A subsidiary of DMK Group, and headquartered in Emmen, the Netherlands, DP Supply BV develops “non-dairy” products such as high fat and oil powders, creamers, whipped topping bases, and more for the industrial food sector. We sat down with Martin Hiemstra (Research and Development), Irene Hanenbergh (Marketing & Communications) and Danijela Gajic-Trifunovic (Procurement) for an in-depth conversation on their partnership with Kemin, in particular with our CLS department.
How did you get in touch with Kemin?
DP Supply: “We were looking for ways to improve the oxidative stability of specific oils. We we wondered what kind of ‘new’ raw materials and antioxidants were upcoming, formulations containing natural ingredients. That’s how we found Kemin as a potential partner to aid us in tackling these challenges.”
What do you find valuable when choosing an ingredient supplier?
DP Supply: “When searching for a supplier, we look for reliable partners in order to build up a base for a stable, long-term cooperation. Furthermore, as an international organisation, we believe it is important that our suppliers observe dignified labour and social standards, environmental protection and product safety, as stated in our supplier codex.”
Having a supplier codex means you look at specific criteria a supplier needs to meet?
DP Supply: “We want to create high-quality products. Therefore, the ingredients we use need to be of the most optimal quality for the intended purpose. We look at the function of the raw materials, price-quality ratio, delivery reliability and flexibility. Also, technical support is vital to us, to make a good choice of suppliers. Especially when a certain ingredient isn’t that generic, it has a more specific functionality and the need for technical support from a knowledgeable and trustworthy partner becomes important. This certainly is the case when these raw materials can potentially increase the shelf life of our end product. That’s where Kemin has proven to have the expertise, and they do meet our expectations.”
Kemin is known to deliver not just an ingredient. The focus is always on the customer’s needs, testing the best solutions for the desired application. How did this work for your company?
DP Supply: “For our spray-dried emulsions based on unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, it is of great importance that the (initial) oxidation in the oil is minimised to increase the shelf life of the encapsulated product. The vegan products for instance in our CREAMICS line are free from dairy ingredients and protein. In this case, the importance of good antioxidants is certainly increasing. Kemin helped us a lot in our search for the best possible solution. The CLS team used several methods to get a good idea of the influence of recipe adjustments and added antioxidants on the stability of protein-free encapsulated emulsions.”