November 17th 2020
Israeli start-up launches clean label native chickpea starch.
The Israeli foodtech start-up says its new ingredient extracted from chickpeas offers food and drink manufacturers a pure, high-value, functional ingredient.
Foodtech start-up ChickP Protein has launched a new range of native starch developed from chickpeas for food and drinks applications. The new ingredient is non-GMO and a by-product of ChickP protein process using proprietary technology.
ChickP’s technology allows the company to separate and purify the solid components of the chickpea (protein, starch, and fibres), which the Israeli start-up offers to food manufacturers as pure, high-value, functional ingredients.
The launch of the novel starch ingredient follows the successful introduction last year of a line of innovative chickpea isolates specifically designed for plant-based dairy alternative products.
“The inspiration for developing a native chickpea starch was to offer another purified fraction from chickpea – similar to ChickP’s isolated protein, which contains 90% protein,” said Ram Reifen, managing director, founder and chief science officer of ChickP. “We’ve extended the purity approach by introducing our pure native chickpea starch, with more than 98% starch content.”
ChickP says its native chickpea starch eliminates food waste during processing and ensures a sustainable, clean ingredient.
The start-up claims the ingredient has high amylose to amylopectin ratio, with neutral taste and no aroma.
It also claims that due to its narrow granules size distribution, compared with pea and potato starches, ChickP native starch provides better gelling and thickening properties.
As a result, it can be used as a thickening/binding agent in a variety of food applications – soups and sauces, confectionery, dairy, baked goods, desserts, meat, plant-based meat, and many more.
According to Innova Market Insights, the use of specifically identified starches in food and drink launches has increased globally, featuring a 7% increase in year-over-year growth when comparing 2019 and 2018 launches.
Last year, the top category of global product launches tracked with starches was bakery (27%), with corn starch being the leading ingredient among the starches tracked. The top positionings of global product launches tracked with starches last year were no additives/preservatives (17%), gluten-free (15%), and vegetarian (9%).
“The ChickP technical team currently is developing food applications using our native chickpea starch,” said Ron Klein, chief executive of ChickP. “We invite companies to collaborate with us to create new plant-based products that meet all the demands of today’s informed consumers.”