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Essentia launches an all-natural smoked flavor ingredient with functional benefits

Published: 04 Nov 2020

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Ingredients specialist Essentia Protein Solutions has launched an authentic, all-natural smoke flavor made from the famous hams of southwestern Germany.

Essentia’s new powdered smoke flavor is designed to add the distinct smoky taste of ham to a host of savory and meat applications, and it doubles as a functional protein solution for many meat products.

It is derived from the skin surrounding the famous smoked hams produced in southwestern Germany. After removing the skin from the smoked hams, the skin undergoes a thermal and mechanical treatment that removes fat and preserves the taste, while creating a versatile functional ingredient with emulsifying properties.

Essentia’s new flavor ingredient will be marketed as ProFlavor™ P BF to blenders and producers in the savory segment, and as ScanPro™ P BF to meat manufacturers.

It enables manufacturers to maximize taste with a rich smoked flavor alternative.

Global Marketing Director Irene Plats explains: “This is a powerful smoked flavor product with all-natural flavor benefits. As a powdered ingredient, it is highly versatile for countless applications. Manufacturers can integrate this unique smoke flavor into a variety of soups, sauces, marinades, ready meals, snack seasonings and blends. And it has a slight gelling effect that will help enhance the viscosity of sauces, condiments or dips, for pleasant mouthfeel.”

“Equally, this functional protein is ideal for ground and emulsified applications like sausages, cold cuts, meat balls and meatloafs, where you want to infuse the natural flavor of smoked ham. It will not only improve the texture, but also provide a significant and delicious flavor boost of smoked ham”, she continues.

Additionally, the water-binding properties of ScanPro™ P BF make this ingredient a cost-efficient choice, as it works well in emulsified products or ground meat applications where manufacturers want to replace parts of the meat.

Irene Plats also puts emphasize on the sustainable advantage of using skin from the smoked ham: “We have turned the skins that are otherwise discarded, into a valuable and fully natural smoke flavor ingredient able to create a significant flavor impact in many food products. As a result, we support sustainable sourcing and an authentic story of old traditions.”

As well as helping to retain and enhance the real meat flavor often lost with salt reduction, Essentia’s savory flavors are e-number free and contain no known allergens for manufacturers looking for true depth of taste with a clean label.

With over 40 years’ experience, Essentia Protein Solutions is the global leader in meat-based proteins for the food industry.

For more information, contact Essentia Protein Solutions on +45 74 35 11 50 or visit

The ingredients mentioned in the above are not promoted nor for sale in North America.

For press enquiries, please contact: Irene Plats, Global Marketing Director, Essentia Protein Solutions: