Clean label and non-GMO behind Cargill’s EU launch of de-oiled rapeseed lecithin

By Will Chu

- Last updated on GMT

Cargill has revealed details of its new de-oiled lecithin product that makers of baked foods and snacks can include as an allergen-free, label-friendly ingredient.

Certified non-GMO, the de-oiled rapeseed lecithin is a response by the multinational to address European demand for more transparency to food production.

“In a world of increasingly label-conscious consumers, we are striving to meet demand for simple ingredients and provide the familiarity consumers are looking for related to food origin from trusted, reliable sources,”​ said Dr Roland Rabeler, lecithin product manager for Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturizers.

“With the introduction of the de-oiled rapeseed lecithin range of emulsifiers, customers can be assured Cargill has a lecithin option that will work for them. The de-oiled rapeseed lecithin range provides customers a cost-effective, label-friendly alternative to soy lecithin”.

Lecithin availability

According to Cargill, the de-oiled lecithin is sourced from Central European crops, with customers now able to select GMO and non-GMO lecithin products that are soy, sunflower or rapeseed-derived.

Its introduction to European shores mirrors that across the Atlantic, where the product portfolio has been available in the US and Canada since 2016.

Cargill are amongst a handful of suppliers offering de-oiled non-GMO lecithins. Along with ADM, other European lecithin specialists include German-based LECICO and Austrian firm Lecital.

“This range offers great emulsification performance without compromising on taste or texture”,​ said Juergen Detert, technical service manager for Cargill Starches, Sweeteners & Texturizers.

“Our R&D and applications teams developed a texturizing solution that offers comparable functionality to soy and sunflower.

“At the same time, it delivers high flexibility and is easily incorporated into customer recipes.”

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