High Performance Powder Product
Posted by Anna Batsakes on Aug 2, 2016
Opportunities to introduce new and innovative products to consumers in a powder format seem endless. High performance powders offer a perfect delivery system for innovative nutraceuticals, combining hydration with function while extending ingredient stability, prolonging shelf life and expanding shelf presence. But, successful commercialization of nutritional powders transcends clinical efficacy. It’s about delivering an appealing, convenient and safe solution to consumers at the right price.
A successful high performance powder reflects consumer need through precise nutritional composition, tailored sensory characteristics, and commercial and market viability. Efficacy in all these areas is required for delivery of a winning product. Yet, crossing over to powders has its unique design and development considerations. Expert high performance powder manufacturers use a host of technologies to create products that meet functional and sensory expectations of clients and their consumers.
All too often, a great-performing, bench-top concept will fail at the plant-scale, processing or manufacturing level. Combining functional nutrients, stabilizers, flavors, colors and sweeteners into an optimal powder blend can be a challenge to efficacy, performance and cost. Finding an expert powder process manufacturer that can increase overall performance by adding crucial functional attributes such as uniformity and stability helps ensure a product’s success.
Fluid bed batch processing includes technologies such as agglomeration, granulation, coating and micro-encapsulation. These processing technologies can address such processing and manufacturing challenges and ultimately contribute to the launch of a winning product.
Agglomeration is the particle engineering essence behind high performance powder systems. It creates superior blend uniformity and optimizes dispersion and dissolution of a product when mixed with liquids. On a basic level, agglomeration creates ingredient particle clusters that disperse uniformly in liquid by controlling the rate various elements go into solution.
In the dietary supplement world, where process validation is required, the rigorous mixing achieved through fluid bed batch processing helps ensure precise dosing and nutrient uniformity per batch. This uniformity helps attain on-the-mark nutritional label claims. With regulatory standards becoming more stringent, uniformity, in this sense, is crucial to development. Besides ensuring proper dosing levels, ingredient uniformity can also reduce formulation costs by lowering the ingredient overages often needed to meet strict validation requirements.
Delivering a nutritional beverage while maintaining taste, sensory appeal and stability poses a challenge in powdered products, as it does with any food system. These challenges become opportunities to enhance overall product performance and appeal when using fluid-bed batch technologies such as microencapsulation. Using an array of capabilities to optimize ingredients in a high performance powders formula is a key to success.
Fluid bed batch agglomeration, granulation, coating and microencapsulation are technologies that can enhance the efficacy and sensory standards of a high performance powder formulation by offering uniformity, dispersibility and stability. Choosing a manufacturer that adds expert product design using these technologies can help achieve the precise nutritional composition, tailored sensory characteristics, and commercial and economical viability required for product success.