Kemin Industries has recently launched BetaVia™ Pure WD and BetaVia™ Complete WD, 2 new water-dispersible versions of its immune support ingredient, that drastically improve suspension in applications such as drink mixes and sachets. The water-dispersible forms join Kemin Human Nutrition and Health’s BetaVia™ line of algae-sourced beta-glucan that has been clinically validated to support the immune system while protecting against oxidative stress.
Kemin Human Nutrition and Health’s proprietary BetaVia ingredient line is derived from the beta-glucan-rich Euglena gracilis algae, grown through a patented, sustainable fermentation process to provide beta-glucan at concentrations of greater than 50% or greater than 95%. BetaVia Pure is the highest purity of beta-glucan currently available on the market, with greater than 95% beta 1,3 glucans. Since beta 1,3 glucans are naturally insoluble, formulating them for drink mixes, sachets or other applications that require water dispersion can be challenging. However, the new water-dispersible BetaVia product form has overcome this challenge and delivers improved results.
Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of algae as an emerging superfood. As scientists continue to discover the beneficial and functional properties of the algae ingredient, global demand for macroalgal and microalgal foods is growing. The commercialization of algae products is in its infancy, with the global algae market forecasted to reach US$36 billion by 2028 at a CAGR of 10.5% from 2022 to 2028, according to Vantage Market Research.12
Chris Sadewasser, Global Product Manager, Kemin Human Nutrition and Health said, “We are pleased to introduce BetaVia Pure WD and BetaVia Complete WD, our newest health solutions that address typical formulation challenges with enhanced ability to stay suspended in water. The rising interest in nutritious, functional and sustainable ingredients for food and dietary supplements makes algae a more attractive option. BetaVia, with proven safety and efficacy for immune health, meets that demand for natural, science-based functional ingredients, and its versatility is ideal for a wide range of applications. The new water-dispersible forms give manufacturers the ability to provide consumers an enhanced user experience.”
BetaVia can be complemented with other immune support ingredients for a competitive advantage and differentiation in the market. In some formulations, slight flavors or aromas are easily masked. In addition to being an ideal solution for drink mixes and sachets, BetaVia works in a variety of applications as follows:
- Tablets and capsules
- Beverages, syrups and liquids
- Gummies and chews
- Powders and stick packs
- Soft gels
“Algae’s versatility—combined with its unparalleled sustainability—make it a prime solution for the issues facing today’s existing global food supply chain,” said Sadewasser. “Algae is one of the most environmentally friendly sources of nutrition and provides a unique blend of nutrients and bioactive components, making it unlike any other superfood. Over the last 10 years, the Kemin team has worked to develop the most effective ingredient possible that is good for both the environment and consumers’ health, supporting our vision of sustainably transforming the quality of life every day for 80% of the world.”
BetaVia ingredients are natural, safe immune-supporting ingredients with an established regulatory status on a global basis. These sustainably sourced solutions are GRAS, kosher, halal, vegetarian, gluten free, allergen free and non-GMO.