GERMANY - The German organic industry is booming, with organic farming playing a key role in the food and agriculture industries. So much so that in 2017 the federal government is expected to invest €20 million to support and strengthen organic farming in order to push organically cultivated land to total 20 per cent of Germany’s overall cropland.
KRÖNER-STÄRKE, a leading German producer of wheat starches, has been producing organic versions of its popular range of starches for nearly thirty years and is now in a prime position to help meet increased demand for organic animal feed. Producers looking to source home-grown organic ingredients for their feed, involving minimum transportation, need look no further.
The firm can provide the supply chain with a dependable source of high standard, organic raw materials, which can be used as functional and clean-label ingredients in a wide variety of feed products. Applications for its organic starches are wide reaching and range from feed pellets and milk replacement feed for farmers to fish flakes and pet foods.
Nutritionally, pre-gelatinised starches act as a carrier substance for amino acids, minerals and feedstuff additives and are often used for thickening in milk replacement feedstuff. In addition to this, producers of feed pellets and flakes will find these starches a useful aid to improving binding strength when pelletizing their products whilst also providing additional protection from abrasion. The more robust product should result in less wastage and thus protect business profits.
Organic FEEDGEL, produced by KRÖNER-STÄRKE, is a cold swelling wheat starch that not only helps with pelletizing but can also be used to replace molasses as a binding material in semi-moisture pet foods or as a thickener for milk replacers. Its organic credentials and excellent functionality make it ideal for animal feed producers looking to create a cost-effective and environmentally sound product.
Many people have concerns regarding the rising levels of chemicals to which they are exposed on a daily basis, and therefore, select meat and other groceries originating from chemical-free production methods as a way to reduce this. Feed producers offering an organic alternative to their usual products can tap into this growing market - providing they can vouch for the quality of their raw materials.
Sourcing dependable raw materials need not be difficult. With KRÖNER-STÄRKE’s totally chemical-free approach to the production of all of its starches, feed producers are guaranteed organic starches with full traceability. Even the water used in its grain processing stage is sourced from its own natural spring water well.
KRÖNER-STÄRKE routinely monitors both the land and grain suppliers it uses in order to ensure complete integrity in its own organic supply chain. The company has an in-depth knowledge of the organic cultivation methods used in the production of its raw materials, and makes sure that all of its delivery partners adhere to the standards set by European Organic Regulations with regard to the use of pesticides.
Product development manager Maren Wiese commented: “Our raw organic ingredients are grown to strict standards ensuring that feed producers can rely on their quality. Our organic starches are available in native, pre-gelatinised or gluten free form and enable feed processors to benefit from excellent functionality whilst at the same time being able to satisfy demand for more sustainable, clean-label ingredients in feed products.”
As a responsible, innovative and committed organic supplier, KRÖNER-STÄRKE will be attending the BIOFACH organic show in the Exhibition Centre, Nuremburg from 15th – 18th February 2017. There, feed processing companies will be able to speak directly to product developers and feed technologists and see for themselves the high quality of organic raw materials that the company is able to supply.
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