Renewable lactates respond to processors’ needs while respecting consumers’ climate concerns

DATE January 26, 2023

Renewable lactates respond to processors’ needs while respecting consumers’ climate concerns

Results of recent global consumer surveys demonstrate to meat and poultry manufacturers why planet-friendliness should factor into their formulation decisions.

Today’s consumers increasingly show a preference for products that include environmental health among other considerations important to them when choosing brands. In a global survey published by GlobalData in November 2022, 63 percent of respondents agreed that they are more loyal to brands that support green and environmental matters. This lines up with the results of Innova Market Insights’ 2022 Lifestyle & Attitudes Survey, in which, for the second year in a row, consumers ranked the health of the planet even higher than the health of the population. With 7 percent of global GHG emissions caused by food loss and food waste, these findings suggest that for meat and poultry producers, consumers may be increasingly drawn to brands taking steps to reduce food waste while also reducing their reliance on non-renewable, petroleum-based ingredient solutions.

With this in mind, global ingredient supplier Corbion is leveraging its market-leading expertise in using renewable plant sugars to create fermentation-based solutions that deliver longer shelf life and better control of pathogens such as Listeria, while preserving brand-defining sensory qualities, and critical product performance attributes.

“When we help our customers achieve their preservation goals, prolonging shelf life and safety are, of course, essential,” said Lonneke Van Dijk, Senior Director, Preservation. “But we’re also focusing on preserving flavor, texture, color, cook yield and other attributes that are extremely important to the consumer or to our customer, or both. When we can do that through a solution based on renewable, plant-based raw materials and natural fermentation – which is Corbion’s specialty – we also help our customers create a brand story that matters to most consumers.”

Corbion’s Purasal® and Opti.Form® sodium and potassium lactate blends have been game-changers for players in the meat industry for more than three decades. These ranges have provided meat producers with solutions for creating formulations that result in great-tasting products that stay safe and fresh longer. But beyond providing top-shelf pathogen and spoilage control, Corbion’s lactate-based solutions – unlike many other single-ingredient preservation solutions such as acetates, sorbates and propionates – are optimized for functionality to help manufacturers address multiple challenges, including other aspects of shelf life and quality. These solutions have been shown to improve performance factors like cook yield and sliceability, helping to reduce both product waste and yield loss by up to 50 percent. Corbion’s expert technical service staff work closely with customers to identify and implement the optimal blend to deliver the combination of attributes crucial to the success of the final product.

“Reducing food waste is an aspect of sustainability we know consumers care about, but it’s also critical to our customers’ profitability,” adds Simone Bouman, Regional Vice President-Sustainable Food Solutions, EMEA. “Even after leveraging the capabilities of our lactate-based solutions in the meat industry for so many years, we are as excited as ever about what we can do with our broad range of renewable ingredients, including natural vinegars, low-sodium options, antioxidants, and lactate- and vinegar-based combinations that deliver optimal preservation performance. We can help our customers achieve their business goals while giving consumers what they want in terms of safety, quality and even planet-friendly formulations.”

For more information, please contact:

Ashley Robertson, Director Global Marketing & Communications
+1 (913) 890 5500, +1 (913) 207 2748

Analysts and investors :
Peter Kazius, Director Investor Relations
+31 205906242, +31 655409706

Background information:

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2021, Corbion generated annual sales of € 1.070,8 million and had a workforce of 2,493 FTE. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


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