Nestle in partnership to find alternatives to salt

by Eric Schroeder
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VEVEY, SWITZERLAND — Nestle S.A. has partnered with Chromocell Corp. to identify compounds with the potential to be used as taste-giving ingredients in a range of foods. The collaborative project will help advance Nestle’s nutrition, health and wellness agenda by enabling the company to further enhance the nutritional profile of its products.

Based in North Brunswick, N.J., Chromocell is a life sciences company, and the companies plan to use Chromocell’s proprietary “Chromovert” technology to screen ingredients to find those that provide similar or equally pleasing tastes to salt.

Nestle, which is investing $15 million in the collaboration, said the new ingredients may help it reduce the amount of salt used in its products while preserving the tastes consumers are used to.

“Our collaboration with Chromocell is about finding ways to recreate the tastes consumers expect from culinary dishes, but with reduced salt,” said Sean Westcott, research and development manager for Nestle’s Food Strategic Business Unit. “We are ultimately aiming to offer consumers more low-salt options for making tasty and pleasurable everyday meals for themselves and their families.”

Nestle claims to be the first company in the food industry to introduce comprehensive policies for the systematic reduction of specific nutrients considered detrimental to health when consumed in excess, and Mr. Westcott said the company has a “long and successful history of making tasty and nutritionally balanced foods.”

“We continually improve our products and where appropriate, reduce their salt content,” he said. “We understand consumers want to enjoy the flavors of a dish, and we see this collaboration helping us offer food choices that allow them to do this, but with less salt.”

The collaboration with Chromocell is expected to last at least three years. For its part, Chromocell identifies and develops new food and beverage ingredients, as well as ingredients for therapeutic purposes. To discover these ingredients, Chromocell uses naturally occurring systems that mimic human biology.

“We aim to improve consumer products using breakthrough science and our leading Chromovert technology,” said Christian Kopfli, chief executive officer of Chromocell. “We share Nestle’s commitment to nutrition, health and wellness through our unique work in the development of the highest-quality ingredients.”

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