Ocean Spray highlights cranberry research at Vitafoods 2012

Rebecca Prescott28 Feb 2012 (Updated 3 Jun 2014)

Ocean Spray Ingredient Technology Group (ITG) will be revealing the latest cranberry research at this year’s Vitafoods.

The cranberry’s potential role in supporting whole body health is well documented, with a substantial bank of more than 50 years of scientific research on the subject. The most recent findings add further weight to the cranberry’s holistic health proposition and will help to further knowledge of cranberry health benefits, the company said.

The new research follows the recent publication of a study by Finnish researchers, which shows that cranberry juice may reduce recurrences of urinary tract infections (UTI) in children. The results found that, compared to placebo, regular drinking of cranberry juice limited the number of UTI recurrences in children by 43% and reduced the need for antibiotics to be taken by 34% - the equivalent of six days per patient a year.

Christina Khoo, senior manager of research sciences at Ocean Spray, said: “Ocean Spray is committed to supporting independent research into the health benefits of cranberries and we have seen a number of significant scientific breakthroughs in recent years. Last year, we announced that we had entered into a strategic partnership with Artemis International, specialists in phytonutrient ingredients for nutraceutical applications. This has cemented our commitment to continuing to drive the commercial growth of cranberry-based nutritional products and we look forward to sharing our latest advancements with the nutraceutical industry at this year’s show.”

Ocean Spray has also recently announced its collaboration with Complete Phytochemical Solutions, on a project to improve the accuracy of measuring and quantifying PACs in cranberries. Through the partnership, Ocean Spray hopes to develop a new cranberry-based PAC standard, derived from cranberry fruit. Accurate quantification of PAC content in cranberry products is a vital component in establishing intake guidelines for consumers and is essential for monitoring the efficacy and shelf-life of dietary supplements, the company said.

Source: Ocean Spray