Senomyx Inc.'s new flavor ingredient, S9632, received generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act administered by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
"The rising consumer focus on health and wellness has increased the demand for foods and beverages with reduced calories," said Kent Snyder, Senomyx's CEO. "S9632 is a solution for manufacturers seeking to create new offerings that meet this need, but retain the taste consumers enjoy."
Taste tests have demonstrated that S9632 can be used to restore the desired taste profile in a variety of foods and beverages wherein sucrose has been reduced. The GRAS status allows usage of S9632 in a range of non-alcoholic beverages including powdered and concentrated beverages, and ready-to-drink and powdered forms of dairy, coffee, and tea products.
S9632 may be used with alcoholic beverages as well as dairy products, confectioneries, snack foods and sauces.
Firmenich has exclusive rights to commercialize S9632 for the food product categories and shares co-exclusive rights in the powdered beverage category with the company. Senomyx maintains exclusive rights for all other non-alcoholic beverages and is currently evaluating various commercialization strategies for S9632 in those categories.