“The world’s demand for prebiotic fibers in general and FOS in particular is rapidly increasing and Galam is working on being a major supplier of high quality sc-FOS in this growing worldwide market,” Mr. Liad Cohen, CEO at Galam explained.
FOS health benefits
Sc-FOS is one of the most researched prebiotics, supported by scientific evidence demonstrating that daily consumption of this prebiotic fiber can contribute to a range of health benefits by helping to balance gut microbiota, which supports well-being in both humans and animals.
Dr. Fernando Schved, VP R&D, Support & CSO at Galam, explained their properties.
“Short chain fructo-oligosaccharides (sc-FOS) are one group of strong prebiotics highly known and documented for their beneficial roles in colon well-being. The shorter oligosaccharides consisting of sc-FOS have been documented to be effectively fermented thus providing a proven prebiotic effect at lower doses.”
Two new plants to serve growing demand
The new plants opened by Galam are located in Israel and Spain. The plant in Israel specializes in FOS production in powder form and exports worldwide, while the plant in Spain (Barcelona) specializes in liquid FOS production in order to support the European market.
“Based on the vast technological experience that Galam has obtained over the past 80 years and our understanding of the market, we have decided to invest $20M in our new facilities,” said Mr. Liad Cohen, CEO at Galam.
Unique enzymatic process
Galam's short chain sc-FOS (branded as GOFOS™) is produced from beet sugar by a unique proprietary enzymatic process. In addition to prebiotic properties, FOS may be used for sugar reduction and fiber enrichment. It is commonly used in food applications such as cereals, energy bars, dairy and non-dairy products, confectionary, bakery, chocolate and more.