Over the last two years, food manufacturers in North America have continued to use value-added natural ingredients, increasing their natural claims by 4.3 percent, according to Datamonitor. To help food manufacturers develop innovative products, ICL Performance Products LP has developed Licresse™, a licorice extract that is naturally high in antioxidants to break the chain of oxidation in a variety of foods.
“Antioxidants slow down oxidation that occurs when food is exposed to oxygen or sunlight,” says Nancy Stachiw, ICL Performance Products director-applications technology. “Licresse is naturally high in phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant activity. With this ingredient, food manufacturers can keep the nutritional value, color and flavor of food while also extending shelf life and palatability.”
Licresse functions as a free radical scavenger or reducing agent. This natural food ingredient is extracted from the root of the licorice plant and is minimally processed.
“We wanted to create a natural ingredient that would help protect food from oxidation and keep the nutritional value high,” says Cindy Brewer, ICL Performance Products food business director. “With Licresse, food manufacturers can do just that in meat, beverage, bakery and dairy applications.”
Licresse has a shelf life of three years and is kosher-certified. The ingredient also contains no allergens and is affirmed as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use in foods. It can be labeled as licorice, licorice extract or natural flavoring. Licresse is manufactured in Israel by F&C Licorice, an ICL partner.
Visit the ICL Performance Products’ booth 2458 to sample popcorn toppings with Licresse and stop by the BK Giulini booth 1385 to sample meat balls with Licresse. ICL Performance Products and BK Giulini food specialists will be available to discuss the various applications for Licresse as well as the full line of food ingredients.
To schedule an interview with an ICL Performance Products LP spokesperson, please contact Allison Cole at 314.746.1973 or during the show, please contact Cindy Brewer at 314.277.7777.
ICL Performance Products
ICL Performance Products (ICL-PP), one of ICL's core operating segments, produces and markets food-grade phosphoric acid, phosphate salts, food additives and hygiene products, as well as specialty products and services for the paper, construction and water treatment markets. ICL-PP's production facilities are located in Europe, North and South America, Israel, Australia and China. The company’s food additives contribute to the appearance, texture, taste and preservation of a wide variety of foods, including bakery products, processed meat, fish and seafood, as well as cheese and milk products. For more information, call toll free 800.244.6169.