"Consumer demands have compelled confectionery manufacturers to produce food which is not only tasty, but also healthy," states Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Dr. Kaushik Shankar.
"AarhusKarlshamn's DELIAIR™ NH, focuses on avoiding the use of hydrogenated and trans-fats as constituents. DELIAIR™ NH also offers a range of added advantages including longer shelf life due to the unique technology incorporated in the manufacture of the ingredient and reduction in the total fat content of the confectionery product in which it is used."
Confectionery fillings are generally very dense, lipid rich ingredients which can satisfy the consumer's sensory requirements. AarhusKarlshamn has worked with the basic structure of lipid molecules to devise a technology for making fillings with vegetable fats without compromising on shelf life or taste.
"By sidestepping the requirement of water to increase the volume of filling fats, the minimum shelf life of such ingredients has been extended beyond six months," explains Dr. Shankar. "Again, migration of water in these ingredients is an issue which affects the final stability of products. Both these issues have successfully been addressed by AarhusKarlshamn with its unique patented technology."
DELIAIR™ NH is capable of being customised at multiple levels. It can be combined with multiple flavours and ingredients to give the exact taste and mouth feel profile that the customer requires.
Features like consistency and moisture level can also be customised, allowing DELIAIR™ NH to cater to even niche segments of the market. For example, soft, aerated fillings that are able to retain their structure have been developed to meet the specific request of customers.
"Competing products have to contend with inherent deficiencies in product formulation that prevent this degree of customization," notes Dr. Shankar. "The wide range of applications and customisation levels offered by AarhusKarlshamn for DELIAIR™ NH is unmatched."
Successful products are able to bring about the perfect balance between health and indulgence, hence delighting the customer. DELIAIR™ NH succeeds on both counts.
"DELIAIR™ NH is able to supply 200% additional volume with just 33% of the fat that would normally be used," comments Dr. Shankar. "This contributes to a significant reduction in the total calories that would normally be used for making a confection of the same volume."
At the same time, DELIAIR™ NH is capable of being used with multiple flavour options. DELIAIR™ NH has the highest whipping capacity among all filling fats available in the market. In addition, it also has high bloom stability and melting characteristics. It differentiates itself in the market with superlative whipping and customisation abilities.
AarhusKarlshamn counts as its client all leading Multi National Companies. It is a firm believer in 'Platform Innovation'; the involvement of the company in the entire product development exercise of the customer has ensured that new products consistently match client expectations and are introduced within record time in the market.
Every client has a 'customer approach team' assigned to them which includes sales, marketing and technical personnel from AarhusKarlshamn. There is a single point of contact within the company for client query redressal.
"Regular sensory analyses of products developed using DELIAIR™ NH is carried out by the customer with the company's support for maintaining quality and advancing product development," concludes Dr. Shankar. "The success of these initiatives is visible in the sales targets of the company, which has witnessed spectacular success in achieving the target set for the fourth year of launch within the first year itself."
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About AarhusKarlshamn (AAK)
AarhusKarlshamn (AAK) is the result of a merger in 2005 between the Danish company Aarhus United (established 1871) and the Swedish company Karlshamn (established 1918). Today AAK refines speciality vegetable oils for multiple uses. AAK is the world's leading producer of speciality fats including substitutes for dairy fat and cocoa butter, as transfree solutions for fillings for chocolate and confectionery products, as well as for the cosmetics industry. AAK has production facilities in Denmark, Mexico, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden, Uruguay and the USA. The company is listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm, in the Mid Cap segment, Consumer Commodities sector.
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