GEA FILTERMAT technology
Micro-encapsulating oils within a powder matrix protects them against oxidation, makes them much easier to handle and provides increased formulation flexibility. FrieslandCampina Ingredients’ advanced micro-encapsulation procedure utilizes GEA FILTERMAT technology, which features a mild drying process. This protects both the stability and the sensorial and nutritional qualities of the oils. Thanks to these characteristics, infant milk formula producers can benefit from easier processing and storage over a product’s shelf life, enabling more efficient, flexible and cost-effective manufacturing.
The launches come as consumers become more aware of the health benefits of DHA and ARA, particularly in the first 1,000 days of life – from conception until two years old. Both DHA and ARA are present in breast milk, but synthesis is limited in infants, meaning dietary intake is crucial. It has been described that DHA plays a key role in brain development and may improve neurocognitive outcomes in infants. It is also acknowledged for supporting the normal development of visual function. In combination with ARA, DHA has also been shown to have a positive effect on immune development and function.
“When it comes to choosing the right ingredients to add to infant milk formula, DHA and ARA are understandably at the top of the list for their important health benefits. But they can be difficult to formulate while preserving their sensory and nutritional profile,” commented Marischa Nikkels, marketing manager at FrieslandCampina Ingredients. “Now with the launch of these latest DHA and ARA ingredients, manufacturers can fortify their products with an even higher concentration of LCPUFAs and ensure more sustainable on-pack credentials. Micro-encapsulation is also win-win for consumers – with no off-tastes or bad odours, parents can have the peace of mind that they’re providing one of the best infant milk formulas for their babies.”
FrieslandCampina Ingredients has over 20 years’ experience of supplying infant milk formula manufacturers worldwide, with extensive knowledge of producing micro-encapsulated LCPUFAs using GEA FILTERMAT drying technology. The company has an in-house pilot plant in Meppel, the Netherlands, and access to the world’s first upscalable GEA FILTERMAT installation, to continually help improve infant milk formula quality and processing.
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