BRIEFLY | Canada’s Quinta Quinoa wins big; Orkla and Renaissance take on acrylamide; Bridor rolls out clean label | for more news in the baking world, check out our website, www.bakersjournal.com Canada’s Quinta Quinoa wins big Shortly after being selected as one of the Top 10 International Innovation Award winners at SIAL Canada, Quinta Quinoa president and founder Jamie Draves flew to Switzerland to compete on the international stage once again. After making his pitch to the judges of the NutraIngredient Awards competition, Quinta Quinoa was selected as the International Startup of the Year during the VitaFoods Europe Conference. “What makes our Quinta Quinoa superior is that it has almost twice the protein and four times the mineral levels of standard quinoa, which is considered a superfood in itself. We have started to call it the ‘Super of the Superfoods’, said Draves after accepting the award. Since the launch of Ontario-grown Quinta Quinoa in early 2016, demand for the highest nutritional quality quinoa has been strong, and availability has expanded to multiple retail locations across Ontario. With record yields of 2000 lbs/ acre in 2016, Quinta is currently the only quinoa brand on the market that has completed the nutritional testing necessary to be able to make the claims of being high in protein, fibre and zinc, and an excellent source of iron and magnesium, and a source of calcium, reports the company in a news release. VitaFoods Europe brought together the industry leaders of functional foods, supplements and nutritional products from May 9-11 for a conference and tradeshow event. The top three Finalists from each NutraIngredient award category gathered to pitch their innovative products to a panel of expert judges. After a day of deliberations, the award winners were announced at the NutraIngredient Awards Ceremony on May 10. In addition to winning NutraIngredients International Startup of the Year award and the Top 10 SIAL 2017 International Innovation Award, Quinta Quinoa has been recognized by several other organizations as an innovative product, including Regional Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence and the Food Innovation Award from the Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association. Orkla and Renaissance take on acrylamide Orkla Food Ingredients teamed up with Renaissance BioScience to exclusively produce and sell Renaissance acrylamidereducing yeast in the European Nordic and Baltic markets. “Renaissance’s acrylamide-reducing yeast has shown promising results in baked goods trials, and Orkla is pleased to be working with Renaissance to make this valuable advance in food safety available to food manufacturers,” said Thore Svensson, senior vice-president of Orkla Food Ingredients, in a news release. Renaissance’s acrylamide-reducing yeast has shown promising results in industrial trials in baked goods and snack foods, as well as in lab scale tests in fries and coffee, reports a company press release. This yeast was granted GRAS status by the U.S. FDA in 2016 – the same status as conventional baker’s and brewer’s yeasts. It is patent pending and was developed using classical non-GMO techniques. Bridor rolls out clean label Bridor launched a clean label program that bans over 150 ingredients, including artificial colours and flavours, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, bleached flour, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats. The company now offers a portfolio of clean label products in its Bridor and Au Pain Doré lines in Canada and the U.S. The clean label line includes over 200 Bridor, Au Pain Doré and private-label products, a figure that could rise to 300 by the end of year, the company reports. Bridor offers over 300 crusty and artisan bread recipes and 150 pastry recipes and operates bakeries in Canada and the U.S. Bridor serves major distributors, grocery store chains, restaurants and hotels in both Canada and the U.S. Bridor’s four North American facilities have over 700 employees, more than 500 of whom are in Canada.
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