New starch replaces acacia gum in beverages

by Jeff Gelski
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MINNEAPOLIS — EmulTru starch, an emulsifying starch made from waxy corn, provides the same functionality in food and beverage products as gum Arabic, also known as acacia gum, while providing potential cost savings of 25%, according to Cargill. The company will promote EmulTru in a sports drink prototype at the Institute of Food Technologists’ Food Expo July 18-20 in Chicago.

“A walk down the grocery store beverage aisle quickly shows consumers’ demand for sports-related beverages,” said Wen-Juin Shieh, technical manager, fruit and beverages, for Cargill Texturizing Solutions. “However, instability and uncertainty around one key ingredient in many sports drinks, gum Arabic, threatens to cut into the profits of beverage manufacturers. EmulTru starch offers a true replacement for gum Arabic and can help our customers manage ingredient pricing and supply chain-related risks.”

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