Omya develops calcium ingredient for baby food


Mineral ingredient provider has developed an ingredient with very fine particles to enhance powdered infant products

Omya, global producer of mineral ingredients, has developed a natural source of calcium for use in baby food applications. With very fine particles, it enhances powdered infant products in a safe and healthy way.

The ingredient is ideally suited to finished products such as baby milk powder, ready to use infant drinks, cereals and biscuits targeted at smaller children.

Omya Calcipur meets USP, FCC and E170 purity requirements and provides excellent stability. Containing approximately 40% calcium, the ingredient boosts calcium content of the end product, with appropriate support for the nutritional requirements of babies and toddlers.

Infant nutrition must meet the highest possible quality criteria in respect of product safety, purity and nutritional value. Omya has therefore developed Calcipur 115-KP and 95-KP, two grades of natural calcium carbonate particles that provide ideal enhancement of infant formula.

Obtained from high purity sources, the natural minerals have been comprehensively tested and proven safe. Low impurity means exceptionally low levels of aluminium, manganese and cadmium. Omya Calcipur KP contains less than 0.5 ppm lead, with aluminium and cadmium content well below the specified reference values.

Omya Calcipur KP is also Halal and Kosher.

Natural ground calcium carbonate used for the Calcipur KP-line provides a high Ca2 + content combined with excellent bioavailability, thus providing optimal nutritional value in the end product.

Omya Calcipur contains approximately 40% elemental calcium. That means, compared with other available solutions, up to five times less Calcipur is required to obtain the same calcium dose in a product. This minimises the cost of supplementation while enabling exciting positioning opportunities in the infant nutrition sector.

The very fine particle size helps to prevent sedimentation and negative impact on mouthfeel, resulting in higher consumer acceptance.

Furthermore, the ingredient offers excellent characteristics for ease of processing. Besides being a highly effective anti-caking aid for powders, it can also reduce dusting and help correct pH-values. The natural particles also score with exceptional whiteness for a pure, wholesome and high-quality appearance.

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Stefan Lander, VP of Consumer Goods, Group Sales & Marketing at Omya, said: “Our Calcipur KP-line provides the highest standards for infant nutrition. Combining nutritional benefits with ease of processing, the natural ingredients make it easy to develop innovative and all-round infant food solutions.”