There are companies and small businesses in the industry and small places use local sources while companies who manufacture on a larger scale may need to have its own farm to produce its own products. What also separates these two is the use of preservatives and industrial ingredients like CP Kelco’s hydrocolloids. But when going to a field trip with my class to Campbells Soup Company, the chef asked us after talking about a premium tomato soup, “How would you source thousands of pounds of jicama juice to sweeten the soup?” A lot of us stayed silent in thought. That was his question for us to answer at the end of the tour. Seeing their plant I kept asking myself mentally where suppliers and companies gather large amounts of ingredients. The answer the chef gave was doing research to see if it’s the best-suited ingredient. Of course there are more answers but this made sense because research is always step one for a quest. There are also ingredients specific to production.
There are companies like CP Kelco and Unilever who produce ingredients to ensure products are consistent and longer lasting with great quality. CP kelco is one of the largest, leading producers of hydrocolloids. They study and produce hydrocolloids ro be used for manufacturing purposes. They create pectins, carrageenans, xanthan gums and gellan gums. These are commonly used on an industrial scale for commercial products. Some familiar products might be hot sauces, ice ceams and yogurts. The purpose is to maintain the luxurious textures companies’ favor. They stabilize textures by creating a network and structure. These ingredients are also used to produce contemporary dishes and products like foams, gels and many molecular phenomenons. Another ingredient that is used widely on the industrial level are silica beads. These beads remove moisture for packaged food maintaining a longer shelf life. All of these products are meant for the industrial level, there are many more amazing products that can extend shelf life and improve the quality and consumer liking.
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