Corbion readies for boost in organic food ingredients production

By Mary Ellen Shoup

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Corbion has received organic certification for its Nebraska-based production facility, where the company manufacturers vinegar- and lactic acid-based ingredients, meeting the rising demand for organic ingredients in the food industry.

With the organic certification (certified by Oregon Tilth) Corbion stated that it will be able to ensure a more robust supply and production of organic ingredients for food manufacturers looking to meet the increasing consumer demand for organic food products.

Corbion specializes in fermentation processing using vinegar as a natural preservative improving food safety and shelf life while enhancing the taste profile in a wide range of food products, according to Ruud Peerbooms, senior vice president, food ingredient solutions at Corbion.

Organic food reaches mainstream appeal

In the 2017 Market LOHAS (Lifestyle Of Health And Sustainability) Health & Natural Consumer Survey Study, consumers cited health and the environment as the top two motivations for purchasing organic foods.

"In the age of the Internet and social media, consumers are focused like never before on what's in the foods they eat, whether they are safe and healthy, and how they impact the planet,"​ said Peerbooms.

"Organic options are an important part of the food industry's future, and we want to make sure our customers can count on us to help them meet that demand."

Sales of certified organic products (including household items such as cleaning supplies) surpassed $50bn in 2018 with organic food products accounting for the majority of those retail sales at $47.9bn, a 5.9% increase from 2017, according to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey​ published by the Organic Trade Association.

“Organic is now considered mainstream. But the attitudes surrounding organic are anything but status quo,”​ said Laura Batcha, CEO and executive director of the Organic Trade Association.

“In 2018, there was a notable shift in the mindset of those working in organic toward collaboration and activism to move the needle on the role organic can play in sustainability and tackling environmental initiatives.”

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