07 December 2015
Fiberstar’s Citri-Fi pectin replacement wins FIE Innovation award
The Food Ingredients Europe 2015 Innovation Award highlights that Citri-Fi® 100, a natural citrus fibre with intact pectin, can replace or extend added pectin in fruit-based food products and provide cost savings and stable supply, globally
Citri-Fi 100, a natural citrus fibre, contains intact pectin that can be activated to produce the natural gelling properties. “Customers are actively looking for pectin replacement options due to the fluctuating pectin market conditions,” said Fiberstar, Inc. President & CEO, John Haen. “The high interest level for pectin replacement at our FIE trade show booth echoed during the three-day event. Since the natural citrus fibre originates from the orange juicing process, our raw materials are derived from sustainable sources. As a result, we are able to provide our customers potential cost savings and stable supply.”
Citri-Fi is produced using a clean and patented process that keeps the insoluble and soluble fibres intact. The native pectin within the composition is activated when using high sugar/low pH food processing conditions to produce the natural gelling properties. Since Citri-Fi is offered in various particle sizes, formulators can target specific gelling textures ranging from pulpy to smooth.
Citri-Fi 100 does not require a pre-hydration step or added calcium to create the gelling textures. As a result, product developers may benefit from additional cost savings when replacing pectin. In addition to the cost savings, the Citri-Fi gelling technology is non-GMO, gluten-free, Kosher and Halal certified. Citri-Fi 100 is labelled as citrus fibre or dried citrus pulp and it contributes fibre to the nutrition label.
Citrus-Fi 100 can be used in:
- Bakery and Confectionery Fillings
- Jams & Jellies
- Fruit Preparation for Yogurts/Smoothies
- Fruit Snacks (e.g. Leathers, Strips)
This citrus fibre can also replace expensive stabilisers or stabiliser systems due to its unique water holding properties. These application benefits and formulating guidelines are available on the new web site that Fiberstar recently launched – http://www.fiberstar.net.
John Haen concludes, “We are committed to expanding our citrus fibre’s novel functionalities to meet the market needs. Our patented technology