RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Fiberstar, Inc. on Dec. 11 was awarded the plant-based innovation award for its clean label Citri-Fi ingredient solution from 2019 Food Ingredients Europe. The company was recognized for its plant-based meat alternative using its natural citrus fiber, which is also available for clean label pet food applications.

Fiberstar was selected among three finalists for the award. The company was chosen because the ingredient “improves meat-like texture” and ability to hold moisture and oil-binding capabilities to give it a juicy meat analog, according to the company.

“Fiberstar continues to be on the forefront when creating new technologies for meat alternative foods,” says John Haen, president and CEO of Fiberstar. “We work closely with our customers to share solutions that fit their needs.”

Citri-Fi can be used as a more natural, clean label alternative to replace methyl cellulose. The ingredient is non-allergenic and Non-GMO Project certified. The Citri-Fi portfolio includes citrus fiber, which was awarded in this case, as well as dried citrus pulp and citrus flour.

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