DuPont launches cultures for plant-based fermented products

DuPont Nutrition & Health has announced its Danisco VEGE Cultures, a new portfolio of cultures specially formulated for the plant-based fermented products market.

DuPont launches cultures for plant-based fermented products

DuPont Nutrition & Health has announced its Danisco VEGE Cultures, a new portfolio of cultures specially formulated for the plant-based fermented products market.

Danisco VEGE Cultures have been developed for a wide-ranging variety of plant-based raw materials, such as soy, coconut, nuts, oat, maize, rice, fruits and vegetables, to satisfy consumer taste and texture expectations; from fresh, clean and mild flavours through to acidic profiles.

The easy-to-use, freeze-dried (LYO) format is said to provide a shelf life of one year at 4°C without the need for freezing, and convenience for small and large-scale production. Since all Danisco VEGE cultures comply with multiple required certifications, the company says manufacturers can have peace of mind in creating products for both mass and specialized markets.

The desire for plant-based foods by consumers continues to grow, DuPont notes, with millennials increasingly opting for non-dairy and non-gluten products based on plant ingredients and the adoption of flexitarian and vegan diets. Global launches of fermented dairy alternatives have been increasing over the last few years and out-performed the dairy launches in terms of annual growth.

Strong links between fermented food products and digestive health create openings for alternatives to yogurts, such as fermented drinks, spoonable desserts and snacks, the company says. Danisco VEGE Cultures are designed to deliver the option to maximize on the growth trends forecast for this category. Many of the cultures contain at least one of two highly documented probiotic strains including Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM and Bifidobacterium lactisHN019, creating healthy plant-based concepts.

Developed with producers of no-ndairy bases as a direct response to requests from around the world, Danisco VEGE Cultures are said to be suitable for yogurt alternatives and other plant-based foods and beverages, enabling companies to innovate in a variety of products to gain a share in the plant-based fermented foods market.

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