Sweetened condensed milk in organic, fairtrade, kosher or halal quality22 Sep 2021
Industrially produced sweetened condensed milk is one of the most important milk-based ingredients for the food and confectionery industry, alongside milk powder and anhydrous milk fat.
SCM is mainly used in the production of high-quality caramel fillings, chocolate bars, pralines, toffees, dessert sauces, ice cream and many other confectionery products. There it not only provides the typical caramel taste, but also influences the desired consistency and mouthfeel of the finished product.
The basic trends of the last few years, such as vegetarian and vegan products, products in organic quality, clean label or food for certain faith groups, which for example comply with the rules for halal or kosher, are increasingly in demand by consumers. Therefore, the demand for appropriate ingredients for the production of these products is growing in parallel.
As a specialist for sweetened condensed milk, WS Warmsener Spezialitäten GmbH, a member of the Uelzena Group, has analysed these strong food trends and expanded its range of sweetened condensed milk products for the food industry.
"On the one hand, we are noticing a strong increase in demand for certified varieties such as organic and/or Fairtrade as well as Halal and Kosher. And completely new products are being asked for, such as sweetened condensed milk with the addition of vegetable fat, purely vegetable alternatives without milk or even replacing the sugar with certain sugar substitutes," says Johannes Rother, Managing Director of WS Warmsener Spezialitäten GmbH, describing the rapidly changing requirements of his customers. The company reacted by developing new varieties and also has certified its products for various standards to meet these new requirements.
WS Warmsener Spezialitäten offers much more than just the usual standard recipes: For example, the dairy company based in northern Germany is currently a pioneer in the market for organic certified sweetened condensed milk, as well as for Fairtrade-licensed sweetened condensed milk.
When using vegetable fats in the new recipes, the procurement of sustainably produced raw materials is a particularly important criterion; here the company uses RSPO-certified palm fat, for example. As a central organization, RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) promotes sustainable cultivation methods for palm oil in the producer countries and has defined several principles and criteria that must be met for sustainable palm oil production.
The products can be packed in sterile steel containers, drums or various bag-in-box systems (BIB) such as one-way and reusable containers with capacities of up to 1,000 kg or smaller cartons with capacities from 5 kg up to 25 kg.
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