New lime powder meets ‘strong market demand’ for Latin American flavours

By Flora Southey contact

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ABF Ingredients’ new lime powder, made from real lime puree and juice, will meet ‘strong market demand’ for citrus seasonings in salad dressings, ready-meals, and guacamole style snacks, global marketing and supply chain director Jan Bebber tells FoodNavigator.

Germany and US-based ingredients supplier Ohly, a subsidiary of ABF Ingredients, claims its new lime powder is the most authentic real lime taste available in powder form today.

The company attributes this to the real lime juice and puree used to make the lime powder. Sourced from Mexico, Peru, and California, the non-GMO lime varieties – citrus latifolia and citrus aurantifolio – are sprayed onto a carrier, in this case maltodextrin, to ensure 'good powder flowability and stability', according to global marketing and supply chain director Jan Bebber.

Ohly added the IP Lime Powder to its Prodry range in response to ‘strong market demand’, said Bebber, telling this publication that lime flavour is gaining more and more traction in recipes.

The new powder is ‘particularly relevant’ for ready-made dishes, salad dressings, and snack categories, he explained.

In dressings, for example, a certain acidity is always present. “What could be better than a lime powder, which offers an additional fresh lime flavour [alongside] the acidity? That will give your salad a different – and fruity – taste profile."

In the snacks category, Ohly has already observed strong uptake of citrus flavours. In Latin America, for example, lime flavoured crisps have long been on the market, he said. “Taking that seasoned snack with a very authentic lime flavour global, to other markets, will be an interesting application for our customers.”  

Lime-infused guacamole, which has also enjoyed popularity in Western markets, offers another opportunity for customers in snacks. “The powder can be used in a pre-prepared seasoning that consumers can combine with fresh avocados, for a ready-to-eat guacamole,” ​Bebber elaborated.

As the powder is a dry formulation, the supply chain lead said the ingredient is well suited to ready-meals. “We see that Latin American food is very popular and lime plays an important role [in this cuisine],” ​he told this publication. “It is the same for Asian flavours. So every time our customers want to create a product in those categories, where they need a dry preparation, then this lime powder is a very good choice.”

The powder, which Bebber described as ‘whitish’ in appearance, and importantly won’t impart any colouring into foods, can also be used in baking mixes, sauces, meat, and poultry products.

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