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The Future of Gelatin


At Journey Foods, we know there’s a better way to approach the future of food. We’re an AI-powered platform that supports product management and data services to help thousands of food businesses save money and create better products efficiently. We’ve sold several thousand units of our inaugural data-driven product line, Journey Bites, with more than 1 million cubes manufactured, which supports our machine learning-based algorithms.

Fruit snacks rarely feel (or taste, but we already got into that) like fruit. Too often, fresh fruit is challenging to find, messy to take on the go, too expensive, or goes bad before we can eat it. Despite all these potential problems, it doesn’t automatically make fruit snacks a winning alternative. With typical fruit snacks including high servings of sugar, little to no real fruit, and tons of artificial colors, there’s a growing need for a better substitute. That’s why Journey Foods created a fruit snack that not only tastes like fruit, but feels like it too.

Why substitute when you can have it all?

At Journey Foods we’ve created a plant-based gelatin that optimizes texture, flavor, and nutritiousness (the trifecta of fruit snack characteristics if you ask us). Why plant-based? Most of the world’s gelatins come from animal products, like pig skin or cow bones. That stops people with dietary restrictions from consuming gelatin-based foods, and we want everyone to be able to eat our snacks, no matter what.

That’s where JourneyMORE comes in!

Our JourneyMORE technology helps us create a product that enhances the snacking experience without compromising health or environmental impact. But how do we do that? At the beginning of our supply chain when we receive the fruits with which we make our products, we select the best to create our own plant-based gelatins. We also use a product called carrageenan, a naturally-occurring seaweed that’s often used for creating pectins. Seaweed is rich in protein, high in vitamins and fiber, and lower in fat and calories than other enrichment products, so you are getting more power in each bite. Additionally, we use chia and other functional foods to enhance our products further. Not only do these add large amounts of vitamins and protein, but they’re non-GMO, low in carbohydrates, and high in fiber.

Journey Foods ensures that texture is not lost (we actually enhance it) when nutrients and health benefits are added.

In addition to the current textures being cultivated, we plan to expand our technology further to replicate exact fruit textures for future products. This way, as we begin culturing fruits to preserve them for centuries to come, we can preserve their textures as well, for the realest fruit experience available on store shelves. Now you won’t have to sacrifice anything, even if you can’t make it to the store or your berries went bad before you got to snack on them. Have your fruit and eat it too with Journey. Find them on our website now. New packaging launching July, 2019.

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