Performance beer: a trending sports drink category?

Performance beer: a trending sports drink category?

By Jennifer Grebow nutritionaloutlook.com

Kicking back with a beer to relax after the end of a long day is a time-honored tradition. For athletes and sports enthusiasts, however, there may be another good reason to drink up: because beer—specifically nonalcoholic beer and the malt it contains—may help to enhance exercise-related performance, energy, and recovery.

It’s true, in fact, that Olympic athletes in Germany often drink beer after training or after their competitive events, as reported by The New York Times last year. And while drinking nonalcoholic beer isn’t a new practice, more recently purveyors of nonalcoholic beer are marketing these drinks “to health-conscious consumers,” the Times reports.

Nonalcoholic beer is said to provide a high load of antioxidants and polyphenols, which help to combat inflammation—key for athletic recovery—as well as other key nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It also contains a plant-based nootropic compound called hordenine that can help increase focus and energy.

But is there any evidence that nonalcoholic beer can actually benefit athletic performance? In 2012, a group of researchers from Germany, led by the doctor for Germany’s Olympic ski team, published a randomized, double-blind study conducted on 277 healthy male runners. These runners were assigned to drink 1.0-1.5 L of nonalcoholic beer, or a placebo, three weeks before and two weeks after competing in a marathon. Based on analysis of blood samples, the researchers determined that nonalcoholic-beer subjects experienced reduced inflammation and reduced incidence of respiratory tract illness—both of which can otherwise increase following strenuous exercise.

Malt Products Corp. (Saddle Brook, NJ), a manufacturer of malted barley extract and other natural sweeteners, says this evidence and growing interest in nonalcoholic beer’s support of athletes is why companies like the Athletic Brewing Co. are appealing to consumers looking to live a healthier lifestyle.

Amy Targan, president of Malt Products Corp., explained to Nutritional Outlook that traditional methods of brewing nonalcoholic beer are not the most desirable if your goal is to preserve the best of the nutrients within—including malt. (Malt comes from barley or cereal grains—produced through the malting process—and are used for various purposes, including beer making.) The best way, Targan said, may be to start with a malt extract like the ones her company provides.

“A key factor here is the way the nonalcoholic beer is produced,” Targan said. “When making a nonalcoholic beer by removing the alcohol, you lose a certain amount of proteins, minerals, antioxidants, and soluble fiber during processing, first during fermentation and then during the de-alcohol process. So, traditionally made nonalcoholic beer is actually not the most efficient way to make a nonalcoholic malt-based drink. Breweries use this method not because it is the best way to preserve the malted barley but because they are set up as a brewery, making it easier for them to produce it this way. By using malt extract as the base of the beverage, the nutritional properties of malted barley are better preserved because you can skip processes that otherwise would decrease the beverage’s nutritional value.” Flavor-wise, malt extract enhances the taste of both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beer.

According to Targan, the level of malt extract in a nonalcoholic beer is plenty enough to offer real antioxidant benefits to consumers. She said: “A beverage that adds one teaspoon of malt extract has five times the antioxidants of one cup of broccoli and twice that of blueberries. I am not aware of a study which shows precisely the amount of malt that is the right dose for athletes. But athletes are clearly better served by rehydrating with a malt-based beverage than a sugary drink like Gatorade.”

Aside from the aforementioned 2012 study, there isn’t a lot of formal research looking into the specific athletic effects of malt and nonalcoholic beer. But curiosity about the possibilities is growing, and this is one reason Targan said that her company is seeing increased interest from makers of energy and sports recovery drinks.

“I can only point to anecdotal information that we are personally seeing a demand from flavor houses and beverage manufacturers for samples of our malt extract to be used in development of energy and sports recovery drinks,” she said. “We also are seeing an increase from craft breweries requesting our in-house formulators to support them in developing malt-based teas and other nonalcoholic malt-based drinks, to supplement their offerings as the craft brew market starts to flatten.”

Interest also continues to grow in the taste benefits such ingredients offer. “Typically, I would say that the addition of flavors is to make their product more original and differentiated from competitors rather than a means of masking undesirable flavors,” Targan said.

Secret ingredient: You may not know Malt Products’ extract, but if you’re on vegan burger bandwagon, you’ve eaten it

By Brett Johnson roi-nj.com

Plant-based burgers … meatless patties … beef substitutes.

Amy Targan, president of Malt Products Corp., admits herself she doesn’t know what they’re usually referred to as.

But she knows better than anyone what’s in them.

Products such as the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger have hit mainstream appeal, and many big food businesses are hastening to introduce their own version of these vegan sandwich patties.

And, whatever they’re called, almost all of them use malted barley extract, which Malt Products manufactures.

“For fake beef, it’s often an ingredient because there’s a browning effect it helps to provide,” Targan said. “Our product is used also to mask any of the off flavors from the pea or soy protein, aside from it making it look more like a burger by giving it a richer color as it cooks.”

Saddle Brook-based Malt Products is one of the many New Jersey companies in the food and beverage manufacturing space, which occupies a share of the state’s manufacturing sector that’s second only to pharmaceuticals.

Amid all that competition, the company is proving there’s no substitute for a successful niche.

Even with a product that few people have heard of, the company is now at the forefront of the so-called “clean labels” movement in the food and beverage sector with its extracts and other natural sweeteners.

“There has been a big move not to use high fructose corn syrup and not to use GMOs, so we have substitutes,” Targan said. “When companies are working to develop a new product in which they want to take out corn syrup, they can use our product.”

The company’s namesake malted barley product is made through a germination process that turns the starches in grains into a sweetener, similarly to how beer is made, but without the fermentation.

“We’ve been doing that since the business was started in (1957) by my father, who still comes to work every day at 92,” Targan said. “Originally, he sold the product to all the local bagel shops, Italian bakers and other small stores.”

Today, the company sells its ingredients globally. There’s a surge of demand for it in a wide range of food and beverage products — everything from organic ice cream to the now-popular fermented drink kombucha. One of its fastest-growing segments is an extract that’s being used in oat milk.

When the company started to scale up its production, it outgrew its original New Jersey manufacturing facility. The company kept its main hub in Saddle Brook, but Targan said much of its production has been moved from Maywood to Dayton, Ohio.

“Besides it becoming difficult to expand in Maywood as the area become more residential, we were also moving to be closer to the grain in Ohio,” Targan said. “With development taking away farmland, grain stopped being on the East Coast and moved farther west.”

The manufacturer still supplies a number of New Jersey food and beverage companies with its ingredients, and Targan said most the company’s executives remain in the Garden State. The manufacturer has about 200 employees total, with around 30 high-ranked staff in New Jersey.

Even if the company manufactures ingredients that don’t always have name recognition, their uses are broad enough that they have some sizable competitors.

“But, I think what sets us apart is that we’re very flexible,” Targan said. “It doesn’t take us long to notice a trend and move toward it. I think that versatility means we’ll always do well.”

Malt Products Corp. Sees Increased Interest in Malt Extract as Part of Surge in Malt-based Beverages

MPC’s MaltRite™ malted barley extract gaining attention as base for malt-based energy drinks; ethnic beverages; kombucha and specialty teas; and sports recovery drinks.

Saddle Brook, NJ – Malt Products Corporation (MPC), a manufacturer of malted barley extract and other natural, nutritious sweeteners, is seeing an uptick in beverage-related inquiries for its Malt-Rite™ line of malt extract sweeteners, which have become increasingly popular ingredients in a wide variety of malt-based drinks. In addition to the generally heightened interest in plant-based, multi-functional ingredients, malt extract sweeteners also provide sector-specific benefits for a spectrum of beverage-industry items.

For example, nearly a third of consumers have increased their consumption of nutrition or performance beverages, and many are seeking products with ingredients deemed simple, natural or clean. Malt-based beverages offer not only unique flavor profiles and subtle sweetness but – unlike cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrups and artificial sweeteners – contain an abundance of antioxidants (five times the amount of broccoli) as well as essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber. 

In addition, a trend already in full swing in Europe has been coming to America of late: the recognition that malt-based drinks offer superior sports recovery for athletes. Malt-based beverages for sports recovery are, essentially, non-alcoholic beer, which German Olympians are known to prefer. In the US, often unique flavors are added, both for extra sweetness and fruitier notes.

Another trend is the recognition by companies of the growing diversification of the US population. Malt-based beverages are extremely popular in Asia (such as Nestle’s Milo) and South & Central America (Malta). To grow their market share among expanding ethnic populations, US beverage companies are developing similar malt-based beverages that, particularly in these segments, enjoy a strong and positive association with health benefits.

Yet another trend is the popularity of fermented drinks, including kombucha and specialty teas, that reflect growing recognition of the importance of sustaining good gut microbes, known to reduce inflammatory diseases, type two diabetes and obesity. Malt is widely considered a substance that supports these helpful gut microbes.  

A “Base for Malt-based” Beverages

Malt Product Corporation’s Malt-Rite™ is a malted barley extract serving as an ideal base for malt-based beverages. Malt extract is made by brewing the whole grain in the same way beer is made but skipping the fermentation step; once varying amounts of water is evaporated, the result is a syrupy liquid or soluble powder. This eliminates the need for a conventional brewing operation.

“For manufacturers, one advantage of using Malt-Rite malt extract is that you are not tied to a contract brewery, since it is already brewed and easily transported because the water has been evaporated,” said Amy Targan, President of Malt Products Corporation. “Since all that is needed is a bottling plant, this makes it far easier for a company to enter the market – a big plus for making niche malt-based drinks.”

While Targan notes that most inquiries from beverage companies have involved liquid malt extracts, soluble powder malt extract also is a viable option. Here, the company’s recently installed $15 million state-of-the-art vacuum belt dryer comes into play; in addition to giving MPC in-house flexibility for batch drying, the new dryer also produces powders far more soluble than traditional spray drying operations. Compared with spray drying, vacuum belt drying also comprises a gentler process that preserves the flavors and nutrients of the whole grain.

A vacuum belt dryer helps a manufacturer take control of the production of its malted barley extracts

Published by ProFood World; authored by Maya Norris.

Malt Products Corporation (MPC) recently invested $15 million in a state-of-the-art vacuum belt dryer to produce its dry malted barley extracts — and the company is already reaping the benefits. The new vacuum belt dryer has delivered efficiency and flexibility to MPC’s production process and improved product quality. 

MPC installed the 58-foot-long Bucher Dryband vacuum belt dryer from Bucher Unipektin last year. It was the culmination of MPC’s five-year, $50 million expansion of its Dayton, Ohio, manufacturing facility, expanding to 114,000 sq ft from 60,000 sq ft. The plant produces and distributes a variety of natural sweeteners, including oat extract and agave nectar, for a global market. It manufactures about 100 million lb of liquid sweeteners and 30 million lb of dry extract sweeteners annually. 

MPC uses its new vacuum belt dryer to create dry malted barley extracts. After it converts malted barley into syrup, the liquid is transferred to the vacuum belt dryer. Swiveling nozzles uniformly distribute the liquid onto the belts that convey the liquid through six chambers or zones with heating and cooling plates. The liquid enters the first four zones, where the product is heated, before the last two zones cool down the liquid — a process that pulls the moisture out of the product. The vacuum system quickly removes the evaporated moisture. The resulting dried product, known as a cake, is then taken to a mill for grinding. After the product is ground, the malted barley extract is inspected by metal detectors and packaged.

Parting ways

Using the vacuum belt dryer has allowed MPC to optimize and streamline the production process for its malted barley extract by cutting ties with spray drying tollers. Previously, the company used toll spray drying services out of state to process its syrup into malted barley extract. The burdensome procedure required a lot of advance planning for MPC, which had to schedule and reserve the vendors’ spray dryers and services at least three months in advance. And even then, the spray drying vendors sometimes couldn’t meet MPC’s deadlines if they fell behind schedule with another customer. In addition, when MPC received unexpected orders for malted barley extracts, the tollers often didn’t have the capacity to accommodate MPC’s last-minute requests. 

“We were at their mercy,” says Jim Hochberg, vice president of Malt Products Corporation. “Anytime you outsource something, you are going to end up waiting an indiscriminate amount of time to get your product back depending on how busy the service provider is at that moment.

“The reason why Malt Products decided to get a dryer was [to] have more control of the process and be much more fluid,” he says. “Now that we have the process in-house, it’s much more efficient time-wise, and it gives us more flexibility.”

On its own terms

MPC can now produce malted barley extract much more efficiently and cost effectively with the vacuum belt dryer at the plant. Because it no longer has to wait three or more months for tolling services, MPC can produce dry malted barley extract at any time and at its own pace. In addition, it can fulfill unanticipated orders easily, especially because changeover time is minimal. 

“With the toll process drying, when we send a load of product out, we can’t change it midrun,” says Troy Smedley, maintenance superintendent. “So if we get a bunch of orders for a dark malt versus our lighter malt products, now we can stop production, make the dark malt out of our light malt products and switch right into dark malt and start producing it in a day or two.” 

In addition, MPC has significantly reduced its transportation costs by using its in-house vacuum belt dryer. The company previously drove eight to 10 trucks to deliver its malted barley syrup to various out-of-state toll dryers, costing MPC between $15,000 and $30,000 that month, depending on how far the trucks traveled.

The vacuum belt dryer also produces a better product than a spray dryer, according to MPC. Because the vacuum belt dryer operates by reducing the pressure in its chambers, moisture is evaporated from the product at far lower temperatures than spray drying. This eliminates oxidation and prevents damage to critical functionalities of the original syrup, including antioxidants, essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins. This gentle process also helps retain flavor, aroma and color of the malted barley extract. And it better controls the maillard reaction for a more consistent final product color.

“Any time you expose something to higher heat, you are changing it. You’re altering it,” Hochberg says. “We’re able to retain the integrity of the flavor and characteristics of the liquid as it changes into the powder by drying under vacuum at lower temperatures.”

At IFT 2019, Malt Products Corp. to Showcase Portfolio of Nutrient-Rich Malted Barley Extract Sweeteners

In addition to its MaltRite™ natural sweeteners, company also will feature OatRite™ line of extracts in response to growth in oat-based ingredients.

Saddle Brook, NJ – 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 at the Institute of Food Technology (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo, June 2-5 in New Orleans. 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 at Booth 4852.

Recently, malted barley extract has become an increasingly attractive option for food & 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.   

At IFT Expo, MPC also will showcase its OatRite™ portfolio of extracts. Blending oats and malt barley, the extracts provide excellent binding properties with mild sweetness and a pleasant oat taste and aroma. Naturally high in protein, minerals and antioxidants, the non-GMO, label-friendly OatRite™ extracts offer benefits including browning, crystal control for frozen products, improved texture, extended shelf life and easy fermentability. These characteristics make them ideally suited for cereal and granola, non-dairy beverages, breakfast bars, pancakes, cookies and a wide variety of baked goods.

MPC offers a full line of natural sweeteners serving a broad range of industries, including bakery, confectionary, 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 the new again. As one of the country’s most prominent suppliers, we look forward to showcasing our full selection at IFT Expo.”

At Petfood Forum, Malt Products Corp. to Highlight Nutritious Malt Extract & Molasses Ingredients

Company’s MaltRite™ line meets demand for natural ingredients; molasses-based products provide powerful antioxidants.

Saddle Brook, NJ – 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 at Petfood Forum, April 29–May 1 in Kansas City. As the demand for non-GMO, plant-based, and nutrient-rich ingredients in pet food increases, MPC will showcase its liquid (LME) and dry (DME) malt extracts and molasses products at Booth #440.

For pet food applications, notable benefits of malt extract include:

  • Minerals,including calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium and zinc. Copper and selenium in particular are integral as antioxidant enzyme co-factors, which help shorten recovery in sporting and working dogs.
  • B Vitamins, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, nicotinic acid, biotin, folic acid and Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Vitamins are primary cofactors for healthy metabolisms, and formulating with vitamin-containing ingredients helps aid energy production and utilization in animals.
  • Protein and amino acids: Malt extract contains ~6% protein and free amino acids, nutritional components required for building and maintaining muscle tissue.
  • Palatability: Malt contains compounds that help improve the overall flavor profile of pet foods while masking bitter tastes.

Rich with antioxidants

Grain extracts such as malt extract, and other plant-derived ingredients including molasses, possess free phenolic compounds providing protective benefits against reactive oxygen species (ROS), or free radicals. For example, malt extract contains more than five times the antioxidant power of fresh broccoli, while molasses has been shown to prevent DNA oxidation, protect oxidatively stressed HepG2 cells in humans as effectively as α-tocopherol.

Malt extract also has been shown to significantly increase the gastrointestinal tolerance of probiotics, positively impacting gut microbiota and digestive health in animals. There is increased awareness that compounds from plants, also called dietary phytochemicals, play a role in the prevention of chronic disease.

Like malt extract, molasses also contains significant amounts of calcium, potassium and Vitamin B6. Molasses also has healthy amounts of blood-building iron.

“Petfood Forum is an ideal platform for MPC to demonstrate the numerous benefits of malt extract and molasses in pet nutrition applications,” said Amy Targan, President of MPC. “As people turn a more watchful eye to what they are feeding their pets, malt extract and molasses provide natural, nutrient-rich alternatives to conventional pet food ingredients.”

Malt Products Corporation Invests in Next-Generation Vacuum Belt Dryer

 

Part of $50 million investment, state-of-the-art belt dryer offers benefits over spray drying, including moisture evaporation at lower temps

 

Saddle Brook, NJ – Malt Products Corporation (MPC), a manufacturer of malted barley extract and other natural, nutritious sweeteners, has invested over $15 million in a new state-of-the-art drying plant, incorporating a vacuum belt dryer designed and built by drying technology expert Bucher Unipektin. The 58-foot-long machine has completed installation and validation, and is currently operating at the company’s Dayton, OH manufacturing facility.

 

MPC chose the vacuum belt dryer over a spray dryer because of its superior ability to produce free-flowing particulates of viscous sugar syrups, as well as retain flavor, aroma and color. Since vacuum belt drying operates by reducing the pressure in its chamber, moisture is evaporated from the product at far lower temperatures. This eliminates oxidation and prevents damage to critical functionalities of the original syrup.

 

Important to the drying of malted barley extract, vacuum belt drying utilizes a gentler process that protects unique-to-product characteristics not found in other sweeteners, including antioxidants, essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins. Vacuum belt drying also helps avoid burnt notes or other off-flavors and aromas typical with spray drying, and better controls the maillard reaction for a more consistent final product color.

 

Vacuum belt drying produces a powder that is highly soluble in cold liquids, making it preferable for malt beverages. The enhanced technology will allow MPC to manufacture products such as honey, agave and molasses that are difficult or impossible to dry on a spray dryer without additives.

 

The initiative also has an eye toward eco-consciousness: vacuum belt dryers use less energy and water than spray dryers, reducing environmental impact and aligning with MPC’s broader commitment to sustainability.

 

The new dryer is part of a five-year, $50 million investment by MPC, beginning with the 2015 expansion of its state-of-the-art 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.

 

There has been a growing and renewed interest in MPC’s malted barley extract because of its unique flavor profile and recognition of its health-related benefits in the field of probiotics, plant-derived proteins, sports recovery and antioxidants. MPC’s malted barley extract is a multi-functional ingredient that acts as a natural humectant (moisture absorber), and enhances browning, fermentation, body and viscosity.

 

Malt Products Corporation also supplies a broad spectrum of healthy, natural sweeteners including molasses, oat extract, rice syrup, tapioca syrup, agave and honey.

 

“The new drying plant will continue our commitment to supply natural sweeteners which are minimally processed and environmentally sustainable”, said Amy Targan, President of MPC.

MPC sees demand grow for non-GMO, natural ingredients in snacks, confectionery & beverages

Published on bakeryandsnacks.com and beveragedaily.com; authored by Jenny Eagle.

Malt Products Corporation (MPC), which manufactures malted barley extract and sweeteners, has seen increasing demand for non-GMO and natural, nutritious ingredients.

In response to this, the company has invested over $15m ($16.96m) in a drying plant, with a vacuum belt dryer designed and built by drying technology expert Bucher Unipektin.

Cereals industry
MPC has grown from a regional supplier of malts to an international company offering a full line of natural sweeteners for the bakery. snack foods. cereals. confectionary and beverage industries.

The dryer is the culmination of a five-year, $50m ($56.56m) investment beginning in 2015 with the expansion of its brew house, Meura mash-filter, expanded laboratory, R&D and customer application capabilities.

“The drying plant will continue our commitment to supply natural sweeteners. which are minimally processed and environmentally sustainable,” said Amy Targan, president, MPC.

MPC chose the vacuum belt dryer over a spray dryer because of its ability to produce free-flowing particulates of viscous sugar syrups, as well as retain flavor, aroma and color.

The 58-foot-long machine has completed installation and validation. and is installed at the company’s Dayton. Ohio. US. manufacturing facility.

Essential amino acids
Vacuum belt dryers operate by reducing the pressure in the chamber and moisture is evaporated from the product at lower temperatures. This eliminates oxidation and prevents damage to the syrup.

Important to the drying of malted barley extract vacuum belt drying uses a gentler process that protects unique-to-product characteristics not found in other sweeteners, including antioxidants, essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins.

Vacuum belt drying also helps avoid burnt notes or other off-flavors and aromas typical with spray drying, and better controls the maillard reaction for a more consistent final product color.

Vacuum belt drying produces a powder that is highly soluble in cold liquids, making it preferable for malt beverages.

The enhanced technology will allow MPC to manufacture products such as honey, agave and molasses that are difficult or impossible to dry on a spray dryer without additives.

Targan noted there has been a growing and renewed interest in MPC’s malted barley extract because of its unique flavor profile and recognition of its health-related benefits in the field of probiotics, plant-derived proteins, sports recovery and antioxidants.

MPC’s malted barley extract is a multi-functional ingredient that acts as a natural humectant (moisture absorber), and enhances browning. fermentation, body and viscosity.

The Surprising Contributions of Malt Extract and Molasses to Pet Nutrition

Malt historically has been an attractive ingredient in pet food and animal feed for its whole grain derived nutritional contributions. Some of the more common associations with malt include:

Minerals: including calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium and zinc. Copper and seleni-um are integral as antioxidant enzyme co-factors which help shorten recovery in sporting and working dogs.

From malt extract, B Vitamins: (niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, nicotinic acid, Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), biotin, and folic acid). Vitamins are primary cofactors in metabolism and formulating with vita-min containing ingredients helps aid energy production and utilization in animals that consume them.

Protein and amino acids: malt extract contains ~6% protein and free amino acids which are nutritional compo-nents required for building and maintaining muscle tissue. Physical exertion increases the need to rebuild and reinforce muscle fibers, and the presence of protein and amino acid helps in this regard.

Pallatability: Malt contains compounds that help improve the overall flavor profile of petoods and that can mask bitter tastes.

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Malt Products Featured in Instore Magazine

With clean labels being all the rage among consumers these days, various retailers are rethinking their prepared foods ingredients list, and how best to tailor it for mass appeal. When it comes to using sweeteners for those that are made in-house, malt and molasses not only fit the bill for a clean label, but have significant nutritional benefits that can enable your product to boast an even healthier lifestyle than its branded and shipped counterparts.

“Malt used to be thought of only for its nutritional value, in products such as Ovaltine and Carnation Instant Milk,” says Jim Kappas, vice president of sales and marketing for Malt Products Corp. “Over the years, corn and cane sugar have been substituted because they are less expensive, so many Americans only think of malted milk shakes and malted milk ball candy as areas where malt can be used. Our main message is to consider adding malt for its nutritional value. On a gram-per-gram basis, malt has five times more antioxidant power than broccoli. It is also well established to help athletes recover after endurance exercise.”

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