Frutarom, Tab Labs develop probiotic gum
NORTH BERGEN, N.J. Frutarom and Tab Labs recently collaborated to make the prototype of a probiotic gum featuring BLIS K12, a new oral probiotic bacteria known as an immune system booster. Frutarom and Tab Labs recently introduced the BLIS K12 gum at Supply Side West in Las Vegas.
“Because BLIS K12 is an oral cavity probiotic, it needs to be delivered in a format that has prolonged contact with the mouth, making a chewing gum the perfect delivery system — and more importantly, an immune system booster,” stated Laurent Leduc, VP of Frutarom’s health division. “Chewing BLIS K12 gum increases the probiotic bacteria activity time in the mouth, as compared to a chewable tablet for example, and provides more opportunity for colonization of the K12 bacteria.”
Previously, manufacturers were unable to develop a stable functional gum application due to probiotic bacteria’s sensitivity to heat. Tab Labs has succeeded in developing a proprietary cold-press technology to manufacture functional gums. “As a result, you get a very high survival rate of the K12 bacteria and there is no moisture in the finished product, which further helps to ensure longer shelf life,” said Tom Holtgen, managing director of Tab Labs. “The cold-press technology also allows for full release of the active, immune system booster compounds, unlike other gums which tend to bind.”
The functional gum, designed for adults as well as children, is available in mint and fruit flavors.
Nutrition 21 gains license for ProBiomega
PURCHASE, N.Y. Nutrition 21 on Friday announced that the company has obtained an exclusive license for a patented combination of a probiotic and omega-3 fish oil from ProbioHealth and ProbioFerm.
“The probiotic included in the exclusive license, Lactobacillus casei ATCC 3945, has shown enhanced stability when mixed with omega-3 fish oil,” stated James Komorowski, VP R&D at Nutrition 21. “The omega-3 fish oil coats the probiotic and provides a beneficial barrier to air and moisture,” he said. “So not only will consumers obtain the digestive health and heart health benefit from the probiotic and omega-3 fish oil, but the combination also enhances the shelf life of the finished product.”
“This new product, called ProBiomega, is the only product available that combines the benefits of a probiotic and omega-3 fish oil,” added Michael Zeher, Nutrition 21 president and CEO. “We are very excited to enter the fast-growing probiotic market with this unique product formulation.”
GNC appoints new member to board
PITTSBURGH General Nutrition Centers on Friday named Michael Hines, a senior retailing industry executive, to its board of directors. Hines will also sit on the audit committee, serving as chairperson.
Hines was EVP and CFO of Dick’s Sporting Goods from 1995 to March 2007. From 1990 to 1995, he held management positions with Staples, most recently as VP finance.
As of Sept. 30, GNC has more than 6,700 locations, of which more than 5,300 retail locations were in the United States (including 919 franchise and 1,814 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 47 international markets.