Tomato packs a double punch

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The launch of a tomato-based ingredient with a double functionality
is set to appeal to an industry on the look out for ingredients
with added value.

The launch of a tomato-based ingredient with a double functionality is set to appeal to an industry on the look out for ingredients with added health value.

US company LycoRed Natural Products has designed a new version of its lycopene boosted Lyc-O-Mato product.

Using proprietary technology, the tomato fibres with natural lycopene still attached are separated from the fruit and dried into a free flowing red powder.

According to the company, Lyc-O-Mato Fibers have a lycopene content eight times higher than that of conventional tomato powder and are free of additives.

When added to a food product as a colourant, Lyc-O-Mato Fibers should be declared in the ingredient list as 'tomato juice powder colour'​ or 'coloured with dried tomato juice'.

Applications for the product include breads, yoghurt, meats, snacks and nutritional bars.

Food manufacturers are starting to realise​ the true value of natural food colours with additional health benefits. The market can expect to see increasing numbers of ingredients companies meeting these double functionality needs.

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