Kröner-Stärke celebrates new ingredients hub

By Gill Hyslop

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Kröner-Stärke's new developmental kitchen is a celebration of ingredients. Pic: GettyImages/Yuji Sakai
Kröner-Stärke's new developmental kitchen is a celebration of ingredients. Pic: GettyImages/Yuji Sakai

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Kröner-Stärke has inaugurated it brand-new development kitchen and meeting space at its headquarters in Ibbenbüren, Germany, designed to not only advance its own R&D, but also to work hand-in-hand with customers onsite.

Located close to its laboratory facility, the development kitchen will enable client meetings to take a more practical approach to ingredients and recipe development.

The company’s food technologists are able to demonstrate the suitability of specific ingredients for a product or group of products such as pastries or breads. This way, clients can immediately see results and give valuable feedback, speeding up the development process.

Kröner-Sstärke has more than 100 years of experience in starch production, but also develops bespoke solutions to suit individual needs across a wide range of food ingredients including baked goods, convenience products and dietetic products, and has a reputation for technical excellence in new product development.

Huge step forward

The German ingredients specialist forecasts a continued increase in demand for functional ingredients and has tailored its portfolio to help product developers meet specific consumer demands. With Europe experiencing an upward trend in the plant-based and flexitarian trends, for example, Kröner-Stärke’s range of spelt-based ingredients is proving particularly popular.

With consumer interest in functional food on a trajectory rise, the R&D centre is designed to walk through a customer’s development process and share ideas within a short time frame. In fact, results from the analysis are available immediately, which enables further changes and product improvements, if needed, without time lost or costs incurred.

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“Again all odds and even working through the Covid pandemic, we are fully operational now and meeting with clients to develop ideas in the kitchen together,”​ said commercial manager Henrik de Vries.

“There is no doubt that being able to taste the results in a development environment is a huge step forward for the company – and a huge benefit for our clients.”

The investment represents a further milestone in Kröner-Stärke’s growth strategy, having only recently expanded warehousing capacity, operating under a fully automated system to deal with increasing demand for its specialist clean label products. 

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