Danisco has taken natural food protection another step further by making its entire MicroGARD™ and NovaGARD™ ingredient lines “gluten-free” in response to growing demand. Now the company’s MicroGARD™ natural fermentates – and its NovaGARD™ antimicrobial blends, which include MicroGARD™ ingredients – are produced using Sensients 5001L Yeast Extract, providing natural, gluten-free food protection solutions. The products are available now in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
“Gluten-free products continue taking more shelf space at retail and appearing on more restaurant menus,” says Matthew Hundt, Global Product Manager, MicroGARD™, Cultures Division. He continues, “the USA has perhaps the largest gluten-free foods market in the world, with annual sales estimated at more than USD 1.5 billion in a ‘free-from’ market worth over USD 3 billion. At Danisco, our job is to help food manufacturers respond quickly to harness the growth opportunity that demand represents.”
Although the prevalence of celiac disease in the USA is not known, by some estimates, one in every 133 consumers in the USA and the UK suffers from this intolerance to gluten. According to Mintel’s Food & Drink April 2010 Pizza report, in a relatively short space of time, the market for gluten-free foods has increased significantly, with room for more growth.
In fact, the gluten-free food and beverage sector experienced double-digit growth in 2009, according to data released earlier this year by Innova Database, which tracks new food and drink launches globally.
MicroGARD™ fermentates and NovaGARD™ antimicrobial blends are part of Danisco’s Care4U™ range of natural food protective solutions, which also includes Nisaplin® and Natamax® natural antimicrobials, HOLDBAC™ protective cultures, and GUARDIAN™ natural extracts. For more information, or to contact a Danisco representative for assistance with a specific formulation, go to www.daniscocare4u.com