New turmeric ingredient gives processors a stain-free, easier way to handle on production lines

October 25, 2018

CurcuFlow is designed to be stain-free. It uses beadlet technology and provides anti-caking flow properties, with zero dust and adherence to machinery.

A new free-flowing curcumin ingredient called CurcuFlow is designed to make it cleaner and easier for manufacturers to work with curcumin on production lines. This new ingredient from Applied Food Sciences (AFS; Austin, TX) will debut at November’s SupplySide West show.

CurcuFlow is designed to be stain-free. It uses beadlet technology and provides anti-caking flow properties, with zero dust and adherence to machinery. It also offers excellent compressibility, the company says. The ingredient itself comprises 95% active curcuminoids and is available in organic and non-organic formats.

“Working with traditional curcumin ingredients can be a manufacturer’s nightmare because turmeric causes caking in product lines and stains equipment,” explained AFS in a press release. “In fact, due to the drastically lengthier cleanup times, some companies refuse to take on turmeric projects altogether.” It added that using traditional turmeric extracts in production can often require post-production clean-up times that are five or six times longer than clean-up times required for other kinds of ingredients.

In a press release, Christine Fields, AFS’s vice president of scientific affairs, called CurcuFlow “a genuine game changer for this popular ingredient.” CurcuFlow’s beadlets are said to improve the ingredient’s handling properties. As a result, the ability to mix and blend the curcumin ingredient into formulations, including tablets, and compress it is highly improved.

Learn more at SupplySide West Booth #4035. The company will also discuss its multistep strategy for turmeric adulteration to ensure no synthetic substances have been introduced into the raw material.