Future-proof natural ingredients with added functionality

Jun 8, 2023

For mineral producer Omya, sustainability is not just a buzzword - it’s a crucial part of the company’s ethos 

Today, sustainability is uppermost in people’s minds and plays a key role in consumer purchasing decisions. It therefore goes without saying that the food industry must prove itself capable of making the right decisions when it comes to safeguarding precious, natural resources such as water, soil and the very air that we breathe. As a leading global supplier of naturally derived calcium carbonate, Swiss ingredients supplier Omya perfectly illustrates its commitment to the cause, from raw material extraction, processing and distribution to employee culture. With its mining operations around the world, the company ensures the availability and supply of high-purity minerals with ultimate functionality. 

Abundant raw material 

Demand for foods and beverages fortified with calcium is growing, driven largely by lactose-intolerant consumers, vegans, those looking to prevent osteoporosis or simply adopt a healthier diet. Natural calcium carbonate is a highly bioavailable source of calcium which comprises almost four per cent of the earth’s crust. This makes it one of the most abundant natural raw materials found on all continents in the form of chalk, limestone and marble.  

Calcium carbonate fortification can help achieve the recommended daily calcium dose. Furthermore, the ingredient is suitable as a white color pigment(due to its high refractive index). The mineral can also be used as an excellent flow aid in powder products to ensure optimal flow properties. But also as an extrusion aid in cereals and snacks. By using natural ingredients, manufacturers can not only create products with added health benefits but also optimize production processes, thus reducing costs, materials and energy expenditure.  

With more than 130 years of experience in processing minerals, extensive research investment and a strong commitment to R&D, Omya produces natural minerals that meet the highest regulatory and quality standards for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The company continually reviews its production processes to ensure the long-term reduction of energy consumption and conservation of natural resources.  

OMYA will be exhibiting at foodpro in Melbourne from 23-26 July. Register now to visit them at Stand A4 for the best recommendations and advice for your business.

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