Kröner-Stärke develops wide range of spelt products to optimise functional foods
As the consumer trend for healthy clean-label alternatives gathers pace, the demand for traditional ‘ancient grains’ continues to rise. Spelt in particular is making a comeback, and is highly favoured due to its excellent nutritional profile, taste and wholesomeness.
In response to this demand, Kröner-Stärke has developed a wide range of versatile spelt products at its all-natural processing facility, providing the food sector with spelt gluten, starches, flours and pre-gelatinised spelt starches.
With a higher vitamin content than traditional wheat, spelt makes an excellent choice for health-conscious consumers. Kröner-Stärke says its spelt ingredients are ideal for the production of premium products such as breads, pastries and baking mixes. Its Vital Spelt Gluten in particular reportedly has excellent visco-elastic properties, allowing for an increased volume and improved stabilisation of the dough.
Kröner-Stärke’s pre-gelatinised spelt starch increases dough hydration, extending the shelf life of baked goods whilst avoiding the use of E-numbers and other additives. As a producer of organic starch products in Europe, Kröner-Stärke’s entire spelt range can also be produced in an organic format.
With Europe experiencing an upwards trend in consumers opting to follow plant-based or flexitarian diets, spelt also makes an ideal basis for meat replacement applications, as its fibrous, meat-like consistency gives good texture control and ‘bite’ as well as being an excellent source of protein.
Overcoming the challenges to food manufacturers in producing high quality meat substitutes without the use of non-natural ingredients, the products in Kröner-Stärke’s spelt range can be used to improve stabilisation, texture, freshness, taste and yield all without the use of artificial additives. The all-natural production of the spelt range is based on a combination of selected spelt flour qualities and untreated spring water, sourced from the company’s facility in Germany.
To celebrate some of the diverse applications its spelt products have been used for, Kröner-Stärke has released a number of end product recipes. Commercial manager, Henrik de Vries, commented: “We have been carefully developing our spelt range for some time now and are excited about the perfect solution it is presenting for food processors wishing to exploit the fantastic functionality and nutritional benefits of ancient grains across the bakery sector and plant-based market. The versatility of the products in our spelt range allows firms to diversify their ranges to meet current consumer demands, and this is reflected in the recipes we have released.”
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