New Products & Technologies
by Toni Tarver
Every year, hundreds of companies come to the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo® to exhibit the latest food products, ingredients, and innovations that make producing safe, abundant food easier. Integral to the success of this show is the development of new products and technologies. At the New Products & Technologies Showcase on Sunday, June 12, several companies revealed some of the most innovative ideas in the food industry. Two items on display at this year’s showcase are the IRIS Visual Analyzer by Alpha MOS (booth 4108) and Ergo-D2 by Total Nutraceutical Solutions.
The IRIS Visual Analyzer is said to capture the palatability of foods through a visual assessment that measures qualitative and quantitative attributes. This unique tool for advanced color analysis monitors the shelf life and stability of food products while conducting surface analyses and benchmarking against similar products. The analyzer contains a CCD camera and powerful data processing software, allowing the distinguishing of several color parameters and processing of multivariate statistics. The IRIS Visual Analyzer joins Alpha MOS’s family of products that digitize human senses (e.g., an electronic tongue and an electronic nose).
Ergo-D2 is a novel ingredient that possesses high levels of three bioactive health-promoting compounds: vitamin D2, L-ergothioneine, and beta glucans. This functional ingredient is said to have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Mushrooms grown through a specialized process are the source for Ergo-D2, and the ingredient is said to be ideal for the fortification of both health-promoting foods and cosmeceuticals.
These products as well as many others are on display at the IFT Food Expo.