At the 2022 International Baking Industry Exposition, Cargill showcased its commitment to the bakery industry with new solutions that offer improved functionality and address prevailing consumer trends around personal and planetary health.

New product-related announcements took aim at bakery staples, with an expanded line of icing shortenings. Featured benefits include creamier texture, greater plasticity range, and broader temperature tolerance.

“A lot of icings get stored in cold temperatures, making it hard to spread,” pointed out Jamie Mavec, senior marketer, global edible oil solutions for Cargill. “Our PalmAgility 507 and PalmAgility 516 icing shortenings offer creamier texture and a boarder temperature range, making it much better for cake decorators.”

Like all products in the PalmAgility® bakery shortening line, PalmAgility 507 and PalmAgility 516 icing shortenings were developed to achieve consistent and reliable performance over a wide temperature range. PalmAgility 507 is specially formulated for the ready-to-use icings that are essential to fresh bakery outlets, while PalmAgility 516 works well in a variety of applications, including those that require freeze-thaw tolerance.

Compared to standard palm-based shortenings, these products have a creamier texture, reduced brittleness and broader plasticity range, resulting in smooth, spreadable icings that are easy to use, even when the icing has been in cold storage.

Indulgence is king

Courtney LeDrew, marketing manager for Cargill Starches, Sweeteners and Texturizers, points out that “indulgence is king, but consumers do really want reduced sugar.”

Cargill also revealed significant gains on the sustainability front, adding RSPO-certified segregated palm olein and palm stearin to its North American portfolio. With this announcement, the company becomes one of the first palm oil suppliers to offer a full line of RSPO-certified segregated products. RSPO-segregated products offer customers greater assurance and transparency as there’s no co-mingling – they’re kept separate from commodity palm oil supplies, traceable throughout the supply chain and produced according to the criteria established by the RSPO.

Related to the company’s palm oil sustainability efforts, Cargill’s PalmWise® traceability and sustainability monitoring data platform was recognized as a finalist in the 2022 BEST in Baking Program’s Sustainability award category. Updated quarterly, PalmWise provides customers a window into their specific supply chain, giving them easy access to the sustainability data relevant to their palm oil purchases, including traceability details and sustainability performance.