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One-stop resource for functional ingredients procurement

March 03
10:15 2015

Vitafoods Europe 2015, booth K99: UL (Underwriters Laboratories) will present Prospector®, the world’s most comprehensive food and beverage ingredients database.

 Overland Park (Kansas / USA), March 2015: Visitors to the Prospector® booth at Vitafoods Europe will see first hand how the innovative search engine can speed up their R&D processes significantly. The comprehensive global database covers ingredients for all kinds of health food products and dietary supplements.


Containing details of more than 11,000 Functional Food and Nutrition ingredients from hundreds of suppliers, Prospector® is incredibly easy, quick – and free – for manufacturers to use. Aimed at speeding up the search for ingredients and hence accelerating the R&D process, the database is kept up to date by UL’s experts, so that users can be sure that information is always current.

Jill Frank, Certified Food Scientist and Food Industry Expert at UL, says: “Our database covers a huge variety of functional ingredients for versatile applications and positionings. Therefore Vitafoods, as the key nutraceutical event, is the perfect platform for us to demonstrate the added value that Prospector® offers to R&D professionals. The ingredients that we list are largely backed up by comprehensive additional details, which makes it easier to find the right ingredients when aiming for specific positionings and claims.”

Personnel from UL will be on hand throughout the Vitafoods exhibition to demonstrate the unique capabilities of Prospector®.


About UL:

UL (Underwriters Laboratories) has been the world leader in product safety for more than 100 years. Founded in 1894, the company now certifies, validates, tests, inspects, audits, advises and trains.
UL provides the knowledge and expertise required to navigate growing complexities across the supply chain, from compliance and regulatory issues to trade challenges and market access. With its seven business units: Commercial & Industrial, Environment, Information & Insights, Life & Health, Consumer, Enterprise Services, and Workplace Health & Safety, UL demonstrates an expanding breadth of expertise and a growing range of services that offer the solutions that are needed in a constantly evolving world. Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, USA, UL runs offices all around the globe.

 Prospector_Monitor_300dpi (2)About Prospector®:

Prospector® is a global search engine and comprehensive database for raw materials and ingredients for many industries. Specifically for the food and beverage industry, it contains more than 70,000 ingredients from thousands of suppliers. Prospector® is available at www.ULprospector.com. Launched in April 2014, Prospector® bundles together the search engines formerly known as Innovadex and IDES. Innovadex has been the leading search engine for ingredients in the food, chemical and life science industries for many years, while the IDES database for resins, plastics additives and metals holds details of more than 80,000 products from hundreds of suppliers. Available in seven different languages, the powerful search engine Prospector® is a tool for the worldwide industry, regardless of geographical location or borders.

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