USA – The food and beverage ingredient corporative, Ingredion has expanded its portfolio with a new clean label potato fiber for bakery, savory and meat products applications.

The new Potex and Potex Crown potato fibres allows manufacturers to achieve appealing textures in processed meats and savory applications while in bakery, they optimize consumer appeal.

They improve the juiciness of fresh and processed meats, add moisture to baked goods due to their water binding characteristics.

It is Ingredion’s first product made as a functional ingredient available for customers in the EMEA region.

The product is developed by Ingredion in collaboration with Lyckeby Starch AB, an alliance owned by around 800 potato-growing farmers in Southern Sweden.

Addition of Potex and Potex Crown allows the company to offer manufacturers 11 ingredient solutions in processed meats and 23 solutions in bakery and savory applications.

“From changing consumer trends to fluctuating ingredient prices, food producers are constantly faced with the challenge of balancing consumer appetites, continuing to innovate and managing costs,” said Alexis Cabanetos, Marketing Manager at Ingredion EMEA.

“With the introduction of Potex and Potex Crown potato fibers, we are able to strengthen our range of ingredients to support customers on their quest to manage costs and increase yield while maintaining the sensory appeal of new or reformulated products.”

“From sausages and hamburgers to soups and sauces, Potex can be used across a broad range of applications.

Its excellent water and oil absorption properties can also reduce stickiness during production, a problem which commonly results in downtime and product wastage. The fibers are resistant to mechanical treatment and freeze/thaw cycles, also making them suitable for dairy products and fruit preparations.”

Manufacturers can also use Potex to affordably keep products such as pastries, breads and cookies fresher for longer.

The potato also contributes to yield increase, waste reduction and reduction of production downtime as it reduces stickiness.

It is suitable for vegetarian formulations and can be used as a stabilizer in gluten-free products.

Simply declared as ‘potato fiber’ on the label, Potex and Potex Crown are available in the UK, Ireland, Middle East, Turkey and Africa.