Patent Number: 6,251,463

Title: Use of spray-dried and freeze-dried sugarcane leaf essence in improving taste of flavored calcium supplements, foodstuffs, beverages, chewing gum, oral care compositions and calcium supplement

Abstract: Described is a process for augmenting, enhancing or imparting an aroma or taste of or to a consumable material which can be: (i) a calcium supplement; (ii) a foodstuff; (iii) a beverage; (iv) a chewing gum; (v) a toothpaste; or (vi) an oral care such as a mouthwash, by adding to the consumable material a tastand composition obtained from Saccharum officinarum leaves (sugarcane leaves) by means of carrying out a sequence of physical separation unit operations on a plurality of such leaves, macerates thereof or mixtures of leaves and macerates thereof, whereby the tastand composition is separated and isolated from the remainder of the plurality of leaves, macerates thereof or mixtures of leaves and macerates thereof; and then spray-drying or freeze-drying the resulting product. The term "tastand" is intended to mean a composition of matter which: (i) effects flavor improvement; (ii) imparts flavor; (iii) effects sweetness enhancement; (iv) effects removal of bitter tastes and aftertastes; (v) effects removal of metallic tastes and metallic aftertastes; and/or (vi) minimizes the "chalky" flavor and mouthfeel of a calcium supplement composition. Such unit operations include pressurization using hydraulic press means, steam distillation, fractional distillation, supercritical carbon dioxide extraction, volatile solvent extraction and/or charcoal column separation means.

Inventors: Rossy; Phillip A. (Hillsdale, NJ), Davidson; Richard H. (Whitehouse Station, NJ), Miller; Kevin P. (Middletown, NJ), Warder; Ira T. (Monmouth Beach, NJ), Schulman; Marvin (Howell, NJ), Pittet; Alan Owen (Colts Neck, NJ), Bolen; Paul L. (Middletown, NJ), Hawn; Regina D. (Matawan, NJ)

Assignee: International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

International Classification: A24B 15/00 (20060101); A24B 15/30 (20060101); A23G 3/34 (20060101); A23G 4/00 (20060101); A23L 1/236 (20060101); A23L 1/221 (20060101); A23L 2/52 (20060101); A23L 2/56 (20060101); A61K 8/97 (20060101); A61K 8/96 (20060101); A61Q 11/00 (20060101); A23L 001/22 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018