Create sensational eating experiences
Ingredion is a leader in food texturant solutions
Texturants impact more than the texture of a food or beverage; they can influence consumer perception and distinguish one brand from another.
At Ingredion, we combine our 100+ years of texturiser know-how with our passion for food science and broad portfolio of ingredient solutions to help manufacturers achieve their formulation needs and make their brands stand out.
Whether formulating for clean label, improved sustainability through extended shelf life and manufacturing efficiencies, a specific process tolerance or the “just right” texture, our texture and sensory experts collaborate with you to uncover solutions to your latest texture challenges and accelerate your speed-to-market.
We use ground-breaking research to boldly innovate sustainable ingredients and processes, and we welcome you into our global Idea Labs™ innovation centres to discover which of our texturiser solutions best meet the mouthfeel, visual and labelling needs of your applications and your consumers’ evolving preferences.
Look to us for the right chewy, crunchy, creamy or functional build-back texture solution to help achieve your business success.
Texturiser types and performance
From starches, flours and fibres to proteins and other functional build back tools, a wide range of ingredients can be used for bulking and providing different types of textures. Whether cook-up or cold-water swelling (CWS), texturants are available in various base materials such as rice, tapioca, potato, corn and pulse to suit your label and texture needs. Certified gluten-free options are also available.
Functional native starches
Perform as well as traditional modified starches but without the E number or modified starch label. Use clean label texturants in a range of applications, including traditional and plant-based dairy and meat, ready meals, snacks and formulations requiring non-GMO, natural and/or organic labelling.
Multi-functional clean label flours
Hydrocolloids are among the most versatile and utilised ingredients available to the food and beverage industry. They present a unique opportunity to improve texture and add functionality while helping you to reduce ingredients and achieve cost savings.
Ingredion works to understand the many complexities of your formulation and market challenges — and puts together the right ingredient system that delivers optimal results for your needs in improving mouthfeel with texturiser systems.
Use texturisers to create moist cakes, donuts, brownies and muffins; chewy or crunchy cookies and biscuits; glossy, shiny glazes, icings and frostings; springy gluten-free baked goods; and cohesive egg-free/reduced-egg baked goods.
Batters and breadings
From light and crisp to dense and crunchy, texturants provide just-right texture, adhesion and film-forming capabilities, even in gluten-free and clear coatings.
Texturants add body to plant-based beverages and can be used as part of a system in nutritional beverages and reduced-sugar products.
Enhance body in fruit fillings and creamy centres; develop solution-stable films; provide texture in sugar-free/reduced-sugar candies; and use in place of gelatine for vegan or halal gummies.
Meat, seafood and poultry
Texturants help reduce purge and increase succulence in unprocessed meats as well as enhance texture in nuggets and patties.
From delicate crisps and baked snacks to crunchy crackers, chewy bars and extruded snacks, texturants are incredibly versatile and support a range of eating experiences.
What is texture?
Texture is the feel, appearance or consistency of an object. In food and beverages, texture can be described as the amount of chewiness, crunchiness, creaminess, body and mouthfeel relative to a control. Importantly, texture impacts taste and can accelerate, decelerate or mask the flavour impact in foods and beverages depending on its composition and attributes.
What is mouthfeel?
Mouthfeel is the perception of texture in the mouth. Fatty, waxy, astringent, gritty, grainy and pulpy are all examples of mouthfeel.
What are some common types of food textures?
There is a wide range of food textures, each designed to deliver a desired eating experience. Foods can utilise a combination of textures, including creamy, crunchy, chewy, smooth, rich and pulpy.
How is food texture analysed?
There are numerous ways to analyse texture. Our food scientists are trained on how different ingredients and processes impact texture, and they apply this knowledge as they collaborate with customers. We equip our 32 global Idea Labs™ with various tools, including a specialised piece of equipment we’ve nicknamed “T-REX,” to measure texture, viscosity and rheology to understand how different ingredients impact applications. We utilise spider charts and sensory panels using specially trained participants whose knowledge of specific textural attributes in various applications enable us to choose which ingredients will get to your ideal texture.
What do consumers look for in food textures?
Consumers seek a sensory experience that matches their expectation of the food or beverage (e.g., crunchy chips, creamy smoothie). They also seek textures that are on-trend, exciting and meet their food preferences and needs.
What is the difference between texturisers and texturants?
As it relates to food and beverages, ‘texturisers’ and ‘texturants’ have the same meaning and can be used interchangeably. Usage of one over another may vary by region and locale.
How is starch different from flour?
Starch is characterised as a powder from which the base material (e.g., corn, rice) has been processed to exclude protein. Flour, which has an even better consumer perception,* does not separate the protein from the base material in the finished ingredient.
Do you have texturants that are specifically designed for delicate applications?
We have a broad portfolio of ingredients to suit a range of formulation needs, including low shear and low heat processing. We also have a range of ingredients specifically designed for applications which are light in colour and/or have a neutral flavour.
*ATLAS, Ingredion Proprietary Consumer Insights, 2021