Sheridan College, in Sheridan, WY, and Gourmetceuticals, LLC, a company that markets organically derived and scientifically validated ingredients for use in foods and beverages, has announced a collaboration under which Gourmetceuticals will donate functional food ingredients to the college for a collaborative project between several departments. Functional foods are the integration of fresh or processed foods and beverages with ingredients that add specific health benefits. The two ingredients, GLPH-1™, an immune booster, and PPL-240™, an antioxidant, will be incorporated by students in the Culinary Arts program to develop new food products.
“The functional foods market is rapidly expanding as consumers look for added health benefits in their food, from immune boosting yogurts to sun protecting drinks,” said Garrett Lindemann, Ph.D., chief executive officer, Gourmetceuticals, LLC. “Our company was founded on entrepreneurial ideals with a commitment to growth in Wyoming and we are excited to work with the college to provide students with premium, scientifically validated ingredients that can be incorporated into new healthful products, and potentially a foundation for new business in Wyoming.”
The Gourmetceuticals collaboration is one part of a school initiative that will bring several education tracks together. Students in the Culinary Arts program will incorporate Gourmetceuticals’ ingredients to create functional food products. The Meat and Food Science department will evaluate each product through a series of taste tests. Finally, the Economics students will use the results from the taste tests to evaluate market potential, price points, supply and demand and potential profits for a company based on the foods.
“It is our vision to cultivate entrepreneurial leadership that enhances the quality of economic, social and cultural life in our local communities,” stated Tracy Dearinger, Business Instructor at Sheridan College. “Our partnership with Gourmetceuticals will provide students with insights on the emerging functional food market that could inspire competitive entrepreneurship in Wyoming.”
For more information on this program, contact Cindi Thiede, Ph.D., assistant vice president for Program Development, Northern Wyoming Community College District, at 307-674-6446, ext. 2609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.