Spreads are foods that are applied, generally with a knife, onto bread, crackers and similar foods. A spread is used to enhance the flavour or texture of the food, which may be considered bland without it.
A sandwich spread is a spreadable condiment that goes inside a sandwich and is typically used as an accompaniment for more solid ingredients. Examples include dairy spreads such as soft cheeses and plant-derived spreads such as hummus, an Eastern Mediterranean dish made from cooked, mashed chickpeas.
Spreadable cheese is growing in popularity as consumers gravitate to healthy, convenient snacking and seek new experiences such as using soft cheese as a cooking ingredient.
The category is diversifying as manufacturers add new flavours and varieties – from full-fat to low-fat, and from particle-free to recipes with herbs and spices. We have the food production knowledge – and the processing equipment – to help you explore all parts of the spreadable cheese universe.
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Vegetable-based foods such as hummus are on the rise to meet the demand for healthier diets. While people are taking care of themselves by consuming more vegetable-based foods, they also see these foods as a way of taking better care of the planet.
Classic hummus is made from chickpeas mixed with tahina, oil, lemon juice and garlic and it is high in protein, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. The mixing is a challenge because hummus is highly viscous. We have developed the necessary expertise to advise customers about the choice of processing equipment and process parameters in order to obtain hummus of exactly the right quality.
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Our Product Development Centres (PDC's) are a great resource for developing into new types of spreadable products and categories
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Choosing the right method of heating for prepared food applications is a delicate task. Much like what happens in kitchens all over the world, we use heat to achieve a desired taste and texture.
Consumers enjoy the convenience of pre-prepared food on-the-go, but they still want it to taste as good as homemade. Find more prepared food products in Find by food.
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