Most consumers are now convinced of the health benefits stemming from the regular consumption of cultured products and specifically yogurt. However, due to its perishable nature, yogurt in its traditional form has limited potential, especially when it comes to on-the-go options.
Additionally, some manufacturing processes might kill the bacteria and therefore eliminate the health benefits expected of yogurt. Dry yogurt ingredients containing live and active cultures can therefore be a great alternative for new developments carrying the healthful halo of yogurt, delivering the same live cultures and nutrition as their traditional counterparts but without some of the hurdles of fresh yogurt.
“With our EPILAC fermented powders, we can support manufacturers in the development of both shelf-stable and fresh products designed to cater to consumers who are always pressed for time and looking for convenient, “on-the-go” snack options that are both healthy and indulgent!”, explains Mathieu Lucot, Marketing Manager at Epi Ingredients.
The concept SoFlexi was designed to showcase possible applications of EPILAC fermented powders as well as to promote the use of “EPILAC Lowfat Yogurt Powder 48”. SoFlexi is a powdered mix that allows consumers to create fresh yogurt-tasting snacks at their convenience. Whether they are in the mood for a drinking yogurt, some ice cream or an acid drink, they can indulge almost instantly thanks to SoFlexi! However, the goal for Epi Ingredients is not to sell the concept. Their objective with SoFlexi it is to drive innovation and help their customers visualize what they can do with the company’s offering, all the way from bulk ingredients to actual CPG marketing.
EPILAC ingredients are a range of premium fermented powders (yogurt powder, quark powder and fermented milk powder) with differentiating features such as, among others, the presence of live cultures in some of them. Thanks to the company’s milk transformation expertise combined with a unique know-how and a perfectly mastered manufacturing process, Epi Ingredients has the unique capability to dry blends of milk and live cultures, keeping them alive throughout the process and into the finished powder.
SoFlexi comes in individual pouches containing 40g (≈ 1.41oz) of a powdered mix made of only 5 ingredients and including EPILAC Lowfat Yogurt Powder 48. To cater to modern consumers who are always pressed for time and “on-the-go”, SoFlexi has been developed to allow quick and easy transformation into one of three following products: milk shake, instant drinking yogurt or tasty acid drink.
Regardless of the chosen application, EPILAC Lowfat Yogurt Powder 48 brings natural acidity and a pleasant yogurt flavor as well as a smooth creamy texture to the end product. Beyond these exclusive functional and sensory attributes, it also contains the same live bacteria (Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus) as the ones found in yogurt. These are known to help balance the gut flora as well as strengthen the immune system, which makes it an interesting ingredient for the formulation of nutrition-oriented products.
The company will also showcase its offering in concentrated aromatic products at FIE. As of now, this range consists of two ingredients: a milk concentrate and a cream concentrate.
These products are 100% natural flavors (modified dairy ingredients) and contain no additives, no texturing agents and no preservatives. They are offered as a paste and help increase the creamy flavor as well as overall body and smoothness in a broad range of applications such as dressings, soups or food with a low-fat content, without negatively impact the ingredients list, since they are natural flavors.
With consumers constantly seeking both healthy and tasty food, Epi Ingredients’ concentrated aromatic products allow manufacturers to decrease the cream quantity used in a large range of applications while maintaining the rich and creamy taste of the original product. Concentrated aromatic products are therefore a solution for healthier finished goods that do not sacrifice texture or taste.
Source: Epi Ingredients