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VIDOGUM BIO PRO 200 – the new ‘organic’ addition to our carob protein family.

The seeds of the fruit of the carob trees have long been used predominantly to obtain locust bean gum (LBG). Also, the pod can be ground into flour and used as a chocolate or cocoa substitute.

Carob protein or carob germ protein is isolated from the carob seed of the wild ‘Ceratonia siliqua L.’ tree, using a physical process only. Carob germ protein is rich in amino acids, protein and soluble and insoluble fibre.

The alternative protein market is growing at a rapid pace for a variety of reasons. Alternative sources of protein are having a profound influence on the formulation of weight-conscious food and diets based on the low glycaemic index (GI) and high protein intake, and manufacturers are looking at new protein sources as a means of enriching their products.

VIDOGUM PRO is now available as organic quality and called VIDOGUM BIO PRO 200.

VIDOGUM PRO 180 / VIDOGUM PRO 200 / VIDOGUM BIO PRO 200, are raw food proteins and have a similar amino acid profile to soy protein with 54% protein. They are rich in soluble and insoluble fibre, a nutty flavour and a yellowish/light brown colour.

VIDOGUM PRO 180 / VIDOGUM PRO 200 / VIDOGUM BIO PRO 200 are gluten and allergen-free and suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets.
The protein content is 40-50 % in VIDOGUM PRO 180 and 50-55 % in VIDOGUM PRO 200 / VIDOGUM BIO PRO 200.

Sugar Beet Pectin – soluble fibre and emulsion stabilizer

VIDOPECTINE EBS 00, our new beet pectin, is produced in Switzerland from local sugar beets after the extraction of sugar, it is commercially available as a free-flowing grey to light brown powder.

VIDOPECTINE EBS 00 is pure, undiluted sugar beet pectin with a fibre content of min. 70 % (soluble fibre). The nutritional value is approx. 140 kcal per g.

Sugar beet pectin has a lower molecular weight compared to citrus and apple pectin, which together with its higher content of neutral sugars and the ferulic acid gives this pectin a poor gelling ability. It also swells less and has a lower water binding capacity which makes it easier to consume as a soluble fibre supplement or added to yoghurt, beverages, sauces etc.

Sugar beet pectin also has a well-known stabilization effect on emulsions.

Approved health claims by EFSA/EC for pectin, if consumed in certain quantities per day, are (1) reduction of post-prandial glycemic response and (2) the positive effect on the blood cholesterol level.

What is Carob? A superfood.

Carob pods for taste and nutrition

Carob is a nutritious and tasty powder that can be made fresh using ripe carob pods. The carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) grows all over the world in arid dry locations and is a very desirable species for permaculture design. Learn about some of its nutritional components as well as the different types and how they are processed.

As seen on YouTube, from SuperfoodEvolution, an interesting post about the use of Carob other than for the production of Locust Bean Gum.

Locust Bean Gum – Market Update April 2020

Unipektin Ingredients AG as your supplier and partner feels obliged to keep their customers informed about critical developments affecting the supply situation so that together we can make informed decisions and find the right solution for you.

Since our last month’s market update, the raw material situation has continued to deteriorate, while seeds are available their price has further increased to a new historically high level. This is paired with a very high and further growing demand for LBG.

Prices for a standard quality LBG of € 24 – 26 per kg are not unusual in the market right now. Our prediction for the short-term LBG market situation is that there is no easement in price to be expected for the next 6 months, the next seed crop is too far away and there are no predictions possible yet.

Demand for our LBG / VIDOGUM L is soaring which forces us to carefully plan and to sometimes restrict our sales and shipment. This, however, is only caused by production capacity limits. Availability of VIDOGUM L is secured, our factory runs at full capacity and will do so for the foreseeable future.

Now is a good time to consider switching to alternative recipes based on VIDOGUM L combined with other gums. UPI has successfully developed and introduced such systems during the past price peaks and optimized them further in light of the expected market development. These products can give the LBG users a valid technical and commercial option, reducing their dependence on LBG.

  • VIDOGUM SP: tara gum with similar viscosity like VIDOGUM L.
  • VIDOGUM LB series: LBG + tara gum, for various applications.
  • VIDOGUM LS series: LBG + neutral flavour guar gum, specifically developed and standardized for dairy applications.

If you are interested to discuss the current Market Update and our recommendations, please contact Ulrich Zuber by email uzuber@unipektin.ch or call +41 52 742 3148

UNIPEKTIN directly confirmed as supply relevant business

In our yesterday’s News blog we informed that the members of the Swiss Fruit Association have been confirmed as a supply relevant business. UNIPEKTIN has been a member of this association for many years.

Today we can confirm that the Swiss Federal Office for Economic Supply now also and more importantly has directly confirmed UNIPEKTIN to be a supply relevant business during the COVID-19 crisis. We, therefore, will continue to operate normally. The official confirmation letter from the Swiss Federal Office for Economic Supply (in the German, French and Italian languages) can be downloaded using the button below.

English Translation:

The Swiss Federal Office for Economic Supply confirms that your company is a systemically relevant, essential businesses to supply the country with vital goods and services. The employees of your company provide services within the meaning of the Country Supply Act, essential for Switzerland’s supply. This is particularly true in association with the overcoming of the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Office for Economic Supply confirms its interest in maintaining these businesses. It is of great importance for the economic supply of the country that your employees not be restricted in the exercise of their work.

In this context, we reiterate our concern that the necessary freedom of movement of your workers (access to production facilities, plants, construction sites, etc.) continues to be guaranteed.

In addition, we support the concerns of supply-relevant companies and their employees that applications for special permits for the transport of goods and the mobility of cross-border commuters, are judged favourably in accordance with the applicable trade agreements and by foreign authorities.

UNIPEKTIN as a member of the Swiss Fruit Association confirmed as Supply Relevant/Essential Business.

UNIPEKTIN as member of the Swiss Fruit Association has been confirmed as a supply relevant business during the COVID-19 crisis and therefore will be operating as normal. The official confirmation letter from the Swiss Federal Office for Economic Supply (in the German language) can be downloaded using the button below.

English Translation:

The Swiss Federal Office for Economic Supply confirms that the members of your association are systemically relevant, essential businesses to supply the country with vital goods and services. The employees of these companies provide services within the meaning of the Country Supply Act, essential for Switzerland’s supply. This is particularly true in association with the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Office for Economic Supply confirms its interest in maintaining these businesses. It is of great importance for the economic supply of the country that the associated employees not be restricted in the exercise of their work.

In this context, we reiterate our concern that the necessary freedom of movement of the workers concerned (access to production facilities, plants, construction sites, etc.) is still guaranteed.

We also confirm our interest in ensuring that employees in key positions are exempted from any military, civil defense and civil service obligation.

In addition, we support the concern of supply-relevant companies and their employees that applications for special permits for the transport of goods and the mobility of cross-border commuters, are judged favourably in accordance with the applicable trade agreements and by foreign authorities.

We kindly ask you to forward this letter of confirmation to the members of your association.

COVID-19 Update #4, for Customers & Distributors: March 27, 2020

Dear valued customers:

We are glad to inform you that we operate normally and are in contact with our suppliers regularly. We do not face major operational problems except for minor shipping delays due to container shortage and until now our raw material deliveries have not been significantly affected.

As an important part of the supply chain of the food industry, we are happy to confirm that we have been identified as an ‘essential business’ by the Swiss government agency for the Covid-19 crisis. We, therefore, will continue to operate during the lockdown while trying to minimize the impact of outside and out-of-our-control influences.

We will inform you immediately if the situation changes or problems are to be expected.

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