Omya revealed a range of apple fiber, oat fiber and cocoa fiber – all-natural, clean label ingredients – that allows manufacturers to increase the fiber content of the formulations. The ingredients contribute to natural binding of water, improved texture and support emulsification, and therefore allow for a smooth production process.
“Today, more than ever, consumers place a special emphasis on the highest quality and safety of the food they consume,” said Stefan Lander, Vice President Consumer Goods, Group Sales & Marketing at Omya. “At the same time, manufacturers are under high pressure to produce efficacious products as efficiently as possible. As Omya has been committed to implementing sustainability at all levels since its foundation, we are delighted to support both sides with added value ingredients that help keep health and environment in balance.”
The apple, oat and cocoa fiber are processed by micronization of sterilized dried fruit pomace and peels, grain husks or shell parts into powder with different particle sizes in order to create appropriate powder solutions for specific applications. All powders are 100% natural and insoluble. In terms of the functional properties of water binding and fat mimicking, the fiber solutions enable a reduction of sugar and fat content in a formulation, and thus improve the nutritional quality of a food product. Manufacturers can also use the powders to increase the fiber content of the finished product and therefore make on-pack claims such as “source of fiber” or “high in fiber” if required. In addition to nutritional claims, the dietary fiber solutions also allow for the promotion of health claims relating to normal bowel function.
Cocoa fiber is ideal for all those applications where the perception of cocoa in combination with improved nutritional value of a food is highly desirable from a consumer perspective.
Neutral-tasting oat fibers are a versatile dietary fiber solution designed to bring natural functionality and fiber enrichment not only to a wide range of bakery and snack solutions, but also vegan foods and nutritional beverages. Apple fiber can partially replace pectins, substitute modified starches and is thus an ideal dietary fiber solution for a diverse range of food applications such as bakery products, vegan applications, sauces & dips and fruit preparations.