Bakery

Boost Protein with GemPro® Ultra

According to an article from Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery magazine1, busy lifestyles are pushing consumers to choose snacks over a traditional meal.  However, they desire these treats to offer more nutritional value than traditional snacks; specifically, they’re looking for protein.  GemPro® Ultra can fill that gap.  As a water-soluble, lightly hydrolyzed wheat protein isolate, GemPro Ultra boasts a protein content of 90% and can be used in a wide range of applications from baked goods to beverages to bars. 

Testing has found that GemPro Ultra possesses the ability to act as a reducing agent in dough products: shortening mix times, increasing extensibility, and assisting with pan flow.  It was shown that using 1% GemPro Ultra relative to flour weight will give a 10% reduction in dough mix times.  If developers are looking to fortify protein in a cookie, GemPro Ultra can be used at levels up to 80% relative to the flour weight in a formulation without requiring the addition of more water. The final product is a chewy yet nutritious cookie that is as indulgent as it is healthy. 

For beverage and nutrition formulations, GemPro Ultra has a higher glutamine content than other protein isolates such as soy and whey proteins. Glutamine aids in quicker muscle recovery following intense exercise making GemPro Ultra a good choice for nutritional beverages.  It can easily dry blend into a mix or be hydrated in a ready-to-drink beverage depending on the end use.

If GemPro Ultra is the protein solution you’ve been looking for, we would be thrilled to partner with you to enhance your development process. Contact info@manildrausa.com for the full technical report on GemPro Ultra or to visit about your specific application needs.

Application Ideas for GemPro Ultra:
  • Bakery Products
    • Breads, Rolls, and Bagels
    • Flat Breads and Flour Tortillas
    • Cookies and snacks
  • Nutritional Products
    • Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Powdered Beverage Mixes
    • Nutrition Bars
  1. Kvidahl, M. 2015. “Fortifying healthy snacks and baked goods with protein.” Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery. Available from: http://www.snackandbakery.com/articles/88313-fortifying-healthy-snacks-and-baked-goods-with-protein. Web. Accessed on: 14 Aug. 2017.


Bread is Back

And we are excited!

Oprah gave us permission to love bread a couple of years ago when she declared she loved bread, and we ran with it! Bread 2.0 is now listed as one of three top trends in the Food & Drink section of The 2019 Topics and Trends report from Facebook IQ.

Though we have seen a shift in preference here, a change in opinion there, bread has remained a great wholesome, healthful food. One reason is that bread, and other wheat-based foods, cover the gamut from daily food staples to a celebratory indulgence. (And how cool is the hype around the BreadBot recently debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show?)

As we dig in to the expected trends of 2019, we see that consumers are interested in artisan-style, more transparency and clean label, and plant-based proteins.

Wheat proteins are a great option to start with as you begin to check the boxes of what modern consumers are looking for in baked goods.

Bread is so much more than sliced bread – though we do love sliced bread! As consumers embrace artisan-style breads bakers have accepted the challenge – creating variety in taste, nutrition, and appearance. Wheat proteins allow you to dial in on that unique rheology and texture to create your one of kind artisan loaf or roll.  

The industry thinks “clean label,” the consumer thinks “transparency.” Same concept, different lingo.  From dough conditioner to egg replacement, GemPro wheat proteins allows you to meet these formulations with a clean and clear label – wheat protein. Proving either strength or relaxation, wheat proteins can be used to replace “less label friendly” ingredients. All GemPro wheat proteins are non-GMO and most are available as organic.

Protein. Protein. Protein. The desire for high protein does not seem to be waning. With 90% protein GemPro protein are suitable to meet your protein needs. If you prefer to use a blend of proteins, wheat proteins function as an excellent texturizer. They work well in conjunction with other proteins to optimize texture, and maintain that texture throughout shelf life. Try thishigh protein bread to kick off your bake tests in 2019!

The opportunities are endless and the team at Manildra is excited to help you meet your goals for 2019. Get creative with bakery, and let wheat proteins help!


How Low can the Carbs go?

Zero. The net carbs can go to zero!

The Hartman Group’s Health + Wellness 2019 report ­finds that one in two (50%) consumers have experimented with some type of diet or eating approach in the past year. https://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/storage.www.hartman-group.com/infographics/fullsize/5AWrIrOT8RMPema5nt5ZFvQCjwCGZtWauZlMMplG.pdf

This study and others show that keto and low net carb diets  are the better-for-you trends driving consumers today. The bakery and snack categories have an opportunity to connect with consumers where they are today - whether they are testing the waters, or fully committed to these lifestyle choices. Incorporating plant-based proteins adds a bonus healthy halo to ingredient lists closely scrutinized by consumers.

Creating bakery products with low carb and keto goals may seem challenging on the surface, but the truth is that there are many ingredient selections available today to help you reach that target. Formulating foods that meet keto, zero net carb, or high protein criteria require a simple two-step approach – boost protein and add fiber.

Boosting Protein Requires Balance

A baker’s challenge is achieving just the right balance of dough handling properties needed for processing and meeting the desired finished product qualities. Increasing protein shifts this balance. In early low carb days one solution was to boost protein by adding gluten. Adding gluten, at 75% protein, was an effective way to displace carbohydrates. However, increasing gluten leads to excess elasticity and doughs that are difficult to work with. Today, bakers have the option of using wheat protein isolates to balance the rheology, soften the dough and shorten the mix times, while maintaining the ideal gluten network. GemPro wheat proteins are gluten-based so they contribute the structure and texture needed in bakery products. By incorporating GemPro proteins at 90% protein, with both elastic and extensible characteristics you can dial in on the perfect dough handling and finished product goals. For pan bread we recommend starting with a 70/30 blend of GemPro HPG to GemPro Prime-E. For a pizza crust, try a 50/50 blend of the same proteins.

The GemPro range of proteins is just that – a broad range with specially designed proteins capable of achieving functionality for a wide array of purposes and goals.

Fill it with Fiber

The second piece to developing low carb baked goods is keeping carbs low by replacing them with fiber.  Traditionally fiber carries a unique texture that can add unpleasant density and grit to the finished product.  The solution to this dilemma can be found in using resistant wheat starch, containing 90% dietary fiber. FiberGem Resistant Wheat Starch has properties similar to the starch inherent to flour, maintaining desired dough qualities and yielding appealing color, flavor and mouthfeel. This can be used at rates required to meet your nutritional goals.

Finding the ideal fiber and protein is the key to success on your low carb endeavors. Experimenting with our range of unique wheat proteins will open your eyes to a world of possibilities you have not yet discovered in the low carb, high protein market.

Reach out to our team to learn more about the exciting prototypes we have been cooking up in our low carb kitchen.

 


How wheat proteins support the Plant-based Revolution

As featured in the top trends for 2020 by Innova Market Insights, the plant-based revolution trend cannot be overlooked. Even as 2020 has brought unexpected changes to eating patterns, the shift to an interest in plant-based foods remains strong. Additionally, Innova shares that “as plant-based eating is moving from trend to food revolution status, the industry is taking up the challenge to deliver more ‘clean label’ meat and dairy alternatives.” Clean label has been an important conversation for the last several years, it is only fitting that it is also key in the “plant-based revolution”

Baking, snacks, and meals

The consumer desire for plant-based runs the gamut of product applications, a few of which include baking, snacks, and ready meals.  Adding plant-based protein is a trend in many bakery applications - from bread to pancakes to cookies. The GemPro clean label range of proteins can boost the protein content while meeting the preferred product attributes. For example, try GemPro Prime-W to provide tenderness when adding protein to baked goods such as cookies, muffins, or pancakes. Use GemPro HPG to maintain dough handling requirements and structure when adding protein to bread and bread-type applications. Noting that many consumers feel better about eating plant protein today, consider replacing eggs using GemPro Plus.

While there are many factors motivating the shift to plant-based diets, the diversity of ingredients is a key factor. This is particularly true in snacks. Adding unique and diverse ingredients to snacks is an important method to modernize and differentiate.  Wheat proteins such as GemPro Prime-E can optimize textures while incorporating new and different protein types.

Ready meals and meat alternatives are perhaps the most popular category for plant-based claims. From burgers to chicken tenders, consumers are looking for plant-based alternative to these favorites. Wheat proteins such as Gem of the West vital wheat gluten GemPro HPG are ideal for providing texture and bite. Playing with the range of wheat proteins can help to improve process tolerance and finished product quality. Many meals need support to improve product texture through the freeze thaw cycle. The film forming attributes of wheat protein can help. Through and through, wheat proteins are an excellent choice to boost protein and provide structure.

Tolerance, Taste, and Texture

Like so many foods, producing plant-based foods require a certain amount of tolerance in production. Wheat proteins help to build critical structure but can also enhance rheology. Taste and texture are key contributors to consumer purchase and preference in plant-based foods. Wheat proteins have an easy neutral flavor, allowing the desired flavoring of your product to shine. No need to over flavor or to try to compensate for flavor. Texture is a key preference factor and a point of differentiation. Various textures are possible with the full range of wheat proteins. In fact, you can dial in on specific textures by selecting certain wheat proteins. For example, more elastic wheat proteins contribute to a firm, crunchy texture, and more soluble proteins will contribute to a more tender bite.

Plant-based and wheat proteins are a winning combo. Whether you are looking for a prototype formula or a consultation on where to start developing your clean label, plant-based foods, contact our applications team to learn more about how wheat proteins can help you to successfully navigate the plant-based revolution.


Top 5 Reasons Wheat Proteins are the Best Proteins

After weeks and weeks of stay at home orders I have seen lists and quizzes for everything from Top Pranks Jim Pulls on Dwight on The Office to Which Disney Character Are You? to 37 Best Easy Recipes to try. There is truly a list or quiz for everyone. Not one to be content to miss out on the action, I present to you The Top 5 Reasons Wheat Protein is the Best Protein

1. Clean Label 

Vital wheat gluten is the original plant protein. One reason this plant protein has had staying power, being used for decades in a range of food products, is becasue of the clean, straightforward method of obtaining vital wheat gluten. No additives are required. No precipitation or pH adjustments. No chemicals for modification. Vital wheat gluten is made through physical separation, a simple washing process to remove starch from a dough.… Make a dough, wash out the starch, press out the water, and dry.

Wheat proteins that have been modified are available, and produce interesting functional benefits - but if clean and simple is your jam vital wheat gluten is your protein. Manildra's GemPro range of wheat proteins includes modified, clean label proteins with these interesting functional benefits. They contribute to reasons two thru five of why wheat proteins are the best. 

 

2. Texture. Texture. Texture.

Wheat protein has a unique viscoelastic quality, contributing to the ability to give strength and a nice, chewy bite to bakery and snacks.  However, when we take full advantage of this unique quality, we can enhance texture in more ways than ever before. The range of GemPro wheat proteins provides textural benefits from crispy to crunchy, from tender to resilient, and from soft to chewy. Where vital wheat gluten has traditionally been considered primarily for bread, wheat proteins can be used to optimize texture in cookies, cakes, crackers, and more. For example, GemPro Prime-W is a whipping protein that can contribute to aeration and tenderness, while boosting the protein content.

 

 

3. Process Tolerance 

Wheat proteins can be used improve efficiency, dough rheology and rework stability. Wheat proteins were first used to relax doughs in the low carb days of early 2000s. As protein and fiber contents increase, wheat proteins help to hold the dough together without contributing too much strength. Wheat proteins are also an effective clean label dough relaxer for sheeted products, such as pizzas or crackers. The protein helps to improve sheeting without having a negative impact on the integrity of the dough. Some dough relaxers shorten mix time and continue to work until the oven. This can become problematic when doughs are delayed and the relaxing agent causes the dough to continually become weaker. Wheat proteins such as GemPro 3300 also be used to reduce mix times and relax the dough, but it will maintain network strength as it moves through the process. GemPro Plus has been shown to improve tolerance in doughs with high amounts of rework. The ability to use rework is an important tool for production efficiency. Adding a protein like GemPro Plus provides stability so that the dough, the processing and the finished product, remain consistent when rework is used.

 

4. Add-Ins

Bakery systems can be delicate. When you add-in other components, such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, or other proteins, the gluten network can become disrupted and you lose the preferred bakery texture. Adding non-wheat proteins to bakery can result in dense textures and difficult processing. Wheat protein will fortify the gluten network to aid in overcoming these additions which can contribute import nutritional benefits.

5. Replace Eggs 

Eggs are a necessary component for many bakery items; however, they can be a source of storage, allergen, and cost concerns. Eggs provide structure, aeration, emulsification, and resilience in cakes, cookies, and other sweet goods. Wheat proteins can be used to replace about 50% of the eggs, based on solids, in many layer cakes and up to 100% in cookies, muffins, and donuts. Often times it can be a direct replacement based on solids, however there are cases when increased absorption can be beneficial.

 

Are you working to reformulate an existing product, improve process efficiency, or reduce cost by replacing eggs? Consider the range of benefits you find from GemPro Wheat Proteins. Manildra’s R&D and applications team has been studying the many ways wheat proteins can enhance foods and is available to support your development. Reach out for project support, formula suggestions, or troubleshooting.