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Ingredion Develops Sweetness-Description Language

March 6, 2014
by Candy & Snack TODAY

Westchester, IL — Sweetabulary is a descriptive language tool that can help translate technical solutions for desired sweetness in a product profile being introduced by Ingredion Inc.

The system was developed during a two-year period, with activity ramping up in the past year, and is based on a combination of data, experience and process knowledge to help manufacturers quickly achieve the desired level of sweetness and product functionality, the company reports.

Ingredion established a descriptive panel that was used to make the sweetener language to characterize a range of taste profiles in terms of concentration, response time, intensity and sweetness quality.

The company tells Candy & Snack TODAY the panelists are trained to describe basic tastes, such as sweet, sour, salty and bitter, as well as the aromatics and intensities of the profiles.

An example of this is “sweet brown,” which encompasses aromatics such as molasses, caramelized sugar or clover honey. In addition, the panel is trained to identify and quantify “feeling factors” such as metallic or astringent.

All of these are factored together to produce a temporal profile of a product, allowing manufacturers to focus in on changes needed to arrive at an ideal formulation, Ingredion reports.

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