Uelzena offers new recipes for sweetened condensed milk
Industrially produced sweetened condensed milk is one of the most important milk-based ingredients for the food and confectionery industry, alongside milk powder and anhydrous milk fat. The major nutritional trends of recent years, such as vegetarian and vegan products, products with an organic label, clean label or food for certain faith groups, also place new demands on the ingredients that are needed. WS Warmsener Spezialitäten GmbH, as a specialist for sweetened condensed milk, under the Uelzena umbrella, is reacting to the current market trends with new product varieties and packaging options.
Sweetened condensed milk (SCM) is mainly used in the production of high-quality caramel fillings, chocolate bars, pralines, toffees, dessert sauces, ice cream and many other confectionery products. There it not only provides the typical caramel taste, but also influences the desired consistency and mouthfeel of the finished product.
WS Warmsener Spezialitäten GmbH belongs to the Uelzena Group and is one of the largest manufacturers for SCM in Europe. The North German dairy based in Warmsen supplies the major branded companies in the confectionery industry. To further strengthen this position, the company is expanding its range of products for industrial customers and is also investing in a new, flexible filling line for bag-in-box systems to open up completely new markets.
Current food trends require new product solutions
The major trends of recent years, such as vegetarian and vegan products, products with an organic label, clean label or food for certain faith groups that for example comply with the rules for halal or kosher, are increasingly in demand by today’s highly informed consumers. Therefore, the demand for suitable ingredients for the development and production of these new product qualities is also growing parallel within the food and confectionery manufacturers.
“On the one hand, we are noticing a strong increase in demand for certified varieties such as organic and/or Fairtrade as well as Halal and Kosher. And completely new products are being added, such as sweetened condensed milk with the addition of vegetable fat, purely vegetable alternatives without milk or even replacing the sugar with certain sugar substitutes,” said Johannes Rother, Managing Director of WS Warmsener Spezialitäten GmbH (Uelzena), describing the rapidly changing requirements of his customers. The company reacted by developing new varieties and also has certified its products for various standards to meet these new requirements.
The dairy in Warmsen is currently a pioneer in the market for organic certified sweetened condensed milk, as well as for Fairtrade-licensed condensed milk. When using vegetable fats in the new recipes, the procurement of sustainably produced raw materials is a particularly important criterion; here the company uses RSPO-certified palm fat, for example. As a central organisation, RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) promotes sustainable cultivation methods for palm oil in the producer countries and has defined several principles and criteria that must be met for sustainable palm oil production.
New forms of packaging open up markets