Tate & Lyle unveils new tapioca-based thickening and gelling starches

US — Tate & Lyle, a leading global provider of food and beverage solutions and ingredients, has expanded its portfolio of tapioca-based starches with the launch of new REZISTA® MAX thickening starches and BRIOGEL® gelling starches.

In a statement, Tate & Lyle said the innovative tapioca starches will help food manufacturers deliver superior products thanks to their improved process tolerance, mouthfeel, fluidity and texture.

The Ingredients supplier further noted that the new starches are suitable for use across dairy, soups, sauces and dressings, confectionery and more.

“Tapioca starch provides some unique formulation benefits such as a translucent colour and a soft gel-like texture that is especially appealing in certain applications such as dairy desserts, certain sauces, confectionery and processed cheese,” said Dr Mariana Perez-Herrera, Tate & Lyle research scientist.

In addition to providing the desirable neutral colour and flavour of a tapioca starch, Tate & Lyle said the REZISTA® MAX thickening starches were developed to provide utmost texture and stability, even under extreme processing conditions.

These properties are particularly important to applications in dairy, puddings, fillings, soups, sauces and dressings. 

The new BRIOGEL® gelling starches on the other hand, “creates a soft gel and come in a range of strengths that are suitable for applications such as processed cheese.”

The fluidity of BRIOGEL® starches also triggers gelling after cooling which makes them optimal for use in confections such as gummy candies, jams, jellies and other applications.

“Tapioca starch is growing in popularity due to its unique texture profile, non-GMO credentials and the fact that it offers an alternative labelling option to corn starch”, said Sebastian Lemke, Director and Global Product Manager for tapioca at Tate & Lyle.

“In fact, new products formulated with tapioca starch have been the fastest growing in the food industry over the last five years1. We are seeing this trend play out as customers request more tapioca-based starches.”

This expansion of Tate & Lyle’s tapioca-based texturant range follows its agreement to acquire a well-established tapioca business in Thailand, Chaodee Modified Starch Co., Ltd., announced in October 2020.

This investment extends Tate & Lyle’s presence in speciality tapioca-based texturants and establishes a dedicated production facility in the main tapioca region of eastern Thailand.

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