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Add value to your vegan diet with sesame seeds

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The surging innovation in the plant-based industry coupled with rising awareness of issues around animal agriculture is driving consumer interest in the veganand flexitarian diets of lately. Aside from innovation, another fundamental reason behind the growth of the vegan food market is rising consumer awareness of the health consequences of eating animal products, as well as the ethical and environmental impact of animal agriculture.

Whilst protein is essential for our health, the biggest myth that surrounds this is that the only source comes from animal derived products. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Plant-based foods are also rich in protein and can completely cover the protein intake our body needs. Contrary to popular belief, plant-based food products can deliver the right amount of macro and micro-nutrients when a proper vegan diet regime is followed. Sesame seeds are pure vegan food. These white & black kernels contain high quality Protein which makes up 20% of the Seed with 4.7g of Protein per ounce. You can use it as a topping or a main ingredient for a variety of different Middle Eastern and Asian dishes. When purchasing sesame seeds, make sure to buy the whole, unlulled ones, as they are more nutritious and healthier.

Culinary Uses of Sesame Seeds for Vegans

Unlike the hulled variety, refined sesame seeds are whiter and shinier. Black sesame seeds have multiple uses. You can use them in organic buns, bread, and cereals. However, they are mostly used to enhance the appearance of curries and pastries. Roasted sesame seeds can give that extra crispiness and crunch to any desired dish.

People use them as a healthy garnish for casseroles, salads, dips, pasta, and Asian stir-fried dishes. Similarly, you can use them for baked goods such as croissants, buns, plain bread, savory crackers, biscuits, cookies, etc. You can include some whole or crushed sesame seeds in organic cereals, protein bars, granola bars, and brown rice pilafs.

Vegan sesame milk is yet another delightful treat for the nut-milk connoisseurs. The creamy non-dairy milk is an exquisite blend of untoasted sesame seeds, water, and flavored sweeteners. A glass-full serving boasts of delivering as much calcium as cow’s milk (30 percent of the recommended Non-dairy sesame milk for vegandaily value) as well as eight grams of protein (on-par with cow’s milk, too). Sesame milk also wins on the protein front compared to almond and oat milks, both of which typically have about 1 gram of protein per serving. The protein content per serving varies between 15g to 17gms, depending on the flavors involved.

 

Why Should Vegans Use Sesame Seeds?

Unlike chia and flaxseeds, people often underestimate sesame seeds in terms of its nutritional value and significance, especially for vegans. Just like other popular super foods, they are packed with numerous vitamins and minerals and tastes equally great. Sesame seeds are also rich in fiber, calcium, magnesium, copper, and iron. It also aids in digestion as it is rich in fiber.

Sesame seeds contain 48% fat and have equal amounts of poly and monounsaturated fats. The amount of saturated fat in sesame seeds is very low. They contain around 18% of protein. One tablespoon of sesame seeds contains about 55 calories. Sesame seeds are rich in phosphorus, vitamin E, vitamin B, potassium, iron, and zinc.

Vegans who avoid regular milk can use sesame seeds as it also contains calcium. Those who are on a vegan or vegetarian diet are often in search of better alternatives for meat, such as tofu. Sesame seeds can be used as an alternative for tofu, and each ounce of sesame seeds contains around 4.7 grams of protein.

 

Health Benefits of Plant-based diets:

Plant-based diets, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds, are a rich source of vegan nutrition. As vegan meals rely heavily on these healthy staples, they tend to be higher in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fibre. Healthy vegan diets are abundant with vitamins B1, C, and E, folic acid, magnesium, and iron while also being low in cholesterol and saturated fats. Sesame seeds with high protein, calcium & fiber content can upgrade your daily dose of nutrition and stack up against the vegan norms.

High blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, is less common among vegans. Adding a handful of sesame seeds to your daily meals, you can fortify your metabolism with digestible chunks of fiber, protein & magnesium, and keep blood-sugar, digestion & blood pressure at the optimum levels.

Sesame seeds also have several calming properties that help to treat symptoms of stress and anxiety. It contains several minerals that aid in the production of serotonin. It is an important brain chemical that allows elevates mood, reduces symptoms of insomnia and other similar sleeping disorders.

Other major physical health benefits of sesame seeds are listed below:

  • It strengthens weak muscle tissues
  • It maintains good oral health
  • It helps to prevent cancer
  • It reduces cholesterol levels

However, health experts advise to use it in moderation; otherwise, it can cause an upset stomach as it is high in fiber. Also, they prefer organic sesame seeds over refined ones. HL Agro is one such exporter of natural and hulled sesame seeds and takes pride in providing its clients and consumers sesame seeds of premium quality worldwide. Here, sesame seeds are collected and packed under strict supervision under hygienic conditions and quality control. This guarantees freshness and nutrition to its growing clientele across the globe.

Amazing uses of Corn & its derivatives

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Corn is considered to be one of the major staple diets and important crops world over. This golden crop is known to be high in sucrose, but it consists of various other nutrients that can’t be overlooked.

Believed to have first cultivated in Mexico and Central America 10,000 years ago, corn is rich in complex carbohydrates. Technically corn is a cereal grain, though it is commonly assumed to be a vegetable. It is used to make various cooking oils, flour, popcorn, bread, cornmeal, chips, snacks etc. This grain is rich in antioxidants, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Apart from the popular yellow variety, many types of this golden grain come in red, purple, white, as well as black. If you enjoy having these delicious golden kernels, then following are some amazing uses and benefits of corn you probably didn’t know before.

 

Difference between Cornmeal, Cornstarch, Corn flour and Masa flour

Cornmeal is prepared by powdering the whole corn. The coarsest grits are usually made into  corn starch vs corn flourflakes. The finer flour is sent to stores for making bread and batter. More refined ground corn is known as corn cones, which is used in baking. The finest ground corn is called corn flour, which is used in pancakes, baby food, and donuts.

Another variety of corn flour, the masa flour, is prepared by treating corn with lime to release all of the corn’s natural niacin. Masa flour is used in tortillas or tamales.

 

Benefits of Corn steep liquor (CSL)

Corn steep liquor (CSL) is a raw liquid which contains nitrogen, natural acids, and yeast. It was considered as a waste till the 1940s when researchers started using it to grow penicillin in large quantities.

 

Several Other Uses of Corn Starch

Corn Starch is derived from the endosperm of the corn. After removing the husk and germ, the remaining endosperm is grounded up, and the gluten is removed from the starch. Corn starch is commonly used to thicken curries and sauces. It is also combined with sugar for making confectioners’ sugar. It is a key ingredient of biodegradable plastic.

 

Uses of Corn Syrup

Corn syrup is also prepared from corn starch. Starch contains natural sugars. Different Enzymes are mixed into the cornstarch and is further processed to convert the natural glucose into corn syrup. Corn syrup is mostly used in soft drinks as it is less expensive than natural cane sugar.

 

Benefits of Corn for Powering Vehicles

In the US, ethanol biofuel is produced by distilling corn. Gasoline-powered vehicles can run on ethanol-blended gas.

 

Advantages of Corn to Treat Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Herbal tea made from corn silk is commonly used to treat urinary tract infections, as it has diuretic properties. The tea is also believed to cure various diseases, including diabetes and cancer. However, much research is still needed to back such claims.

 

Different Usages of Corn Oil

Corn Oil is manufactured by extracting the germ of the corn. It is mostly used for deep frying. Margarine can also be made from corn oil. It is also added in soaps, beauty products, and medicines.

 

Industrial Benefits of Corn Cobs

Corn cobs are usually considered the useless part of corn. However, it has many different uses. Ground cobs are commonly used in livestock feed. It is also used as animal bedding, an alternative for toilet paper, landfill, and fuel. More advanced industrial products that are made from cobs include insecticides, fertilizer, ethanol, etc. Corn germ is used to increase the strength of industrial glue. This helps to reduce the quantity of resin in the glue and brings down the manufacturing costs.

 

Providing Premium Corn and Corn Products

HL Agro is one of the most reliable and leading names in the food industry providing its consumers premium quality corn and corn-based products all the way from India. Known to be one of the most renowned and acclaimed suppliers of corn, corn gluten and corn starch powder along with several other seeds and grains, HL Agro believes in catering to the needs of its global consumers and providing corn of the finest quality. Our industrial plants strictly follow quality assurance procedures and maintain high level hygiene standards. Also, at HL Agro, no harmful and harsh chemicals are used to treat the corn grains at any stage.

 

Quality & Innovation to build the future of Food

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The food processing industry in India is increasingly seen as a potential source for driving the rural economy as it brings about synergy between the consumer, industry and the farmer. A well-developed food processing industry can increase farm gate prices, reduce wastage, ensure value addition, promote crop diversification and increase export earnings. However, food processing activity is still at a nascent stage in India with low penetration. The challenges for the food processing sectors are diverse and demanding and need to be addressed on several fronts to derive market benefits. Food industry is facing technical and economic changes owing to society, consumption trends and food processing. This fact has affected significantly the entire food supply chain (e.g. distribution of food to the consumers), forcing companies to pay high attention in food products that meet the consumers’ demand for a healthy lifestyle. As a consequence, there is an extensive dialogue about the need of food industries to upgrade quality & introduce innovation in the market in order to survive competition.

Innovations emerge not just as an opportunity but also as a pre‐condition to assure the sustainability of the food sector. It is an important instrument to stand out competition and satisfy consumer demands. Ultimately, they are the tools to success in a hard-economic environment, the carrier to penetrate new markets and the key to establish new products or processes.

On the other hand, food industry is traditionally considered as a sector with low research intensity. Although researchers develop continuously innovative products and technologies, their applications in the food industry meets several obstacles. The latest fact concerns more the introduction of the innovations within the food industry as well as the reaction of related consumers, and less the technological adequacy of the innovative techniques. Indeed, there is a gap between R&D strategy developers and technical R&D associates, as well as a lack of interpretation between the information received by food technologists and consumer scientists.

Today, the cutting-edge areas of the food industry include biobased packaging materials, functional foods, food waste recovery, adoption of ICTs, foodomics, emerging technologies etc. The development of sustainable innovations in these areas starts by dealing with long term R&D issues (e.g. networks development, open innovation, the role of innovation policies etc) and technical aspects (e.g. conventional versus emerging technologies) prior identifying resistance issues and designing strategies that meet the needs of the food industry.

Technology & Innovation

In today’s times, food safety and innovation have become a pre-requisite aspect to improve process, keep products and services relevant to our customers and stay ahead of competition. According to a recent report from ING, technology helps food manufacturers produce more efficiently for a growing world population. There are 7.5 billion people in the world right now and that means a higher demand for food each year. By using innovation/technology to improve processing and packaging, it can improve the quality, shelf life and safety of food. To get a better understanding of this, let’s delve deeper in understanding the food processing industry per se.

Food Quality  & Sustainability

Quality management plays a vital role at many different stages of sourcing, processing, packaging including regulations on nutritive value, shelf-life, raw materials, taste, texture, use of preservatives and so on. Food safety & quality is an important characteristic of food that can neither be overlooked nor ignored. Consumers prefer food that is fresh and scores high in quality and taste. Likewise, when we are talking about innovation in food processing industry, we are hinting at combining technical innovation with social and cultural innovation. It occurs throughout the food system, from harvesting to production, primary and secondary processing, manufacturing, cold chain and pack houses till distribution.

In India, we often lose out on cost, quality and deliverability of products on time due to various technical and infrastructural problems. By adopting quality management and implementing innovative technical processes, companies can easily increase production, boost productivity and most importantly deliver perishable food items to the end-consumer with freshness intact. Innovation in terms of using new technology can certainly improve the quality of food and taste with cheaper prices and greater convenience.

The good news is companies in India have started paying more attention to quality and innovation to boost profits and be on par with global players. Understanding, the woes of the industry, the present government has also pitched in by implementing a scheme for technology upgradation of food processing industries. The aim of this scheme is to promote latest technology in the preservation of perishable commodities including processing of horticultural produce through setting up of new food processing units as well as technological upgradation and expansion of existing units. Under the scheme, assistance has been availed by entrepreneurs for modernization and setting up of processing units for fruits & vegetables, meat, milk, fish, grain, beverages and consumer products.

At HL Agro, by embracing technology, new science and innovation, we are leading this fight. Our aim is to use this approach to provide greater insight into the manufacturing challenges and ultimately develop holistic plant-based ingredient solutions that nurture nutrition, support greater food sustainability and are in line with the futuristic food trends.
Adhering to the food safety regulations, we employ strict checks at critical points in the supply chain, engage the most advanced technology for processing/ packaging and maintain the quality of our final produce.

 

Warm & Delicious Sesame Seed Desserts to Try this Winter

Sesame seeds are known to be naturally warming, and that's what we really want to brave the chilly days of winters. Sesame seeds are great for making winter sweets.

As warming foods, spices and drinks have started making appearance on menus and dining tables around the country, and while we're all aware of the usual suspects like ginger or adrak and cinnamon or dalchini, there are some lesser known warming foods that we might give a miss during winters. Sesame seed, or til, is one of these foods, which is used in a number of winter sweets.

Sesame seeds are one of the oldest oilseeds that found their origin in India. They are rich in good fats, calcium, fibre, and other nutrients; but it is their ability to provide warmth to body is what makes them a winter star. 

So, now that we know that their presence in desi winter foods isn't just an accident, here are some recipes to help you include more sesame seeds in your diet, during winters:

 

1.) Til Ke Ladoo

Til ke ladoo is a signature prasad sweet of winter festival - Lohri. The ladoo is made with roasted sesame seeds and jaggery. Saffron is also added to enhance its flavour. People usually make this delight in bulk at the start of the season and keep having them throughout the winters.

 

2.) Apple Toffee
This dessert is made with black sesame seeds. Small apple pieces are coated in a lush batter made of flour and eggs. The apple pieces are deep fried and dunked in a delicious sugar and sesame glaze.

 

3.) Black sesame pancakes
Breakfast dessert has an important place in some households. This one sees a sweet and salty black sesame paste stirred through a fluffy pancake batter. Serve with whipped cream and blueberries.

 

4.) Almond And Sesame Pinni
The goodness of two super warming foods packed into one bite. Pinni is a popular

traditional winter dessert that is made in almost all households in India. This pinni levels up its healthfulness by adding in almonds shavings and ground sesame seeds.

 

5.) Til Barfi
This til barfi can be made in four easy steps. Roast sesame seeds, saute khoya, make sugar syrup, and mix everything together. Let the mixture cool and cut it out into small barfi pieces.

Sesame seeds can liven up and warm up any dessert they are added to. Make sure you add them to yours.

 

Sesame Seeds - An overview of the applications, manufacturing & global industry

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Sesame seeds comprise a crazy taste and a fragile, about imperceptible, chew to many Asian plates. They are as well the major ingredients in sesame seed paste and the magnificent Middle Eastern sweet call halvah. Sesame seeds can be available all through the year. Sesame seeds are an excellent resource of Best source of copper, Resource of manganese, it is also rich in magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, as well selenium. India produces a wide range of sesame varieties with different grades each peculiar to the region. Sesame is harvested twice a year and is available around the year.

 

Product & Its Application
Sesame has been classified in different colours as White seed Yellow seed Red seed Brown seed Black seed.

 

Uses of sesame in various forms:


Sesame seeds are used in various food and snack preparations as well as in, salad dressing. Sesame is used mainly as a food ingredient in whole, broken, crushed, shelled, powdered and paste forms.
a.) Oil: Sesame seeds contain the highest oil compared to any other oilseed to an extent

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of 50% and above. The unique qualities of sesame oil are stability and resistance to rancidity, with long shelf life due to the presence of the high level of natural antioxidants. Other than for cooking and salad dressing, the oil is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of soaps, pharmaceuticals (as healing oil) and lubricants with additional use in cosmetic and skin care industries.
b.) Meal: Sesame seeds are rich in protein with about 25% of their weight. Sesame meal contains 35 - 50% protein and used as feed for poultry and livestock.

Sesame seed cleaning and sorting Sesame seed soaking in water tanks Sesame seed dry roasting Roasted sesame seed Crushing in expellers Filtration of roasted sesame oil Packing of oil in tins/bottles Packing in cartons for export Sesame seed aqua de-hulling Separation of hulls by centrifuging Drying of de-hulled sesame seed Packing in multi-wall laminated paper bags

 

Industry Overview:


Sesame is cultivated over an area of about 74 lakh hectares in the world with an annual production of about 40 lakh tonnes and yield of 535 kg/hectares. Myanmar and India are the major sesame growing countries, accounting for almost 40% of the global sesame production. India accounts for over one-fourth of land area under sesame cultivation in the world. Among oilseeds, sesame occupies 2nd position after groundnut as far as exports of oilseeds are concerned.

More than 40% of the sesame seeds produced in India is exported every year. India is the largest exporter of sesame seeds in the world, contributing nearly 25% to international trade. Vietnam is the primary destination for Indian sesame seed, followed by South Korea, USA, Taiwan and China. More than 85% production of Sesame comes from West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.

 

Manufacturing Process:
Sesame seeds have a thin shell or husk which needs to be removed and this process is known as de-hulling. The weight of hull is about 17% of total weight of sesame seed. The hull contains a great deal of oxalic acid and in-digestive fibre. Oxalic acid can reduce biological utilization ratio of Ca in Food and influence taste. After de-hulling, oxalic acid can reduce from 3% to 0.25% in sesame seeds, which improve the protein digestibility greatly. So, de-hulling of sesame seeds is the precondition of enlarging application of sesame in the food field. Hulled sesame seeds are softer and tastier than un-hulled seeds. Sesame seeds are also an excellent source of unsaturated fatty acids and phytosterols.


Wet De-hulling Process and dry de-hulling process
The dry de-hulling process is that dry the sesame seeds after cleaning at a certain level, which can dehydrate the moisture in hull quickly and be brittle. Then use clash de-hulling method, the hulls are peeled from sesame seeds. The dry process is short in technology line, few investments in equipment but low at a de-hulling rate, easily get yellow or brown even burnt at high temperature. So, for commodity use, the dry method is not commonly used in processing sesame seeds, generally, only for little quantity self-use in some foodstuff factories.


A wet de-hulling process has been developed for easy removal of the husk from the sesame seed. The process of de-hulling consists of preliminary cleaning and grinding, hot lye treatment, removal of the skin and pigments, thorough washing and drying. The de-hulled seed is expelled to get high-grade oil. The cake is further expelled to recover the residual oil and protein-rich meal. The protein-rich sesame cake flour finds multiple uses in protein fornication of food preparations. The de-hulled sesame seeds and flour offer good potential for both domestic and export markets. A process has also been developed for washing of white sesame seeds to produce confectionery grade product. Brilliant white seeds are produced, which is known as hulled sesame seeds.


Process Flow of Complete Sesame Hulling Plant


Soaking: The purpose of soaking is that make hull of sesame seeds sopped up water to expand for peeling off from seeds. The project use lye, soaking raw sesame seeds in a certain temperature, which improve the speed of infiltration ratio of water into the hull, shorten the soaking time greatly to 30-40 minutes from original 7-8 hours. The produce periods is shortened. At the same time, lye weakens pigments in the hull for the whiteness of sesame seeds.


De-hulling: The project use vertical huller to make sesame seeds in relative movement. By soft friction between sesame seeds, the hull is removed.


Separating: It is the key process in sesame seeds production, affecting the final yield of the finished product. Generally, put the mixture of hulls and seeds into the water tank, by the different buoyancy of hulls and seeds, fish out the hulls by hand. But it is not the thorough method by buoyancy. So, the project uses separation theory by different geometrical sizes of hulls and seeds. Namely, use best soaking technology to soften hulls, increase crush rate of hulls but do not influence the intact rate of seeds when hulling, then use hulls smaller than seeds, taking away the hulls with water flow in the subsidence-type automatic separator. The seeds are captured. The separation of hulls and seeds succeeded. The technology saves labour and product yield next to the theoretical value.


Drying: The process uses a single chamber fluid bed drier. The sesame seeds float in hot air flow and polish by friction between seeds, which decrease sticky hull rate and improve the smoothness of finished product. It avoids the disadvantage of yellow, unpolished, high sticky hull rate etc. in normal fluid bed drier.

5 Natural Superfoods to Fast track your Health

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If you are someone who has been spending long hours in the gym but are unable to see the desired results then you must remember that working out alone won’t help. Diet plays a major role in improving your overall physical fitness and without eating proper foods; you may not be able to boost your performance to the levels expected. So to enhance working out capability and seeing desired results quickly, you can refer to the following given list of the most amazing superfoods.

1. Brown rice- Brown rice are loaded with the carbohydrates which give you optimum energy and are also packed in with a lot of fiber which makes you feel full fast. It is a good idea to include brown rice in your diet on a regular basis if you are sweating it out in the gym daily. Also, superfood brown rice can help you avoid cramps if eaten about an hour before the workout or a running session.

2. Pineapple-Pineapples are amazing post workout superfoods which can be eaten after a rigorous session of running. This fruit contains bromelain which has naturally anti-inflammatory properties and due to this; the superfood helps to accelerate the muscle repair.

3. Sesame seedsNatural sesame seeds are packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and a lot of fiber, all of which provide the right energy and activeness needed for a good training sessions. These superfoods sesame seeds make you feel energised before and after the workout and consuming them on a regular basis can prevent muscle and bone wear and tear as well, thanks to presence of calcium.

 4. Greek yoghurt- Greek yoghurt is very useful for boosting performance as it consists of several minerals needed for physical workouts. The presence of calcium in it keeps the bones strong and can help to keep away from stress fractures whereas on the other hand, the presence of protein can aid quicker muscle recovery.

 

5. Eggs- Eggs contain a lot of protein and are also packed in with amino acids which help with recovery. The presence of vitamin K promotes bone health which too contributes to the fact that they are useful for workouts and boosting performance.

 So if you wish to enhance your performance and remain fit and active, opt for these 5 superfoods and include them in your diet regularly. Organic sesame seeds along with all the other above mentioned foods are easily available in India. India is one of the top sesame seed manufacturers and sesame seed exporters in the world. It is thanks to companies like HL Agro that sesame is produced in bulk in the country. HL Agro is a name synonymous with best quality sesame in the world.

Natural & Sustainable Food choices mainstream Clean Label trend

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Consumer interest in clean label or natural ingredients continues to rise. Approximately 50–75% of consumers believe that products with natural ingredients or fewer ingredients — or foods with other attributes such as better nutrition, environmental sustainability or ethical sourcing — qualify as clean label. Clean labels pose numerous benefits to society, helping people make healthier decisions at the grocery store, making the food industry more sustainable and improving our relationship with the environment.  The type of clean label ingredients includes emulsifiers, stabilizer, and thickeners (EST), flavor, preservatives, colorants, and others. They are applicable in various industries including bakery & confectionery, dairy & frozen desserts, beverages, oils & fats, snacks, meat products, and others.

But as consumer demand for healthy, all-natural products continues to climb, the food industry is struggling to adapt. Manufacturers are scrambling to make a switch to more natural foods with fewer artificial ingredients. To catch up with the clean label norms, they prefer real ingredients from natural sources that can withstand the rigors of processing, create an attractive food or beverage with an enticing taste and mouthfeel, and supply a decent shelf life.

 

Rising Demand for Healthy Ingredients

Changing consumer demand is forcing some of the largest food manufacturers in the world to rethink some of their most successful products. Consumers, have largely been the ones driving new clean label trend, demanding that companies offer healthier products at their local grocery store. Clean labels and these revised ingredients lists are an attempt to woo over health-conscious consumers. But without a verified set of standards behind the movement, major corporations are struggling to understand what the term “clean label” means and how their decisions will impact their bottom line.

Consumers can’t seem to agree on what ingredients should be considered clean and unclean. Natural sweeteners like fruit juice and cane sugar may be too indulgent for some consumers, but for others, this could be the perfect replacement for high fructose corn syrup. All this uncertainty is keeping food manufacturers on their toes as they struggle to understand their customers’ specific concerns. As a result, some of the largest packaged food manufacturers are seeing a drop-in sales.

Some manufacturers have struggled to find the balance between switching to natural, clean ingredients and maintaining profits. Returning to the days of using traditional dairy ingredients or eggs, for example, presents issues with price volatility, refrigeration and storage costs, shorter shelf lives, new equipment needs, sourcing, and a host of other challenges. Adding to the difficulty is reformulating products with new ingredients while maintaining the flavor and consistency of the original recipe.

But food manufacturers will need to raise the bar to remain competitive. Consumers want healthy, natural, simple foods, and are actively avoiding foods made with chemical modifiers. This is the core of the clean label movement, and food manufacturers must keep pace by removing artificial ingredients and chemical modifiers from their applications, and replacing them with clean, natural alternatives.

 

 

Ingredient Transparency

While clean label refers to a certain type of food, ingredient transparency is something that applies to all foods and beverages. A recent report indicated that the majority of shoppers have transparency on their minds and that 86% would feel a higher sense of trust toward food manufacturers that had complete and easy-to-understand ingredients.

Today’s consumers are demanding to know more about the ingredients they consume, and they want to know exactly what’s in their products, how they were sourced and produced, how they might affect their health, how any animals involved in the process were treated, and more. Consumers are highly influenced by being aware of ingredients used in the food they consume which is driving the clean label ingredients market globally. Transparency and clean labels should go hand-in-hand and will be two priorities food manufacturers need to strive for going forward if they want to increase market share and appeal to these trends that are quickly becoming the norm.

To achieve those goals, choosing a supplier that values the same things and follows a strict chain of custody is key.

At HL Agro, we know how important these initiatives are and we take great pride in producing our food ingredients the right way. We procure the NON-GMO sesame seeds from the fertile lands and process them in the most hygienic manner using least of chemical resources to retain the purity & nutritive value of the seeds. An environment friendly approach is touted all across the supply chain to put a harness on the hazardous materials & carbon emissions.