So many people today are looking for food and beverage products that offer health benefits beyond ‘fat-free’ and ‘reduced sugar.’ If you go into any supermarket, almost every aisle is filled with products whose labels claim that they address a variety of health conditions ranging from cardiovascular issues — ‘heart healthy nutrients’ — to digestive concerns – ‘promotes regularity.’ In most cases, Fortitech, Inc., based in Schenectady, NY is the company that has fortified those products with vitamins and minerals, which enables manufacturers to make those types of health claims.
Fortitech, Inc. is the world leader in the development of custom nutrient premixes for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Founded in 1986, it is the only international company exclusively dedicated to the development and manufacture of nutrient premixes. And what is a nutrient premix, you might ask? It’s a blend of nutrients in specific amounts that when combined together, create a nutritional mix that is incorporated in a food or beverage manufacturer’s product to achieve a specific nutritional status for either overall health and wellness or one that targets a specific health condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or osteoporosis.
Fortitech premixes integrate functional ingredients from a comprehensive selection of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, nucleotides and nutraceuticals that are used in a wide range of products, including baby formulas, cereals, bars, dairy products, nutrition and sports drinks, juices, snacks, waters, candies, supplements and more. While headquartered in Schenectady, NY (near Albany), this is a worldwide business. The company has a global network of manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, Mexico and the United States (New York and California). All Fortitech nutrient premixes are custom formulated to meet the needs of each customer. In addition to meeting kosher requirements, the company is ISO 9001:2000 and Food Products Association certified, and meets organic, HACCP and Allergen program standards. Operating under the strictest GMPs in the industry, each batch is carefully tested for potency and consistency, as well as labeled with a Certificate of Analysis prior to shipment.
Fortitech provides dedicated technical support to assist manufacturers with product development to successfully differentiate their products. Throughout each development cycle, Fortitech experts work closely with a customer’s R&D teams to address the specific issues of each product and meet the unique needs of customers. Nutrient premixes offer numerous benefits to manufacturers. They streamline the production process because a nutrient premix is a single source of multiple nutrients. As a result, manufacturers save on labor, cost and testing. They also help meet the nutritional and health interests of markets around the world. More than premixes…Fortitech provides solutions and is expert in delivering multiple nutrients in a single premix while preserving three key elements of successful premixes: taste, stability and texture. Key to our strategy is developing formulations using functional ingredients that serve a dual purpose, i.e., delivering a health benefit while also providing processing advantages such as better distribution for homogeneity. Moreover, Fortitech’s premixes provide manufacturers with a competitive edge by which to drive sales.
Fortitech.com is the focal point of fortification knowledge, offering a global view of nutrition trends, solutions and opportunities. The online R&D Center enables users to conduct research on markets, nutrients, applications and health conditions—finding the latest information for developing a healthier consumer product. The site also features downloadable technical papers and Podcasts; offers easy access to information on breaking industry news on regulations and market trends, an online formulation worksheet to initiate product development with Fortitech’s premix experts, and other resources to help manufacturers create the optimum product solution.
Having OU certification is a crucial component to Fortitech’s ongoing success. “Both our current as well as potential customers know that by seeing the OU symbol, our premixes incorporate only the finest, purest ingredients,” said Sam Sylvetsky, Vice President of Global Sales for Fortitech. “We knew right from the start in 1986 that this certification would be a tremendous benefit to our reputation as a superior quality service provider to the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.” Rabbi Moshe Bomzer oversees Fortitech’s kosher production parameters at our Schenectady, NY plant.
Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical manufacturers interested in learning more about nutrient fortification can visit http://www.fortitech.com or send an email.