First potato-based starch launched

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Colorado company Penford Food Ingredients has recently introduced
what it believes to be the first potato-based starch.

The company​ said that PenTexture was the first in a new line of starches designed to add texture to food products.

"PenTexture is the first potato-based starch that is specifically designed for enhancing texture and pulpiness in tomato based sauces,"​ Jeff Smith, the company's director of business development told FoodNavigatorUSA.com​, adding that most starches are made from corn or tapioca.

Penford added that the ingredient has been processed to create a pulpy texture that can be blended with tomato paste, concentrate, or puree, to extend the finished product, offsetting the cost of pure tomato based products

"PenTexture is a cost effective ingredient. Unlike starches made from corn that can create undesirable organoleptic properties, PenTexture maintains the natural flavor and color of the desired end product as it complements a nice pulpy texture,"​ said the company.

The starch has superior water binding capability and is heat, pH, process and storage stable.

The release of PenTexture comes at a time when processors and restaurants are experiencing one of the worst tomato shortages in recent history. A recent report publihed by CBS MarketWatch noted that a 25-pound crate of tomatoes is currently selling for $24, more than triple last year's $7 average price.

Smith commented that it was a "bit of good timing"​ that they had decided to launch the product during a period when there is a shortage of tomatoes.

"We have had some good pick-up, especially because of the timing,"​ he said.

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