AWARD WINNING OMEGA-3 FISH OIL MICROENCAPSULATION TECHNOLOGY
Nu-Mega Ingredients Pty Ltd is at the cutting edge of oil microencapsulation technology (world patented), having recently been awarded the AOCS (American Oil Chemist’s Society) Corporate Achievement Award 2003 for an outstanding process that has made the greatest impact on its industry segment.
Nu-Mega manufactures a range of Driphorm DHA, one of the essential omega-3 fatty acids derived from tuna fish oil which enables the addition of DHA to a broad spectrum of products in a convenient and stable dry powder form. This can be done with minimal flavour impact and in most cases without any alteration of product flavour. Nu-Mega has a range of Driphorm products, each designed to give optimal function to specific food applications.
Nu-Mega’s DHA is derived from tuna oil from tuna fish responsibly fished in the Southern Pacific Ocean using dolphin friendly methods. It is rigorously refined and tested to ensure that no heavy metals such as mercury are present.
It is widely recognised that adequate intake of the long chain omega-3s help to maintain healthy cardiovascular function and it is now also becoming clear that DHA in particular is a vital building block of healthy brains. Throughout life, the DHA-rich membranes of nerve cells enable rapid and efficient transmissions of the electrochemical signals we call brain waves, placing DHA at the structural centre of all we are as humans.
Specific requirements for DHA have been identified in pregnant and lactating women to supply the developing infant brain, while infant formula is now often DHA-fortified. DHA deficiency has been linked to behavioural disorders in young adults, to depression in adults and to dementia in the elderly. So it is a matter of great concern that consumption of DHA, especially in the form of oily fish, is declining in Western countries despite government advice to increase fish intake. Consumers are, however becoming more and more aware of omega-3s, the health benefits of which continue to attract widespread publicity globally. The opportunity for food manufacturers is immense.
Leading branded food manufacturers around the world such as Birdseye Smart Choice Hake Fillets, Tip Top Up bread, Nutricia Infant Formula, Hans Continental Smallgoods, and Warburtons, are already working in conjunction with Nu-Mega Ingredients, to produce delicious new DHA-fortified foods by using naturally DHA-rich tuna oil in microencapsulated form.
Examples of foods that can be enriched with DHA:
- Infant nutrition – infant formulas and moist solid preparations
- Bread and bakery products
- Cereals – muesli bars, breakfast products
- Dairy – frozen confection, yoghurts, fromage frais, milk
- Supplements – capsules, dietary products
- Beverages and juices
- Animal Feeds
- Fruit preparations
Nu-Mega Ingredients prides itself on its service to customers, its continuous innovation and its research and development programme. Nu-Mega works with the customer throughout the manufacturing process, right through to the end consumer’s satisfaction. This has led to the development of a range of Driphorm products that will perform in just about every conceivable food application. Further information is available from www.nu-mega.com.
To discuss how Nu-Mega Ingredients can help your company please contact:
Business Development – Europe/USA
Nu-Mega Ingredients Pty Limited
Cambridge Business Park
Tel:+44 (0)1223 393514
Fax: +44 (0)1434 602838