Conagen announces lactones breakthrough

16 Aug 2019

Conagen, a Boston-based biotechnology company focusing on research and development has announced what it describes as a breakthrough development in the commercial production of natural aromatic compound, γ-Decalactone from natural substrates using its proprietary technology.

Found in many ripe fruits and particularly peaches, γ-Decalactone is said to be a versatile compound used commercially in formulations with distinctive fruit flavours of peach, apricot and strawberry in food, beverage, fragrance, nutrition, renewable materials, and pharmaceutical markets.

Conagen announces lactones breakthrough

The technology created for the γ-Decalactone product provides for more than 20 different lactones, many of which have not been available commercially because of a lack of reliable sources. This, Conagen claims, positions the company as a leader in the world of ingredient development.

"The strengthening and expansion of Conagen's lactone production platform will better meet consumers' demand for nature-based, clean ingredients," said Oliver Yu, co-founder and CEO of Conagen.

The compound is a member of a much larger family of lactones. Variations in the structures of lactones define their unique sensory properties with mainly fruity and buttery characteristics. These diverse characteristics are said to create a wider spectrum of application options for manufacturers that use lactone flavours in their products.

"Conagen's lactone products are natural and non-GMO, making them ideal for use in a variety of consumer products," said Vice President of Research and Development, Casey Lippmeier.

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