Dairy Dialog podcast 36: Free From Expo, Lewis Road Creamery, Cargill

By Jim Cornall contact

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This week’s podcast includes three interviews from the recent Free From Expo held in Barcelona, as well as two other interviews.

DairyReporter spoke with Anette Almi, export manager new markets for Finnish dairy cooperative Valio, which was presenting among other things its lactose-free products and ingredients; Xavier Papasseit, European sales manager of UK-based taste and texture company International Taste Solutions; and David Esteban, sales manager at Spanish packaging company Fibrapack, which had a whole range of eco-friendly packaging products on display at the event.

We also talked to Peter Cullaine from Lewis Road Creamery in New Zealand about their latest launch, and Laura Goodbrand, Cargill Europe’s starch product line manager, about their new ingredients, and with INTL FCStone’s Charlie Hyland for our weekly look at the global dairy markets.

New starch products from Cargill

To help meet the growing demand for simpler labels and familiar ingredients for dairy and culinary products, Cargill continues to develop texture innovations, leveraging the functional properties of label-friendly starches.

Cargill has added two waxy corn-based starches to its label-friendly line, SimPure 99400 and 99405.

SimPure 99400 and 99405 create a rich texture in culinary soups, sauces and gravies and provides stability through pasteurization in custards and similar dairy desserts. As a cook-up starch, SimPure requires minimum reformulation.

Cargill launched the SimPure Functional Label-Friendly Starch portfolio to replace modified starches in frozen meals and slow cooked meats. Since then, it has added eight new starch products to this portfolio of functional, label-friendly starches. 

Cargill Europe starch product line manager Laura Goodbrand, said, “Food processors require texturizers that perform, even when subjected to more intense heating and shear conditions. Our new SimPure starches deliver on those competing needs, providing manufacturers with the functional attributes they need, using a familiar, plant-sourced ingredient.”

New from Lewis Road Creamery

New Zealand’s Lewis Road Creamery has launched a new range of milk sourced solely from Jersey cows, as it unveiled the first single-breed standard milk to go on sale in supermarkets nationwide.

“The Jersey cow is rightly famous for her milk. It is richer, creamier, with higher butterfat and a more velvety texture,”​ said Cullinane.

“A single-breed milk really lets those qualities shine.”

Alison Gibb from Jersey New Zealand said, “We’re delighted that Jersey milk is in the spotlight. This has been a long time coming – I was always envious when travelling overseas and seeing the fuss that was made of pure Jersey milk in other countries.”

The company said single-breed milk aligned with clear trends among its increasingly sophisticated dairy consumers.

“Our customers want to know the provenance of their dairy, they want whole products that haven’t been over-processed, and they want to be able to taste that difference,”​ Cullinane said.

“With a single-breed standard Jersey milk we can do all those things, and at a more accessible price for consumers.”

As well as a higher butterfat content, Jersey milk contains less water, less lactose and high levels of calcium.

“We’ve gone to huge effort to segregate the supply coming from our Jersey herd and to leave it as untouched as possible from the shed to the shelf,”​ Cullinane added.

In standard dairy industry practice, milk producers mix the milk from various breeds of cow, break the combined product apart, then reassemble it using permeate to create a standardized protein content.

“We’re providing milk the way it used to taste, before everyone started chasing cheap and bland volume,” Cullinane said, pointing out the new range was a fitting way for the company to celebrate World Milk Day on June 1.

The range is permeate-free, PKE-free and bottled in the brand’s award-winning recyclable rPET bottles made from 100% recycled plastic.

Lewis Road Creamery Jersey Milk is available in Homogenised (blue top), Non-Homogenised (silver top) and Light (light blue top).  They each come in 1.5l or 750ml bottles with an RRP of NZ$5.75 (US$3.78) and NZ$3.49 (US$2.29) respectively.

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