DENMARK – DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences has launched new Grindsted® Gellan Veg 200 natural stabilizer for development of innovative vegan and plant-based beverage products.

The new solution meets demand for plant-based and vegan diets due to changing consumer tastes and preferences.

It also addresses need for plant-based/vegan claim, health profile, clean label, premium taste and texture in such products.

The new range is suitable for a wide range of plant-sourced raw materials, has low protein reactivity and high performance across a broad pH range.

Added directly into the mix, Gellan VEG 200 delivers a stabilizing network throughout the shelf life to maintain a homogenous and stable final product.

“Produced by bacteria during fermentation of renewable, bio-based raw materials, Gellan VEG 200 is a purely natural solution.

“It provides excellent stability and particle suspension and minimal contribution to mouthfeel,” said Lise Stouby, Senior Scientist, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences.

According to DuPont, the number of new vegan products increased by 35% since 2014, with beverages as one of the highest growing categories globally.

In the US, 6 out of 10 consumers are increasing their consumption of plant-based foods and beverages in their daily diet, thus need to explore alternatives to suit this health trend.

In the DuPont-sponsored study conducted by HealthFocus, 42% of respondents said that they prefer more plant-based foods in their daily diet, and more than half of all consumers said that it “makes me feel healthier.”

Also, the environmental component of this dietary shift is not negligible, as 3 out of 4 millennials are willing to spend more on ethical products.

Commenting on the new product, Kirsten Braüner Nygaard, Business Development Manager, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences said: “We are proud to launch a product that answers critical manufacturers’ needs – ease of formulation and production. Starting today, it’s available worldwide.”

DuPont recently launched new, naturally sourced Grindsted® Plant-Tex solution for premium plant-based sausages, burger patties and cold cuts.