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New starch boosts texture of block cheese

Ingredion has launched a new functional starch texturiser – PRECISA® 655S starch. Enquire today to order your sample

News Date : 02/29/2016

Ingredion has launched a new functional starch texturiser – PRECISA® 655S starch. Developed for processed and analogue cheese with the aim to reduce recipe costs without compromising on texture, it can also be used to develop high quality vegan cheeses that deliver a texture close to that of real cheese.
The new PRECISA® 655 S starch can be used to replace costly ingredients in block processed / analogue cheese slices and shreds, while still delivering a high quality product with the desired elastic and bendable texture that is also suitable for vegan applications. The functional starch has been proven to make pizza cheese shreds less dry and feathery and produces less waste during the shredding process.

Severine Bensa, European Marketing Manager Texture for Ingredion, said; “With more and more manufacturers under pressure to cut costs, affordability is a key driver of the processed and analogue cheese market. This is particularly true in emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East."

“However, to win over consumers, manufacturers need to balance this with delivering a high quality eating experience. An important factor in determining the quality of a processed or analogue cheese is texture. With the new PRECISA® 655 S starch, manufacturers don’t have to compromise. In fact, using our TEXICON® language tool and culinary experts, we can advise on formulations and provide example recipes to help produce consumer winning products."

“We can also aid the development of high quality vegan cheese products, enabling manufacturers to tap into the growing number of consumers in Western Europe opting to follow a ‘flexitarian’ or vegetarian diet.”

PRECISA® 655 S starch is a functional modified tapioca starch that can easily be used as a main component of block processed and analogue cheese. During tests prior to its launch, it demonstrated increased bendability of burger and sandwich slices.

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About Ingredion
The Ingredion group of companies is a leading global ingredient solutions provider, specialising in nature-based sweeteners, starches and nutritional ingredients. With customers in more than 100 countries, the Ingredion group of companies serve approximately 60 diverse sectors in food, beverage, brewing pharmaceuticals and other industries. The main trading companies within the EMEA Region are Ingredion UK Limited, Ingredion Germany GmbH and Ingredion South Africa Pty Limited. For more information, visit

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