Baked inclusions add appeal
A new line of baked inclusions is for the dairy, bakery, confection, beverage, and QSR segments. The product line features brownies, cookies, cakes and more, with rotating varieties. The inclusions can add appeal to cupcakes and donuts, deliciously chewy pieces to dairy and specialty beverages and decadent nostalgia to chocolate confections. Application possibilities range from fruit-filled cupcakes garnished with sugar cookie pieces to cinnamon spiced lattes with whipped topping, caramel drizzle and snickerdoodle crumble. All meet Kosher Select guidelines with some varieties available in all-natural, vegan and non-GMO formats.
Parker Products; Fort Worth, Texas; 817-336-7441; parkerproducts.com
Reb-D stevia sweetener is Non-GMO
Ingredion is the exclusive distributor for a rebaudioside-D stevia sweetener created by SweeGen, a Blue California company. Bestevia starts with the stevia leaf, then a proprietary technology produces high purity levels of reb-D, a stevia glycoside that has none of the bitterness of first-generation stevias, which were based on rebaudioside-A. Sensory mapping indicates reb-D has a sugar-like taste and a sweetness onset and sweet linger that is closer to sugar than other stevia products. And now Bestevia has been Non-GMO Project verified.
Ingredion; Westchester, Ill.; 708-551-2536; www.ingredion.com
Reb-D and Reb-M stevias
EverSweet is a zero-calorie, next-generation sweetener made with two of the best tasting sweet compounds found in the stevia leaf, rebaudioside-M and rebaudioside-D. Food and beverage companies looking to satisfy consumers’ desire for healthier food choices now can offer this zero-calorie sweetener without sacrificing great taste. Since the stevia plant produces only trace amounts of reb-M and reb D, fermentation allows for large quantities of these most sought-after sweet compounds to be commercially produced in a more sustainable way. EverSweet is produced in cooperation with Evolva.
Cargill; Minneapolis; 800-227-4455; www.cargill.com/food-beverage/na/specialty-sweeteners
Make plant proteins look like meat
As consumers continue to desire a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle, more plant-based proteins are used to fortify a variety of meat applications. In addition to not compromising on taste and mouthfeel, consumers also want food that passes the “eye test.” Caramel color can help food processors achieve the typical appearance of meat, helping the plant-based products look more appetizing. In texturized vegetable protein (TVP) applications, both liquid and powdered caramel colors are commonly used. In hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) applications it is not uncommon to see elevated salt levels, so low sulfite Class III, positively-charged liquid caramel colors are recommended. Colors also are available as Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Organic.
Sethness Products Co.; Skokie, Ill.; 847-329-2080; www.sethness.com
Herbs look and speak natural
Culinary herbs add naturalness and, from an aesthetic perspective, their delicacy catches the eye in cheeses and savory snacks, soft drinks and cocktails. Addressing this, the supplier's Herb Collection comprises Garden Mint, Coriander Leaves, Sage, Rosemary, Hops, Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Lemongrass and Aloe Vera.
Sensient Flavors; Hoffman Estates, Ill.; 847-755-5300; www.sensientflavorsandfragrances.com
CytoGuard lauric arginate antimicrobial can be used as a vegetable wash to help fend off foodborne illnesses caused by bacterial, parasites and viruses. As a vegetable wash, it reduces the threat of listeria by significantly reducing bacterial levels through disruption of the cell membranes of the microbes. CytoGuard is a natural, clean-label solution that is particularly effective not only against Salmonella and Listeria but Campylobacter, E. coli, yeast, molds and Lactobacillus. In addition, it does not impact flavor, color, texture or pH of the final product. These antimicrobials are also non-corrosive, so they do not wear down the equipment of the packaging and processing lines.
A&B Ingredients; Fairfield, N.J.; 973-227-1390; www.abingredients.com
Stay current with industry trends to drive new product development with a portfolio of performance ingredients in addition to technical expertise. Ingredients include healthy, label-friendly choices such as reduced sodium and fat, calcium and vitamin fortification, and gluten-free options without any reduction in taste and mouthfeel. Other ingredients include: texturants, fat replacements, thickeners, emulsifiers, sweeteners, citric acid, preservatives, alkalis and leavening agents.