Batory Foods announced it has acquired the assets of Minneapolis-based Polypro International, Inc., one of the largest distributors of hydrocolloids in the United States and the Americas. With the addition of the Polypro business, Batory is positioned to become the largest distributor of clean label texturants in the United States. Polypro has been in business for 37 years and is a prominent supplier of Procol food grade guar gum, which is used as a thickening, stabilizing, suspending and binding agent.
Two key factors drive the movement: increased supply of local specialty grains to support local and regional mills, and new mills at the retail and wholesale bakery level in efforts to complement — but not replace — existing flour supplies.
“Sourdough is deeply embedded in human history. For tens of thousands of years, we have been basing our culture on microbial ecology,” says Erin McKenney, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher at North Carolina State University.
In an exclusive interview with Bake magazine, Jonathan Davis, senior vice president of innovation at La Brea Bakery, shares his vision of influential trends coming to the forefront of the craft bread sector in 2020.