Kicking off 2021 with the expansion of its portfolio of tapioca-based thickening and gelling starches, Tate & Lyle state that these new innovative starches will help food manufacturers deliver “superior products”.

According to the brand, that is recognised as a leading provider of food and beverage solutions and ingredients, the expansion includes the launch of new REZISTA® MAX thickening starches and BRIOGEL® gelling starches. These new products have improved process tolerance, mouthfeel, fluidity and texture and are suitable for both confectionery and dairy.

Mariana Perez-Herrera, Tate & Lyle research scientist, said: “Tapioca starch provides some unique formulation benefits such as a translucent colour and a soft gel-like texture that is especially appealing in certain applications such as dairy desserts, certain sauces, confectionery and processed cheese.”

In addition to providing the neutral colour and flavour of a tapioca starch, the REZISTA® MAX thickening starches were developed to provide utmost texture and stability, even under extreme processing conditions, properties important to applications in dairy, puddings, fillings, soups, sauces and dressings

The new BRIOGEL® gelling starches create a soft gel and come in a range of strengths. The fluidity of BRIOGEL® starches also triggers gelling after cooling which makes them optimal for use in confections such as gummy candies, jams, jellies and other applications.

Sebastian Lemke, Director and Global Product Manager for tapioca at Tate & Lyle, added: “Tapioca starch is growing in popularity due to its unique texture profile, non-GMO credentials and the fact that it offers an alternative labelling option to corn starch.

“In fact, new products formulated with tapioca starch have been the fastest growing in the food industry over the last five years. We are seeing this trend play out as customers request more tapioca-based starches” This expansion of Tate & Lyle’s tapioca-based texturant range follows its agreement to acquire a well-established tapioca business in Thailand, Chaodee Modified Starch Co., Ltd., announced in October 2020. This investment extends Tate & Lyle’s presence in speciality tapioca-based texturants and establishes a dedicated production facility in the main tapioca region of eastern Thailand.