Blueberries complement and enhance
In flavor combinations with spices, botanicals, floral, citrus and herbaceous, blueberries complement and enhance as well as balance flavors. Their elusive sweetness adds excitement to the smoky, caramelized or spice- and salt-accented product trends gaining such popularity today. The use of blueberries in formats like powders, concentrates or purees makes for fruit-flavored creations, no matter the season. Utilizing real fruit, such as blueberries, is a benefit to product formulators: for natural sweetness, added fiber, beautiful color, nutrients, healthy halo effect.
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council; San Mateo, Calif.; 650-546-2135; www.blueberrytech.org
USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified Stevia
Pyure Organic Stevia is the heart of a number of spinoff products from the company that claims to have the first USDA Certified Organic and non-GMO Project Verified stevia. New introductions include caramel, chocolate and hazelnut liquids; a confectioners blend; Sugar Free Maple Flavored Syrup; Sugar Free Honey Alternative; as well as Organic Liquid Stevia in Original and Vanilla flavors.
Pyure Brands; Naples, Fla.; pyureorganic.com
Where can you use chickpea flour?
Artesa chickpea flour is whiter than conventional chickpea flours. It delivers a taste profile similar to premium wheat flours, along with great mouthfeel and texture characteristics. In formulations, it offers wheat flour functionality and has a very low (1 percent) oil content. It can be used virtually anywhere you'd use a wheat flour -- bread and baked goods, higher-protein and -fiber snacks, creative soups and sauces, vegetarian/vegan products. In pasta, you can get taste and texture that rivals premium semolina flour -- and it's easy on your processing Plus it's gluten-free.
PLT Health Solutions; Morristown, N.J.; 973-984-0900; www.plthealth.com
Ingredient systems line
Achieve desired texture and stability with clean labels with the Simplistica ingredient systems line – which includes hydrocolloids, starches, plant proteins, sweeteners and more with. These ingredient systems help developers provide a nutritionally and texturally sound product using ingredients selected by the supplier's R&D team. For example, Simplistica BK 6202 is a new ingredient system that uses hydrocolloids and pea protein concentrate to optimize the formulation of cookies and other baked goods that carry enhanced label claims. Simplistica YG 3206 uses faba bean and stabilizers to optimize vegan yogurt fortified with protein.
TIC Gums; White Marsh, Md.; 800-899-3953; www.ticgums.com
The company says adding its Captex medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) to a daily diet can enhance ketone development, which can provide over 60 percent of the needed energy for the brain. In addition, the medium-chain triglycerides are said to provide quick energy for the body and enhance overall focus throughout the day. Available in non-GMO, C8, C10 & C8/10 blends in both powder and liquid form.
Abitec; Columbus, Ohio; 800-555-1255; www.abiteccorp.com
Clean-label fat replacer
Meet nutritional targets from both government regulation and consumer expectations of lower fat foods with Delyte 9 clean label fat replacer. The ingredient is said to achieve 50 percent fat reduction in dessert and meal applications. The tapioca-based product is currently in use with manufacturers and has a back of back ingredient declaration as simply tapioca starch. It is also non-GM, allergen free and vegan friendly.
Ulrick & Short; Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England; +44(0)1977 62 00 11; www.cleanlabelingredients.com
Thickener and stabilizer
Gum karaya, a natural gum exudation from the stems and branches of Sterculia trees, has been used for many centuries in traditional African and Indian cooking. The company’s flash-heated ingredient is suitable in food applications as an adhesive compound, bulking agent, thickening agent for the formulation of coatings, fillings, dressings, desserts and emulsified sauces. It is a non-starch polysaccharide, vegetal and 100 percent natural gum.
Farbest Brands; Park Ridge, N.J.; 800-897-6096; www.farbest.com
Sweet potato powder
Incorporate the health benefits of sweet potatoes with sweet potato powder. Long recognized for their nutritional benefits, sweet potatoes contain a concentrated dose of important daily nutrients, including calcium, iron, vitamin A and protein. The sweet potato powder is said to maintain the integrity of the vegetable’s nutrients while transforming it into a powder with versatile application. The powder is also clean label and ideal for baby foods, beverages and snacks.