Danish food ingredients firm Danisco is to introduce a range of probiotics, designed for inclusion in a variety of food and beverage applications, under its new Howaru brand.

The products are the result of a five-year research project conducted by the New Zealand Milk and Health Research Center, and the New Zealand Dairy Research Institute, along with other health researchers, Danisco said.

Two cultures are currently offered in the Howaru product line are Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, both normal beneficial microflora naturally present in the intestinal tract, are associated with several health benefits including enhanced gut function and stability, improved protection against infection and cancers, reduced blood cholesterol, enhanced immune response and more.

Danisco said there had been more than 20 studies published indicating the safety and ability of Howaru Bifido and Rhamnosus probiotics in improving gut function, boosting the immune system and promoting good health.