Unifine has added a new vegetable-based alternative to egg-based glazes, which can be used on products such as hot cross buns. UniShine is a sterilised, clean-label, ready-to-use gloss, which is created from vegetable proteins. It offers bakers shiny-topped products, and a uniform, non-sticky surface which doesn’t cling to silicon paper or baking trays, according to the firm.

The liquid ready-to-use spray is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and contains no allergens, e-numbers, preservatives or GMOs. It is also free of hydrogenated fat and palm oil.

"From January 2012, it will be illegal in EU countries to produce eggs from battery-caged birds," commented Simon Solway, UK MD of Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients. "Moreover, the increasing demand for eggs from free-range chickens is pushing prices upwards." UniShine is available in 20kg bags or a 1-ton tank. A guide on the use of the product and its applications is also available.