SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – DairiConcepts has introduced Ascentra to meet the need of food manufacturers to reduce the sodium content in foods they produce without sacrificing flavor.

Ascentra is a healthy, powdered ingredient that can lower sodium content by 25% to 50% in a broad range of food, including meat products, as it boosts salt perception, savory nuances and umami effects. Made from a milk-based fermentation process, during a five-year period Ascentra has been developed to include kosher and EU-certified versions of the base products which are available on maltodextrin or nonfat dry milk carriers.

Ascentra does not contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) or yeast extract, so consumer foods made with the ingredients can be produced with a clean label and "reduced sodium" and/or "gluten-free" declarations. The product withstands most typical food manufacturing processes. Ascentra does not contain potassium chloride, eliminating the possibility of metallic flavor notes.