Comet Bio’s use of upcycled crop leftovers to produce Arrabina ™ addresses consumer demand for sustainably sourced, clean label ingredients.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — November 10, 2020 — Based on its recent analysis of sustainable dietary fiber products for the North American food and beverage (F&B) industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Comet Biorefining, Inc. (Comet Bio) withhe 2020 North American New Product Innovation Award. The company has developed and commercialized a gluten-free, prebiotic dietary fiber, Arrabina™, for F&B applications. The sustainably-produced prebiotic is clinically proven to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, help maintain healthy blood glucose levels, and boost immunity. Comet Bio also has a line of Sweeterra™ syrups which are a sustainable and lower sugar alternative to traditional sweeteners with no trade-offs in terms of taste and performance.
“Comet Bio has continually expanded its product offering from its proprietary technology, building from its SweeterraTM line of syrups The company’s expertise has enabled it to ensure high reliability in the production of Arrabina™ as a GMO-free, sustainable, dietary fiber product,” said Piyush Bhade senior research analyst. “Significantly, Comet Bio has obtained the Self- Affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for the ingredient as well as a place on the US Food and Drug Administration’s list of approved dietary fibers for use in F&B applications.”
Arrabina™ is a Arabinoxylan prebiotic fiber, which is present in the bran, husks, and shells of many plants. Unlike other companies that use whole plants, Comet Bio extracts Arabinoxylan from non-genetically modified (non-GMO) crop leftovers. Extracting Arabinoxylan in a soluble form can be inefficient and challenging but Comet Bio addressed this issue with its patented upcycling technology. The two-step process uses water and pressure to produce Arabinoxylan as a fully-soluble powder with superior functionality in a wide range of food and beverage applications. By using upcycled crop leftovers to produce Arrabina™, Comet Bio enables farmers to use their whole harvest and address food waste.
“Comet Bio partners with farmer cooperatives and producers. These partnerships have helped the company convert farm residues, such as corn stover, and wheat straw, into higher-value products,” noted Bhade. “Ultimately, robust R&D efforts and unmatched product features provide the company with the momentum needed to establish itself as a leader in sustainable ingredients.
In addition to its sustainability credentials, ArrabinaTM’s potency offers a significant competitive advantage over other commercially available prebiotic fibers. Clinical research shows that consuming as little as 2.2 grams of Arabinoxylan per day promotes the growth of bifidobacteria in the gut, which is less than half the level of other prebiotic fibers.1 Though effective at a low inclusion rate, Arrabina is clinically proven to be gentle on the stomach and not cause the discomfort or bloating often associated with popular prebiotic ﬁber supplements even at higher inclusion rates of up to 12 grams per day.2
“We want to thank the judges for awarding Comet Bio with this prestigious industry recognition,” said Rich Troyer, CEO of Comet Bio. “This award validates the hard work and progress we’re making to solve the simultaneous challenges of reducing food system waste and building the future of functional ingredients that can close nutrition gaps.”
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features or benefits of the product and the increased return on investment (ROI) it gives customers, which, in turn, raises customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
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About Comet Bio
Comet Bio is an award-winning food technology company based in London, Ontario and Schaumburg, Illinois. The company makes unique, healthy and sustainable products using its patented upcycling technology. Its ArrabinaTM Arabinoxylan Plant Fiber Extract has superior tolerability and functionality within the prebiotic market. For more information, visit https://comet-bio.com/ and follow us on Twitter at @cometbio.
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