New Ulrick & Short egg replacer set to make Ssignificant strides in vegan bakery

Vegan bakery innovation is growing at a fantastic rate. Driven by an ever more plant-centric consumer base, the demand for high-quality vegan bakery goods is continuing to boom. In the UK bakery sector, vegan NPD has doubled in just 4 years, from accounting for just 7% of all bakery launch activity in 2016, to over 15% in 2019/20[1].

In response, Ulrick & Short has launched a new ingredient which promises to significantly close the gap between standard, non-vegan bakery goods that consumers love, to produce a comparable vegan alternative. The functional ingredient, named ovaproxTM 5 has been designed to vastly improve the quality of vegan cakes & muffins with regard to volume, crumb structure, texture, emulsification & tenderising.

It is the latest addition to Ulrick & Short’s ovaproxTM egg replacement range and has been further developed to mimic the functional properties of egg in a 100% egg replacement scenario. Using just the natural functionality of crops, ovaproxTM  5 is clean-label, non-GM, and allergen free, ensuring complete back of pack label transparency. Furthermore, it has the benefit of a 12 month shelf life in ambient conditions.

R&D Manager, Danni Schroeter, said “ovaprox has been a range of ours for over a decade now, so we started from a really good understanding of egg replacement. Initially, ovaprox was designed for partial egg replacement, for cost and shelf life reasons, although as veganism has developed in the last 5 years or so, our development emphasis has been on building on our existing knowledge and technologies to translate this into a total replacement solution.”

Schroeter added, “As the sector is still a relatively new one, ingredients technology is growing at a very rapid rate. This latest ingredient reflects our ever-growing understanding of the best way to extract the correct functionality from our clean label processing technologies and crop bases. In this respect, we’re confident that this latest addition is a big jump forward.”

Ulrick & Short is a leading Clean Label ingredients specialist, supplying household name food manufacturers across the world with clean-label, gluten-free, non-GM and organic ingredients, and innovating across a diverse range of food industry sectors including bakery, meat, dairy, soups, and sauces. The company is AA BRC accredited, has a team of dedicated food technologists based in the UK & Holland, and works hand in hand with customers to maximize value from product development.

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