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U&S fishes for clean replacers

08 August 2011

Clean label ingredients specialists, Ulrick & Short, has launched a range of products exclusively developed for the seafood industry

Pressures from retailers for cleaner labels and consumer demand for more natural products means that fish processors are now looking for additive free, cost effective alternatives. Ulrick & Short's new range of clean label phosphate replacers, stabilisers and thickeners are ideal for seafood processing and fish ready meals and are an innovative extension of the company's already successful Synergie and Ezimoist ingredients.

Fish processors have often found it difficult to match the multifunctional properties of traditional phosphates with additive free alternatives, however, Ulrick & Short's range of Ezimoist phosphate replacers, which were originally developed for meat processing, not only improve the overall texture and succulence of fish, including prawns and scampi, but also improve yields, whilst increasing shelf-life and retaining product moisture over multiple cooking cycles.

Complementing the Ezimoist range of ingredients, Ulrick & Short has also further developed its Synergie range of thickeners and stabilisers for seafood ready meals.

The Synergie range of ingredients have been designed to be a direct replacement for modified starches but with added functionality to achieve superior mouth-feel, texture and stability without any splitting. Both hot and cold process tolerant, Synergie ingredients also remain stable in both instant and cook-up versions of pre-prepared and ready meals.

Synergie ingredients are flexible and easy to incorporate into existing recipe formulations, giving food manufacturers a wide range of bases for textures and therefore product diversity. Products within the Synergie range are ideal for sauces including béchamel and butter sauce within ready meals such as fish pie.

With no chemicals, artificial components and free from genetic modification, both Ezimoist and Synergie have been derived from crops such as maize and tapioca and come with trusted, clean label declarations such as cornflour.

Ulrick & Short prides itself on not using any processing agents during the manufacturing of its starches. Instead, the company harnesses the natural qualities of the crops and uses physical methods to produce clean, white starches full of functionality.

Dedicated to investing in research and development coupled with its ongoing commitment to investing in new projects, Ulrick & Short is the ideal partner for seafood processors looking to remove artificial additives in favour of more natural ingredients.

The company's range of clean label ingredients is continually expanding and currently consists of binders, emulsifiers, bakery glazes, fat replacers and phosphate alternatives, which remove all chemicals and allergens without compromising on taste, quality or texture.

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