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A bakery line at Newly Weds Foods has been commissioned to supply clean-label breadcrumbs made from just four Australian ingredients.

With country of origin, allergen control and clean label in mind, Newly Weds Foods Australia recently commissioned a new TLC breadcrumb baking line to make purpose-baked, clean label breadcrumbs using traditional production methods.

The line was designed to help manufacturers rise to the challenge of country of origin and clean labelling, and to offer products with shorter, less complicated ingredient lists, according to Newly Weds Foods national sales and marketing manager Laurie Redfern.

The new line has, for the past three years, been quietly churning out crumb 24 hours a day with all the benefits of that made from unsold retail bread, but without the disadvantages of returned breadcrumbs.

“The line was commissioned after Newly Weds Foods recognised issues starting to present in the traditional breadcrumb market where product is produced from returned, unsold bread from retail,” Redfern says.

“Forecasts by supermarkets were improving, so returned product was becoming less plentiful, meaning availability of crumb was not consistent to customers.”

Differing formulations of retail bread also meant ingredient declarations were becoming longer, according to Redfern, and included potential allergens − not ideal when the crumb is a small component of the finished product.

There was also higher probability for foreign material contamination in the removal of the bread from its plastic bags, Redfern says.

“The new crumb line offers a traditional baked crumb that is consistent in supply, low in cost and can have an ingredient list of only four Australian raw materials – flour, salt, sugar & yeast.”

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