Solbar launches calcium boosting soy ingredient for drinks

By Guy Montague-Jones

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Solbar is launching an isolated soy protein to help formulators boost the protein and calcium content of beverages.

To be launched at IFT Food Expo in Chicago next week, Solpro 735 is designed to help companies developing alternatives to dairy, with major applications expected to be calcium fortified soy drinks and other soy beverages.

Formulation

David Kraus, global application manager, said formulating with Solpro 735 makes it easy to reach the typical calcium and protein levels found in cow’s milk.

He said: “The calcium fortification brings the calcium level of Solpro 735 to 3 per cent while protein level is 80 per cent. Cow’s milk contains typically 3 per cent protein and 0.12 per cent calcium.”

Solpro 735 is made using calcium phosphate, which is the main form of calcium found in bovine milk, except that here it is made from soy protein.

According to Solbar, the calcium boosting ingredient is easy to formulate with. It is dispersible even in cold water and requires minimal preparation time.

The product has a crème / off-white color but it is suitable for different coloured drinks and has a bland profile and a low viscosity.

Applications

In terms of applications, Solbar said Solpro 735 is suitable for any drink in need of calcium fortification. The ingredient can be used for dry beverage blends and other powdered drinks that are be reconstituted with water or juice before consumption. Equally, it can be used in ready to drink beverages as well as those that are UHT processed.

Although Israel-based Solbar is launching the ingredient globally, the company said North America, Latin America and Asia are target markets.

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