Online calculator reveals cost savings of egg replacers

Tuesday, 05 June, 2018

Online calculator reveals cost savings of egg replacers

Bakery companies can now use a new online calculator by Arla Foods Ingredients to see how much they could save by using egg replacers in their recipes.

The egg production industry has been particularly volatile over the last few years, and this, combined with consumers transitioning to vegan lifestyles, has put pressure on cake manufacturers to control the cost and quality of their products.

Outbreaks of avian flu in Mexico, America and Asia between 2013 and 2016 and the scares in the US and Europe involving Salmonella and the pesticide Fipronil in 2017 and 2018 have resulted in big fluctuations in supply levels and prices of eggs. As a result, the industry is looking for a more stable and reliable alternative, such as Arla Foods Ingredients’ Nutrilac whey protein egg replacers.

While eggs are seen as a staple ingredient in cake, Arla Foods Ingredients stated that its Nutrilac range can replace up to 50% of the eggs in a cake recipe. It said Nutrilac has substituted as many as 300 million eggs last year and predicts that the demand will increase throughout 2018.

According to the company, sensory evaluations have shown that the egg substitute has similar properties to eggs and also keeps cakes moist and fresh for longer during their shelf life, and creates a less fragile and more resilient crumb. There are also potential processing benefits, including increased stability and reduced waste.

Therefore, it offers bakers a stable supply and pricing of ingredients, giving them greater control over raw material costs. To demonstrate the potential cost savings that would result from substituting eggs with whey proteins, the company has developed an online calculator.

“The benefits of Nutrilac whey protein egg replacers mean that bakers don’t need to put all their eggs in one basket. They can better protect themselves against the unpredictability of the global egg market and, in doing so, harness the application and quality gains that our proteins deliver,” said Aparecido Silveira, Industry Marketing Manager for Bakery at Arla Foods Ingredients.

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