Gilbreth Now Offers Corn-Based PLA Labels
Gilbreth has partnered with Plastic Suppliers to develop corn-based polylactic acid (PLA) shrink labels as an alternative to petroleum-based films. Shrink sleeves and tamper bands made from Earthfirst PLA films offer a renewable, sustainable and plentiful resource that presents packagers with a viable alternative to traditional petroleum-based feedstocks. Labels made from Earthfirst PLA film offer better performance than petroleum-based polymers.
Gilbreth, 800.630.2413 • gilbrethusa.com
Innovia Offers Metallized Biodegradable Film
A metallized biodegradable film suitable for both industrial and home composting has been introduced by Innovia Films. NatureFlex NM is a cellulose-based film, manufactured from renewable wood pulp and metallized in-house. It has been tested for ambient compostability, which means it is suitable for home composting because the level of metal is so small—less than 0.02%—which slows the film’s degradation but does not interfere with its biodegradability. Modified coatings ensures excellent metal lay-down and adhesion providing a very high moisture barrier. The film is printable using both solvent, water-based and UV inks and has an excellent luster and sheen for pack presentation.
Innovia Films, 877.822.3456 • innoviafilms.com
Moore Achieves Dual Certification
Moore Ingredients has received dual USDA NOP and EU Organic Certification for its line of botanical, spice and tea isolates. Moore is also in the final stages of offering a new line of Fair Trade Organic Certified Cocoa, Coffee and Vanilla Extracts and Flavors for use in commercial Fair Trade Organic beverages, yogurts, smoothies, desserts, confections and bakery items.
Moore Ingredients, 513.881.7144 • MooreLab.com
North Pacific Offers Pure Organic Inulin
North Pacific Organic Food Production Division now offers an organic super fiber inulin, in liquid and powder form, made from the Mexican Blue Agave plant. The inulin can be purchased as-is or can be transformed into 100% organic agave syrup.
Both products can be used to create organic low glycemic foods. Inulin also improves texture and mouth-feel of low-fat foods; assists calcium absorption and aids in digestion; and is an excellent aid for retaining moisture in baked goods.
North Pacific, 877.728.2911 • northpacific.com
Wholesome Sweetener Offers Sugar Alternatives
Wholesome Sweeteners’ Organic Blue Agave nectar is a pale golden syrup with a low glycemic index that sweetens naturally without spiking blood sugar. Made from Mexico’s coveted Blue Agave, Wholesome Sweetener’s Blue Agave Nectar is perfect for brightening flavors without overpowering them.
Agave syrup is an inulin-rich fructose syrup with a low glycemic index of 39—traditional sugar, which is almost completely sucrose, has a GI of 100 or more. Gluten-free and vegan appropriate, agave nectars are 25% sweeter than sugar and dissolve quickly. It is available in 625 pound
Wholesome Sweeteners, 800.680.1896 • OrganicSugars.biz