BENEO has expanded its chicory root fiber and rice starch ingredient portfolios with two new organic solutions.

The launch of the new additions include Remyline O AX DR, an organic waxy rice starch, and Orafti Organic, a chicory root fiber.

Consumers worldwide are increasingly seeking out organic products, driven by the growing consumer perception of organic products as healthy and natural and therefore part of a healthier lifestyle. Organic products and ingredients are also considered a vital element for ethical and sustainable purchasing behavior, a key trend being seen within the food and beverage industry.

Orafti Organic is a carefully grown and selected organic variant of BENEO’s chicory root fiber. It is regionally grown and harvested by certified organic farmers in Belgium. Inulin and oligofructose remain the only proven plant-based prebiotics available, according to the International Scientific Association for Pro- and Prebiotics. 

Available to customers beginning in September, Orafti Organic enables manufacturers to add natural prebiotic fibers that will improve taste and texture while also allowing for fat and sugar reduction in products across key applications such as dairy, cereals, bakery and confectionery.  

“Requests for organic chicory root fiber are constantly growing so we are pleased to be able to offer this solution to our customers, and be the first in the market to do so,” said Eric Neven, BENEO commercial managing director, functional fibers. “BENEO is confident this move to expand our overall organic ingredients portfolio will be highly appreciated by the industry and shows particular promise for new product developments in this growing area of the market.”

The addition of Remyline O AX DR completes BENEO’s existing portfolio of rice starches with the availability of organic solutions for both regular and waxy rice starch. Launching globally in July, Remyline O AX DR is the first of its kind to be brought to market, opening up new possibilities for product development. 

As a waxy rice starch, it contains no amylose, delivering better stability and less syneresis, making it easier to maintain a stable texture throughout a product’s shelf life. Remyline O AX DR is suitable for fruit preparations, as well as meat and poultry applications. Technical trials by experts at the BENEO Technology Center have shown positive results for these applications and for improving the texture of creamy desserts and yogurts. 

“The launch of BENEO’s new organic waxy rice starch is an important milestone for us as it means we can now offer our customers organic variants for both our waxy and regular rice starches,” said Marc-Etienne Denis, BENEO commercial managing director, specialty rice ingredients. “We see great potential for this new solution, especially within meat and poultry, as consumers worldwide place special emphasis on organic products when buying meat.”