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Bunge introduces Beleaf PlantBetter in North America

July 8, 2024

Bunge has announced the launch of Beleaf PlantBetter in North America, following its successful European launch in 2023. Beleaf PlantBetter is the answer to the complexities faced by food manufacturers and bakers seeking plant-based alternatives that match the sensory qualities and versatile functionality of traditional dairy butter and can easily be integrated in their current production process. Achieving the precise aeration, volume and taste required for products such as croissants, cakes, etc, has proven challenging for most butter substitutes. These challenges have been further amplified by the escalating volatility in butter pricing, driving the need for innovative solutions.

“Beleaf PlantBetter stands out by delivering the same sensory excellence and processing ease as traditional dairy butter,” commented Aaron Buettner, President Food Solutions at Bunge. “We are excited to offer a solution that not only meets the high standards of our industry partners but also supports their sustainability goals all while delivering a lower cost-in-use compared to butter.”

Beleaf PlantBetter captures the distinctive aroma, taste and texture of traditional butter and is composed of easily recognizable ingredients from all-natural sources. It aligns with the growing consumer desire for transparency in food products, delivering an ingredient list that consumers can understand and feel good about. It has the same melting characteristics as dairy fat and is initially designed for bakery applications, with future plans to extend to other dairy and confectionery applications. The solution offers food manufacturers and bakers advantages including sensory excellence, cost savings and reduced input price volatility, and easy processing.

Beleaf PlantBetter is not only vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, lactose free, non-palm and soy-free, but it also mimics butter in melting point, volume, plasticity, lamination, and emulsification. This makes it ideal for a variety of bakery applications, ensuring a taste profile that enhances the final flavor experience.

In addition to its exceptional performance in bakery applications, Beleaf PlantBetter is perfect for culinary sauces and gravies, delivering a plant-based system that matches the taste and texture of cream, providing the highest quality creaminess for sauces, gravies, and prepared foods.

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