In today’s rapidly evolving food industry, the demand for innovative and healthier ingredients continues to grow. NCC, a leading provider of food ingredients, is at the forefront of this movement. With a focus on Health and wellness ingredients, NCC have seen a surge in demand for their extensive and cutting-edge range of proteins, fibres, and sugar alternative ingredients.
Proteins: Building Blocks of Nutrition and Taste
The trend of incorporating protein into food products is set to continue, however it is important for producers to utilise the right type of protein for their products since some protein sources can have an after taste or specific texture.
Fintan Mc Connell, of NCC, explains further – “at NCC we offer a full array of protein-based ingredients that cater to various dietary needs and culinary applications that enhance the taste, texture, and functionality of food products. NCC’s protein offerings include plant-based options such as, Cosun’s Tendra Fava Bean Protein Isolate which complements our other vegetable proteins like pea, rice, and soy proteins. These plant-based proteins are not only suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets but also serve as a viable alternative for individuals with dairy or gluten sensitivities. In the case of Tendra Fava Bean Protein Isolate it is particularly suited for dairy and dairy alternative products since it is flavour and aroma neutral.”
NCC can also offer other protein sources including whey, collagen and even insect, providing high-quality protein sources that deliver excellent flavour, texture, and functionality. These ingredients find applications in a wide range of products, including beverages, snacks, baked goods, and in sports nutrition.
Fibres: Promoting Digestive Health and Clean Labels
NCC understands the growing consumer demand for fibre-rich products and offers a diverse portfolio of fibre ingredients that not only provide health benefits but also help manufacturers meet clean label requirements.
Lisa Kelly, NCC’s food scientist, outlines NCC’s offerings “at NCC we have a variety of soluble and insoluble fibres derived from sources like chicory root, cellulous, sugar cane, bamboo, pea, rice, barley and citrus. These ingredients can be incorporated into a range of food and beverage applications, including cereals, bars, bakery products, and dairy alternatives. By leveraging NCC’s fibre solutions, manufacturers can create products that promote digestive health without compromising on taste or texture.”
Sweeteners: Balancing Taste and Health
As consumers strive to reduce their sugar intake, the demand for natural and low-calorie sweeteners has surged.
According to NCC’s Fintan Mc Connell: “At NCC, we recognised this significant shift in consumer preference and we now provide a huge range of sugar alternatives, that offer the perfect balance between taste and health. This sweetener offering include natural alternatives like inulin, Stevia (including our 2nd generation stevia with no bitter after taste), Monk fruit, Erythritol, amongst others. These ingredients provide a sweetening effect without the added calories and have gained popularity as healthier substitutes for traditional sugar. Our sweeteners can be seamlessly incorporated into a wide variety of food and beverage applications, including beverages, desserts, and confectionery products.”
Through our protein offerings, NCC enable our customers to create nutritious and delicious products while meeting various dietary requirements. Our fibre ingredients not only support digestive health but also help food producers meet clean label expectations. Additionally, NCC’s natural sugar alternatives, provide a healthier alternative to traditional sugar, allowing consumers to enjoy the sweetness they love without compromising on taste or wellness.
Whether it’s formulating plant-based products with protein, fortifying with fibre, or reducing sugar content, NCC Ingredients empowers the food industry to create products that align with consumers ever-changing demands of today’s health-conscious consumers.
NCC Food ingredients is an award-winning sourcing provider of functional and innovative ingredients. Our customer base ranges from international producers of foods and beverages to small niche artisan creators of fine foods.
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