Adding value with less! Healthy foods and beverages are increasingly defined not by long, complex lists of ingredients and E numbers, but rather by what the recipe consciously does not include. The trend started with “calorie-free”, “free from artificial additives” and “sugar-free”, and even product claims like “lactose-free” and “gluten-free” are now moving from niche to the mainstream.
Döhler offers you innovative ingredient solutions that embrace the increasingly important ‘free from’ trend. The range extends from natural ingredients such as flavours and colours to a broad spectrum of options for sugar reduction, all the way to gluten-free malt extracts and solutions for lactose-free and dairy-free products. Döhler has also developed many products all the way to market maturity for its customers in the food and beverage industry.
The trend for natural products has proved to be the most important in recent years: starting with more natural reformulations of existing products and extending to consciously avoiding the use of artificial additives and preservatives in new products. Döhler offers a comprehensive portfolio of natural ingredients for food and beverages. This extensive portfolio is based on global access to high-quality raw fruit and vegetable ingredients thanks to Döhler's own fruit and vegetable processing facilities and vertical integration.
Reduced-calorie and reduced-sugar are two of the most important positionings among newly-launched products. To accommodate this trend, Döhler has developed innovative systems for reducing sugar content. Under its MultiSweet®Plus umbrella brand, Döhler offers a comprehensive portfolio of sweetening systems that both meets the specific requirements of the various applications and industries, and caters to the latest consumer desires. Alongside artificial HIS* like MultiSweet®Classic, the portfolio includes natural sweetening systems such as MultiSweet®Fruit and MultiSweet®Stevia. MultiSweet®Stevia is a calorie-free sweetening system of natural origin.
Thanks to their balanced combination of sweetening components and the flavour technology SIT (Sweetness Improving Technology), all MultiSweet®Plus sweetening systems are characterised by superior multi-sensory properties. Döhler has also developed Sugar Reduction Technology (SRT). SRT is a flavour technology that allows significant amounts of sugar to be removed from lemonades without changing the taste or adding sweeteners.
Döhler recently achieved a breakthrough with a new portfolio of gluten-free malt extracts made from barley. The increasing demand for gluten-free products around the world is presenting the food and beverage industry with new opportunities and challenges. In 2013 alone, over 7,000 new products labelled “gluten-free” were introduced to the global food and beverages market*. Through market research and trend spotting across the globe, Döhler detected this trend in its early stages and has conducted intensive research on a new generation of malt ingredients. We provide both the food and beverage industries with application-specific, gluten-free malt extracts that can be used as a specific flavour component and as natural ingredients for a variety of products for natural colouring and sweetening.
* Döhler Market Research
In addition to increasing demand for gluten-free products, there is also a growing need for lactose-free and lactoprotein-free food and beverages. Roughly two thirds of the world's adult population are lactose-intolerant. In Asia and Africa, the percentage is even higher at around 90%, while only about 10% of adults in northern Europe are affected. Many gastro-intestinal dysfunctions have now been identified as a consequence of the insufficient presence of the enzyme lactase, which is required for the digestion of lactose. Despite this insufficiency, many consumers do not want to go without the taste of milk products.