“One of the areas we are seeing an increase in is the prevalence of lentil and pea-based snacks. These plant-based snack foods have taken off over the last year as consumers look for alternative protein sources and better-for-you options. These trends, while not new, have gained interest during the pandemic,” says Anita Srivastava, Ph.D., senior technical service manager, bakery, Kemin, Des Moines, IA.
“With shortages in meat at the beginning of the pandemic, many turned to alternative protein sources, which has helped to increase their popularity. The bigger driver is the focus on health and wellness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers are paying more attention to what foods they are eating and are seeking out some of these plant-based products as alternatives to traditional snack foods,” says Srivastava.
“When we look at bakery, and specifically tortillas, Kemin offers a robust line of products to help meet shelf-life and microbial stability goals. Our SHIELD line of food safety products helps with mold inhibition in corn or flour tortillas. Our line of tortilla softeners helps to extend the shelf life of tortillas and helps reduce the wastage due to textural spoilage,” Srivastava notes. “Our TillaSoft Relax helps manufactures reduce machine uplift of tortillas. Finally, Kemin offers innovative delivery options for manufacturers. Our Kemin Application Services and technical teams can work with manufacturers to provide dosing systems that deliver precise dosages, help minimize ingredient wastage and lessen the cross contamination of ingredients.”
Jennifer Tesch, chief marketing officer, Healthy Food Ingredients, Fargo, ND, says that trends in the tortilla category include continued growth and demand for clean, simple label, whole grain, gluten-free, plant-based proteins, non-GMO, and organic. “We have seen continued demand for amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa, and a resurgence in interest in sorghum, flax, and millet specifically. In general, ancient grains play into a whole grain, gluten-free trend while encompassing a clean and simple label,” she explains.
“Non-GMO Project Verified and certified organic, our Suntava Purple Corn is a great fit for tortilla applications, providing a bold purple color to the finished product with added functional properties including antioxidants and anthocyanins, which speak to a better-for-you trend,” Tesch finishes.