E-number free, natural ingredient
After three years of intensive studies to carry on its circular economy business model, JRS Silvateam Ingredients developed an innovative process to use its partially depectinised citrus peels. The result is a citrus fiber, commercialised under Aglufiber® brand.
Just beside its pectin plant in Rende (southern Italy), a new state-of-the-art facility for citrus fiber production has been built, extremely efficient in terms of water and energy consumption.
Aglufiber® is an off-white powder with a neutral taste and smell, obtained from 100% citrus peels. It contains a minimum of 85% of fibers, both insoluble (cellulose and hemicellulose) and soluble (pectin), as well as proteins and salts. It is declared as an ingredient, according to Regulation (EC) N. 1333/2008, and, thus, out of the scope of the food additive list.
The product range includes Aglufiber® FA and Aglufiber® FAS, two solutions with the same properties that simply differ in granulometry.
- Excellent cold swelling properties
- High water binding capacity
- High emulsifying activity and emulsion stability
- Replacement of stabilising, emulsifying and thickening agents
- Improvement of texture, mouthfeel and viscosity in the final food application
- Does not require an E-number
- Labelled as citrus fiber according to Regulation (EC) N. 1169/2011
What it is made of
Citrus fiber is a dietary fiber derived from the indigestible part of citrus fruit which mostly passes through the human digestive system, without breaking down or being digested.
Citrus fiber consists of soluble and/or insoluble fibrous components of different citrus fruits. Soluble dietary fibers (SDF), which includes pectin, fructans, psyllium and other gums, dissolve in water and are broken down into a gel-like substance in the colon.
On the contrary, insoluble dietary fibers (IDF) don’t dissolve in water and keep their structure intact as food moves through the gastrointestinal tract. This category includes cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. Most plants contain both soluble and insoluble fibers, but in different amounts.