WESTCHESTER, ILL. — Ingredion Inc. is expanding its distribution agreement with Desert King International, the world’s largest producer of Quillaja saponaria and Yucca schidigera products, to be the exclusive global distributor of naturally sourced foaming agents for use in food and beverage applications. Ingredion will introduce the products to the North American and European markets under the Foamation brand on Nov. 1, followed by a global roll-out in 2015.

Desert King International has been producing food grade saponins since 1978 and is one of the leading producers of quillaja saponaria and yucca schidigera-based products across segments ranging from pharmaceutical ingredients, agriculture, beverages and cosmetics.

“We are excited to work with Ingredion to expand the use of quillaja and yucca extracts in the food and beverage industry,” said Paul Hiley, president of Desert King. “With Ingredion’s support, we will not only broaden our presence worldwide, but our customers will also benefit from the company’s expertise in formulation, Culinology, sensory, and more.”

The two companies previously collaborated in the development and marketing of Q-Naturale, a naturally-based emulsifier for beverages, since 2007.

“We are delighted to extend our relationship with Desert King International and to add their high performance range of foaming products to the Ingredion global portfolio,” said Stuart Wilson, director, global delivery systems with Ingredion. “These products are a welcome and complementary addition to the successful Q-Naturale range of natural emulsifiers, which are already well established in the marketplace.”