Beverage clarification and stabilization with the pure plant-based special product FloraClair®
The beverage industry must respond to the steadily growing global requirements and topics like allergenicity and vegan diet are taking more and more importance. Additionally the increasing economic significance of new growing markets with particular religious dietary concerns like kosher and halal nutrition demand new processes for the beverage industry.
FloraClair® is a purified plant-based protein from the pea. It is guaranteed free of animal ingredients and thus adapted to the production of vegan, halal and kosher certified food products. Despite similar properties, FloraClair® is not a “plant-based gelatine” but a selected protein isolate especially developed for beverage fining.
Application of the fining agent
FloraClair® can replace without problem the clarification process performed more commonly with gelatine. Moreover as observed with gelatine, the use of FloraClair® in combination with colloidal silica and bentonite has been shown to be very efficient for most cases. Longer reaction times are required with pea protein. It is thus recommended to begin the clarification with the pea protein and to mix thoroughly before the addition of bentonite and colloidal silica as it allows a more intensive contact and improves considerably the process. In many assays performed, the protocol was modified as the clarification was sometimes not equivalent to the one obtained with gelatine. This has been an advantageous approach and a sufficient stabilisation was always reached.