Kroner-Starke launches pre-gelatinized starch flakes for clean label foods

08 Nov 2017 --- German producer of natural wheat starches, Kröner-Stärke, has boosted its range of starch flakes to include a new instant porridge, pre-gelatinized wheat starch flakes, corn starch flakes, waxy maize starch flakes and whole flour starches for use in healthy clean-label food products. 

Providing outstanding technical performance, the new flake products are ideal for manufacturers of porridges, sauces, dressings, smooth desserts, puddings, mousses, custards and similar products.

Starch flakes offer exceptional dispersion properties, making them easy to incorporate into any mixture, and immediately add to the viscosity of the product. Full viscosity can be achieved without cooking, providing a convenient and easy to use solution for producing a range of instant soups, baby foods, desserts and baked goods. The flakes are also excellent moisture absorbers and so can help to avoid lumping too.

Manufacturers should specify these starches to help them achieve a delicate combination of flavor, texture and healthy label in their product. Kröner-Stärke has created flakes which achieve a perfect texture and mouth-feel without compromising the desired flavor. As the company takes a chemical-free approach to the production of all its starches, including grain processing using its own natural spring water, food producers are guaranteed a clean-label product with full traceability.

Based on the new range, one of the company’s latest innovations is an instant porridge mix designed for healthy living with the young and more mature population in mind. It contains naturally-produced wheat starch flakes, wholemeal wheat flour, calcium carbonate and vitamin B1 which, when combined with milk, soy milk or water, creates a smooth, easy to swallow, readily digestible porridge with a high fiber content. This high quality, nutritious and satisfying product (to which fruit may be added to create a tasty meal) has no added sugar and is totally free from artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.

The bakery and delicatessen sectors can also reap the benefits of the functional properties of flakes. Potato starches, which are often expensive and problematic to source, can be replaced by Kröner-Stärke’s POMGEL. This is a wheat starch with a flaky structure that improves the shelf-life of baked goods, has a high water-binding capacity and due to its superior wettability, guarantees lump-free mixing.

Kröner-Stärke’s Sales Director, Henrik de Vries says: “We are constantly developing our range of starches to provide food manufacturers with the raw materials that enable them to keep up with the latest eating trends. The pure nature of our starches makes them suitable for a wide range of products and an even wider range of consumers. Food processors can depend on the quality and functionality of our flaky pre-gelatinized starches, many of which are also available in gluten-free or organic form too.”

Kröner-Stärke will be exhibiting at the Food Ingredients Europe show in Frankfurt, Germany from November 28-30, 2017.

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