Rising consumer acceptance and a blooming body of scientific evidence are helping to make probiotics an “it” ingredient for 2011—despite the health claims struggles the healthy bugs currently face in Europe. Major ingredient players in the world of probiotics include Chr Hansen, Danisco, Institut Rosell Lallemand, Nebraska Cultures, UAS Labs and Ganeden Biotech. Thanks to a growing portfolio of patents, some serious scientific investment and a focus on working with small, nimble food partners, the latter of this group—Ganeden Biotech—has been particularly successful in licensing its patented probiotic bacteria, GanedenBC30, for use in a wide range of commercial food and beverage applications, medical foods, nutraceuticals and animal health industries. As this product gallery shows, GanedenBC30 can now be found in everything from pizza to pet treats to chocolate milk to pasta.

GanedenBC30’s characteristics certainly make it an attractive probiotic ingredient for food and beverage manufacturers. According to the company, GanedenBC30 (the trademarked brand name of the patented strain of the bacteria Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) withstands high temperature processes such as baking and boiling, low temperature processes such as freezing and refrigeration and high pressure applications like extrusion and roll forming.