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UK firm launches next generation food coatings for global gluten-free industry

18 February 2019

UK food coatings manufacturer Bowman Ingredients has unveiled an innovative new portfolio of products for the global gluten-free market. 

Established in the UK in 1992, Bowman Ingredients has been at the forefront of innovation in the Free From sector for over 15 years. The business is an international market leader in the supply of gluten-free coatings to food manufacturers across Europe, South Africa, Thailand and Australia.

Bowman Ingredients has now developed a new gluten-free coatings portfolio with an enhanced nutritional profile. In addition to nutritional benefits for consumers, the new gluten-free coatings range is produced from sustainable raw ingredients using a unique and energy efficient manufacturing process.

Bowman Ingredients CEO Rory Bowman says: “Our food technologists have been working in direct response to consumer trends and general criticism of the nutritional profile of gluten-free products. We’re excited to announce that our unique manufacturing process has allowed us to develop and launch a fresh portfolio of nutritionally enhanced gluten-free coatings with a range of textures.”

Bowman Ingredients’ purpose-built manufacturing plant in Bedford uses state-of-the-art technology to manufacture gluten-free crumb through an innovative extrusion process. This process delivers significant product and environmental benefits compared to more conventional ‘tin bake’ crumb manufacture. In addition, the extrusion process requires no yeast which allows the use of a wide range of raw materials not traditionally associated with bread or crumb production. 

Rory Bowman says: “We believe that our unique extrusion production process is around 50% more energy efficient and environmentally sound than traditional tin bake crumb manufacturing techniques. It has enabled us to produce a range of innovative, high-quality gluten-free crumb products from sustainable ingredients, with additional nutritional benefits for consumers and no compromise on flavour, texture or appearance.”

In 2017 Bowman Ingredients invested £8M in a new UK manufacturing plant dedicated to dairy, egg and gluten-free production to meet increasing demand from its growing customer base in Europe. In addition, gluten-free production facilities have now been enhanced at the company’s manufacturing sites in South Africa and Thailand.

As well as gluten and dairy-free crumb systems, Bowman Ingredients produces a range of Free From coatings including batter mixes, pre-dusts and dry mix marinades. Typical applications include coatings for convenience foods such as fish and poultry, as well as vegan and vegetarian brands. Gluten-free rusk is also used as a binding and textural aid in meat products, such as burgers and sausages.

Bowman Ingredients is dedicated to product innovation, with dynamic teams of food technologists and industry experts analysing market trends and developing new coatings technology.

For more information visit: www.bowmaningredients.co.uk


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