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NOV-DEC 2016

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naturalproductsinsider . com 35 temperature stability. The main disadvantage is that it has a lower shear, also referred to as a "quicker bite" than gelatin, which can be more challenging to work with; for example, the bond is non-reversible. While gelatin and pectin are by far the most popular coagulation agents, there are others such as agar, which is often combined with other plant ingredients such as carrageenan or gums (e.g., locust bean). Currently, the primary advantage of these ingredients over pectin appears to be supply, as generally they can be more challenging to work with, often producing an inferior result in terms of texture, appearance and label perception. Traditionally, the bulk of gummies were comprised of glucose (corn) syrup and (beet) sugar, with limited polyol sugar-free options, such as maltitol. Lately, ingredients with superior perceptions have become the industry standard, specifi cally tapioca syrup and cane juice sugar. (Note FDA recently updated its labelling guidelines to require adding the word "sugar" after evaporated cane juice, which they ruled on its own to be misleading.) The most popular premium sugar-free option has been inulin from chicory root, which is a source of soluble dietary fi ber. There are also some newer, similar sugar-free fi ber ingredients on the market, and one that appears to be gaining in popularity quickly is isomalto-oligosaccharide (IMO). It offers several advantages over inulin such as cost and GI tolerance. It's no secret consumers are becoming more label conscious, so it's important that formulas are free from ingredients that raise concerns among shoppers, such as artifi cial colors and fl avors, allergens and genetically modifi ed organism (GMO)- sourced materials. Traditionally, gummies have been made using a starch molding process. Starch used to form the gummy molds is reused, and there is a signifi cant residual amount left on the products after they have been shaken and blown off. Therefore, this technique presents signifi cant challenges to ensuring the gummy products are not contaminated. Newer, more advanced techniques, such as direct depositing, are vastly superior to the traditional starch molding techniques. Direct depositing usually involves depositing the gummy mixture directly into silicone or stainless-steel molds that can be sanitized and sterilized between batches, allowing for much greater control over the sanitation level of the production environment and cross-contamination prevention. It is only by using more advanced production techniques, in addition to systems and procedures in place, that products can claim to be truly free of unwanted materials. John Bentley, sales manager of North America Herbaland Naturals Inc. (herbaland.ca), was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He holds degrees with dean's list standing from the University of British Columbia in chemical and biological process engineering, as well as commerce with a fi nance option. Prior to joining the supplement and functional food industry, Bentley gained experience designing process equipment and brokering commercial real estate. He has a passion for health and nutrition, and is currently doing CrossFit and skiing to stay active. Bentley's specialty is the development and production of innovative, competitive and successful natural health products. Contract Manufacturing: Alternative Delivery Systems Q UA L I T Y | E X P E R I E N C E | S E R V I C E cGMP Compliant CUSTOM CONTRACT MANUFACTURING P O W D E R S C A P S U L E S T A B L E T S 2 8 0 2 D o w A v e . T u s t i n , C A 9 2 7 8 0 | 7 1 4 - 8 3 2 - 9 7 0 0 6 0 Ye a r s o f E x c e e d i n g E x p e c t a t i o n s Taste is important, so although gummy manufacturers may have advanced taste-masking techniques, selecting good-tasting raw materials is helpful and produces a more acceptable result, ultimately yielding a greater probability of success.

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