If you’ve been having difficulty finding starch, you are not alone. Between agriculture woes, energy costs, skyrocketing prices and other issues affecting producers, it may take a while for the market to correct and meet demand.
A unique opportunity
In food and beverage applications, starch is relied on for thickening, water-holding or moisture control, texture and mouthfeel in recipes. Without it, sauces separate, plant-based burger alternatives crumble, and syneresis occurs in yogurts and beverages. Replacing this workhorse ingredient can be a challenge but it is possible. In fact, your quest to find a starch alternative may have a silver lining. It could be an opportunity to find an ingredient that
- is clean label-friendly
- supports dietary fiber
- is compatible with your process and can help simplify it
NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is upcycled from sustainably sourced citrus peels, a byproduct of the juice industry near our plant in Brazil. With an abundant, nature-based raw material supply at the ready, we are well-positioned to help assuage any recipe challenges.
GENU® Pectin, with its unique properties, is also a potential alternative to starch. It offers thickening, gelling and stabilizing properties for a wide range of food and beverage products. For example, it has great setting properties for jams and jellies, and helps stabilize bakery fillings.
In dairy, pectin ensures high-protein drinks are stable and thickens yogurt, all while providing superior flavor release and mouthfeel. As the world’s leading pectin producer, with 90 years of experience, we are passionate about this nature-based ingredient and can help you with any application challenges.
Alternatives to Starch by Application
Note: The ability to replace starch completely or partially is dependent on recipe, process and desired sensory profile.
NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is considered a food ingredient and can be listed as citrus fiber on the label.
*The standard of identity may vary in different countries.
Ask us about ingredient grades that can help you reduce or replace starch in your application. Our team of technical experts is happy to work with you to find the right ingredients to meet your product development needs. For more ideas on how to meet your unique goals, contact our team of ingredient enthusiasts.