Whole Grain Corn Flour Helps Food Processors Keep Costs Down While Meeting 2010 Dietary Guidelines

Keith Smith
Supply Chain Quality
and Technical Service Manager

When choosing breakfast cereals, breads and other food products, consumers search for the Whole Grain Stamp on the packaging. They've gotten the message about the positive role of whole grains in heart health, weight maintenance and glycemic control and are looking for convenient ways to get at least 3 servings of whole grains each as recommended in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. See the announcement of the guidelines on FoodProcessing.com.

While whole-grain, fiber-rich cereals, baked goods, snacks, breads and batters are easier than ever to find on grocery store shelves, they can provide a number of challenges for product developers. That's where Cargill's MaizeWise® whole-grain corn flour has an important advantage. By utilizing a proprietary process we are able to stabilize the whole-grain corn flour during milling to help improve shelf-life, alleviating a common concern with whole grain products.

Cargill delivers added value through its ability to customize MaizeWise for your cereal, extruded snacks or baked goods formulations. MaizeWise can be a plug-in solution for many applications so you don't have to invest in additional equipment or engage in expensive reformulations. In addition, whole grain corn is often less expense than other grains and is a flexible product that can be used as a stand-alone solution or in a blend with grains such as wheat.

Our customization abilities include a broad spectrum of color, granularity, flavor and functional attributes:

> Color: White, yellow and blends of the two.
> Granularity: Fine, medium and coarse for textures ranging from powdery to sandy.
> Flavor: Bland or neutral all the way to full-on toasted corn flavor.
> Functional attributes: Full range of functionality for thick or thin batters, crunchy or crispy crackers, or crusty or chewy bread.

From research and development and food science expertise to business-level product lines, our breadth of expertise and services are unmatched. Large or small, our customers rely on us to provide the resources and global reach to ensure your supply chain. Not only does Cargill have operations based in the Corn Belt of the United States, it also has the ability to distribute corn products  worldwide — wherever and whenever you need it.

A number of well-known, brand-name snack and cereal manufacturers are already finding that products made with MaizeWise are popular with consumers. So, when incorporating whole grain into your corn-based products, harvest the benefits of MaizeWise — the natural choice for delicious, better-for-you food.

Keith Smith is Supply Chain Quality and Technical Service Manager. He has been with Cargill for 18 of his 20 years in the industry.