Kemin launches digital tool to help with tortilla planning

Dan Ochwat
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Global ingredient manufacturer Kemin Industries has released an online tool to help suppliers and food formulators improve the texture of corn tortillas, and control microbes and molding in the products.

Kemin’s mold inhibitor calculator tool is on its website and works in both English and Spanish, enabling users to specify by a variety of flour types in the formulation, and choose from a wide variety of synthetic and naturally sourced solutions like clean-label and non-GMO. The calculator helps identify performance challenges that may show up such as mold control and texture in the product put into the calculator.

“We are excited to offer a new, easily accessible digital tool that helps manufacturers troubleshoot performance issues often associated with corn tortillas,” said Courtney Schwartz, marketing director, Kemin Food Technologies, Americas. “The high water activity of corn tortillas often causes molding and stickiness that negatively impact product quality. This mold inhibition calculator is a real-time problem-solving guide for corn tortillas, allowing manufacturers to find new and improved solutions and ensure the safety, freshness and consumer appeal of their tortilla products.”

Kermin specializes in mold inhibitors, antioxidants, dough conditioners and batch packs — coupled with real tortilla expertise — that helps manufacturers deliver better performing and longer-lasting tortilla solutions, the company said. The company recently touted its state-of-the-art Bakery Innovation Center with a virtual tool and has an in-house customer services laboratory team that works to help customer-partners bridge the gap between laboratory-scale and commercial production, helping protect brands and speed up commercialization to get products to market faster.

Kemin, based in Des Moines, Iowa, supplying more than 500 specialty ingredients for food and nutrition products, operating in 90 countries.