Cargill introduces new range of sustainably sourced carrageenans
New blend of carrageenans offers improved suspension in dairy & non-dairy neutral protein drinks
MECHELEN, Belgium - May 11, 2015 – Beverage manufacturers looking to reach excellent mouthfeel and stability for their protein drinks can now rely on a new blend of carrageenans obtained from sustainably sourced seaweed.
The new Satiagel™ ABN 500 range contains sustainable carrageenan blends that provide premium performance at a competitive price, offering excellent sensorial properties, consistent quality and security of supply.
Carrageenans are an essential ingredient required to stabilize all kinds of dairy and non-dairy neutral-flavored drinks, thus avoiding sedimentation of insoluble particles and product separation.
“The consumption of protein drinks is at an all-time high in Europe. The neutral-flavored protein drinks market is growing exponentially, and chocolate milk is especially popular. According to the latest research (Innova, March 2015), 14% of all new product launches in the dairy drinks category are dedicated to chocolate-flavored formulations,” says Xavier Martin, global product manager seaweeds for Cargill Texturizing Solutions. “This growing demand has a direct impact on the availability of raw materials. The market for wild red seaweeds, from which carrageenans are traditionally derived, has become volatile and unpredictable.”
The Satiagel™ ABN 500 range is mainly sourced from farmed seaweed. By diversifying sourcing and maintaining close collaboration with suppliers, Cargill is able to reduce sourcing risks and offer a more sustainable carrageenan supply. Xavier Martin: “Apart from financing research on seaweed and farming, the direct long-term relationships with farmers enable us to support the improvement of production tools, working and living conditions, education and healthcare. Transferring knowledge to the farmers is key to enriching their communities and essential to the availability of high-quality seaweed.”
But there are other challenges manufacturers find themselves grappling with. “Consumers are looking for great taste and a full-bodied drink on top of the nutritional benefits of dairy products,” explains Anne-Laure Rouger, dairy technical service project leader at Cargill Texturizing Solutions.
“Mouthfeel is especially important and a key element in influencing consumer preference. However, it is difficult to find the sweet spot between technical performance, taste and appearance. The vast majority of stabilizers available on the market have to compromise on one or more of those aspects. This is why we developed the Satiagel™ ABN range: easy-to-use, versatile ingredients that work well in most formulations and offer ideal mouthfeel properties even at low concentrations, while ensuring consistent stabilization levels.”
Carrageenans are part of Cargill Texturizing Solutions’ unique portfolio of texturizers and emulsifiers, which includes a vast range of hydrocolloids, lecithins and starches. This large portfolio, coupled with global research and development, and supply chain capabilities, allows Cargill to help customers manage both the product development and supply chain challenges associated with formulating or reformulating products.
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Cargill’s texturizing solutions business specializes in the production of texturizing ingredients that link the core food-building blocks (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and water) into finished foods and beverages. Our nature-derived ingredients portfolio is comprised of extracts from major crops (starches, soy proteins and lecithins), seaweeds (carrageenans and alginates), fruits (pectins and locust bean gum) and sugar fermentation (xanthan gum). These specialized ingredients are also applied to offerings in the personal care, pharmaceutical and industrial categories.
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