Ingredion has developed the two functional native rice starches designed specifically to improve color and flavor release, which the company said enables natural flavors and colors of applications to shine through, even in white products. Ingredion said the new starches also improve its supply chain resiliency and reduce environmental impact.
Ingredion said, to date, functional native waxy rice starches contributing the least color and flavor have struggled to meet strict sensory requirements in white or light-colored applications with delicate flavors. Ingredion said this has been addressed with the launch of NOVATION Lumina 8300/8600, enabling improved consumer preference and allowing the label and functional benefits of rice starch to be accessible to a wider range of products - all while supporting “natural” claims and other clean label messages.
The technology used to produce NOVATION Lumina 8300/8600 combined with investments in operations have led to a reduction in water consumption of approximately 6,000 MT per year and 585 MT annual CO2 emission equivalent, Ingredion said.
“After significantly expanding our Thai facility in June 2020, we harnessed our capabilities in manufacturing, Idea Labs Innovation Centers and Atlas proprietary consumer insights to identify ingredients and technologies that would address unmet customer needs. This resulted in the launch of the first ever multi-functional rice flours and now the introduction of these functional native rice starches,” said Daniel Haley, global platform leader, clean & simple ingredients, Ingredion.
Ingredion said rice starch is highly recognized and accepted by more than 76% of consumers globally, independent of demographic or socio-economic factors. It said the texture combined with its hypoallergenic properties, high digestibility, and lower viscosity development are unique and ideal for a range of applications. The company added waxy rice also has superior ambient, refrigerated and freeze/thaw stability compared to other commonly used crops, offering greater value over shelf life to manufacturers.
“NOVATION Lumina 8300/8600 functional native starches provide moderate to high process tolerance and extraordinary white color and bland taste, which enhance the potential use for manufacturers in retail and foodservice channels,” the company said.
Haley said, “NOVATION Lumina 8300/8600 enrich the company’s functional native clean label portfolio, support a “natural” positioning and provide customers with choices that best meet their processes, recipes, desired sensory experiences, and consumer preferences.”