OptiPure Technologies has launched IncaCartilago, a high-quality chondroitin that offers targeted benefits for bone and joint health. According to studies, this Humboldt squid-derived chondroitin enhances the production of collagen; enhances osteoblastic and osteocalcin formation, replication and expression; and selectively binds to midkines (which are responsible for pain sensation).

Ingredia Nutritional has launched a new series of hydrolysates and proteins. The Nutritional Solutions proteins come from fresh milk through a non-naturing process. The proteins have low bitterness and are suitable for several applications.

Icon Group, LLC (a NutraGenesis affiliate company) introduces TrimElite for weight management and metabolic wellness. According to the company, TrimElite has substantiated structure–function claims for weight management, satiety, appetite control, thermogenesis, heart health, blood sugar balance, stress reduction and mood enhancement. TrimElite is made of two proprietary weight management ingredients that are each supported by human trials.

Earthcycle Packaging Ltd. now offers compostable trays for the agriculture industry. The trays come in either black or a natural earth color and are intended for holding produce like tomatoes, avocados and apples during shipping and packing. The trays are 100% compostable and recyclable.

Cognis now offers Texapon K 12 P PH, a pharmaceutical-grade sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) tableting agent. This GRAS-approved agent is “particularly efficient in tableting processes due to its small and consistent particle size,” says the company. Texapon K 12 P PH can be used as a wetting agent, lubricant or solubilizer.

Sensient Flavors LLC now has natural tomato flavors. Available are Natural Tomato Flavor WONF – Fresh Type, Beef Steak Type, Vine-Ripe Type, Italian Type and Stewed Type; Natural Sun-Dried Tomato Type; Natural Tomato Finishing Note WONF; Natural Wood-Fire Roasted Tomato Type; and Natural Roasted Tomato Flavor WONF.

A trial published in Nutrition Research and Practice suggests a branded lychee fruit polyphenol may offer anti-inflammatory properties.

A recent pilot study shows there may be a new, natural way of relieving heartburn sufferers.

Secaucus, NJ—Industry manufacturers can get their fill of information about nutritional ingredients and raw materials at SupplySide East 2011, May 2–4.