Nestec‘s latest US patent 6197361 is for a cereal which gets its crucial ingredient, inulin, from chicory. This is a continuation of Nestle’s 1999 Patent 5952033.
Other players in this and related fields are Effem GmbH, Raffinerie Tirlemontoise, Kyowa Hakko Kogyo and the Lams Company.
A gelatinized cereal product which contains a plant material which is a source of inulin; for example chicory. Sufficient of the plant material is included to provide at least about 0.25% by weight of inulin on a dry basis. The cereal product may be used as a pet food or breakfast cereal.
First of 16 Claims:
A dried cereal product comprising a gelatinized starch matrix which contains
a plant material which is a source of inulin in an amount sufficient to provide at least about 0.25% by weight inulin, on a dry matter basis.
By Navroz Havewala, just-food.com correspondent