EU Food Market Trends
The use of synthetic antioxidants in food is not common. Instead the producers will continue to use natural spice extracts such as Rosemary to extend the shelf life of oils and foods that contain them. Mixed Tocopheols are also very prevalent in the European market. Both of these strategies work well in the pursuit of clean labeling but testing should be done to ensure that their addition is working with the food system rather than against it. An example of this is the addition of Mixed Tocopherols to some vegetable oils where usage can reduce the oxidative stability of the food.
There is also a growing trend of only using Ascorbic Acid or Ascorbyl Palmitate as an oxygen scavenger to extend the shelf life of oils and foods. It should be realized that an oxygen scavenger is not an antioxidant.
An effective antioxidant system should contain an antioxidant, an oxygen scaveger and a chelating agent. This will ensure the best protection against oxidation and maintain the nutritional and sensory
qualities of the food product throughout its shelf life. The food will also have a longer shelf life, offer increased consumer satisfaction and reduce the producer’s cost in distribution and product returns.
Caldic leads the antioxidant market with our diverse product line of Dadex antioxidants. We have the technical knowledge and testing capabilities to support oxidation management and shelf life extension and are eager to support our customers with our expertise.