Could Corbion’s newest antimicrobial for meats be market’s most effective?


19 Jul 2017 ---- Corbion has introduced Verdad Opti Powder N70, an antimicrobial solution that delivers the functionality and attributes most important to processors of uncured meat products, without the drawbacks of competing solutions. 

New Verdad Opti Powder N70 offers an unmatched combination of versatility, convenience, clean labeling, sodium reduction and outstanding microbial control in a convenient powder format.

David Charest, Vice President Meat Industry at Corbion spoke with FoodIngredientsFirst: “Based on our involvement in the industry, the products on the market that we see and the knowledge we’ve gained through our test marketing with existing customers, we are confident that our product, Verdad Opti Powder N70, is the most effective, clean-label powder antimicrobial. Customers need to consider taste, texture and performance in addition to shelf life and food safety and we have optimized this clean label solution to achieve that.”

“We are always looking ahead at the challenges our customers will face, and we work to create solutions that will help them meet their needs and continue to provide them with marketplace success,” he explains. “Our team of experts at Corbion has a long-term innovation and business strategy that spans from concept to commercialization, which can take anywhere from two to four years. Therefore, Verdad Opti Powder N70 was ideated a couple years ago.” 

Some antimicrobials offer effective pathogen control and longer shelf life, but have undesirable consumer labeling. Some processed meat formulations pose unique challenges in terms of high moisture, low salt levels and higher pH, which makes Listeria monocytogenes control very difficult. Powdered antimicrobial solutions offer the meat manufacturer convenience, but often have high sodium content. Improved product yield and texture can often come at the expense of flavor and appearance. 

Corbion's proprietary Verdad Opti Powder N70 delivers food safety and shelf life without compromising product quality. This valuable solution, coupled with Corbion's Listeria Control Model (CLCM) and Corbion Protection Comparator (CPC), can help processors design optimum solutions for each formulation and shelf life needs. Verdad Opti Powder N70 provides processors of uncured meats with:

  • Pathogen protection, in particular, superior control of Listeria monocytogenes for long shelf life (90-150 days
  • Inhibition of Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium botulinum in uncured formulations
  • Convenient powdered ingredient format, which makes handling, blending, storage and shipping easier
  • The higher concentration offered by a powder also lowers usage levels
  • 35% less sodium compared to competing powdered antimicrobials
  • No impact on product flavor or color
  • An alternative to the high cost of HPP
  • Clean, simple labeling options; labeled as Cultured Sugar, Vinegar

“The Verdad Opti Powder N70 solution is the result of Corbion's relentless focus on clean-label antimicrobials that improve food safety, enhance pathogen control and extend product shelf life,” says Tom Rourke, Ph.D., Director Business Development at Corbion. “Being able to effectively combat Listeria, achieve shelf life goals and provide Clostridium control with a single solution is powerful for processors. Having it in the convenience of a powder just adds greater efficiencies, and with less sodium and clean labeling options, the final product becomes even more attractive to the end consumer. It's a solution inspired by our customers' wish lists.”

What were the main drivers behind the development? “Through our partnerships with customers and our industry insights we found there was a gap as manufacturers formulated their products to meet consumer demands for healthier for you foods which translated to clean labels, lower sodium, superior taste and texture, convenient formats and also delivered high antimicrobial performance,” adds Charest. 

With Verdad Opti Powder N70 processors can:

  • Expand their geographical reach, gaining share in markets that were previously too distant to meet shelf life expectations
  • Reduce product returns and complaints
  • Reduce or eliminate reliance on expensive High Pressure Processing to achieve shelf life goals
  • Deliver a quality product for label-focused consumers looking for a “cleaner, simpler” ingredient list

by Elizabeth Green



With over 80 years of fermentation expertise and the use of natural raw materials to produce exceptional food and beverage ingredients, Corbion has a wealth of expertise in the world of biobased food ingredients. Our extensive portfolio combined with leading expertise, application knowledge and technical service make us your food industry partner, helping solve food integrity issues by providing improvements in shelf life, freshness and food safety.

Leading expertise
Our expertise in food is based on our knowledge of microbiology, fermentation, and application of lactic acid and lactates. Throughout our history, we have grown with our customers to become a mature, reliable partner in technology and product development. Our knowledge of microbiology is currently also being applied to extend the shelf life and safety of your food products through innovative preservation solutions

Superior quality
Through an extensive portfolio of high quality products, Corbion provides exciting, naturally-derived options in preservation, shelf life extension, flavoring, acidification and fortification. Using nature’s best ingredients, we formulate unique propositions that can perfect your food products and help save on your own R&D.

Global presence
Our global presence, puts us right by your side, wherever you are in the world. With established R&D and production facilities in every continent, our technical expertise, advice and products are available worldwide. Together with Corbion's large, global R&D team, our clients drive our innovation and play an integral role in the development of new solutions.


• Natural preservation solutions
• Shelf life extension
• Clean label solutions
• Food safety solutions
• Sodium reduction solutions
• Mineral Fortification

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