Fruit d’Or launches organic chocolate peanut butter cups, made with protein, prebiotics and probiotics, at Ingredient Marketplace

Expect a crowd at booth G28 during this year’s Ingredient Marketplace, happening April 27-29 in Orlando. That’s because Fruit d’Or will be handing out 1000 of its newest product, a nutritious twist on an old favorite: the first-ever organic chocolate peanut butter cup. Each cup contains 1.5 grams of cranberry protein powder and two billion CFU of probiotics, known as Lacto Cran.

“We’re promoting the benefits of cranberry seed protein powder,” explains Stephen Lukawski, director of sales and business development for Fruit D’Or Nutraceuticals and CEO of RS Specialty Ingredients. Lukawski, who has long been a pioneer at the forefront of food innovation, has developed this product to showcase the structured functional benefits that cranberry, as a science-based ingredient, can bring to the food and beverage industries.

Lukawski, who created the cranberry seed protein powder/probiotics formulation, calls the blend LactoCran, which testing demonstrates is more effective than FOS when combined with Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856.  “Results show that Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 probiotic strain from Sabinsa has 200 percent more activity growth when combined with the cranberry than FOS,” confirmed Lukawski.

According to Lukawski, the cranberry powder acts as a good source to feed the Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856. The cranberry powder contains carbon and nitrogen, which feed the Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 to give it fuel and provide its energy source. The cranberry provides 40 to 50 percent fiber and 20 to 25 percent protein. The combination of fiber and protein creates a tailor-made synbiotic effect. By adding the cranberry we have introduced the next generation of probiotic nutrition.

“We’re taking the peanut butter and jelly sandwich story up several notches,” he adds. Designed for gut health, this winning combination provides a good source of prebiotic fiber, protein and probiotics. “These three Ps of life are a triple power play for digestive health,” says Lukawski. “It’s a great-tasting, healthy, guilt-free snack for those consumers looking for an energy boost.”

According to Sabinsa Corporation’s Anurag Pande, this truly innovative and novel concept illustrates the ability of the combination of cranberry and probiotics to promote a healthy gut. “We were pleasantly surprised to see how the cranberry synergistically worked with our probiotic strain providing greater results than using FOS as a fiber. There seems to be a synbiotic effect when the two ingredients are formulated together. The cranberry fits the requirement of our Bascillus coagulans MTCC 5856.”

Cranberry powder is derived from the seed of the cranberry and has become the new star ingredient, as the first-ever plant-based fruit to become a super food. It is also ideal for smoothies, nutrition bars, yogurt, baked goods and beverages.

Also, cranberry seed powder is a good alternative to inulin as it does not cause the side effects of bloating or gas, as inulin does.

Who would have thought that a tiny seed within the cranberry could be such a powerhouse ingredient when it comes to a healthier gut? Definitely, the future looks bright for cranberry seed powder as the next plant-based superfood derived from fruit.

When it comes to developing products with cranberry seed, Lukawski states researchers and formulators must understand that not all cranberry seed is the same and that not all probiotic strains are equal.

“At Fruit D’Or, we have taken every step to provide a supply of cranberry seed that has been tested for efficacy and standardization. For example, our minimum potency of PACs is two percent for our cranberry seed powder.

“We are also a proud supporter of a five-star quality assurance testing program established for cranberry suppliers, called CQA. The CQA is a seal of approval which guarantees purity, efficacy and safety from farm to finish. In addition, all cranberry ingredients that we supply have been DNA tested for authenticity and tested for the prevention of adulteration.”

What separates Fruit d’Or further from its competition is the fingerprint analysis it conducts on all of its ingredients, to identify biomarkers. According to Lukawski, polyphenol fingerprint analysis is important, as degradation can occur in the milling and drying stages of processing cranberry ingredients. Formulators must first understand what is in the cranberry powder before any research can be conducted. What good are studies of they cannot be measured or replicated?”

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