About CoreFX Ingredients
CoreFX Ingredients is a US-based manufacturer who specializes in developing innovative, delicious, and wholesome dry dairy and lipid ingredients that work and taste great, satisfy consumer demands, and deliver the widest possible range of functional attributes. Like what?
Using their deep dairy knowledge and technological expertise, the company starts with foundational ingredients like “creaming agents, powdered fats, nutritional powders, specialty powders, dry dairy, [and] dry cheese and dairy proteins.”
From there, they create a range of solutions addressing important factors like melt point, flavor (enhanced or intensified), color, texture, and shelf stability, including custom blends, ingredient substitutions, and spray-dried and blended dairy powders. And with their global sourcing capabilities, they can also focus on cost, labeling, and follow-up and support.
Will CoreFX’s knowledge and expertise help you reach your goals? Will they provide you with the utmost in convenience, as claimed on their website? Here’s what we discovered.
What Are Lipid Ingredients?
MedicineNet tells us that ‘lipids’ is basically just another word for fatty substances; specifically, those like “fat, oil, or wax that dissolves in alcohol but not in water.” As such, foods that are often high in fat—such as dairy, nuts, meat, poultry, fish, and many prepackaged and processed options—are also high in lipids, which are classified into three types:
- Triglycerides – Food-based lipids that play a role in vitamin utilization, and that are also stored for future use in the form of body fat.
- Steroids – Includes cholesterol, which plays a role in hormone production, as well as cellular repair and formation.
- Phospholipids – A derivative of triglycerides that helps form and maintain cellular membranes.
But enough with the science lesson—which lipid-based products does CoreFX ingredients offer?
Taking a Closer Look at CoreFX’s Ingredient Systems
In all, CoreFX offers customers a total of eight different products, which can be combined to create a “full array of non-GMO, Kosher, organic, or natural solutions.”
This includes markets like baby and toddler nutrition, bakery, cheese and dairy, confectionery, frozen desserts, health and wellness, hot and cold beverages, meat products, seasonings and spices, soups and sauces, snack foods, and sports nutrition.
Dry (powdered) butter ingredient systems the company claims can deliver “real butter in a convenient, flavorful, colorful way.”
Fat content, functionality, and ease of use can all be custom tailored, whether for confectionery, processed cheese, ice cream, side dishes, snacks, dry mixes, bakery products, beverages, dairy foods, salad dressings, meat products, sauces, or soups.
Dry cheese in a variety of flavors, textures, and shades that promise to deliver “flavor, functionality, and color in one convenient solution.” This includes applications like snacks, seasonings, soups/sauces, ready meals, side dishes, and frozen foods.
They can also be combined with CoreFX’s DairyCoreFX (as well as other categories) to help solve broader requirements. Many are available Kosher, Halal, organic, rBST-free, and non-GMO.
Finally, these systems can be used in nearly all food manufacturing processes, including “freezing, coating, batter/breading, retorting, and baking.”
Non-dairy creamer, shortening, and fat systems formulated as spray-dried powdered emulsions to add creaminess, opacity, and adhesive properties to beverages, soups/sauces, dressings, bakery, and nutritional applications.
These can be made from a variety of oil bases, including soybean, canola, coconut, safflower, palm, and sunflower oils; can contain between 50 and 75 percent fat, and are available in both standard and “foaming” formats.
CoreFX ingredient systems are derived from cultures, aimed at enhancing flavor or texture in application like snacks, sauces, frozen foods, pastas, soups, hard and semi-hard cheeses, cottage cheese, yogurt, and sour cream.
From cream to yogurt, the DairyCoreFX lineup promises to provide “a broad range of dry ingredient solutions that cover the full spectrum of dairy,” including functionality, flavor, texture, browning and color, and solubility, as well as to aid in whipping, foaming, and aeration.
Applications include beverages, snacks, confections, salad dressings, meat and nutritional products, sauces, and soups. Can be spray-dried and/or blended.
Anti-caking ingredients that can help protect the shelf life and maintain the organoleptic qualities for cheese applications, while meeting consumers’ demand for natural (and organic, if required) products.
Whether to address metabolism, cognitive improvement, or digestion, and whether delivered via drinks, meal replacements, diet products, or dietary supplements, CoreFX’s NutriCoreFX ingredient and complete food systems promise to help food makers “deliver the nutritional value of healthy fats in a dry stable convenient form.”
Their website also claims they can enhance flavor, texture, creaminess, appearance (especially opacity and viscosity), and stability. Applications include infant formula, nutritional beverages, bars, meals, and shakes.
Specialty spray-dried and blended protein powders CoreFX reports “make excellent starting points for food formulators and manufacturers looking for label-friendly solutions.”
Applications include beverages, confectionery, soups/sauces, snacks, seasonings, side dishes, dressings, bakery, and nutritional.
How Much Do CoreFX’s Ingredient Systems Cost?
We reached out to CoreFX (part of the Ornua Group) for a general idea of their pricing structure, but hadn’t heard back at the time of publishing. We’ll update as soon as a response is received.
In the meantime, CoreFX Ingredients’ customer support department can be reached at (773) 271-2663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CoreFX Ingredients: What We Know About the Company & Their Competition
Type variations of phrases like “lipid ingredient companies,” “dairy ingredient companies,” or “dry/powdered ingredient solutions” into your favorite search engine, and you’ll find there are dozens of competitors potentially seeking the same business-to-business clients as CoreFX Ingredients.
Some of the top Google results at the time of our research included Stepan Lipid Nutrition, ABFI Ingredients, T.C. Jacoby & Co., SensoryEffects, All American Foods, and CK Ingredients.
We’ll come back to the competition in a second, but from a company perspective, CoreFX Ingredients is headed by owner and CEO Denis Neville, who previously worked as a general manager and vice president of commercial and technical development at MCT Dairies.
Our Final Thoughts About CoreFX Ingredients
Whereas the majority of the products and services written about by the HighYa team are consumer focused, it’s rare that we have the opportunity to research one like CoreFX Ingredients, which serves business-to-business clients.
While we’re not B2B or food ingredient industry professionals, taking a look at this topic from our typical consumer perspective, we learned that most of these businesses claimed to specialize in one or more potentially attractive aspects (e.g., customization, scalability, sustainability/environmental impact, industry niches, and so forth).
As such, choosing the right option largely depends on your business’s specific needs, as well as your overall budget.
With this said, CoreFX ingredients seems to focus on creative innovative solutions for their clients, and we didn’t encounter any negative online feedback about them during our research.