Plant-based

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.


IFT 19 is around the corner. Make sure Booth 4333 is on your list!

At IFT 2019 in New Orleans, Manildra Group USA looks forward to the opportunity to reconnect with current customers and friends, and reach out to new. The FEED YOUR FUTURE theme of IFT is this year's perfect inspiration as we all face a market of exponential change. The future is changing at an incredible rate, and the future is now.

The Manildra Group USA team is confident in our ability to support our customers in today’s market. We are here to stay with the highest quality gluten on the market, the most innovative wheat proteins, and a team devoted to the best customer service.

Stop by Booth #4333 to chat about plant-based foods, quality in gluten, clean label dough conditioners, and more.

  Clean Label Dough Conditioner  

  Added Protein  

  Organic Protein and Starch  


TOAST to the New Year

According to Innova Market Insights, the top ten trends for 2021 have been identified. Manildra, like many other companies, has “upped their game” to meet ethical, environmental, and clean label consumer demands. Now, more than ever, it is important to stay alert of the changing landscape of the food market. 

The first trend identified by Innova is Transparency Triumphs. Manildra Group proudly partners with thousands of farming families throughout New South Wales to produce Australian-grown and made, premium products. We have a proud history as a reliable partner supplying premium Australian products to customers of all scales. The importance of these relationships, some spanning six decades and three generations, is never underestimated by us. A secondary path to transparency is by creating clean label ingredients to meet evolving consumer demands. Your customers want to know that the products they purchase are made from straight forward and natural processing methods. With the GemPro range of proteins you can feel confident in the clean label process used in making these proteins.

Plant-Forward is the second Innova trend in which Manildra products fit. Wheat protein is the  original plant protein, providing nutrition and product quality for years. Mainstream appeal  for plant- based is driving expansion to numerous market categories. Plant-based has  expanded categories such as baking, in which the clean label of GemPro HPG can be used to  boost protein. It has also expanded snacks in which GemPro Plusis used to replace eggs. Meat  alternatives have expanded by using GemPro Extend to increase the nutritional value of food.  Plant-based has also expanded a dairy alternative in which GemPro Ultra can be used to benefit  dietary management and includes a 90% protein content. 

The third Innova trend is Tailored To Fit in which personalized nutrition is the spotlight for  consumers. Whether you need a high protein or a Keto diet, Manildra Group USA  works to support each individual's unique lifestyles. Our FiberGem resistant wheat starch is a 90% dietary fiber, ideal for boosting fiber in bakery products. This can be beneficial for both high fiber and low carb goals. GemPro Tack is an ideal ingredient for creating low sugar bars and clusters. Finally, the range of GemPro proteins helps to boost the overall protein content in foods from vegetarian meat alternatives to cookies. When creating foods with personalized nutrition you can count on GemPro proteins to provide texture, nutrition, and rheology. 

Manildra Innovation is exceptional when it comes to developing products related to the top ten Innova trends. As we ring in the new year, let Manildra Group USA support you and your nutritional goals.