Malt Products Corporation (MPC), a manufacturer of malted barley extract and other natural, nutritious sweeteners, will feature a variety of products from its MaltRite portfolio of malted barley extracts. Amid increasing demand for non-GMO, plant-based, and nutrient-rich ingredients, the company’s spectrum of liquid (LME) and dry (DME) malt extracts will be on display.
Recently, malted barley extract has become an increasingly attractive option for food and beverage manufacturers when compared with standard sugars or artificial substitutes. Malted barley extract offers distinct flavor profiles and various health-related benefits pertaining to probiotics, plant-derived proteins, and sports recovery. MPC's MaltRite portfolio comprises multi-functional ingredients that act as natural humectants (moisture absorber), and enhance browning (maillard reaction), fermentation, body, and viscosity.
With a nod to the “good for you” ingredient trend, malted barley extract’s natural origins make it particularly “pantry-friendly.” Key benefits include:
- Rich with antioxidants: More than five times the antioxidant power of fresh broccoli.
- Athletic recovery: Athletes are relying on malt extract-based beverages to replenish and recover.
- Gut health: Preferred base for fermented beverages and foods, by optimizing the good bacteria and minimizing bad bacteria.
- Not an empty sugar: Contains proteins, essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. It is mostly maltose, the energy sugar, and contains no fructose, the toxic sugar.
MPC offers a full line of natural sweeteners serving a broad range of industries, including bakery, confectionery, beverages, snack foods and cereals, pet food, animal nutrition, and pharmaceutical. In addition to its MaltRite and OatRite lines, the company also supplies a broad spectrum of healthy, natural sweeteners including molasses, rice syrup, tapioca syrup, agave, and honey.
The company comes into the IFT Expo having recently completed a five-year, $50 million investment, capped off by the completion of a $15 million state-of-the-art vacuum belt dryer. Infrastructure upgrades also included a Meura mash-filter, an expanded laboratory, and elevated R&D and customer application capabilities.
“With a continued focus on natural ingredients, major food and beverage companies are rediscovering ancient ingredients such as malted barley and oats,” said Amy Targan, president of MPC. “Essentially, the old is becoming new again. As one of the country’s most prominent suppliers, we look forward to showcasing our full selection at IFT Expo.”