German food-stabilizer company Hydrosol, a subsidiary of Stern-Wywiol Gruppe, has introduced the Stabiprime MFD range, which it said makes it easy to create all kinds of milk beverages, for adults and children alike.
The reduction of sugar and fat in foods is a subject of intense discussion around the world. There are restrictions in countries the world over, from sugar taxes to the red-yellow-green nutrition “lights” on foods in Germany. The main driver for this is the increase in obesity on all five continents, which is linked to higher sugar consumption, in particular.
But from a technological point of view, sugar and fat have many positive properties, as Katharina Schäfer, product manager at Hydrosol, explained.
“Sugar and fat give products flavour, body, texture and a pleasant mouth feel. Sugar also binds water and is readily soluble, while fat influences melting and is important for the body’s intake of fat-soluble vitamins,” Schäfer said.
“Replacing sugar with artificial or alternative sweeteners is generally not a viable option from a technical and flavor standpoint. The Stabiprime MFD product range can be used to make reduced-sugar milk mixed beverages for children, as well as many other attractive products. Trendy flavors like cappuccino, coconut and walnut that also appeal to adults supplement the classic cocoa beverages and milk drinks with vanilla, strawberry and banana flavor that kids like so much.”
Stabiprime MFD consists of selected hydrocolloids. These stabilizing systems are soluble in water as well as in sweet whey. They are easy to use, and enable economical production of milk mixed beverages.
In addition to its Stabiprime MFDC system with carrageenan, Hydrosol also offers a gellan version, Stabiprime MFDG, which enables milk beverage filling even at high temperatures, up to 40°C. The main benefit of Stabiprime MFDC is it lets manufacturers make stable products without high-pressure homogenisation.
“We can produce our Stabiprime MFD products in Europe as well as the US, and have recently further improved the range. Our goal is to address further application areas and offer customers additional potential,” Schäfer said.
Hydrosol said thanks to its improved formulation, the stabilizing system prevents sedimentation even in the most difficult cases, including with cocoa, where it keeps the particles in suspension.
The company said this makes it simple for manufacturers to make milk beverages for children and adults, while simultaneously meeting the requirements for modern sugar- and fat-reduced products. These can be enriched with vitamins and minerals, or offered as high-protein drinks.