Tortillas – those versatile and delicious flatbread rounds prepared with corn or wheat flour – have been a staple food and key component in Mexican cuisine for generations. Now a staple in U.S. cuisine, the tortilla category is enjoying year over year growth in a wide variety of offerings, from traditional Mexican dishes to newer fare including wraps and snacks. What is feeding this increase in tortilla consumption?
Whether it’s the retail or foodservice sector, there is no denying the increased popularity of tortillas in the US. So how can manufacturers capitalize on this trend? By producing a great-tasting tortilla that meets the demand of the health-conscious tortilla consumer. These health-conscious consumers have an awareness about the health benefits associated with the consumption of healthy and natural food products,2 which in turn is helping to drive a steady rise in tortilla sales, as manufacturers work to meet diverse dietary demands.3 Organic, gluten-free, low carb, and high fiber are just a few of these trends consumers are demanding, but they can come with formulation challenges. That’s where Kemin can help.
The Kemin tortilla product line allows both corn and flour tortilla manufacturers to improve the shelf life and/or quality of their tortilla product. Kemin works with customers one-on-one to help find the best formulation for your tortilla needs. We work with you to go through your ingredient formulation, product goals and manufacturing capabilities to make sure we make the proper product recommendation. The chart below shows how our products can target both your shelf life and operational concerns:
TillaPack™ is our batch pack product line for flour tortillas. Composed of anywhere from 2 – 20+ ingredients, these batch packs provide you with all the essential minor ingredients your tortilla needs to keep it high quality, appealing and fresh. Our team will work with you one-on-one to help create a formulation to meet your tortilla ingredient goals. Whether you need a burrito style or gordita / casera style batch pack or you are trying to meet a certain label claim, Kemin can offer you a wide variety of options in our batch pack solutions, so contact us today to determine which system will work for you.
The TillaZyme™ line is our range of enzyme blends for corn tortillas. TillaZyme helps retain moistness and interferes with the retrogradation process, a key contributor to staling. TillaZyme reduces the rate of staling that naturally occurs through moisture loss over time or due to starch retrogradation resulting in a softer product with moistness, improved flexibility and no breaking or drying.
Our TillaSoft™ line is our range of dough conditioners and softeners for flour tortillas. TillaSoft helps improve the dough softness and extensibility of flour tortillas. In addition, this product can help delay the retrogradation process in flour tortillas so your customer doesn’t experience stale tortillas.
Our solutions combined with our technical expertise, in-depth quality testing and our state-of-the-art Bakery Innovation Center allows manufacturers to find the ideal solution for their tortilla needs. Contact Us today to learn more.
1 IBIS Tortilla Production in the US – September 2020.