Cargill unveils NatureFresh Professional block chocolates, chocolate chips & cocoa powder, showcases innovative food solutions at AAHAR 2024

Cargill Booth at AAHAR 2024
Cargill Booth at AAHAR 2024Photo - Cargill

Further, its commitment to becoming a go-to partner for innovative and complete food solutions, Cargill unveiled a range of block chocolate(s), chocolate chips, and cocoa powder products under its NatureFresh Professional brand and showcased innovative products and solutions curated for the Indian Food and Bakery industry, at AAHAR 2024.

The 38th edition of AAHAR, India’s largest international food & hospitality fair, commenced on 7 March 2024 in New Delhi. Cargill is bringing its innovative applications and products across key categories: Bakery, Confectionery, Chocolates, and Convenience foods under the theme, “The whole world of possibilities.” Cargill’s booth witnessed strong footfall amidst the launch of its chocolate products from the bakery and food industry.

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This year, Cargill’s portfolio on display included a refreshed range of block chocolates; Cargill unveiled NatureFresh - Professional Chocolate Indulgence range of chocolate chips and cocoa powder that are tailored for all types of bakery customers, considering consumer trends and developed using Cargill’s global innovation capabilities. Cargill also showcased innovative Bakery and Convenience Food recipes from its “BakeZone” at its Innovation Center in Gurgaon, using their differentiated ingredient products.

Simon George, president of Cargill India and managing director of Food Solutions South Asia, said, “As we continue to grow together with our partners and customers in India, we are inspired by the exciting new opportunities ahead. Bringing together our global expertise, deep local market insights, and a strong innovation portfolio, we will continue to create safe, healthy, and innovative food solutions for the Indian market. Through AAHAR, we aim to widen our reach to customers and provide comprehensive food solutions to them."

NatureFresh Professional Chocolate Indulgence range

Cargill unveiled its refreshed NatureFresh Professional Chocolate Indulgence Range, including block chocolates, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips, which were meticulously crafted based on extensive research conducted among India's top bakers. Available in four variants – Intense Dark, Dark, Milk, and White- these products provide bakers with the unique flavor of high-quality cocoa with a creamy texture and superior mouthfeel, color, and sheen. Leveraging Cargill's advanced DoMiReCo processing technology, these products ensure consistent, top-notch quality to deliver quality and meet the expectations of Indian bakers. Available in slabs and chips form, these products come with a shelf life of 12-15 months and can be used in a wide range of bakery and ice cream applications like ganache, mousse, filing, garnishing, molding, and enrobing.

NatureFresh's Professional portfolio also includes a unique imported cocoa powder from Cargill’s leading global cocoa powder brand, Gerkens, tailored to the needs of Indian bakers and consumers' preferences for richer and darker-colored powders.

Health and convenience

Cargill also showcased a selection of food solutions demonstrating its proprietary research capabilities – Modified starch, which can be used as a functional ingredient for sauces and dressings such as Tomato Ketchup and mayonnaise. Developed using Cargill's continuous innovation capabilities, these modified starch solutions help products maintain their viscosity throughout their shelf life, boasting uniformity and resilience against acid and heat.

Cargill also showcased its trans-fat-free premium bakery fats with cookies, puffs, and cakes applications in three variants - Elite, Classic & Master under the NatureFresh Professional brand.

Innovative Bakery Solutions

Cargill presented an array of novel recipes, functional fats, and solutions for cakes, cookies, breads, Danish pastries, and peanut butter. The applications are primarily in the bakery category and were developed leveraging Cargill's innovation capabilities to meet and exceed consumer demands for superior quality, flavor, and texture.

In addition to innovative product offerings, Cargill is committed to providing safe and quality products and invests in advanced manufacturing and refining equipment and processes to ensure compliance with the country's highest standards of food safety regulations. Cargill India received two CII Food Safety Awards 2023 for its food safety initiatives at its oil refinery plant in Kurkumbh, Maharashtra, and the sweeteners plant in Davangere, Karnataka.

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