By Penford Food Ingredients

Penford Food Ingredients, a leader in innovative carbohydrate systems and technologies, is adding to its impressive line-up of modified starch systems with the launch of PenTech 8500, a breakthrough casein replacement ingredient. PenTech 8500 is a modified potato-based food starch that incorporates Penford’s new PenNovo technology.

Penford Food IngredientsPenTech 8500 reduces the use of high-priced rennet casein to 10 percent in a standard imitation cheese formulation, while still maintaining superior melt, stretch and mouth-feel in cheese products. This is a valuable benefit considering the fluctuating price of rennet casein. The typical use level of rennet casein in a standard imitation cheese formulation is about 23 percent. Therefore, using PenTech 8500 reduces casein usage by 50%.

PenTech 8500 is the latest addition to Penford’s imitation cheese starch line that includes PenBind 800, PenBind 850, PenBind 851 and PenBind 1225. Depending on the cheese product and targeted functionality, Penford has a casein replacement that fits the need.

Technical Benefits

• Superior melt and stretch for low casein cheese
• Excellent shred and matt
• No flavor interference
• Firmness
• Enhanced water/oil stability
• Maintains great performance at 10 percent casein usage

Recommended Applications

• Pizza cheese
• Shredded cheese
• Sliced cheese
• Block cheese

“The continued expansion of our casein replacement portfolio is further evidence of Penford Food Ingredients commitment towards creating value-added ingredient solutions for our customers,” said John Randall, president of Penford Food Ingredients. “Our PenTech 8500 is the latest example of a cost-effective and improved product that can help reduce the effects of rennet casein’s price unpredictability.”

About Penford Food Ingredients

Penford Food Ingredients Co., is a division of Penford Corporation (NASDAQ:PENX), which was founded over 100 years ago and is a leading global supplier of food and industrial starches. An innovation and service-driven organization, Penford Food Ingredients supplies a broad family of dextrin and starches based on potato, tapioca, rice and corn. Penford also develops formulations for coatings, gluten-free products, marinades, batters for protein substrates and starch-based pet treats and toys. Headquartered in Centennial, Colo., Penford Food Ingredients has over 100 employees, including top food scientists and chemists, and those in manufacturing facilities in Iowa, Idaho, Washington, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Find more information at

SOURCE: Penford Food Ingredients