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Ulrick & Short Expand Ingredient Range for the Beverage Sector

The beverage sector is continuing to boom, with NPD in both the dairy and non-dairy beverage sectors increasing year on year. As the 2020 consumer increasingly demands more convenient, considered, and health-conscious products, sectors like sports nutrition, ‘on-the-go’, and vegan beverages are all ripe for NPD and health innovations.

Following their successful introduction to the beverage sector earlier this year with their fat mimetic, delyteTM 12, to improve indulgence and reduce fat, Ulrick & Short have expanded their offering in beverages with a new functional protein. The new ingredient, complexTM 23, has been specifically designed for the beverage sector, meaning that is highly soluble to accommodate all processing methods, as well as a much more neutral flavour profile to not alter flavour profiles.

Suitable for dairy & non-dairy drinks, the high protein content allows manufacturers to make ‘Front of Pack’ nutritional “Source of/High in Protein” claims. Moreover, the ingredient is clean-label, non-GM, and entirely allergen-free, ensuring complete label transparency and no additional allergens.

Using new crop bases & technologies, we’ve made a protein which has minimal impact on flavour profiles, yet is still soluble enough for all processing methods,

Emma Walker Development Technologist

Emma Walker, the U&S Development Technologist that developed complex 23 said, “for many of the public, high protein and performance drinks have a bit of a stigma attached to them because the high protein content nearly always alters the flavour profiles of the finished product, this new protein is really interesting in that respect. Using new crop bases & technologies, we’ve made a protein which has minimal impact on flavour profiles, yet is still soluble enough for all processing methods, and also allows manufacturers to make FOP protein claims.”

 

Walker added, “Whether for a ‘purpose-built’ sports nutrition application, or just to improve the nutritional profiles of more conventionally positioned products like milkshakes & breakfast drinks, complex 23 is a great product. We have also extensively tested this in plant-based, vegan alternative drinks with really great results.”

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