A new egg-free glaze from Arla Foods Ingredients gives a long-lasting shine and golden colour to baked goods.

Multilac BK1111 is an E number-free, natural and cheaper alternative to liquid pasteurised egg, typically reducing raw material costs by 10-30%, said Arla.

"Multilac BK1111 is based on our own innovative technology," said Søren Rothbøl Nørgaard, head of Arla Foods Ingredients’ bakery application centre. "Although we have sold similar egg-free solutions for specific bakery products, this is the first all-round solution in our range."

Trials show the egg-free glaze can give a higher, longer-lasting shine than traditional egg wash, while the adhesive effect holds toppings such as sesame and poppy seeds in place.

Also, unlike liquid egg wash, which provides the perfect conditions for bacterial growth, Multilac BK1111 stays in top condition all day.

Bakers just mix the instantly soluble powder solution with water and the egg-free glaze is ready for use.