Gist Brocades gained US patent 6190709 for a flavor enhancer. This is a continuation of their earlier US patent 600785, and three earlier abandoned patent applications. Other players in this field are Excelpro, NESTEC and CPC International.

Abstract:



    A flavor enhancer which is low in monosodium glutamate, which is substantially free of 5′-IMP and 5′-GMP and which enhances both meat, vegetable and diary flavors. The use of the flavor enhancer in flavoring compositions and food and feed applications.


First of 4 Claims:


A soy protein hydrolysate flavor enhancer which is substantially free of 5′-IMP and 5′-GMP and comprises



    less than 4% (w/w dry matter) of monosodium glutamate,
    an amino acid level of from about 20% to about 55% (w/w dry matter),
    carbohydrate in an amount of from about 5% to about 10% (w/w dry matter),
    protein in an amount of from about 45% to about 55% (w/w dry matter),
    and ash in an amount of from about 10% to about 30% (w/w dry matter).


By Navroz Havewala, just-food.com correspondent