Sydney (Australia), February 28, 2018 - Cutting edge industrial technology and software harnessed in a world first approach to disrupt global food and beverage manufacturing with Nucane, a healthier and cost effective sugar substitute
Schneider Electric has announced a collaboration with Foss and Nutrition Innovation, a Global Food Science technology company that has developed a breakthrough process to produce a healthier, low glycaemic index (GI) sugar called Nucane.
With this agreement, Schneider Electric, Foss and Nutrition Innovation will collaborate to deliver this cost effective sugar production solution to sugar facilities around the globe starting in Australia.
Nucane benefits consumers and health care systems, by its potential to be a major plank in the fight against obesity which is a major cause of chronic diseases.
Currently the usually low technology mills produce sugar within a broad specification. The unique production process involves real-time production monitoring in order to produce Nucane sugar within very closely defined specification. Nucane is naturally high in anti-oxidants, low in GI and a dry product so it will flow in food manufacturing processes like white refined sugar.
The digitisation of the operations combined with software to analyse production data in real time, enables a new-found production accuracy. Other positive outcomes include less use of power and water, saving costs and reducing waste.
It is a globally attractive product with unique advantages over other low GI products. Because it is still 100% sugar but enhanced by a sophisticated milling process, Nucane retains its sugar taste and that important binding ability when used in cooking. These factors are important for replacing sugar in food or beverages.
The Nucane production process can be applied to most sugar mills worldwide which is a significant advantage for global companies and brands in the food and beverages industry. It’s now being trialled in food products with more than 40 customers world-wide, including large supermarket groups.
It is the collaboration and input from each the three partners that has enabled this innovation. Foss is the supplier of NIR (Near Infrared) instrument to support the understanding of the sugar composition required to manufacture Nucane. Schneider Electric brings expertise in industrial manufacturing to scale the intricate process, and utilise leading edge automation technologies and industrial software. This technology tracks data to ensure the precision required across the whole manufacturing process is efficient, accurate and consistent. Nutrition Innovation brings the nutrition science behind healthier sugars (holding the IP) and know how concerning the production of Nucane.
“This innovation is globally disruptive, commercially viable and advocates better and healthier choices for everyone.” said Matthew Godfrey, CEO, Nutrition Innovation. “Schneider Electric, with a couple of other selected partners, will help us deploy and protect our intellectual property on a global basis.”
“Nutrition Innovation technology effectively eliminates the need for costly sugar refining” said Mike Jamieson, Food & Beverage Segment President, Schneider Electric. “The collaboration with Nutrition Innovation will strengthen our strong and innovation based value proposition for the sugar industry.”
“We are extremely excited to work with Schneider Electric and Nutrition Innovation on such a globally significant project”, said Paul Slupecki, Foss Vice President for Sales & Marketing, South East Asia and Pacific. “Nucane has a real potential of significantly improving the nutrition and health of the people of the world.”