Ingredients specialist Ulrick & Short has launched a starch designed to enhance flavour in lower-fat foodstuffs.

Called Delyte 9, the new ingredient brings “enhanced indulgence to lower-fat foodstuffs everywhere”, claimed the British-owned clean-label specialist

Delyte 9 is a tapioca-based non-GM clean-label starch suitable as a substitute for the majority of fats, including butter, oil, cream and milk solids, while also enhancing the formulation with increased body and texture.

“Aside from the clear advantages of reduced fat and calories, Delyte 9 can be used to co-texturise in its own right, thanks to its innate stability,” Ulrick & Short said in a statement.

Delyte 9 is also suitable for vegetarian, dairy-free and vegan products.

Adrian Short, Ulrick & Short director, said: “Like Ulrick & Short’s other ingredients, the Delyte range is designed to be neutral in application, maximising flavour while minimising change to taste or texture.

“As well as supporting overall label simplification, Delyte 9 can also help forge a healthier traffic-light classification; in use it reduces not just the fat content but calories too, thus making it the ideal choice to help meet nutritional targets. Offering hot, cold and frozen process tolerance, Delyte 9 is allergen-free and highly functional.”