These fibers are clean label alternatives to carrageenan, often use by manufacturers of meat and dairy alternatives to maintain desirable texture and mouthfeel in their products.
Products that use AgriFiber Solutions’ (Mundelein, IL) portfolio of insoluble fiber ingredients can now carry the Upcycled Certified claim on its labels. These fibers are clean label alternatives to carrageenan, often use by manufacturers of meat and dairy alternatives to maintain desirable texture and mouthfeel in their products.
“Sustainability is behind so many consumers’ decisions to follow vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian lifestyles,” said AgriFiber CEO Jonathan Kahn in a press release. “We know that upcycling is one of the best ways that the food industry can reduce our impact on the planet, and that’s why we built our entire company around that movement.”
The Upcycled Food Association launched the certification in late 2021, and estimates that its certification has helped prevent more than 703 million pounds of food waste annually. Agrifiber is one of 17 companies whose ingredients carry the certification.
“So many organizations deceptively persuade the public that their products and policies are environmentally friendly,” Kahn said. “But when you hold a magnifying glass up to some of these companies, you often see that it’s just marketing. In this era of ‘greenwashing,’ Upcycled Certified ingredients are an opportunity for brands to tell a genuine, transparent, and validated sustainability story that consumers can trust.”