The Nature of Potato Starch

Starch consists of granules. The granules often have the same shape as the raw material. The potato starch granules have potato shape and banana starch granules – banana shape.   Potato starch has a characteristic look in the microscope.  The granules are oval and much bigger than the starch granules from other plants. In polarized light, you…

Organic potato starch – is there enough and where does it come from?

A growing organic market with limited supply In a growing market like organic food – which is transforming itself from a very small niche into a part of the mainstream – supply issues are a little different. The organic market has grown 10% year-on-year for several decades now and the main food trends seem to…

Come and taste Organic SAGO Potato Pearls: BioFach 2016

Once upon a time there was a beautiful white pearl These pearls are manufactured for you from organic potato starch which comes from organic potatoes grown in the pristine Finnish countryside. Enjoy your pearls in hot porridges, puddings, pancakes, sweet desserts and pies. Or improve the texture of your casseroles and meatballs with pearls. Our…

Organic potato starch for Gluten-free products

The gluten-free market hasn’t been only about celiac for a long time. Increasingly consumers buy gluten-free products for perceived health benefits or weight management. Increasingly there is also a demand for organic gluten-free products especially for this broader group of health conscious non-celiac consumers. Europe is the largest gluten-free market but North America is the…

Ciranda: Visiting Finnamyl and Aloja Starkelsen at harvest time

We have worked together with Ciranda Inc. in the United States since 2011 and since then North America has become one of our most important markets for organic potato starch. It is because of the great work Ciranda is doing to develop the North American organic food market but also because the market trends are…

BioFach 2014: 2nd Mini-Seminar on potato starch applications

At BioFach we will arrange our 2nd mini-seminar focusing on potato starch applications in food industry. The topic is “Potato starch as sustainable alternative to various additives in meat, bakery and other products”. Time: Thursday 13th February at 14.00 Place: Room Nizza, NCC Mitte Who should attend: Product developers, Quality Managers, Buyers – Mr Erkki…

Potato starch harvest starting in Latvia

The other week I visited Latvia in order to see organic starch potato harvest and the starch production process at Aloja Starkelsen. You can find my earlier posts last year about the harvest in Finland and the production process at Finnamyl. My purpose was to see and photograph the harvest in Ledurga at Zigmars Logins’ Ozolini…

Starches as alternative to some additives

Consumers expect organic products to contain additives as little as possible or none at all. The organic standards allow for using a limited number of additives but in most cases it is worth considering if even those could be avoided. Also manufacturers of conventional food are increasingly meeting the same challenges as consumers are more…

BioFach 2013 Mini-Seminar on potato starch applications

At BioFach we will arrange a mini-seminar focusing on potato starch applications in food industry. Time: Wednesday 13th February at 12.00 Place: BIOFACH; Room Mailand, NCC Mitte Who should attend: Product developers, Quality Managers, Buyers PROGRAM: Mr Ossi Paakki; CEO Finnamyl Ltd, Finland: Cultivation of organic starch potatoes in Finland and Latvia. Mr Janis Garancs;…