Fugeia and NestlÃ© to Collaborate on Brana Vita[TM] Soluble Fiber From Wheat Bran
LEUVEN, Belgium, November 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
FUGEIA today announced that it has engaged in a collaboration with
Nestle on the development of food products containing Brana Vita[TM].
Brana Vita[TM] is a food ingredient product rich in arabinoxylan
oligosaccharides (AXOS), soluble fibers derived from the cell walls of wheat
bran. The AXOS in Brana Vita[TM] are potent prebiotics, stimulating the
growth of beneficial colon bacteria such as bifidobacteria. They also exert
strong antioxidant activity due to the presence of AXOS-bound polyphenols.
The ingredient recently won novel food approval in the European Union
and obtained GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status in the USA.
“We are excited to work together with a world leading nutrition
company,” says Willem Broekaert, Managing Director and co-founder of Fugeia.
“This collaboration first of all aims to strengthen scientific evidence for
the benefits of Brana Vita[TM]. With our combined capabilities I am
confident that we will develop novel applications addressing well defined
nutritional requirements, based on the newest scientific insights.”
Financial and other terms of the collaboration are not disclosed.
About Fugeia (http://www.fugeia.com)
FUGEIA develops proprietary ingredients and processes for innovative
value-added foods with health benefits. The Company was founded early 2008
in Leuven (Belgium) as a spin-off from the University of Leuven and KaHo
University College. The Company’s international investor consortium includes
Tate & Lyle Ventures, Agri Investment Fund, Gemma Frisius Fund, KBC and