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A new way to put hops into brews

American ingredients company, Kalsec, has launched launched a groundbreaking natural alternative to hop cones and pellets for brewing.

Called Lupulock, these encapsulated hop oils enable brewers to accelerate production and reduce waste while delivering consistent, authentic flavours and aromas.

Compared to hop cones and pellets, Lupulock can be stored in ambient temperatures for up to two years, uses exponentially less storage space, and is safe and easy to dose in the post-fermentation phase of the brewing process.

“We are ushering in the next generation of hop products with Lupulock, a revolutionary approach to the delivery system that makes brewing products more efficient, user-friendly and cost-effective,” said Joanne Martz, a senior VP at Kalsec.

“Lupulock can help increase the sustainability of traditional brewing practices by requiring less water use and producing less ingredient waste.”

Partnership with Firmenich

Kalsec has partnered with Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned perfume and taste company, to launch Lupulock encapsulated hop oils.

Kalsec provides hop extracts that have increased consistency, higher utilisation and flavour differentiation while Firmenich supplies its proprietary encapsulation technology that extends shelf life in ambient temperatures.

“Protection of scarce, high value agricultural materials and reduction of waste are at the core of our innovation agenda,” said Greg Peel, VP of Firmenich’s Beverage Strategic Business Unit.

“We are proud to have worked together with Kalsec to deliver this natural solution using our Durarome encapsulation technology, offering an efficient and truly innovative option to the brewing industry.”

Source: Kalsec