14 November, 2012 – Tate & Lyle’s ground-breaking, new salt-reduction ingredient, SODA-LO™ Salt Microspheres, was recognized as the "Heart Health and Circulatory Innovation of the Year" and as the overall "Most Innovative Health Ingredient of the Year" from the NuW Excellence Awards, which recognize individuals and business for their exemplary work and contribution to the industry.
"We are proud that a jury of experts recognized both the relevance of SODA-LO™ Salt Microspheres in today’s public health environment and the potential extraordinary value that it delivers to food manufacturers," said Andy Hoffman, Director of Health and Wellness Innovation, Tate & Lyle.
SODA-LO™ Salt Microspheres is a salt reduction ingredient that tastes, labels and functions like salt because it is salt. SODA-LO™ Salt Microspheres reduces salt levels by 25 to 50 percent in various applications including baked goods and salty snacks. SODA-LO™ Salt Microspheres has been created using a patent-pending technology that turns standard salt crystals into free-flowing crystalline microspheres. These smaller, lower-density crystals efficiently deliver salty taste by maximizing surface area relative to volume.
"The development of SODA-LO™ Salt Microspheres is a true case study in innovation helping to overcome a challenge – in this case reducing salt while maintaining taste – and we couldn’t be happier with the results and the commendation from NuW Excellence Awards," said Hoffman.
The winners of the categories were announced at the Messe Frankfurt where the Health Ingredients Europe is taking place until the 15th November 2012. Close to 40 entries were received into the awards with submissions coming from mainland Europe, Taiwan, China and the United States. The NuW Excellence Awards jury panel consisted of 9 leaders in the finished foods, beverages and ingredients industry.
About SODA-LO™ Salt Microspheres:
A salt reduction ingredient, SODA-LO™ Salt Microspheres tastes, labels and functions like salt because it is salt.
Tate & Lyle licensed SODA-LO® from Eminate Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of The University of Nottingham, UK, to commercialize it globally. Under the license agreement, Tate & Lyle assumes responsibility for commercialising the SODA-LO® salt reduction technology on a global basis including manufacturing, product development, sales and marketing.
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