Umami Mediterranean Meets New UK Sodium Regulations
Atlit, Israel — In response to the new Sodium reduction regulations in the UK market, Salt of the Earth, Ltd., announces its new strategy for the UK food processing and food service markets. The company selected three well-known distributors in two UK countries: Scotland, Wales and England, and committed to provide a consistent, controlled supply of its leading brand, Umami Mediterranean, an all-natural sodium reduction ingredient.
FSA (Food Standards Agency) published new revised UK-wide salt reduction targets for 2017 for 76 categories of foods. These set more challenging and wide-ranging targets than the previous targets for 2012. UK food companies already reduced sodium significantly, by 40-50% or more, and more than 11 million kilograms of salt have been removed from foods. However, average UK salt consumption remains high at approximately 8.1g – 8.8g/day so there is still considerable reduction required to meet the maximum daily intake of 6g for adults.
Low Sodium positioned product launch activity tracked by Innova Market Insights in the U.S. increased by 22% in 2014 from 2013, and was up by nearly four times the 6% rise from 2012 to 2013. Product launch activity for 2015 has since remained stable. The number of new product launches with a low-sodium positioning in the U.K. has been relatively consistent since 2010. Product launch activity did peak in 2015, however this constituted a 5% increase from product launch numbers tracked back in 2010, indicating continued opportunities for processors filling the anticipated increase in demand based on the new FSA targets. Many food companies tend to reduce sodium in existing food product without reporting about it, with so-called “stealth reformulation.”
Tan International, Ltd., will market Umami Mediterranean line to food manufactures in Scotland, including, makers of bakery and seafood products. Darlington, Ltd., specializes in salt products in England, While F.J. Need Foods supplies cheese ingredients, dairy products, and salt to dairy food manufacturers and pizza chains in England.
“Umami Mediterranean line has gained attention in the U.K. food market, thanks to its proven capabilities to reduce sodium while keeping the saltiness and flavor consumers demand,” declares Avi Freund, Export Manager for Salt of the Earth. “Umami Mediterranean has demonstrated a clear ability to reduce sodium in several food formulations and achieves consistently excellent results. We are excited to work with the new distributors in the UK and we seek for more distributers in other countries in the UK market.”
Umami Mediterranean is a propriety mix of Sea Salt and vegetable extracts, rich in Umami. It boost flavor while meeting sodium-reduction goals in recipes and food formulations. “Unlike most sodium-reduction solutions, which cannot enable a clean label, Umami Mediterranean affords unique opportunities for our clients,” notes Freund. “Consumers read labels and, Clean Label-compliant foods have become the new industry standard. Umami Mediterranean helps formulators meet that standard.”
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About Salt of the Earth
With innovation and quality as its driving principles, Salt of the Earth has been producing sustainable sea salt solutions for the global food industry since 1922. Salt of the Earth’s customers span more than 30 countries on 5 continents. The company controls and tracks sustainable salt resources and works to promote balanced salt consumption through innovative sodium reduction solutions.
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