Further signs of the burgeoning health trend were evident this week when Irish food ingredients company Kerry introduced its latest division, Nutriant, at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Anaheim, California.
At a press conference, Kerry stated that the new division was designed to identify and develop nutritional food and soy ingredients for individualised customer applications.
Recent acquisitions by Kerry in the field of health - Iowa Soy, a US provider of low-fat soy flours and all natural textured vegetable proteins, and Solnuts, a provider of all-natural soy nuts - created the foundation for the new division. The company emphasised that the increase in the size and scope of the soy market influenced Kerry's decision to form the new company.
Products include an organic soy concentrate, textured soy proteins, soy fibres, high-protein soy powders, soy flour, soy grits and meal, and Solnuts, dry-roasted soybeans that provide a nutty texture. The ingredients can be used in a wide range of food applications including baked goods, cereals, trail mixes, snack bars and vegetarian alternatives.