MPC expands product innovation capabilities with lab mashing equipment
Malt Products Corporation (MPC), a manufacturer of malted barley extract and other natural, nutritious sweeteners, has expanded its customer service portfolio by adding to its research and sampling capabilities. Now fully operational, the company’s Mashing Device LB Electronic from Germany-based equipment manufacturer Lochner Label and Technik is able to replicate MPC’s automated production mashing process, allowing food and beverage sector customers to experiment with new ingredients and formulations efficiently and cost-effectively.
At MPC’s Dayton, Ohio manufacturing facility, the Lochner lab masher is paired with a custom-built lab scale system for a microcosm match of large-volume mash filtration. For the company’s food and beverage industry customers, this opens up a world of potential for product innovation, allowing them to try new recipes and ingredients expediently and inexpensively, said MPC.
Amy Targan, president of MPC, said, “The enhanced setup enables us to test an exceptionally wide variety of raw ingredients to not only determine feasibility for production, but also develop profile samples for new products.”
The system also expedites scalability: By conducting such exacting lab-scale testing, MPC is able to limit the amount of production trials required with new and emerging raw materials, and more quickly move into commercial-scale manufacturing. This helps meet often conflicting customer demands for innovation and speed to market.
The lab masher is an integral part of a five-year, US$50 million investment by MPC, beginning with the 2015 expansion of its brew house and addition of a Meura mash-filter, expanded laboratory, research and development and customer application capabilities. These investments are in response to increasing demand for non-GMO and natural, nutritious ingredients.
Malt Product Corporation offers a portfolio of natural sweeteners whose diversity is only enhanced by the mix-and-match options afforded by the Lochner lab masher. MPC supplies molasses, rice syrup, tapioca syrup, agave and honey, as well as two signature product lines of malt and oat extract:
- MPC's MaltRite portfolio of malted barley extracts comprise multi-functional ingredients that act as natural humectants (moisture absorber), and enhance browning (maillard reaction), fermentation, body and viscosity. Malted barley extract offers distinct flavour profiles and various health-related benefits pertaining to probiotics, plant-derived proteins and sports recovery. With a nod to the “good for you” ingredient trend, malted barley extract’s natural origins make it particularly “pantry-friendly.”
- Another pantry-friendly product line, MPC’s OatRite extracts are made from minimally processed whole grain sprouted oats, producing a syrup with a mild sweetness and pleasant oat taste and aroma. Naturally high in protein, minerals, soluble fibre and antioxidants, the non-GMO extracts offer not only nutritive benefits but many functional assets including browning (maillard reaction), crystal control for frozen products, improved texture and extended shelf life. These characteristics make them ideally suited for cereal and granola, breakfast bars, pancakes, cookies and a wide variety of baked goods.