01 Jun 2021


By Stef Bottinelli

Emulsifier specialist company Palsgaard have launched a new chocolate emulsifier ingredient, PGPR 4190, an improvement on the company's already successful PGPR 4150, that can be used at a dose 30-40% lower than other PGPRs, thus cutting costs.

Palsgaard PGPR 4190 has been created to be used in chocolate spreads and enrobed and moulded products. It can be used alongside traditional chocolate emulsifier lecithin, as well as with Palsgaard AMP 4455, an alternative to lecithin. Both products will be showcased at the World Confectionery Conference on 1st June.

Palsgaard PGPR 4190 has been developped exclusively for chocolate and is 15% more efficient at controlling viscosity than the company's predecessor, Palsgaard® PGPR 4150. It also boasts better coating of inclusion, easier flow and is tastless and odourless. 

PGPR, or polyglycerol polyricinoleate, is used in chocolate production for mould optimisation, flow control and viscosity reduction. 

Morten Hoffmann Kyed, Director of Product Management at Palsgaard, said: “We’ve led the market for many years, but this really is the next level for PGPR. Palsgaard® PGPR 4190 is the result of years of research and innovation, and it will offer chocolate manufacturers unique, best-in-class functionality. Furthermore, because a tiny drop delivers a huge effect, its benefits also include very high cost-in-use savings.”

Palsgaard  PGPR 4190 has been developped at the company's R&D centre in Denmark and is manufactured in in its facilities in the Netherlands, where all production is CO2-neutral.



Indonesia approves prebiotic claim for inulin and oligofructose

24 May 2021

By Stef Bottinelli

Following BENEO's research into the health effects of inulin and oligofructose and the company's work with Indosian authorities, The National Agency of Drug and Food Control of Indonesia (Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan) has approved a prebiotic claim for chicory root fibres. Inulin and oligofructose are now the first and only ingredients recognised as prebiotics in the country. 

The claim is approved under the milk powder category for the general population, which includes healthy people above the age of three. The dose of inulin and oligofructose required to be added to milk powder to promote digestive health is a minimum of 4.5 g/L on a ready-to-drink basis - a 30:70 ratio. 

There is an increasing demand in prebiotics in Indonesia — with two thirds of consumers showing an interest in foods and drinks that promote gut health.

“We are pleased that the chicory root fibres inulin and oligofructose are the first prebiotics to be recognised by the Indonesia National Agency of Drug and Food Control. This ensures that BENEO’s prebiotic chicory root fibre can be claimed appropriately, which makes it easier for consumers to make a conscious choice to support digestive health,” said Caroline Bustandi, Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs Asia Pacific. “This is especially key as close to a quarter of Indonesians found that the pandemic has made them more aware of their digestive health . We will continue working to support food and drink manufacturers in Asia Pacific to formulate products and to communicate about their respective health benefits for the sake of the consumers in the region.”

Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that impact the gut microbiota, promoting beneficial bacteria in the intestine. A significant number of high-quality scientific studies have already established the efficacy of inulin and oligofructose in promoting the selective growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon, thereby supporting digestive health and overall wellbeing .

Extracted from the chicory root using a hot water method, inulin and oligofructose are the only scientifically proven plant-based prebiotics.



Price of wheat, soy and corn soars for the time in 8 years

5 May 2021

The price of wheat, soy and corn has hit a 8-year high.
These crops haven't seen a price surge since 2013 and the price hike could soon affect consumers since wheat, soy and corn are staples in humans' diets. 

Cold and dry weather in the US, Canada and France is to blame for the price surge of wheat and corn. The drought in southern Brazil has also affected corn crops, whilst wet weather has negatively affected soy crops in Argentina.

China's corn import has also been attributed to the rise in price, which has increased by 30% in 2021. 

As well as consumers, pig farmers, who rely on corn and soy to feed the animals, are also adversely affected by the price of crops soaring. 

According to the UN Food & Agriculture Organization, the price of food globally has risen for 10 months continuously. 


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