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Drinks formulation, an alternative to gum arabic


French starch ingredients company Cerestar Food & Pharma Specialties Europe, a business unit of US agri-giant Cargill, has added a new spray-dried n-OSA starch to its C*EmCap product range.

C*EmCap 12683 - a cold water dispersible, modified starch - has been developed as an alternative to gum arabic as a flavour encapsulate in drinks. The company claims that the product provides emulsion stability and protection to essential flavour oils.

"In developing C*EmCap 12683, we have concentrated on producing a speciality product for a very specific application, " said Mark Wastijn, marketing director for Cerestar Food & Pharma Specialties Europe. Adding that he believed the product offers beverage manufacturers an innovative solution to a common problem.

For Cerestar, one of the key advantages of this new product is the fact that beverage manufacturers have an alternative to gum arabic, 'the availability and price of which can fluctuate with changing environmental and political conditions,' said the company in a statement this week.

The C*EmCap starches can made lipophilic by addition of an octenyl group through chemical modification and hydrophilic through its inherent amylose and amylopectin structure.

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