With worldwide demand for gluten-free and allergen-free organic ingredients growing, Hudson, Wisconsin, U.S. supplier of organic ingredients Ciranda, Inc. has recently introduced a certified organic, pre-gelatinized tapioca starch for use in gluten-free food manufacturing. The new product responds to increased demand from Ciranda’s customers for additional gluten-free ingredients. The company also offers its customers allergen-free and Kosher Pareve organic chocolates made in an allergen-free facility.

According to Ciranda the new product’s neutral flavor as well as its ability to stabilize and thicken formulations without cooking ─ known as cold-water swelling ─ offers gluten-free food manufacturers a healthful and reliable means to achieve proper rise, elasticity and texture in baked goods and desserts. “As a result, the product delivers superior texture and taste to gluten-free breads, mixes, cookies, instant sauces, puddings and frozen desserts, both dairy and non-dairy. In addition, the tapioca pre-gel starch also maintains excellent freeze/thaw characteristics and has a low level of syneresis.”

Ciranda Inc. provides an assortment of top-quality certified organic and fair trade ingredients to manufacturers and distributors in the organic food and personal care industries throughout the world. The company range includes some of the ingredients in high demand, such as cocoa and chocolate, coconut and agave products, certified sustainable palm oil and starch derivatives such as tapioca products. In September 2011, Ciranda announced it had added the certification of sustainability awarded to its palm oil producer to its growing list of fair trade and environmental initiatives. Ciranda’s palm oil ─ produced by Brazil-based Agropalma ─ recently received the certification from the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) after achieving EcoSocial certification in 2008.

With this certification, Ciranda reinforced its commitment to sustainable palm oil production, an effort that enforces improved environmental, social and economic standards in farming and production. An RSPO member since September 2007, Ciranda supports the organizations global initiative to protect bio-diversity, strengthen local economies, provide a livable wage to workers and educational and healthcare support to their families – while producing a superior product.

The certification of Agropalma, a leader in South America’s palm oil industry, represents Brazil’s first certification of sustainable palm oil. With Agropalma, global production of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) is now close to 5 million tons, 10 percent of global palm oil production.