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Subject: Nanotechnology in Food
Category: Science
Asked by: denise1962-ga
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Posted: 04 Apr 2005 15:17 PDT
Expires: 04 May 2005 15:17 PDT
Question ID: 504911
Can you provide a list of companies in the food industry that are
using nanotechnology?
Subject: Re: Nanotechnology in Food
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 05 Apr 2005 14:00 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello Denise1962,

Below you will find the results of my research for companies in the
food industry that are using nanotechnology.


?NutraLease has developed novel carriers for nutraceuticals to be
incorporated in food systems and cosmetics formulations, increasing
the bioavailability of the product. Some of the nutraceuticals
incorporated in the carriers include lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein,
phytosterols, CoQ10, lipoic acid, and DHA/EPA. Nutralease allows for
the transport of compounds through biomembranes between the gut and
the bloodstream, increasing bioavailability. NutraLease's carriers
combine nano-sized, self-assemblies, and naturally occurring
aggregated macromolecules dispersed in water with nutraceuticals.?

?Their clients include several major food and pharmaceutical companies
which have asked for vehicles for nutraceuticals such as lycopene
(which can lower the risk of contracting prostrate or breast cancer
and also can slow down certain signs of aging), phytosterol (which
helps prevent the accumulation of cholesterol), and lutein (which
retards cataract growth).?

Two of their clients are Tirat Zvi and Shemen Industries.

Tirat Zvi ? Israeli meat products manufacturer

?Hot dogs and hamburgers that heal? Ice cream that can prevent
disease? It sounds like a pipe dream, but Israeli researchers have
developed a new technology that can deliver vitamins and medications
through the food we eat.?

?A deal has also been closed with the Israeli meat products
manufacturer Tirat Zvi for manufacturing healthy hot dogs, and
negotiations are in process with an Israeli ice cream manufacturer.
Already, a nutritionally-enhanced canola oil product is on the shelves
of Israeli supermarkets and other food and beverage products are in
the process of integrating NutraLease's NSSL technology into them.?

Israeli innovation turns junk food into health food
ISRAEL21c: July 04, 2004

Contact Information:

Tirat Zvi
Kibbutz Tirat Zvi, M.P. Beit Shean
10815 Tirat Zvi
Phone : +972 4 6078836 
        +972 4 6078703 
Fax :   +972 4 6584281

Canola Active oil, produced by Shemen Industries

Canola Active - Canola oil fortified with free (i.e. non-esterified)
phytosterols to reduce Cholesterol levels - Shemen Industries Ltd.

?Integration of free phytosterols into food products - development of
innovative technology Prof. Nissim Garti, of the Applied Chemistry
department of the Hebrew University in Israel, developed a unique
technology to incorporate natural free phytosterols in food products.
This technology is called NSSL (Nano-sized self assembled structured
liquids), which is a development of minute compressed micelles, which
are called nanodrops. These minute micelles serve as a liquid carrier,
which allows penetration of healthy components (such as vitamins,
minerals and phytochemicals) that are insoluble in water or fats. The
micelles are added to the food product, and thus pass through the
digestive system effectively, without sinking or breaking up, to the
absorption site. The minute micelles carry the phytosterols to the
large micelles that the body produces from the bile acid, where they
compete with cholesterol for entry into the micelle. The phytosterols
enter the micelle, thereby inhibiting transportation of cholesterol
from the digestive system into the bloodstream. This advanced
technology was applied in the development of Canola Active oil,
produced by Shemen Industries.

Shemen Industries

Shemen Industries Website:

Contact Information:

Shemen Industries 
2 Tuvim Street
32235 Haifa
Phone : +972 4 8604620 
Fax : +972 4 8625872


OilFresh Company 

OilFresh Company Introduces Anti-Oxidation Device for Restaurant Industry
?OilFresh Company today announced the U.S. market introduction of the
OilFresh 1000, a catalytic anti-oxidant device for use in restaurant
deep-frying machines. Powered by nanotechnology, the OilFresh 1000 not
only keeps frying oil fresh significantly longer, but also allows
restaurants the flexibility of switching to more healthful vegetable
oils. Unlike other products that simply filter out unwanted oxidation
byproducts, OilFresh actually prevents them from forming in the first
place. The result is better taste, crisper deep-fried foods, better
consistency of product, lower costs and greater profits, and
substantial benefits to health and the environment.?

Nano-Tsunami: March 11, 2005

Contact Information:
1290 Lawrence Station Road, Suite B-7
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Tel: (408) 744-9575
Fax: (408) 744-9576


In a new sixty page report, 'Down on the Farm' ETC Group offers the
first comprehensive look at how nano-scale technologies will transform
farming, food and agriculture.

?Nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter at the scale of atoms and
molecules, is rapidly converging with biotech and information
technology to radically change food and agricultural systems. Over the
next two decades, the impacts of nano-scale convergence on farmers and
food will exceed that of farm mechanisation or of the Green
Revolution. No government has developed a regulatory regime that
addresses the nano-scale or the societal impacts of the invisibly
small. A handful of food and nutrition products containing invisible
and unregulated nano-scale additives are already commercially
available. Likewise, a number of pesticides formulated at the
nano-scale are on the market and have been released in the
environment. "Down on the Farm" is the first comprehensive look at how
nano-scale technologies will affect farmers, food and agriculture.?

Down on the Farm: The Impact of Nano-Scale Technologies on Food and
Agriculture is now available on the ETC Group web site:

Direct Download here:

George Weston Foods of Australia 

?George Weston Foods of Australia, for example, sells a version of its
popular Tip Top bread, known as ?Tip Top-up,? which contains
microcapsules of tuna fish oil high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Because
the tuna oil is contained in a microcapsule, the consumer doesn?t
taste the fish oil, which is released in digestion once it has reached
the stomach. The same technology is also being employed in yogurts and
baby foods.

George Weston Foods of Australia Website:

Marketing Case Studies Tip Top Up Omega 3 DHA

H. J. Heinz 

?Flavour and colour enhancement. Foodservice sector is incorporating
nanotech into smart dispensers and smart meals, and the use of
nanomaterials in packaging.?


Clay nanoparticles make plastic beer bottles less likely to shatter
and help seal in carbon dioxide to keep carbonated drinks fresh.

Miller Brewing Co. and Hite Brewery Co are using this technology in
their beer bottles

Miller Brewing Co.

Miller Brewing Co. has used Imperm, a plastic mixed with clay
nanoparticles, to make plastic beer bottles as hard as glass that seal
in carbon dioxide.

L.A. Weekly

?Nanotech might show up in your refrigerator or your car. Voridian Co.
in Kingsport, Tenn., sells Imperm, a plastic imbued with nanoparticles
of clay that are as hard as glass, less likely to shatter, and better
at sealing in carbon dioxide to keep drinks fresh. That's what's let
Miller Brewing Co. offer plastic beer bottles for the past two years.?

Information Week

Contact Information 

Miller Brewing Co.
Address:  3939 W. Highland Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53208  
Phone: 414-931-2000 
Fax: 414-931-3735



?Polymer barrier technology is also getting a boost from nanoclays.
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) and Honeywell Specialty Polymers both
are using Nanocor?s nanoclays in nylons as barrier layers in
multi-layer PET bottles and films for food packaging. MGC?s MXD6 nylon
nanocomposite, called Imperm N, is used commercially in Europe in
multi-layer PET bottles for beer and other alcoholic beverages. It is
also being evaluated for small carbonated soft-drink bottles. Other
Imperm applications that will debut in the next six months are
multi-layer thermoformed containers for deli meats and cheeses and
flexible multi-layer films for potato chips and ketchup.?

Hite Brewery Co

?Honeywell has aimed its Aegis nylon 6 nanocomposites initially at PET
beer bottles. In late 2003, a version containing an oxygen scavenger
made a commercial splash with the introduction of the 1.6-liter Hite
Pitcher beer bottle from Hite Brewery Co. in South Korea. Aegis is the
barrier layer in this three-layer structure, which is said to provide
a 26-week shelf life.?

Plastics Technology

?The most impressive success so far in barrier PET beer bottles is a
1.6-liter bottle launched just six months ago that already accounts
for 15% of beer consumed in South Korea. The Hite Pitcher brand comes
from Hite Brewery Co., Korea?s leading brewer. The bottle, which is
said to provide 26-week shelf life, is blow molded by Hyosong Corp. of
South Korea. It is blown from three-layer preforms made on a
coinjection system from Kortec Inc., Beverly, Mass. The barrier layer
is the Aegis nylon 6/nanoclay compound from Honeywell Specialty
Polymers, Morristown, N.J.?

Contact Information 

The Hite Co
Address:  640, Yeongdeungpo-Dong, Yeongdeungpo
Seoul, South Korea  
Phone: +82-2-3219-0114 
Fax: +82-2-3219-0223


?According to Helmut Kaiser Consultancy, some 200 transnational food
companies are currently investing in nanotech and are on their way to
commercializing products. The list includes many of the world's
largest companies, such as: Ajinomoto, Campbell Soup, ConAgra, General
Mills, H. J. Heinz, Kraft Foods, McCain Foods, Nestli, PepsiCo, Sara
Lee and Unilever.?

The following examples offer a preview of the projects being 
carried out:

Nano foods: 

?Kraft, Nestli, Unilever and others are employing nanotech to change
the structure of food - creating "interactive"  drinks containing
nanocapsules that can change colour and flavour (Kraft) and spreads
and ice creams with nanoparticle emulsions (Unilever, Nestli) to
improve texture. Others are inventing small nanocapsules that will
smuggle nutrients and flavours into the body (what one company calls

Nano packaging:

?BASF, Kraft and others are developing new nanomaterials that extend
food shelf life and signal when a food spoils by changing colour.?

The Guardian July 28, 2004


"Kraft, Nestle, Unilever and others are employing nanotech to change
the structure of food. Kraft is creating "interactive" drinks, for
example, that can change colour and flavour."

The Dominion: February 21, 2005


On page 68 of the report, 'Down on the Farm'  by the ETC Group there
is a significant listing of major food and beverage corporations with
their Nanotech-Related Activity.

On pages 69-73 you will find an extensive listing of Nano patents for
food and food packaging.

Download 'Down on the Farm' here:


Helmut Kaiser Consultancy published a study titled: Nanotechnology in
Food and Food Processing Industry 2003-2006-2010-2015

?Some companies are already aware of the impact of nanotechnology in
food industry. Research facilities are established, potential
applications are under study, whereas only a handful of nano food
products are market available now. Nevertheless, the tremendous
potential will attract more and more competitors into this still
unploughed field. ?

This Study is available for purchase here:


Search criteria:
Nanotechnology in Food Industry
"Nanotechnology * Food " companies OR company
Nanoparticles Food market
Nanotech +food

I hope this is helpful. 

Best regards,
denise1962-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Nice detail.  Very useful.

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