Vital Wheat Gluten Prices Rising: Corbion Caravan helps customers reduce usage, costs

Prices at historical highs; bakeries look to reduce vital wheat gluten in dough

Vital wheat gluten plays a vital role in baked goods: The natural protein adds texture and elasticity to dough. However, vital wheat gluten prices are now at historical highs. In the U.S., the prices have increased about 65 percent over the past five years. As predictions call for continued price hikes, bakeries are looking for ways to reduce usage of this popular dough improver.

"Bakers want to sharply reduce or completely eliminate vital wheat gluten, without sacrificing taste, texture or product quality," says Chris Bohm, Manager of Bakery Applications, Corbion Caravan. "They're looking for formulas that will protect both the customer's eating experience and the company's bottom line."

Bohm says GEM 100 from Corbion Caravan provides a clean label solution, delivering consistent quality along with cost savings. An all-natural dough improver for yeast-leavened dough formulas, GEM 100 is engineered to:

  • Reduce the use of vital wheat gluten over 50 percent in standard formulas for traditional bakery products, such as white bread, buns and bagels
  • Reduce the use of vital wheat gluten 25-50 percent in 100 percent whole wheat, high fiber and variety bread

"Given the current market dynamics, GEM 100 is a great option for everything from a basic hamburger bun to artisan breads loaded with whole grains, fiber, fruits, seeds and nuts," says Bohm. "GEM 100 has proven to cut gluten and costs while still maintaining taste and texture."

To learn more about Corbion Caravan solutions, contact us through our product information request form.

For more information, please contact:

Press: Cheri Tabel, Manager, Communications & Media
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Background information:
Corbion: biobased solutions, designed by science, powered by nature, and delivered through dedication.

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, and a leading company in functional blends containing enzymes, emulsifiers, minerals and vitamins. The company delivers high performance biobased products made from renewable resources and applied in global markets such as bakery, meat, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, home and personal care, packaging, automotive, and coating resins. Corbion uses knowledge, agility, and dedication to deliver on the ever-changing market demands. Corbion's products have a differentiating functionality in all kinds of consumer products worldwide. Through our deep bakery market expertise, we offer a broad portfolio of ingredients that deliver against our customers' food integrity and freshness needs including functional ingredients, emulsifiers, bread mixes, specialty bases, frozen dough, vitamin and mineral premixes, and flour enrichment.

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