Foods & Flavours

A clever combination of calcium and vitamins

12th February 2019

Mineral ingredients manufacturer, Omya, will debut at Vitafoods Europe in Geneva. For the first time, the Swiss company will showcase a range of proprietary calcium products and specialty ingredients from its distribution portfolio at Europe’s leading nutraceutical trade fair. With prototypes for energy management and bone health, Omya will present holistic solutions for various nutraceutical concepts that meet current market demands.

From flavours, natural colours and antioxidants to water- and fat-soluble vitamins, Omya offers a variety of versatile ingredients that stretch beyond calcium carbonate. For instance, the company has developed the instant drink Omyafit — a prototype designed to support mental and physical health. The food supplement contains 240 mg of calcium per 10-gram portion. This equates to 600 mg of natural calcium carbonate, offering 30% of the daily recommended intake and enabling a “high in calcium” claim. Fortified with several vitamins, such as C, D, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid and the minerals zinc, iron, selenium and chromium, Omyafit provides the perfect blend of essential micronutrients. For added energy, it also contains taurine, L-tyrosine, guarana seed extract and caffeine.

Another new prototype is Omyasprint, based on the excipient Omyapharm and vitamin B12 from the distribution portfolio. With vitamin B12 helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue, this concept is aimed at cognitive and immune health. As an orally dispersible tablet, Omyasprint is designed to dissolve in the mouth within seconds without the need for water. The multifunctional mineral excipient Omyapharm ensures high mechanical stability and fast disintegration.

The calcium enrichment of foods and beverages is an ongoing trend, strengthened by the world’s aging population and consumers who are looking to avoid health problems associated with calcium deficiency. As a high-purity natural calcium source with 40% bioavailable calcium, Calcipur is the perfect choice for calcium supplementation and osteoporosis treatment. That’s why Omya has developed the bone health complex Omyabone – a chewable tablet containing Calcipur as the active ingredient and vitamins K2 and D3 from the company’s distribution portfolio. Together with a balanced diet, supplements based on this formulation contribute to the recommended daily allowance for calcium, according to EU specifications. Additionally, the Calcipur range can be used in various applications, including bakery products, cereals, extruded snacks, vegan drinks and other foods and beverages.

Stefan Lander, Vice President Consumer Goods, Group Sales & Marketing at Omya, explains: “Today’s consumers are looking for nutritional all-in-one solutions. As such, it makes perfect sense to offer functional combinations that meet their needs. Our dual role as a supplier of calcium carbonate and global distributor of specialty ingredients delivers real customer advantages.”