Fiberstar’s Natural Citrus Fiber, Citri-Fi® 100, is a Holistic Food Approach to Providing Clean Label Gelling Properties for Fruit-based Preparations

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Citri-Fi, a recently launched natural citrus fiber, is used for its clean label properties to replace or extend added pectin in fruit-based products such as bakery and confectionery fillings, spreads and fruit preparations for yogurts and smoothies.

. “During this clean label initiative drive, we listened to our customers’ needs and delivered a clean label option to support their formulating goals,” said Fiberstar, Inc. President & CEO, John Haen.

Fiberstar, Inc., a leader in citrus fiber technologies has recently launched Citri-Fi® 100 used to provide clean label gelling properties which can replace or extend added pectin within fruit preparations.

This new clean label approach to providing gelling properties emerges at a time when the market demands more natural options to replace/extend pectin due to the fluctuating market. Citri-Fi 100’s stable price and supply lends itself to sourcing advantages. “During this clean label initiative drive, we listened to our customers’ needs and delivered a clean label option to support their formulating goals,” said Fiberstar, Inc. President & CEO, John Haen.

The Citri-Fi® 100 Clean Label Value Proposition
Citri-Fi 100, a non-GMO, natural citrus fiber, is produced using a clean and patented process that keeps the insoluble and soluble fibers and protein intact. This composition provides multiple functionalities that range from water binding to natural emulsification properties. The native pectin within the composition is activated when using high sugar/low pH food processing conditions to produce the natural gelling properties. Since Citri-Fi is offered in various particle sizes, formulators can target specific gelling textures ranging from pulpy to smooth.

Citri-Fi 100 does not require a pre-hydration step or added calcium to create the gelling textures. As a result, product developers may benefit from additional cost savings when replacing pectin. In addition to the cost savings, the Citri-Fi® gelling technology is gluten-free, Kosher and Halal certified. Citri-Fi 100 is labeled as citrus fiber or dried citrus pulp which resonate well with the global consumer and contributes fiber to the nutrition label.

Citrus-Fi® 100 Uses in Food Applications:

  •     Bakery and Confectionery Fillings
  •     Jams & Jellies
  •     Fruit Preparation for Yogurts/Smoothies
  •     Fruit Snacks (e.g. Leathers, Strips)

This citrus fiber can also replace expensive stabilizers or stabilizer systems due to its unique hydrocolloidal properties. These application benefits and formulating guidelines are available on the new web site that Fiberstar recently launched – http://www.fiberstar.net.

John Haen concludes, “We are proud to work with the Technical University of Berlin to complete the citrus fiber gelling functionality studies. These studies demonstrate our dedication to creating new natural uses for our products. We continue to expand upon our citrus fiber’s novel functionalities to meet the emerging market needs.”

About Fiberstar, Inc.: Fiberstar, Inc. (http://www.fiberstar.net) is a privately held innovative biotechnology Company focused on enhancing food performance by manufacturing and marketing value-added food ingredients. Its largest brand, Citri-Fi is an all-natural highly functional fiber produced sustainably from orange pulp or peel using a patented process. Citri-Fi is GRAS, non-allergenic, neutral in taste & odor and non-GMO. This functional fiber line benefits meat, dairy, bakery, gluten-free, sauce, condiments, frozen food, beverage and health & wellness food products through textural improvements, nutritional enhancements and/or cost savings. Headquartered in River Falls, Wisconsin with manufacturing in Florida and Wisconsin, Fiberstar sells products globally in over 65 countries.

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