Caravan Ingredients, Inc. Earns 2010 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award

July 18, 2010

Caravan Ingredients Inc. has been named a 2010 recipient of the "IFT Food Expo Innovation Award" for the development of Trancendim(TM) Diglycerides for Zero Trans Shortening.

Presented to Caravan Ingredients by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) at its Annual Meeting & Food Expo on Sunday, July 18, the award is designed to honor outstanding innovation in products, ingredients, applications, instruments, equipment, technology and services.

"Trancendim(TM) technology provides unique opportunities to reduce saturated fat in trans fat free applications. Caravan Ingredients is very proud and also excited that this innovative technology has been recognized by the Institute of Food Technologists," said Larry Skogerson, Vice President R&D at Caravan Ingredients. "Development of Trancendim(TM) underscores the commitment of Caravan Ingredients to provide innovative ingredients that enable food manufacturers to provide healthy, nutritious and delicious food choices for consumers."

The Trancendim(TM) line of high diglycerides from Caravan Ingredients, transcends existing lipid structuring technology by delivering zero grams trans fat and significantly reduced saturated fat; all while maintaining exceptional taste, mouthfeel and flavor release.

Choosing shortenings and margarines with Trancendim(TM) eliminates "hydrogenated" from your label and works well in a variety of applications including cakes, donuts, Danish, icing, frying, puff pastries, laminated products, popcorn oil, peanut butter and compound coatings.

A panel of nine jurors from industry and government with expertise in ingredients, product development, processing and packaging technology, microbiology and food safety reviewed all entries. Judging criteria included: degree of innovation; solves a problem relevant to food science and technology; technical advancement; benefits to food manufacturers; benefit to consumers; and scientific merit.

One juror wrote with regard to Caravan Ingredients' winning product submission:

"Replacing the functionality of the trans fat in baked goods continues to be a challenge. This product may be the solution that baked products need to become trans fat free."

About Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) exists to advance the science of food. Their long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply contributing to healthier people everywhere. Founded in 1939, IFT is a nonprofit scientific society with members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT champions the use of sound science across the food value chain through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy, encouraging the exchange of information, providing both formal and informal educational opportunities, and furthering the advancement of the profession. IFT has offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. For additional information, please visit ift.org. 

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