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June 2018

BLOG: Bakery Goods Fresh Keeping…. The Holy Grail Found

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Muffins with Chocolate ShavingsThe Baker’s Challenge: Freshness over Shelf life

Baked goods! They are a staple in everyday life. Nothing can beat eating a fresh baked good right out of the oven. Unless you order it from a café or restaurant, those moments are rare. The Holy Grail in baking is the ability to create bakery foods that keep fresh forever. Yet, the baker’s challenge is meeting that consumer’s expectation especially if they want to tote the bread home. There are ways to maintain bread’s freshness over time. One way is to incorporate a water loving fiber like citrus fiber.

 Citri-Fi Fiber Mechanism in Improving Fresh Keeping

Citrus fiber, like Citri-Fi®, contains both insoluble and soluble fiber which has high surface area that holds onto high amounts of water and oil. In bread, the gelatinized starch keeps gluten moist and pliable. Some bakers use chemical emulsifiers that form a complex with the starch to slow down starch retrogradation. This allows the bread to hold onto water a little longer, but eventually the starch lets too much moisture go. Thereafter, gluten becomes tough or brittle. When incorporating Citri-Fi citrus fiber into the bread, the starch still retrogrades, but the citrus fiber catches the moisture and holds it alongside the gluten to keep it moist and pliable. As a result, the citrus fiber helps improve fresh keeping over time.

 The Clean Label Fiber Benefit

About 0.3% to 0.8% of Citri-Fi fiber can be mixed in with the dry ingredients to be incorporated into the bread. It is recommended to add one part Citri-Fi to 4 to 7 parts water to the formulation to maintain moisture retention. This natural fiber holds water so well; it can help reduce egg usage in certain formulations which can lead to potential cost savings.

Citri-Fi is produced from citrus fruit byproduct. The patented, chemical-free process opens up the fiber to create the high surface area unlike other citrus fibers on the market. Citri-Fi qualifies under the new FDA fiber guidelines so it contributes fiber to food products. This natural ingredient can be labeled as citrus fiber, dried citrus pulp or citrus flour which resonates well in the clean label markets unlike starches, gums and chemical emulsifiers. Citri-Fi is non-GMO and allergen-free which makes it ideal in gluten-free formulations.

Author — Jennifer Stephens (VP of Marketing)


Fiberstar Launches Citri-Fi® 150, a Natural Fiber for Pet Food & Treats

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In response to the rapidly growing pet food and treat market, Fiberstar launches a new, cost effective fiber, Citri-Fi 150, to improve texture, nutrition and quality of companion pet food products.


various dog treats and biscuits by a bowlThe recent humanization trend in pet care is one of the primary market trends driving a plethora of new companion pet products. In the past, pets served to protect the house and farm, eliminate predators and rodents and haul heavy loads. Today, pets are not only part of the family, but in some instances, these furry beings are people’s children. In response to the exploding pet care market, Fiberstar, Inc. ( launched Citri-Fi 150 natural citrus fiber to improve the texture, enhance nutrition and provide cost savings in pet food and treats.

“We are pleased to launch the Citri-Fi 150 citrus fiber. This natural ingredient rounds out our portfolio of offerings,” says John Haen, CEO and President of Fiberstar, Inc. “We not only offer our flagship Citri-Fi to the food and beverage industry, but now, also to the pet food and treat segment.”

Citri-Fi is sustainably produced from byproduct of the citrus fruit. The patented technology is a mechanical process which is free from chemicals and opens up the fiber to provide high water holding capacity and emulsification properties. Citri-Fi 150 offers a multitude of benefits in various pet treats. In injection molded bones, this natural fiber aids in flowability and mold release as well as adds strength to extend chew times. In semi-moist treats, this natural fiber binds the water to improve the meat-like texture in addition to minimizing crumb. Other benefits include moisture retention, reduced stickiness and texturizing.

“Citri-Fi 150 offers pet food and treat manufacturers a cost effective, functional fiber which is unique versus lower functioning fibers on the market,” states Mr. Haen. “Our patented technology and manufacturing process gives us the flexibility to create new products for new growing markets like companion pet.” Other fibers on the market tend to be bulking agents with little to no functional benefit. As a result, other costly functional ingredients are used to improve the product quality.

The same functionalities and cost savings that Citri-Fi 150 provides pet food and treats benefits certain applications within the meat and bakery categories. This includes extending meat while maintaining texture and quality. Within baked goods, the Citri-Fi binds water to improve freshness over shelf life.

Citri-Fi 150 is grain-free, non-GMO, allergen-free and made in the U.S.A. This plant-based ingredient contributes fiber and can be labeled as citrus fiber, dried citrus pulp or citrus flour which resonate well in the natural human and companion pet food markets.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brock Lundberg, Ph.D. at or (715) 425-7550 x 102.

Fiberstar, Inc. is a privately held innovative biotechnology Company focused on enhancing food performance by manufacturing and marketing value-added food ingredients. Its largest brand, Citri-Fi is an all-natural highly functional fiber produced sustainably from citrus fiber using a patented process. Citri-Fi is GRAS, non-allergenic, neutral in taste & odor and non-GMO. This functional fiber line benefits meat, dairy, bakery, gluten-free, sauce, condiments, frozen food, beverage and health & wellness food products through textural improvements, nutritional enhancements and/or cost savings. Headquartered in River Falls, Wisconsin with manufacturing in Florida and Wisconsin, Fiberstar sells products globally in over 65 countries.

New Functional Ingredients Offer Clean Label Options (Dairy Foods)

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Yogurt with peach slices raspberries and blueberries, tasty dessertPre-meal concept with fiber, whey protein

Arla Foods Ingredients developed a high-protein pre-meal shot concept that highlights the potential for launching innovative products that deliver improved blood sugar control in a natural and convenient way. The 100-milliliter pre-meal shot concept is high in fiber and contains 15 grams of the company’s Lacprodan DI-6820 whey protein. A recent clinical trial demonstrated that consumption of 15 grams of whey protein before a meal helped people with type 2 diabetes maintain their blood sugar levels within the normal glycemic range following the meal, the company said.



Almond oil as functional ingredient

Blue Diamond almond oil works as a functional ingredient across a variety of food categories. Its clean, mild flavor and high smoke point of 470 degrees Fahrenheit make it an ideal ingredient for dairy and bakery applications and snack bar formulations. Additionally, the oil is high in vitamin E (39.2 milligrams/100 grams), and B-sitosterol, making it a healthier alternative to other specialty plant-based oils, the company said. It’s low in saturated fat and high (70%) in monounsaturated fat/omega-9 fatty acids, supporting healthy levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL).



Line of soluble dietary fiber ingredients

ADM/Matsutani LLC’s Fibersol is a line of soluble dietary fiber ingredients that offers support for nutrition, weight management, sugar reduction, satiety and gut health. Fibersol maintains its fiber content within all dairy product applications, including fluid, frozen, cultured and fermented dairy foods. It is stable under all processing and packaging conditions. Fibersol is digestion-resistant, which translates to more of the fiber reaching the lower bowel to promote fermentation. This provides potential benefits for gut health. Therefore, the fiber can support “good-for-you” structure/function claims for qualifying products, the company said. Clinical studies show that Fibersol is also a prebiotic fiber, helps support or maintain intestinal regularity and can relieve occasional constipation.



Whey protein for high-acid protein powder drink mixes

BevEdge Whey Protein A-220W from Glanbia Nutritionals can create new opportunities for protein powder drink mix brands. BevEdge Whey Protein A-220W is a new preacidified whey protein isolate that overcomes the multiple challenges of creating berry- and citrus-flavored high-acid protein powder drink mixes. Made with BevEdge instant dispersion technology, the whey protein is lecithin-free, contains no soy and can be labeled as “whey protein isolate, citric acid.” Because it is preacidified to a pH under 3.5, the whey protein allows for great-tasting fruit flavors and delivers a clearer end product than lecithinated proteins, the company said.



Seaweed extract for dairy and non-dairy desserts

Algaia S.A. introduced Satialgine DVA, a next-generation seaweed extract ingredient for dairy and non-dairy desserts. This alginate line provides a unique rich and creamy texture in desserts such as low-fat dairy flans. The Satialgine line of alginate ingredients is designed to create a creamy, indulgent texture without the use of eggs or traditional additives, the company said.

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Pure non-GMO prebiotic

DSM is the exclusive distributor of AmpliVida XOS prebiotic, manufactured by Prenexus. AmpliVida is a pure, selective and effective prebiotic made from organically grown (in California) non-GMO high-fiber sugar cane; it is carefully processed with pure water (no chemicals). Its efficacious low dose is ideal for formulating, making it well-tolerated, the company said. The prebiotic is made of five carbon rings linked by unique bonds with a degree of polymerization ranging from 2-12; therefore, only 1-4 grams are needed daily to selectively stimulate the growth of beneficial (probiotic) bacteria in the digestive tract. AmpliVida XOS prebiotic is suitable for use in dairy applications.



Culture system for American-style cheeses

Dupont’s Choozit Ameri-Flex is a one-bag direct-to-vat culture system for American-style cheese, including cheddar, colby and Jack. It is a convenient single-pouch blend of fast-acidifying mesophilic and thermophilic strains in a culture system formulated for reliability, dependability and phage robustness. The culture system provides consistent acidification from vat to vat, the company said. Two robust formulations in this range are designed to provide flexibility for producing American cheese types in multiple processing conditions. They provide dependable moisture and yield due to consistent acidification kinetics between rotations, leading to reducing potential for downgrades. These cultures also offer protection against variability resulting from bacteria phage.



Masking flavors for products with plant proteins

Symrise Flavors N.A. developed a masking flavors toolbox specifically targeted to overcome the challenges of aftertaste and off-notes of plant protein in non-dairy applications. Product information is available that includes the recommended dosage for the company’s natural pea protein masking flavor, natural rice protein masking flavor, natural almond protein masking flavor and natural soy protein masking flavor. Masking solutions are available for drinkable products, as well as non-dairy yogurts, ice creams, protein powder mixes, smoothies and milks.



Natural emulsification and texture in cultured dairy

In cultured dairy, Fiberstar’s citrus fiber, Citri-Fi, works synergistically with homogenization to provide a strong boost in creamy body and firmness. Homogenization will bust open the fiber structure, leading to large increases in surface area, which, in turn, immobilize more water. The increased body gives the product a more natural mouthfeel. The ingredient can replace gums and thickeners for a cleaner product label, the company said. Because Citri-Fi functions as a natural emulsifier, no additional emulsifiers are necessary, which also increases the simplicity of the label statement. As a bonus functionality, the citrus fiber is said to promote a cleaner, rounder flavor release, which allows added flavors to shine. This natural fiber rounds out the flavor of the acids, permitting culturing to a lower pH and giving a benefit to texture.

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Natural preservative for clean-label products

The Ingredient House, along with its partner, Soyuzsnab, developed a natural preservative — cultured dextrose, AiBi Series 1.50 — that can be used for clean-label and natural products. The natural preservative is produced by fermentation of dextrose with microorganisms. The product can inhibit the growth of most spoilage organisms in food. Cultured dextrose is of natural origin and is GMO-free. It increases the shelf life of dairy products such as sour cream and cottage cheese. It can be used in a wide range of applications, including dairy, bakery, spreads and sauces.



All-natural solution to reduce sugar

Frutalose SF75 from Sensus is an all-natural solution to reduce sugar and “added sugar.” The product has 65% of the sweetness of sugar and contains 75% dietary fiber, the company said. These properties allow Frutalose SF75 to play a significant role in low- calorie all-natural sweetener systems that have the ability to significantly reduce sugar. The product works particularly well with stevia, masking the off-tastes associated with this ingredient. Frutalose SF75 is Non-GMO Project Verified and labeled as chicory root fiber. Additionally, its unique functional properties allow it to be easily formulated into a variety of applications.



Tea as a functional ingredient

Tea is a health-promoting ingredient and has clean-label benefits for processors, Amelia Baysaid. It can be also used to replace caramel colors, artificial flavors and more. Amelia Bay offers dairy processors a brewed liquid tea that is easy to use versus batch steeping or working with instant tea powders, and can significantly reduce batching times. Formulations are simply blended in batch tanks and then pasteurized. The company’s extracts can be hot-filled or cold-filled for a stable finished beverage free from sedimentation or clouding.