Torula yeast, or Candida utilis, is an increasingly common flavoring additive in processed specialty foods such as chips, seasoning blends, and crackers. Because it is rich in glutamic acid, it lends a smoky, savory umami taste-profile to foods. As a result, Torula yeast has become a popular replacement for the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) among manufacturers marketing "all-natural" products.
Torula yeast is also used in pet foods, in beekeeping, and as an attractant in traps designed to control olive flies. The yeast grows on wood sugars obtained as a byproduct of the paper manufacturing process, on sugar cane, or on sulfite liquors.