Biocatalysts to announce new enzyme panel at Fi Europe

7 Nov 2017

Biocatalysts is launching a new enzyme panel at Food Ingredients Europe, aimed at companies that are developing products to address the current trends of sugar reduction and soluble fibre inclusion.

Biocatalysts to announce new enzyme panel at Fi Europe

Biocatalysts is launching what it describes as an exciting new enzyme panel for the food industry at Food Ingredients Europe. The panel is aimed at companies that are developing products to address the current trends of sugar reduction and soluble fibre inclusion.

The enzyme panel will consist of various small samples of enzymes which have been discovered to be specifically active on carbohydrates such as xylan, pectin and manan. These types of carbohydrates can be enzymatically modified to add value to various food applications. Examples of this include building polymers and oligosaccharides from simple monomeric and dimeric sugars or reducing large complex carbohydrate polymers to smaller oligosaccharides for use as soluble fibre or bulking agents.

Alongside this new product launch, Biocatalysts will be showcasing its capabilities in enzyme discovery, development and manufacture, which are said to respond to the need for unique enzymes in the food industry to drive innovation and differentiate products. The process of taking a new enzyme from concept to routine manufacture has previously been an expensive and lengthy process, the company says, but Biocatalysts claims it is continuously breaking down these barriers. The latest addition to Biocatalysts’ capabilities is its new MetXtra proprietary platform, which the company says has further reduced the cost and time that it takes to identify, rationally select and produce novel enzyme samples for testing.

“With the food industry moving at a fast pace, innovation is key if food companies want to stay ahead of the game,” said Daren Bryce, Commercial Director at Biocatalysts. “There are a limited number of ingredients, processes and standard enzymes available and chances are, if you’re using them then so are your competitors. The ideal situation would be for food manufacturers to have access to unique solutions at a cost and timeframe that suits. This is where Biocatalysts comes in.”

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