Reprinted from: Food&DrinkTechnology.com
Malt Products Corporation (MPC), a manufacturer of malted barley extract and other natural, nutritious sweeteners, will feature a variety of products from its MaltRite™ portfolio of malted barley extracts at the Institute of Food Technology (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo, June 2-5 in New Orleans.
Recently, malted barley extract has become an increasingly attractive option for food & beverage manufacturers instead of standard sugars or artificial substitutes. Malted barley extract offers distinct flavour profiles and various health-related benefits pertaining to probiotics, plant-derived proteins and sports recovery. MPC’s MaltRite™ portfolio comprises multi-functional ingredients that act as natural humectants (moisture absorber), and enhance browning (maillard reaction), fermentation, body and viscosity.
At IFT Expo, MPC also will showcase its OatRite™ portfolio of extracts. Blending oats and malt barley, the extracts provide binding properties with mild sweetness and an oat taste and aroma. Naturally high in protein, minerals and antioxidants, the non-GMO, label-friendly OatRite™ extracts offer benefits including browning, crystal control for frozen products, improved texture, extended shelf life and easy fermentability. These characteristics make them ideally suited for cereal and granola, non-dairy beverages, breakfast bars, pancakes, cookies and a wide variety of baked goods.
The company comes into the IFT Expo having recently completed a five-year, $50 million investment, capped off by the completion of a $15 million state-of-the-art vacuum belt dryer. Infrastructure upgrades also included a Meura mash-filter, an expanded laboratory, and elevated R&D and customer application capabilities.
“With a continued focus on natural ingredients, major food and beverage companies are rediscovering ancient ingredients such as malted barley and oats,” said Amy Targan, President of MPC. “Essentially, the old is becoming the new again. As one of the country’s most prominent suppliers, we look forward to showcasing our full selection at IFT Expo.”