Taste and nutrition specialist Kerry have launched a texture system which enables manufacturers to overcome the existing sunflower supply challenges caused by the war in Ukraine.
Peremul is a new go-to ingredient which can replace the use of sunflower lecithin and mono- and diglycerides across multiple applications, including baked goods and plant-based beverages.
Produced using naturally sourced acacia, the texture system solves the perpetual problem of clean label emulsification as the listed ingredients are simply ‘acacia, natural flavour’. Consumers can feel good about the ingredients, having replaced ingredients perceived as unhealthy - mono- and diglycerides - with a cleaner label alternative.
According to Kerry, benefits of the texture system include excellent emulsification, high-quality texture and stability, improved process efficiencies, sensory and taste maintenance, and reliable supply through vertically integrated supply chains. Puremul is non-GMO, free from major allergens, certified kosher and Halal-suitable.
The existing supply chain challenges and pricing instability of sunflower lecithin have created the need for an alternative. Prior to Russia’s invasion, Ukraine had the highest production volume of sunflower seeds in the world, producing around 17.5 million metric tonnes in the 2021/2022 crop year.