Fortified Beverages/UHT Ready-to-Drink
As market trends continue to point to a growing interest in more healthful food choices, commercial food processors, as well as private volunteer organizations (PVOs), are now attempting to bring pulses to beverage formulations as well.
Always looking for easy and effective ways to fill the gaps in their diets and daily nutrient requirements, health-conscious consumers are being introduced to a new generation of pulse-fortified beverages. The combination in these drinks of pulses and rice as the main raw materials results in a product with a balance of essential amino acids, as well as folic acid and other important nutrients.
In addition, the versatility and low cost of dry peas, lentils, and chickpeas allow the drink products to be used as an inexpensive extender or replacement for milk, soy, and other drinks that are already well-established in the market. These ready-to-drink products also provide a welcome convenience to today’s busy consumer by virtue of their easy portability. Sterile, UHT packaging, meanwhile, allows for simple, low-cost storage and a long shelf life.
See Appendix C for a collection of all sample formulations.