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Ingredion says that the new Novation Prima 309 and 609 starches are able to withstand harsh processing conditions and cold temperature in organic savory foods, alternative-dairy products, refrigerated soups, sauces, and baby foods, among other applications.
Ingredient supplier Ingredion Inc. (Westchester, IL) has launched two new organic-certified corn starch ingredients to its existing line of functional, clean-label starches. Ingredion says the new Novation Prima 309 and 609 starches are able to withstand harsh processing conditions and cold temperature in organic savory foods, alternative-dairy products, refrigerated soups, sauces, and baby foods, among other applications.
The Novation Prima starches provide a comparable level of viscosity and gel strength to modified starches, the company says, but merit an “organic corn starch” label. The company says that both Novation Prima starches boost products’ shelf life, stability, and eating experience for consumers. In addition, it adds, the new starches perform well even in cold temperature conditions and remain stable after thawing. Both starches are also said to have a “smooth, short texture” that, once cooked, does not set to a gel even after several freeze/thaw cycles.
“With a large number of corn starches on the market derived from conventional sources, having certified-organic, clean-label, functional corn starches available with Novation Prima 309 and 609 is a significant benefit for manufacturers and consumers,” said Pat O’Brien, senior manager of marketing, the Wholesome springboard, Ingredion North America, in a press statement. “The starches perform even in cold temperatures and maintain stability throughout freeze/thaw cycles to create appealing flavors and textures, making the products an indispensable part of the product developer’s tool kit.”
O’Brien said the new clean-label, organic-certified starches answer consumer demand for clean-label and organic products. According to Ingredion’s own consumer research, many consumers report that they prefer organic corn starch over non-organic variations. In addition, those consumers also said that they perceive organic corn starch as being “good for their health.” In the press release, O’Brien noted that organic baby food is one category that is showing particularly strong growth.
Added Igor Playner, vice president, innovation and strategy, Ingredion North America: “With Novation Prima 309 and 609 organic functional native corn starches, food developers are now able to meet consumer demand for clean, organic product labels with foods that hold their texture and maintain flavor in the refrigerator or freezer. Manufacturers can also now simplify their organic labels by removing other texturizers that may no longer be needed.”
According to Ingredion, the Novation Prima starches are certified by Quality Assurance International, and are also Non-GMO Project Verified.