BioPowder.com is your specialized partner for innovative specialty flours that live up to today’s dietary trends: our product program focuses on grain-, gluten-, GMO-free ingredients as alternatives to any conventional grain flour products.
In particular, the health food industry requires alternatives to wheat flour and wheat derivatives as base ingredients for processed food items. Also, spices and spice mixes that are blended in factories often contain adulterants or food extenders, conventionally made of wheat or silica.
At BioPowder.com, we cater to the changing needs of conscious consumers who seek a maximum of biological and allergen-free ingredients.
Industrially milled pepper and pepper blends generally contain adulterants. As black pepper is one of the most sought-after spices in the world, it is often mixed with powdery additives as bulking agents and/or food extenders. While millet or buckwheat flour have been traditionally used for spice adulteration, there has been a growing concern due to grain intolerances among consumers. Also, corn starch or rice flour are commonly used as extenders in food and adulterants in spices permitted under EU and U.S. food legislation.
BioPowder.com extenders for food are also excellent fillers for processed meat and meat-replacement products. It is a common practice among meat processors to use dietary cellulose to boost the fiber content in extruded foods, burger patties, sausage recipes and vegan meat alternatives. Therefore, we have developed fully natural cellulosic powders as food extenders with excellent nutritional profiles and an optimized carbon footprint.
BioPowder.com specialty flours made from pure, top grade olive stones. These fine powders are characterized by the absence of any grain-related allergens, such as wheat proteins. Besides, they are fully GMO-free as olives of EU origin are not subject to genetic modification.
Fine olive stone flour is a smooth, odorless and light beige ingredient with a creamy or powdery consistency. We provide pepper adulterant solutions in any micron ranges with the standard ranges being 0-50 and 0-100 μm.
Spices nowadays are often sophisticated blends to add flavour to a variety of culinary treats such as meat, fish, vegetarian dishes and desserts. The trend in this context clearly goes from artificial aromas and sugars towards plant-based, natural ingredients. The requirements for spice adulteration additives are no exception and need to be both healthy, nutritious and sustainable.
Many spices have a very strong natural aroma, so manufacturers use food extenders or fillers to soften the effect. BioPowder.com provides a wide range of fine powdery extenders made from the ligneous parts of fruits: almond shells, pistachio shells, peach stones, apricot stones, argan shells and many more.
We provide food extenders with low and high oil contents for diverse rheological effects and varying solubility. Other functionalities include carrying, i.e. to ease integration of aromatic substances into a seasoning formula, and flavouring thanks to the natural flavour of ground apricot stones or peach stones.
All our bio-based extenders in food have excellent binding properties: they help attenuate the effect of undesired odours/scents and act as viscosity modifiers in powdery or semi-solid condiments.
We supply to manufacturers of seasoning mixes, spice mills and specialized distributors of food ingredients.
All our natural extenders for food, spice adulteration ingredients and carriers can be delivered in a variety of lot sizes: from individual bags (5-25 kg) up to bulk containers. Besides, we can offer blends of different fruit stone flours / olive stone bases and micron size ranges.
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The term extender is often used for protein-rich ingredients, whereas filler refers mainly to powders with a high carbohydrate content. A wide range of ingredients can be used, both as fillers and extenders for food: grain flour, cellulose, oats, or olive stone flour. In foods where the extender/filler is also supposed to add nutritional properties, chia seeds, chinoa or ground beans are also popular options. Certain foods also contain mineral powders such as precipitated silica.
There is little specific data about the most widely used spice adulteration powders. Most well known are mineral powders such as chalk, starch, sawdust or grain flour, but researchers also mention quite peculiar options such as lead chromate, argemone, ground papaya seeds, tomato skin or different fruit/vegetable husks. In any case, the trend for extenders in food and adulterants in spices goes towards vegan, grain-free options with a maximum of caloric or nutritional properties.
Identification of adulterants in spices by visual or sensory means is generally difficult, if not impossible. Most adulterants in powdered spices do not add any scent or flavour, and they are neutral in colour and indistinguishably mixed with the spices. Certain ingredients used for spice adulteration can be detected by means of reactivity, aroma, or water tests. Chemicals added for spice adulteration can also be identified through appropriate reactive testing.
There are different studies that evaluated the percentage of spices in which adulterants were found. The top ranking spices were – among others – oregano, cardamon, pepper, curcuma, saffron and chili/paprika. Such tests are often done in connection with food fraud and to detect potentially harmful substances. A distinction needs to be drawn between nutritious food-grade adulterants in spices and chemicals/synthetics that could affect human health. BioPowder.com provides spice adulteration solutions that are effective in adding mass while maintaining a desirable nutritional profile of the spice blend.
Our extenders in food and adulterants in spices are made exclusively from edible side streams of the food production. Specifically, we use clean, untreated olive stones as a raw material. These olive stones are by-products of the production of extra virgin olive oil, a superior food product. They are a recognized source of dietary fibre similar to industrially extracted cellulose. In addition, Olive stone flour is registered and approved according to GMP+.
This largely depends on the spices to blended and the desired degree of adulteration. Also, the texture of the spice mix plays a role as the powder is supposed to maintain its original consistency. Please reach out to us and we will gladly assist you.