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Hydrocolloid systems for maximizing nutritional value and flavor profiles will be featured

WHITE MARSH, Md., (September 18, 2017) – TIC Gums will introduce two hydrocolloid solutions that address clean label demands, flavor and nutritional demands, and FSMA compliance regulation concerns at SupplySide West 2017. Samples of ice pops with GuarNT® USA Flavor Free 5000 and an Instant Cinnamon Chocolate Protein Beverage with Ticaloid® Ultrasmooth CL will be available to try at the TIC Gums SupplySide West Booth #EE170.

Flavor Boosting Stabilizer: GuarNT USA Flavor Free 5000

Food developers often use guar gum to prevent ice crystal formation in frozen treats, to thicken and add mouthfeel in sauces and dressings or to prevent runny instant oatmeal. Unfortunately for formulators, standard guar gum has a grassy, earthy smell and a beany, green flavor that can interfere with the sensory characteristics of foods with more delicate flavors. TIC Gums developed GuarNT USA Flavor Free 5000 to enable formulators to use guar gum in more of their applications without concerns over flavor masking.

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With its clean flavor profile, GuarNT USA Flavor Free 5000 can be used in a myriad of applications at usage levels that were not previously possible. Of samples containing GuarNT USA Flavor Free 5000, Sensory panelists discovered the following:

  • Butter shortbread cookies displayed a more prevalent and distinguishable butter flavor
  • Vanilla ice cream presented a higher level of vanilla flavor and aroma
  • Plain oatmeal exhibited a more apparent oat flavor

Furthermore, since GuarNT USA Flavor Free 5000 is manufactured in the USA, typical FSMA regulations concerning guar are alleviated.

Clean Label Blend: Ticaloid Ultrasmooth CL

As health and wellness trends continue to penetrate the instant beverage category, product developers are challenged with creating innovative, clean-label beverages that maximize nutritional value without negatively impacting sensory attributes. Fortified instant beverages have an increased amount of perceivable particulates due to the addition of vitamin-mineral blends, fiber, protein and other nutritional ingredients. Ticaloid Ultrasmooth CL, from TIC Gums, is a hydrocolloid system that enhances texture and suspension in instant protein beverage applications. This cold water soluble system dissolves easily into solution, allowing consumers to experience the textural benefits.

instant protein beverage Ticaloid Ultrasmooth CL

When tested, an instant chocolate protein beverage featuring Ticaloid Ultrasmooth CL:

  • Masked the awareness of particulates in a way other gums alone did not, avoiding an undesirable, gritty mouthfeel
  • Dispersed in liquid more easily than the alternative samples, and featured the highest hydration rate. This ensures the beverage hydrates quickly and remains at a consistent viscosity so it can be consumed immediately or over a longer period of time

Technical papers for GuarNT USA Flavor Free 5000 and Ticaloid Ultrasmooth CL will be available at booth #EE170 along with exclusive formulations and product demonstrations.

Coming Clean With Gums And Hydrocolloids

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"Every hydrocolloid provides different functionalities and textures to a finished product. Understanding all of their nuances and how they interact within a product is critical to a successful formulation," explains Dan Grazaitis, beverage technology manager at TIC Gums. "That's typically why we utilize blends to provide the optimum benefits of each hydrocolloid. Consumers are looking for clean-label solutions and questioning the exact need of the ingredients used in a product. The Guar NT line allows formulators to expand shelf life, protein content and increased fat levels, while maintaining a clean label." Read more

Hydrocolloid solutions for clean label demands and new FSMA compliance regulations will be featured

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WHITE MARSH, Md., (June 19, 2017) – TIC Gums will debut two new hydrocolloid solutions that address clean label demands and new FSMA compliance regulation concerns at IFT 2017. Samples of ice pops with GuarNT® USA and buttered cold brew coffee with Ticaloid® PRO 192 AGD will be available to try at the TIC Gums IFT Booth # 1050.

FSMA-Compliant Stabilizer: GuarNT USA

The recent implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to ensure the U.S. food supply, including imported food and ingredients, is safe. Focus has shifted from responsive measures concerning contamination risks to implementing enhanced preventive measures. This heightened responsibility has been placed with all food manufacturers and importers.

Although there are many items to consider in FSMA regulations, GuarNT USA helps alleviate concerns around two key elements pertaining to guar:

FSMA Compliance Concern 

What is required? 

TIC Gums Solution

Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)

The importer must verify that their foreign suppliers are meeting U.S. food safety standards. Under the FSVP rule importers are required to determine if food hazards are present, evaluate for possible risk, and determine and conduct appropriate verification activities, such as on-site audits and review of supplier records.

TIC Gums manufactures GuarNT USA in the United States, eliminating the need for FSVP related requirements.

However, if an audit is required to meet your company’s internal standards, TIC Gums domestic location allows easy access to audit facilities.

Preventive Controls

Preventive Controls are risk-based procedures, processes and practices applied to significantly minimize or prevent hazards in human food. Preventive Controls include a series of controls and steps that must be implemented in order to be compliant with FSMA; they include process controls, allergen control, sanitation control, supply chain and recall plan.

The proprietary manufacturing process developed by TIC Gums for GuarNT USA includes a validated microbiological kill step that ensures product safety and mitigates the risk of recalls or legal penalties associated with FSMA. A Validated Microbiological Kill Step is a scientific procedure that provides documented evidence that a process is capable of consistently eliminating a known hazard.

GuarNT USA also has a flavor free variation, GuarNT USA Flavor Free 5000, for delicate applications which have previously had usage level restrictions for standard guar gum due to “beany” or “grassy” off-notes in both flavor and odor.

Ice pops made with GuarNT USA

Clean Label Stabilizer System Suppresses Age Gelation: Ticaloid Pro 192

Ticaloid PRO 192 AGD addresses challenges associated with ready-to-drink (RTD) dairy beverage development including age gelation, protein stabilization and texture needs while adhering to clean label parameters. Manufacturers now have the ability to customize the desired textural attributes found in such applications while maintaining the stability of the finished product and extending its shelf life.

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TIC Gums Introduces Proprietary Validated Microbiological Kill Step and More with GuarNT® USA

WHITE MARSH, MD. – TIC Gums has released U.S.- produced GuarNT USA to their portfolio.

GuarNT USA addresses two major FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) compliance hurdles associated with food safety: Foreign Supplier Verification Program and Preventive Controls.

  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program

GuarNT USA is manufactured and warehoused in an SQF Level 3 Facility in Belcamp, Maryland. Due to the domestic nature of both the manufacturing and warehousing location, GuarNT USA avoids Foreign Supplier Verification Program requirements.

  • Preventive Controls

TIC Gums has implemented a proprietary Validated Microbiological Kill Step as a preventive control which monitors and prevents identified hazards.

GuarNT USA

GuarNT USA is a highly versatile hydrocolloid that builds viscosity and controls water migration in a wide range of finished goods including ice cream, instant beverages, sauces, baked goods, fruit preparations and syrups. Because guar is considered a seed gum, derived from the seed of the guar plant, GuarNT USA abides by regularly used clean label parameters. TIC Gums currently has GuarNT USA 8/22 and GuarNT USA Flavor Free 5000 in inventory.

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TIC Gums launches Go Green with the Guru

In celebration of Earth Day 2017 and as a new member of the Ingredion family, TIC Gums launched initiatives to promote and foster environmental sustainability. Inspired by the Earth Day mission, TIC Gums’ Community Collaboration Committee provided opportunities that call for a more environmentally friendly lifestyle—Go Green with the Gum Guru.

On April 14, 2017, TIC Gums joined the Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning for their 14th annual Arbor Day tree planting event. Bill Zimmerman, TIC Gums Environmental Health & Safety Manager says, “The group stuck together and worked as a well-oiled machine while planting over 25 trees and bushes. It was a great team effort and a wonderful way to give back to our environment.

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