Partnership to put probiotics into straws

by Jeff Gelski
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CLEVELAND — The probiotic strain GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) will be included in straws under a global partnership between Cleveland-based Ganeden Biotech and Australia-based Unistraw International Ltd. Unistraw plans to begin manufacturing the straw in the second quarter of 2012 with the straw available in stand-alone format and also as an integrated product suitable for attachment to aseptic juice and dairy cartons.

Unistraw’s probiotic straw delivery system contains hundreds of UniBeads housed within the straw. The probiotic strains in the UniBeads are dry, shelf stable and dissolve as liquid is sipped through the straw.

“The probiotic straw is a game-changer to the beverage industry because liquids that normally could not be enriched with probiotics and other nutritional ingredients now can,” said Tim York, managing director, Unistraw International Ltd. “GanedenBC30 is one of a very few probiotic strains capable of meeting the durability and longevity standards necessary for this concept to be fully embraced by beverage manufacturers.”

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