Clean Label

Addressing Clean Label with Wheat Proteins

It seems that everywhere we go in the food industry today we see or hear something about clean label. Whether it is clean label bakery or clean label beverages, the term has become nearly ubiquitous.

We know that clean label includes ingredients that are recognizable and easy to pronounce, no artificial ingredients, an expectation of healthiness. The term clean label can include everything from supply chain to ingredients. But what does it really mean for the food industry? Is it a way to differentiate your product? A way to stand out on the shelf? Or are we on a path to clean label being a consumer expectation. The cost of doing business, if you will.

A recent article in Prepared Foods, Clean Supreme, July 2017, sites trend lists dating back to 2008 which include a variation of clean label. The idea has really established itself in the market. The article continues with, “clean and clear label is now targeted – by consumers and manufacturers alike as the new global standard.”

As an ingredient supplier Manildra is here to help support product formulators needs. We want our ingredients to be the right tool in the toolbox as you create or reformulate your products to meet these label demands.

Manildra’s primary protein focus is wheat. It is the root of all of our ingredients and specialty products. One of the benefits of wheat is that it is a non-GMO solution. And it fits very well bakery application, both from a label and functional perspective.

Manildra’s wheat proteins and starches can be used to provide an array of functional benefits. The GemPro® line of proteins can be used to boost protein – a macro nutrient many consumers are looking for. When used to boost protein – either on its own or with other protein sources – it also provides functional benefits ranging from maintaining softness over time or building the structure and volume in baked products. This dual purpose reduces the need for additional ingredient, thereby simplifying the label.

Several GemPro products improve extensibility in doughs, replacing the need for reducing agents. GemPro Extend can structure while providing extensibility for those applications where you still want some volume or chewy bite. GemPro Ultra can be used strictly as a reducing agent to replace ingredients like l-cysteine.

If you are looking for improved rheology, texture, or nutrition – especially in bakery and snack– wheat proteins are a solution for you.

The same issue of Prepared Food that was discussed earlier has an interview with Chef Rob Corliss who states “Three of the biggest macro lifestyle trends of 2017 and moving forward are clean label, plant-based protein, and crave-able wellness.”

All of which can be addressed in different ways using Manildra’s GemPro Collection of proteins.  

Let Manildra help you as you look to tackle the clean label challenge in your food products.


Brownie Points: let’s add them up!

Brownies aren’t just for kids anymore. 

Need a healthy breakfast on the go?  Grab a brownie.  That deliciously soft, chocolatey bar can pack a nutritious punch to help you power through to lunch. 

Or it can pair nicely with a glass of wine for a low-key evening on the deck.

GemPro wheat protein can help you earn some brownie points on ingredient cost savings and creating a healthier, irresistible treat.

A key benefit of wheat proteins is the ability to replace eggs in a simple cost-effective way. GemPro Plus wheat protein can replace eggs in a range of baked goods, including brownies. Replace eggs in your brownie with GemPro Plus at a 1:1 replacement ratio based on solids. GemPro Plus will help to maintain the volume and structure, in addition to the silky soft mouthfeel expected in a brownie. 

 

Go ahead.  Have another.  They are (almost) good for you!

As lifestyles move away from the sit down style of eating, on-the-go consumers are seeking portable, fun sources of protein that fit their activity level and please their palate.  GemPro Prime-W, with its neutral flavor profile, boosts protein content with a plant-based, clean-label, and stable-cost ingredient. With a slight absorption adjustment, you can take the protein content up to 15% of the total formula and maintain ideal brownie attributes.

Some people like a cakey brownie, and some prefer it fudgier.  We have you covered either way – GemPro Prime-E for a more tender brownie with a light and airy texture or GemPro Plus for a fudgier brownie with more structure.  Each of these GemPro Proteins are also available as certified organic. 

If you are taking your brownies to the next level - We have what it takes!

 


Manildra Group USA Launches GemPro Ultra

Manildra Group USA Launches Newly Reformulated Wheat Protein

Opportunities with GemPro Ultra range from Organic Dough Conditioner to High Protein Beverages

Leawood, Kansas:Manildra Group USA has launched a newly reformulated GemPro®Ultra to answer the call of today’s trend toward cleaner, simpler ingredients in­­­­ food manufacturing. While GemPro Ultra was originally developed a few years ago, the Manildra team has recently made advancements in process to improve flavor and solubility. In addition, the applications team has identified key functional benefits for both the high protein and organic markets. GemPro Ultra and Organic GemPro Ultra are identical in functionality, allowing you to choose which option best fits your market needs.

The unique characteristics of GemPro Ultra give it the ability to act as a reducing agent in dough products: shortening mix times, increasing extensibility, and assisting with pan flow. “This clean label and organic option for a reducing dough conditioner is a huge advantage for this market,” said Brook Carson, vice president of product development and marketing. “Improvements in process, dough rheology, and texture are observed in applications from bread to snacks.”

With 90% protein, GemPro Ultra helps boosts protein levels, either when used as the sole protein source or in conjunction with others. Wheat proteins, such as GemPro Ultra, are excellent protein options to manage texture as the protein content increases. As consumers continue to seek high protein food sources, formulators must strive to meet that demand with protein sources that provide appealing taste, texture, and nutrition.  The expertise of the Manildra team has fine-tuned the process and enhanced GemPro Ultra making it perfect for use in a multitude of high protein applications.

While many people think of wheat protein for bakery and snack, GemPro Ultra capabilities go beyond the traditional applications and offer alternatives for beverages and nutrition bars. High in glutamine peptides, GemPro Ultra is an optimal choice for nutritional beverages to aid in quicker muscle recovery following intense exercise.

Contact Brook Carson (bcarson@manildrausa.com) to get a full report on the functional benefits of GemPro Ultra.

About Your Company:Since 1952, Manildra Group has earned a worldwide reputation as the leader in vital wheat gluten, wheat starches, and specialty wheat proteins. Our GemPro line of wheat proteins provides the widest range of functionality available on the market. Through strength, extensibility, or solubility, GemPro proteins contribute a unique and differentiated texture and processing solution in bakery, snacks, beverages, and more. Our new innovation center is a comprehensive resource to customers from ingredient to finished product. Visit www.manildrausa.com for more information.

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Now Playing: GemPro Plus

You asked for a clean-label alternative to our current GemPro 4400 and we listened.  We present to you, GemPro Plus. 

Our development team understands that clean label has become more than just a consumer trend and is now an industry standard.  Which is why we developed our new label friendly protein, GemPro Plus.  It can provide the touch of relaxation needed for a bucky dough but also contribute the right balance of tenderness and resiliency in a layer cake.  It’s versatility extends to other sweet goods and also pasta!

In the video, GemPro Plus is featured in a rich brioche formula as a partial egg replacer.  GemPro Plus is able to contribute needed strength for processing to a normally incredibly soft and extensible dough. 

 

 


Now Playing: GemPro Prime-E and GemPro Prime-W

GemPro Plus, and now it’s time to talk about our two other clean label proteins, GemPro Prime-E and GemPro Prime-W. 

Our all-natural production process and simple ingredient declaration gives you, our customers, peace of mind that GemPro Prime-E and GemPro Prime-W are well suited for both conventional and organic clean label formulation.

With similarities to GemPro 3300, GemPro Prime-E is great for dough systems where you’re looking for extra extensibility without loss of strength. 

In the video, GemPro Prime-E is featured in a sub bun because of the importance of extensibility and pan flow in bun and roll applications.  The isolate relaxes the dough for easier machinability but also helps to maintain the critical gluten network as it goes through the proofing and baking processes.  And, with a clean flavor profile, you can create a high protein product without imparting a negative flavor. 

Finally, GemPro Prime-W also shares similarities with GemPro 3300 but is a clean label protein developed for use in cakes, cookies, and other batter-type applications. It’s unique ability to whip encourages batter aeration which brings a fine cell structure and tenderness to the final product. 


Pancakes + Protein = A Better Breakfast

Pancakes come in all shapes and sizes.  They could be sweet or savory; healthy or indulgent; bite-sized or plate-sized.  They are a perfect canvas for creativity for breakfast.

With more creativity, however, the overall pancake texture could suffer.  This is where wheat protein isolates come in to play.  Each protein contributes a unique texture which allows, you, the developer to customize your protein choice based on eating characteristics.

    Looking to replace eggs in the pancake formulation? Try GemPro Plus.  It provides both strength and tenderness similar to the functionality of eggs. And not only is it clean label but it also has a clean flavor.  There is no “protein” flavor to try and mask with ingredients that could muddle up a simple label.

    Maybe your pancakes need a little extra height and aeration.  For that, I would recommend trying GemPro 3300.  This protein is able to whip and form a film so it can be used to maintain volume and tenderness.

    Formulations that contain whole grain can benefit from the addition of GemPro Prime-E.  Its clean flavor profile helps mask the whole grain bitterness while also providing tenderness.  Whole grains have the tendency to weaken the gluten matrix, but GemPro Prime-E provides strength to maintain pancake height.

    Another clean label protein, GemPro Prime-W, is the most soluble of these proteins so it can be incorporated at higher amounts without increasing batter viscosity or changing flavor.  Like GemPro 3300, GemPro Prime-W also whips which aids in batter aeration and pancake volume. 

 

The graph below illustrates the changes in pancake batter viscosity over time.  Each variable was evaluated at 1 minute and 10 minutes and Bostwick readings were taken at 10, 30, & 60 seconds. 

GemPro Plus saw a slight change in batter viscosity over time which was similar to GemPro 3300.  However, GemPro 3300 has a higher viscosity than GemPro Plus.  GemPro Prime-E did not have a significant viscosity change over time.  This is important for batters that have a longer rest time.  The batter made with the GemPro Prime-W was the least viscous which is due to its lower absorption rate.

 

 

Just like your pancake flavors are numerous, so are your protein options.  Need something specific? Allow our development team to customize a solution that best fits your product needs.  Together, we can create a nutritious AND delicious breakfast. 


Super protein to the rescue!

A robust gluten network isn’t the only way wheat proteins can bolster your bread to a nutritious, high-protein staple.  The Manildra GemPro series of specialized wheat proteins are capable of achieving amazing things in texture, function, and application. 

And the kicker?  They do it all as a clean label, non-gmo, plant-based ingredient.

GemPro wheat proteins can transform the nutrition of bread from a basic staple into a celebrated centerpiece that consumers love because of the texture, taste and nutrition.  Application opportunities range from Old World Italian loaves to heirloom, seedy sandwich breads to decadent Hawaiian sweet bread treats.  With 90% protein content, GemPro proteins might be the missing ingredient that you are seeking to turn that bread into nutritious, delicious bread! 

The secret is to select the perfect wheat protein to meet your processing or textural needs.

A protein with greater elasticity will increase loaf volume, tolerance on the line, or the ability to add nonfunctional ingredients. Many nutrient dense ingredients like nuts, seeds, and other proteins can damage the gluten network. By selecting the optimal wheat protein, you can uphold the structural needs of your product.

A protein with more extensibility will improve pan flow, reduce mix times, and balance out rheology. Finding the right rheology can be one of the greatest challenges when producing new, unique breads.

Using both elastic and extensible proteins in combination will allow you to dial in on exactly what you need. Finding the right amount of tolerance can mean vital process efficiency when it comes to producing high protein bread. Often times a 50/50 blend of GemPro HPG and GemPro Prime-E is a great place to start when trying to reach high protein targets in bread.

Wheat based products are common food carriers – rolls, buns, bagels, tortillas, flatbreads, crusts, the list goes on…  We have a GemPro wheat protein specially designed for each of these applications with functionality as the platform for creating fabulous foods.  If your goal is structure, GemPro Plus supports products from soft tender pretzel rolls to dense coarse-grained breads.  GemPro Prime-E transforms traditional dough into a workable, sheetable dough while maintaining flexibility and softness after baking for the perfect pizza or tortilla. 

Looking to discover delicious new ways to add nutrition?  Let the Manildra team help you put the power of wheat proteins into action.


The Simplicity of Gluten

The beauty of gluten is in its simplicity.

Vital wheat gluten is a simple, clean protein produced by physical separation. The same network we rely on for strength and structure in baked goods is the network we rely on to separate flour into starch and gluten. Flour is wetted and mixed to development. The gluten network develops and binds together, and the starch is easily washed away. You can you do this on your own. Take a good quality flour and mix it to development. Place it in water to rest, then knead the starch out. Run water over the dough piece for better purification. What you are holding is fresh gluten. To make vital wheat gluten, the protein - similar to that glutinous dough ball you just made - is then gently dried.

A clean, simple process for a highly effective protein.

Taking it a step further, GemPro HPG is vital wheat gluten with an even more concentrated protein. Prior to drying, the protein undergoes even more washing and pressing to remove additional starch.

Still, a clean, simple process for a highly effective protein.

Gluten is known to build structure and volume in bakery applications, improving tolerance in high speed commercial bakeries. But this unique protein we find in wheat is also a great binder, adds protein, and holds high amounts on water. When boosting overall protein with other protein sources you can use wheat protein to restore that preferred texture and structure.

From pancakes to bread, wheat protein is an ideal clean label ingredient for optimizing texture: providing sponginess and resiliency in batter applications to volume and strength in doughs.

Clean label isn’t limited to bakery. Vital wheat gluten and wheat protein isolates, like GemPro HPG, are excellent for alternative meat products.  The binding properties, chewy bite, structure, and texture make it the best original plant protein.

When you are looking to boost protein, get clean label strength in your dough, or modify the texture of your product think back to the beauty and simplicity of gluten.


Wheat Protein for Today's Clean Label Trends

What does clean label mean? How can you be certain your newly developed product is clean label while consumers' demands continue to evolve? Today, clean label means looking at a wider picture and a more flexible definition.

Consumers are exceedingly interested in understanding more about the foods they choose. A recent recap of IFT19 in Food Business News,  “Mixed signals creating clean clean confusion," highlights key points from Rachel Cheatham at Foodscape Group, LLC. She describes how each consumer is willing to take different "tradeoffs" depending on their individual understanding and experience, showing that there is no single definition of clean label.

In the food industry we typically used the term clean label to talk about ingredients. Innova Market Insights "Top 10 Trends 2019" discuss trends one step beyond clean label ingredients, indicating clean label is a point of entry for many trends.  From "The Plant Kingdom", "Alternatives To All", to "Connected To The Plate", clean label is an underlying component for many new product opportunities.

We have talked about clean label before: Here. Here. and Here. Even as it relates to organic here.

So has the conversation changed? Yes and no. Today developers must dig deeper into the clean label ingredients and identify new solutions to processing challenges. 

Consumers crave transparency. With wheat proteins you can be confident in the truly "clean label" nature of the protein. The physical washing and extraction process means no chemical additives are needed to produce the protein. As Manildra innovates we take the benefits of this natural processing seriously, developing proteins with natural plant extracts to enhance functionality. 

Protein Rules!

The diversity of functionality in the GemPro range of wheat proteins is great. GemPro clean label wheat proteins can be used to boost protein content in breads, cakes, vegetarian meats, beverages, and more. For example, using GemPro Plus, a clean label wheat protein with 85% protein, you can boost the protein content in your sub roll while enhancing processing and texture. Or check out this formula using GemPro Prime-W to boost the protein content in a muffin, while maintaining a rich, chocolate flavor and a tender bite. 

Wheat protein is a great collaborator. It works well to boost structure or maintain product integrity when using along side other proteins, seeds, grains, or other inclusions. Using a blend of proteins can help to create nutritional benefits and add variety to the diet. However, not all protein bring functional benefits. When using wheat protein alongside those other proteins you can achieve both the nutritional benefits and the need functional benefits for product quality. 

Finally, wheat protein can serve as your clean label efficiency solution. Whether you are looking to soften your dough and increase flow or build structure to reduce breakage in your finished product wheat protein can help you to dial in on that perfect balance of processing efficient

The innovation team at Manildra Group USA continues to study wheat and wheat protein to better understand how we can mee the needs of our customers and the ever changing preferences of today's consumer. Let us help you with your next clean label project. 

 


Wheat Proteins: Your solution for texture, nutrition, and rheology.

Manildra Group USA is known for our expertise in wheat protein. Wheat gluten and how it works is something we get excited about!

Our GemPro range of proteins demonstrates all of the fascinating things wheat protein can do. As you create new products, consider wheat proteins as a tool to address :

This video, and the ones in following posts, will help paint a picture of how to use wheat to hone in on the desired texture, nutrition, and rheolgy. Hopefully it will provide ideas of how you too can take advantage of the many benefits of wheat proteins.

GemPro HPG        GemPro Extend        GemPro DVG        GemPro 4400        GemPro Plus

GemPro 3300        GemPro Prime-E        GemPro Prime-W    GemPro Ultra    GemPro Tack