Food Industry Newsletters Vol. 4

Food Industry Newsletters Vol. 4

Corn Fibre: Uses & Application

Corn fibre is a by-product or derivative of the wet milling process from harvested corn or maize.

This fibre has several properties which make it extremely useful. It is not just great for our digestive health; it also serves many beneficial purposes across many industries.

One of the primary uses of corn or maize fibre is to prepare sweeteners, starches and ethanol making it suitable for use in several industries. It helps in producing xylitol, a low- calorie sweetener. Some of the foods corn fibre is used for include soups, sauces, cereals, dressings, and several types of beverages.

Corn fibre is popular among beverage manufacturers globally. The reason is that the fibre content present in it is not affected by the process of pasteurization in any way.

Corn fibre has a high quantity of insoluble fibre with a low level of acidity. At 90% insolubility level, it becomes applicable in making many foods and beverages. 

Corn fibre helps in clearing the digestive tract. Corn is a natural food with one of the highest quantities of fibre in the world. It has probiotic properties, thus essential for digestive health due to its high fibre content. When it reaches the lower part of the large intestine, it gets metabolized by intestinal bacteria into short-chain fatty acids.

What this process does is that it supports the healthy population of friendly bacteria and also helps in providing direct energy to the cells which are present on the lining of the large intestine.

The textile industry uses corn or maize fibre because its characteristics are similar to polyester staple fibre.

It has a luster which is similar to silk, and it is also capable of retaining more moisture than polyester, making it more comfortable in fabrics.

Corn fibre is also considered similar to a yoghurt polymer. It has been tested and proven that corn-knitted fabrics do not stimulate the skin and offer superb drapes. It is slippery, has good air permeability and has excellent heat resistance.

In addition, it does not get affected by UV light and offers brilliant elasticity. Another use of corn fibre includes that it acts as a nutraceutical ingredient. Corn fibre is refined to extract gum together with corn fibre oil.

Interview:

Buraimoh Sunday Akinbode - Purchasing manager, Farmex Meyer Limited

Q. Please give us a detailed background about yourself and your organisation.

Ans. My name is Buraimoh, Sunday Akinbode, and I work in the purchasing department at Farmex Meyer Limited. Farmex Meyer Limited is a pharmaceutical organisation that has been in business for over 40 years, building healthy families for the nation.

Q. What of the product/products do you purchase from Cormart, and what was your first impression when you patronised us?

Ans. Farmex Meyer Limited buys liquid Glucose (pharma grade), Sorbitol, Starch and Kleansol Degreaser from Cormart. The first impression I had concerning Cormart’s products is that the products are of high quality compared to competitor products.

Q. How has the economic situation impacted your business, and what are your expectations?

Ans. We are operating in the same economic environment and being affected like others. However, we keep improving in all facets, using our resources to take advantage of every opportunity the environment presents.

Q. Is there a one word descripton for our products?

Ans. Quality

Q. How would you rate the value for the money of our products?

Ans. I think the value for money is good, but there is always room for improvement.

Q. What do you think can improve our services?

Ans. Every customer wants a fair price for products. I believe Cormart can improve its services by providing discounts and loyalty incentives to customers.

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Product Spotlight: Maltodextrin

Maltodextrins are  glucose, polymeric chains with a molecular weight between starch, and glucose syrups.

Cargill offers a broad range of maltodextrin products  that vary in the degree of starch hydrolysis and sugar profile.

The degree of starch hydrolysis and sugar profile is expressed in the DE (Dextrose Equivalents) number.

Maltodextrins have DE numbers ranging from 1 to 19. They are highly water-soluble and have a less browning effect than glucose syrups.

Maltodextrins are available in powder and liquid form and act as protective colloids for emulsions and emulsion polymerization material.

They are used as a carrier for the granulation of fermentation products.

Applications

  • Maltodextrin is a bulking agent and flavour carrier.
  • It reduces sweetness and replaces sugar/fat.
Maltodextrin

Technical Advice & Tips

Effective Warehouse Management

Effective warehousing aids timely delivery and optimised distribution to increase labour productivity and customer satisfaction. It helps reduce errors and damages in the order fulfilment process. It also prevents goods from getting lost or stolen during handling.

Here are a few tips for effective warehouse management.

Plan the layout of the Warehouse:

One of the elements to plan from the beginning is the structure of your warehouse space. You need to know that making it to the most popular and bestselling goods will be easier.

The layout  must  create  room  for employees to move around seamlessly.

If you utilise dollies, forklifts, or other machines to help reach and retrieve items, there must be enough room to operate efficiently and safely in the warehouse.

Keep the Warehouse Organised:

The warehouse must be in proper order, and the supervisors should check on this regularly. Putting items in incorrect places will cause problems when trying to locate them later.

Use Bin Locations and Labeling:

To make it easier to find what is needed, use bin locations. Barcode labelling is essential, too. These techniques help you ensure that you know exactly where all the products are supposed to be, making it faster and easier for your employees to pick the times and fulfil customer orders.

Utilise a Quality Warehouse Management System with Mobile Features:

Managing a warehouse is not an easy task. Using a warehouse management system should be a priority. These systems can help you understand your inventory better, make it easier for your employees to find items, and speed up the shipping process. Many of the best options in the market today will have mobile features, so your employees can use scanners when checking inventory or picking items for orders.

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