Diana Food switches to clean-label fruit and vegetable ingredients at Silverton site

June 4, 2019

The company has expanded its clean-label portfolio, which now includes clean-label flakes, powders, inclusions, and culinary preparations.

Diana Food, a division of Symrise, has increased its clean-label offerings at its recently acquired Silverton, OR, site. The company has expanded its clean-label portfolio, which now includes clean-label flakes, powders, inclusions, and culinary preparations.

Vinifer Dutia, savory category manager, North America, explained in a company press release: “We acquired the Silverton plant because its range of ingredients was aligned with Diana Food’s mission and vision of being a trusted partner for natural ingredients. And, for the last year, we’ve been focused on taking these already clean-label ingredients and going a step further, making them clear-label ingredients. We’ve removed things such as maltodextrin and salt…”

The new Silverton clean-label ingredients include powder and flakes made from sweet corn, and starch-based inclusions for texture. “Looking to the average home kitchen for inspiration, the Silverton facility replicates homestyle processes on an industrial scale while providing a clear advantage by reducing time-consuming cooking steps,” the company’s press release says. “For example, Diana Food chefs transform fresh carrots, onions, and celery into a ready-to-use mirepoix blend. These value-added culinary preparations are applied to their customer applications such as sauces, ready-to-eat meals, and soups, providing authentic and high-impact flavor.”

Local sourcing is also important in Silverton. In fact, the company says, 80% of all raw ingredients used in the new solutions are grown within 20 miles of the facility. “Based on the notion of ‘Grown in the U.S., for the U.S.,’ our team of expert agronomists works with local farmers in Oregon, as well as in Washington and California, to hone sustainable practices for growing sweet corn and delicious fruits and vegetables.” All these ingredients are also non-GMO, and many are also certified organic.