Nagase Announces GRAS Status for Novel Enzyme for Yeast Extract

June 29, 2015

New York, NY – June 29, 2015 – Nagase America announced today that Denazyme GEL-L1/R was determined to be Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for yeast extract applications. The enzyme allows yeast extract manufacturers to optimize yields and add value to yeast cell wall leftovers produced during yeast extract production.

Proteases and other enzymes are often added when producing yeast extract to release savory-delivering components, which are then separated from insoluble leftovers. Denazyme GEL-L1/R digests the cell wall leftovers, producing value-added yeast extract. When added before separating the leftovers, it can increase yeast extract yields by up to 30% without impacting the flavor profile.

“The popularity of yeast extracts is increasing globally as food processors respond to consumer demands for clean-label savory ingredients,” said Nick Nishimoto, sales and marketing manager at Nagase & Co., Ltd. “This enzyme helps yeast extract manufacturers develop new products and increase profitability.”

Produced using Nagase’s proprietary fermentation technology, Denazyme GEL-L1/R is a β–glucanase that breaks down beta-glucans in the yeast cell wall. It is effective on baker’s yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, as well as torula yeast, Candida utilis. Denazyme GEL-L1/R is both kosher and halal certified.

Bringing over 180 years of Japanese quality, Nagase manufactures a diverse line of food ingredients, including functional ingredients, enzymes, and film-forming agents.

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