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Supplier Innovations and News Tropical flavor line extends beyond familiar are finding these appealing tastes in menu items at local Latino restaurants and in products that line the shelves in specialty stores and supermarkets in both Latin American communities and upscale markets across the country” Mr. Laroche said. The flavors may be used in a range of formulations. “We have tested them and have created enticing prototypes, from confectioneries to bakery products to savory toppings and desserts, and from still drinks to teas and carbonated beverages and cocktail mixers,” Mr. Laroche said. Deborah Kennison, vicepresident of research and development for Symrise, added, “We have also found another advantage in formulations that feature tropical fruit flavors. When they are used in fortified beverages and food formulations, there is substantial evidence that some of these tropical fruit flavors effectively mask the off-tastes of some vitamins and minerals.” Symrise, Teterboro, N.J., has introduced go tropicals!, which is a new line of tropical fruit flavors. The company conducted a nationwide, on-line study of consumers before determining the line’s flavors of mango, guava, papaya, pineapple, lychee, passion fruit, pomegranate, coconut water and prickly pear. While consumers in the study generally indicated a preference for the more familiar tropical fruit flavors, they also were willing to try newer varieties cited in the study. “With Latino flavors having gone truly mainstream, more fringe tastes in the tropical fruit flavor category are gaining acceptance, paving the way for less familiar subtropical flavors such as those found in the Caribbean and South and Southeast Asia,” said Emmanuel Laroche, vice-president of Marketing & Consumer Insights, North America, for Symrise. Among ethnic groups in the on-line study, Asians demonstrated interest in all of the tropical fruit flavors. Mr. Laroche said in some cases people first experienced tropical fruit flavors in trips to the Caribbean, Central America and South America. “Today these consumers are among the many who Visit: SunOpta completes purchase of juice company SunOpta Global Organic Ingredients Inc., a subsidiary of SunOpta Inc., has completed its acquisition of the assets and business of Lorton’s Fresh Squeezed Juices Inc. Based in San Bernardino, Calif., Lorton’s is a vertically integrated producer of citrus-based products in both industrial and packaged formats and has annual revenues of about $10 million. “We are very pleased to have completed this transaction as it enables us to vertically integrate and expand our industrial and retail citrus products business,” said Joseph Stern, president of SunOpta Food Solutions. “Lorton’s has been a long-standing supplier to SunOpta for our citrus program, and this transaction continues the evolution of our strategic relationship. We believe that controlling our own operation will allow us to cost-effectively expand our industrial and packaged citrus programs.” Purchase price for the assets and business was $2.5 million, on a debt-free basis, subject to post-closing working capital adjustments, plus a potential earn-out dependent upon the achievement of certain future targets. “This acquisition will leverage our strengths in sourcing and supply of citrus products and further strengthens our vertically integrated model from sourcing through ingredients and finished packaged products,” said Steve Bromley, president and chief executive officer of Toronto-based SunOpta Inc. “This is consistent with our strategy to continue to grow our core value-added natural and organic foods platform.” Spicetec names director of marketing Danny Bawcom has joined Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings, Omaha, as director of marketing. Previously, he spent six years at Simplot Food Group in Boise, Idaho, as director of new product development and marketing, and he also held marketing and sales positions with Sara Lee Foods. Mr. Bawcom received both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in food science from Texas Tech University. Visit: Visit: 50 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® August 16, 2011

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Food Business News - August 16, 2011
Ralcorp to buy Sara Lee refrigerated dough business
Whey protein’s emerging mass appeal
Gluten-free labeling in the spotlight
Web Contents
Editorial - Search for insights in P.&G.’s farewell to food
Nestle profi t down in fi rst half of year
Sara Lee income up sharply in year
Pilgrim’s Pride’s second-quarter earnings plunge
Snyder’s-Lance swings to loss in quarter
Consumers taking active role in beverage trends
Cargill recalls 36 million lbs of ground turkey
Consumers more concerned with fat, calories than HFCS
Investment group partnering with Kettle Cuisine
Smart Balance purchases gluten-free food company
Sunsweet acquires Function Drinks
Kraft's big Split
Additional amicable separations
Ralcorp to buy Sara Lee refrigerated dough business
Ralcorp net down on impairment charge
F.D.A. warns Lazy Larry brownies are unsafe
Cott income climbs 19% in second quarter
Lower salad volumes contribute to loss at Chiquita
Restaurant Performance Index above 100 in June
Cost and taste remain barriers for functional foods
Sugar prices strong as supplies tighten
Gluten-free labeling in the spotlight
Health and wellness remains at the heart of oil innovations
Inside the guar gum bubble
Use hydrocolloids to save on costs
Dairy Business News
Conditions remain diffi cult for Dean Foods
Dean Foods suffers loss after litigation charge
Whey protein’s emerging mass appeal
Adding ethical value
Dannon adds Greek Oikos to portfolio
Caribou adds ‘Grown-up Grilled Cheese’ to menu
Beech-Nut to co-brand baby food with Mott’s
Earth’s Best expands Sesame Street line
Popchips introduces jalapeño variety
Kettle Brand launches reduced-fat chip line
Tropical fl avor line extends beyond familiar
SunOpta completes purchase of juice company
Spicetec names director of marketing
Carton protects fragile products
GPC hires scientist, sales representative
F.D.A. has no objection to krill oil’s GRAS status
Birko to buy maker of washing, pasteurizing systems
Ingredient Markets
Ad Index
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Food Business News - August 16, 2011