Stabilising and protecting
A flavour as bright as its orange hue. A foamy pour with bubbles that last until the beverage is gone. A pill that’s easy to swallow and fast-acting. That’s the power of the Ingredion Idea Labs™ innovation springboard called Delivery Systems. This effort helps you address consumer trends and solve your challenges to deliver precious ingredients like flavours, colours, nutrients and fragrances in your consumer products.
For nearly a decade, Ingredion has built proprietary technologies around emulsification and encapsulation to help you protect and stabilise your active ingredients in products from foods and beverages to personal, home and fabric care to supplements and medicines. These products answer the trends in superior quality and sensory experiences, health and nutrition, affordability and pure and simple.
For example, with the quality and sensory-building capabilities of these technologies, colors can be brighter and flavors bolder. Foams and froths can add fun, whimsical appeal. Fragrances can last throughout the use of a product, such as detergents and fabric softeners that deliver fragrances people associate with the scents of “home” and “clean.”
These cost-effective specialty ingredients enable you to deliver active components, like flavors and vitamins, in systems that present environmental challenges, such as high temperatures and the presence of oxygen during processing or shelf life. Ingredion’s ever-expanding toolbox of nature-based ingredients such as starches from corn, tapioca and potato, extracts from the quillaja tree and vegetable-based proteins enable you to conquer these challenges. You’ll also find new market benefits, from saving money to simplifying product labels and delivering hard-to-work-with nutrition ingredients in foods, beverages and supplements.
Deliver functionality and embed actives
With emulsification, the ingredients preserve the functionality and quality of final products—from a creamy salad dressing, which is essentially an emulsion of oil, egg, lemon juice and seasonings, to home care applications, such as body wash with fragrance oils. In soft drinks or vitamin waters, emulsifiers keep flavour oils or actives distributed uniformly throughout the beverage.
Encapsulants help you protect your active ingredients by embedding them in a powder and holding them in a matrix. Think powdered drink mixes and herb and spice extracts powders —or even excipients that enable tableting of drugs and pharmaceuticals, such as vitamin tablets or prescription medicines. A capsule of antihistamine or soft-gel fish oil pill could use a protective coating that dissolves to release the ingredients once they are swallowed.
Innovating for tomorrow
We’re pushing the boundaries of these technologies to see how they can be used in industrial processes such as plating and for delivery of ingredients to improve crop yields. Ask us how we can help you stabilise and protect your active ingredients.