Conagen, a Boston-based biotechnology company focusing on research and development has announced what it describes as a breakthrough development in the commercial production of natural aromatic compound, γ-Decalactone from natural substrates using its proprietary technology.
Found in many ripe fruits and particularly peaches, γ-Decalactone is said to be a versatile compound used commercially in formulations with distinctive fruit flavours of peach, apricot and strawberry in food, beverage, fragrance, nutrition, renewable materials, and pharmaceutical markets.
The technology created for the γ-Decalactone product provides for more than 20 different lactones, many of which have not been available commercially because of a lack of reliable sources. This, Conagen claims, positions the company as a leader in the world of ingredient development.
"The strengthening and expansion of Conagen's lactone production platform will better meet consumers' demand for nature-based, clean ingredients," said Oliver Yu, co-founder and CEO of Conagen.
The compound is a member of a much larger family of lactones. Variations in the structures of lactones define their unique sensory properties with mainly fruity and buttery characteristics. These diverse characteristics are said to create a wider spectrum of application options for manufacturers that use lactone flavours in their products.
"Conagen's lactone products are natural and non-GMO, making them ideal for use in a variety of consumer products," said Vice President of Research and Development, Casey Lippmeier.