Flavour Friends, a tool that enables the discovery of new or unexpected flavor and ingredient relationships. It provides options for the combination of deZaan cocoa powders with various fruits, beverages, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, teas and vegetables, and it launches at FIE 2017. Customers can explore and enjoy examples of these flavor pairings in dairy applications, as part of a new instant cocoa beverage sample collection.