As demand for reduced-sugar products continues to grow, Cargill is investing $45 million to add soluble fibers to its European portfolio of starches, sweeteners and texturizers.
While the move marks the company’s first entry into the European soluble fiber market, Cargill is already a significant player in the sugar-reduction space, with a full line of sweeteners - ranging from full- to no-calorie. The new soluble fibers round out that portfolio, enabling the company to offer customers complete sugar-reduction solutions.
Based on micro-reactor technology developed in partnership with Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, for which Cargill has secured both an exclusive license and granted patents, the soluble fibers enable sugar reduction up to 30 per cent, and support calorie reduction and fiber enrichment in confectionery, sweet bakery, fillings, cereals, ice cream and dairy, whilst helping to maintain desired appearance, taste and texture.
The patented technology will also enable Cargill to produce next generation fibers. As with the initial offerings, these future soluble fibers will address key market needs targeting sugar and fat reduction.
Cargill’s soluble fiber product line will be manufactured at the company’s existing Wroclaw, Poland, facility. Construction of the new production unit has already begun, with full commercialisation of the company’s initial offerings expected in the second half of 2022.