EMEA- Global ingredient manufacturer Kemin Industries has unveiled its latest ingredient in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) that inhibits mold growth and allows manufacturers to extend the shelf life of bakery products without synthetic additives.

The product, Shield V Plus Dry, is a natural ingredient that combines buffered vinegar and botanical extracts to prevent mold growth in cakes, tortillas, and flatbreads while meeting consumer demands for clearer labels and superior quality.

While specifically formulated for bakery products, the ingredient is versatile and can also be applied as a natural alternative to potassium sorbate in emulsions, sauces, dressings, and other highly aqueous foods, notes the business.

Its naturally occurring active molecules – such as acetic acid and sorbic acid – work in synergy to slow down the development of molds, ensuring product freshness over an extended period,” says Caroline Ecoffard, product platform manager, EMEA, at Kemin Food Technologies.

She emphasizes the significance of the product in the food and beverage industry: “Our product represents an additional step in natural preservation, offering bakery manufacturers a powerful tool to extend the shelf life of their products while meeting consumer demands for clearer labels and superior quality.

Responding to consumer trends 

According to Kemin, Shield V Plus Dry is a consumer-friendly option for preservation that differs from traditional methods that rely on synthetic additives. 

It offers a well-balanced flavor profile and heat stability. It allows manufacturers to meet the demands of health-conscious consumers who prefer cleaner labels and natural ingredients in their desserts.

The versatile ingredient can be used in baking, sauces, and dressings, according to the business.

This is especially important as the global cake market size was valued at USD$42.94 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3% from 2020 to 2027, according to Kemin.

The high popularity of celebrating various types of special occasions and successes through cake cutting is expected to remain a key driving force over the next few years. 

Moreover, the growing demand for cake as a dessert among Millennial and Generation Z consumers, both when dining out and at weekend parties worldwide, is expected to drive industry growth.

Shield V Plus Dry is the result of extensive research and development conducted with a strong commitment to sustainability and food safety. The product aligns with the industry’s growing emphasis on natural ingredients and environmentally conscious practices,” the business explains.

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