KRÖNER-STÄRKE - It’s only natural

With a host of dietetic, clean-label and sustainability requirements to meet, food manufacturers need ingredient suppliers to support them with reliable, quality products and a flexible offering. Maren Wiese, product development manager at KRÖNER-STÄRKE, explains how the family-owned company produces high-quality natural products for industry, artisan production and trade.


What is KRÖNER-STÄRKE's offering to the food industry?

Maren Wiese: Our product range comprises wheat starches, wheat proteins, pregelatinised (cold-water binding) starches and flours, as well as tailor-made blends. Our primary focus is on dietetic and organic products, and all our products are 100% natural. A specialised production technique, know-how built up since 1900, and high hygiene and safety standards enable us to produce many special products. KRÖNER-STÄRKE is the leading European producer of organic wheat starch. Dedicated employees and flexibility enable us to find individual solutions for, and together with, our customers.

The consumer interest in clean-label products has strengthened in recent years. How can yours help manufacturers meet these requirements?

Naturalness is a matter of course for the KRÖNER products; our complete assortment is free from E-numbers. Untreated flours and natural drinking water from our own well are the basis of all our products, and our production process is free of any microbiocides or extraction aids. Our natural solutions also replace chemically modified starches, hydrocolloids, and emulsifiers or phosphates. For example, in place of modified starches, ROYALSTAR offers a special texture and functionality for sauces or fillings, while STIKKER is used because of its good sticking properties for batters. In the bakery sector, Pregelatinized Rice Flour R90 replaces emulsifier if products are needed to be kept fresh, and TOOGEL or SUPATEX can be used for water-binding instead of guar gum. To replace phosphates in the meat industry, products like our EM4 are a clean-label alternative.

As well as providing ingredients for natural products, what do you offer specifically within the organic and GMO-free sectors?

The complete product-range of KRÖNER-STÄRKE is GMO-free, and the majority of our assortment is available in organic quality, including products with special requirements such as being pregelatinised or gluten-free. In addition to standard organic quality (EU-kbA), further special qualities like Biosuisse and Bioland are available, and Naturland on request.

Dietetic foods are currently experiencing a huge boom - what are your offerings here?

KRÖNER-STÄRKE produces ingredients for dietetic applications like gluten-free, baby food and sports nutrition. Native and pregelatinised starches and flours are available, as well as mixtures.

Within the gluten-free sector, our most famous product is our gluten-free wheat starch, SANOSTAR, which contains maximum 20ppm gluten, and is suitable for people with coeliac disease. The starch is produced, without the use of enzymes and additives, by a special physical process to remove gluten, and our comprehensive internal and external analysis ensures the highest product safety. The starch is mainly used in the bakery sector because of its excellent baking properties and aromatic, cereal-like taste. An organic version and tailor-made blends based on SANOSTAR are also available.

Consumer trends such as 'flexitarianism' are adding to the demand for vegetarian and vegan foods. How can you support meat-free product manufacturers?

The whole product range of KRÖNER-STÄRKE is suitable for the vegetarian market, and almost every product is also vegan. In the meat-free market, wheat protein is a popular ingredient, especially when GMO-absence is needed. The special properties of the product enable the creation of a meat-like structure so that wheat protein is used for several conventional and organic meat-analogue products, like seitan. Textured products are also available upon request. Several binding systems based on starch/flour are also used for various meat-free applications.

How do you ensure you meet national and international food safety regulations?

With continuous internal and external analytical measurements, long-lasting cooperation with suppliers, strict specifications, high hygiene standards and a comprehensive quality system, KRÖNER-STÄRKE can ensure food safety for even the most sensitive products. Our company-wide control and prevention programme is based on the HACCP, and has been certified according to international standards including IFS, FSSC 22000 and ISO 9001:2008.

To what extent can you tailor your products to clients' specific requirements?

We create individual solutions for customers to ensure safety, quality and reliable processes. Due to KRÖNER-STÄRKE's flexibility, we are able to adapt existing products or create new raw materials or mixtures. For example, developments regarding product functionality such as viscosity, texture, dispersibility or granulation are possible, based on various raw materials. Special product qualities, like allergen/gluten-free, organic, halal and kosher, can also be produced.

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KRÖNER-STÄRKE - Hermann Kröner GmbH
Lengericher Str. 158 - 49479 Ibbenbüren
Email: [email protected]
URL: www.kroener-staerke.de

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