Your key to food innovation: Discover the versatility of H&F apple and citrus pectin1 Nov 2023
Pectin, derived from apples and citrus fruits, is a natural, vegan ingredient that is highly valued by consumers and product developers. It is completely plant-based and perfect as a texturizer, gelling agent, thickener and stabilizer in a variety of applications.
Apple and citrus pectin are increasingly used in many applications that correspond to the health trends in the market. For example, the demand for sugar-reduced or sugar-free confectionery and fruit spreads is rising in line with consumers’ awareness of healthy nutrition. At the same time, the production of such products is sometimes quite challenging. Often, the use of specific pectins paves the way to perfect texture, taste and storage stability. For over 80 years Herbstreith & Fox has offered tailored solutions with its versatile and flexible pectins that perfectly meet these challenges.
Besides flavor or color, texture is a key factor in food and beverage products. Even if taste and appearance of foods or beverages are very enjoyable, consumers will not like it if it lacks a pleasant texture. Because of its natural properties as an ubiquitous component of plant based food, pectin is excellent for improving the texture of many foods and beverages and providing an excellent mouthfeel with a natural appeal.
In many application areas, pectin can complement or replace other texturizing ingredients, such as gelatine in fruit gums. As a complementary ingredient, pectin with starch can effectively combine the technological advantages of both ingredients and generate additional benefits in baking stable fruit fillings, dairy products or gummy confectionery. In yoghurt fruit preparations, this positive effect can also be achieved with pectin in combination with other hydrocolloids such as LBG or guar.
H&F apple and citrus pectins offer functional and sensory benefits in various applications:
- Jams and fruit spreads
- Fruit preparations for dairy and bakery applications
- Gummy confectionery
- Dairy products
- Plant-based dairy alternatives
- Spicy sauces, dressings, and tomato-based fine foods
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The ultimate decision as to which pectin is used is determined primarily by the specific requirements of the final consumer product. The experienced application team of Herbstreith & Fox will support you in finding the perfect product solution. Get in touch!
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