Why Milne MicroDried is the Preferred Supplier of Dried Berries and Other Fruits
Fruit, especially powdered or dried berries, are packed with loads of useful vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and fiber. They are not only essential to a balanced diet; they are great additives for a whole host of products. Food companies are increasingly turning to Milne Microdried to supply all of their powdered, fragmented, and dried berry needs.
The Milne Microdried Advantage – Improving Your Ease of Use
Berries and fruits, by their very nature, are fragile, spoil quickly, and are difficult to transport. Our proprietary processes address all of these concerns and more, making it easy for you to incorporate healthy, delicious dried berries and fruits into your product lines. Ease of use is a term that may mean slightly different things to different food handlers, but it means creating ingredients that can go through whatever processing, packaging and shipping steps are required to get your food products to the consumer while at the same time preserving the most appealing parts of the fruit. Dried should be rich in natural color, have the desired texture and consistency, and preserve their bold, delicious flavors. That is the Milne Microdried way.
Our dried berries and fruits are durable and easy to handle. They are specifically processed to be easy to blend, mix, package, and transport. The key is to reduce moisture levels within the berry without damaging the skin/membrane to preserve the structural integrity of the food ingredient. This is a process we have perfected, making our products as durable and easy to use as any on the marketplace.
Ease of Transport
Fruits are dense and berries are particularly high in water content, which makes them heavy and expensive to ship. Reducing the water weight of berries dramatically reduces shipping costs. Consider the approximate water content of these fruits:
- Blackberries: 88-90%
- Blueberries: 83-84%
- Cranberries: 85-87%
- Currants 83-85%
- Golden Berries: 85-86%
- Raspberries: 85-87%
- Strawberries: 90-91%
The drying process typically removes about 75-80% of all water content from berries, removing the overwhelming majority of the weight while preserving the flavor and nutritional value of the berries. You simply end up with far more solids and less water per pound. If you want the flavor and nutritional benefits of berries, but need to make handling easier and shipping cheaper, dried berries and fruits are the best option.
All Milne Microdried products are free from additives, preservatives, artificial coloring, fillers, and artificial flavoring. We are adding a single ingredient to your product with field-to-delivery traceability. This means your products can be cleanly labeled with a single ingredient.
Without preservatives, some food manufacturers worry that fruit and berries will spoil. After all, fresh berries lose their flavor and structural integrity very quickly, and spoil faster than most other ingredients. Modern food preservation technologies have made it possible to extend the shelf-life of fruits and berries without stripping them of their nutritional value. However, a number of these preservation methods still involve the use of additives like sugar and other preservatives that lower the nutritional value of the fruit. Even for the convenience of a longer shelf-life, this is still a big compromise to make. Our proprietary drying processes allow for a two-year shelf life without any additives or preservatives.
Milne Microdried has built a reputation for providing timely shipping of the highest quality fruit and vegetable ingredients to the industrial food industry. It is a reputation built one satisfied customer at a time, from small entrepreneurial shops to some of the world’s largest and most recognizable brands, such as:
- General Mills
- C Fresh
Milne Microdried offers a whole host of fruits and vegetables to use as ingredients, and a number of processes, including IQF frozen foods and dried fruits and vegetables available in powders, fragments, whole pieces and more. We offer over 30 different varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the following:
- Dried Aronia Berries
- Dried Blueberries
- Dried Cauliflower
- Dried Cranberries
- Dried Golden Berries
- Dried Peas
- Dried Pineapple
- Dried Raspberries
- Dried Strawberries
- Dried Sweet Potatoes
Each variety of dried berry is available as in a crunchy (low moisture) and chewy (high moisture) ingredient and a wide variety of piece sizes so that you can get just the consistency and texture you are looking for in your product.
Speaking of products, Milne Microdried has been used in a huge variety of products, including (but certainly not limited to):
- Ice Creams
- Trail Mixes
- Energy Bars
- Drink Mixes
- Frozen Yogurt
- Protein Bars
- Granola Bars
- Popcorn Mixes
MicroDried Preserves the Nutritional Value of Dried Berries
Many of our products are “superfoods” and “superfruits.” We preserve the natural health benefits of these berries and fruits without adding any preservatives or coloring. Each dried berry is naturally gluten-free, low-fat, high-fiber, low-sodium, allergen-free fruits. We use GMO-free fruits and have the Non-GMO certificate to prove it.
Each rich delicious, dried berry is a nutritional powerhouse ; here are some of the health benefits they offer:
EACH DRIED BERRY IS PACKED WITH NUMEROUS ANTIOXIDANTS
A dried berry actually has a higher antioxidant concentration than a fresh berry. This means that MicroDried berries contain much higher antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are believed by some to fight the onset of aging and help the body mitigate damage sustained from free radicals that are believed to increase the risk of diseases like cancer.
DRIED BERRIES AND OTHER FRUITS ARE LOW CALORIE SWEETENERS
Milne MicroDried’s drying process ensures that berries are dried with no added sugar or sweeteners. This gives them a similar calorie content to that of fresh fruit. However, because the moisture has been removed, they pack a flavor punch and can serve as the sweetening ingredient in many applications. Dried berries are a healthy option and infusing them with artificial chemicals compromises their overall nutritional value. The low-calorie content of MicroDried berries makes them ideal for low-calorie diets.
DRIED BERRIES ARE IDEAL FOR DIABETIC DIETS
Milne MicroDried berries are artificial sweetener-free and have no added sugars. The berries are digested at a much slower rate than normal carbohydrates and are, therefore, not likely to cause spikes in blood sugar. This ranks them low on the glycemic index, making them safe for consumption by diabetic patients and people on low-sugar diets.
EACH DRIED BERRY IS RICH IN VITAMIN C
A quarter cup of dried blueberries, for instance, can provide a healthy dose of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is essential in tissue and bone repair. It is a necessity in the formation of collagen as well, which forms our skin, blood vessels, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. It is suggested that Vitamin C makes a great contribution towards our skin, immune system, and bone health, but its role in collagen formation makes it a valuable antioxidant. Collagen is believed by some researchers to oppose free radicals’ damage to body cells, create disorder at the DNA level, increase the risk of cancer, and contribute to heart disease.
FLAVONOIDS FOUND IN EACH DRIED BERRY BOOSTS CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Anthocyanins are the phytochemicals that give blueberries their color. Much like antioxidants, their primary benefit is that they are good at combating free radicals. Some studies also show that anthocyanins are strongly associated with improved cardiovascular health. The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture also suggests that flavonoids, compounds that are found in abundance in berries, are also linked with better cardiovascular health. Whether fresh or dried, berries retain much of their antioxidant, anthocyanin, and flavonoid content. This explains their potential for cardiovascular health benefits. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School Both showed that women in the study group who consumed at least 3 servings (1/2 cup) of berries per week were 34% less likely to have suffered a heart attack than those eating less.
These are the ingredients your consumers want in their foods, and the nutritional health benefits you want your products to offer.
Compare Berry Drying Processes – Why Micro-Dried Is Superior
Dehydration is one of the oldest food preservation methods ever used. It works for berries just as well as it does for meats, vegetables, and even liquids like milk. Sun-dehydrating alters the flavor as well as the texture of berries. In most cases, the result is usually a loss of mouth appeal, which some try to remedy by using additives like sugars and syrups. Milne MicroDried’s drying approach is notably different. It allows for the customization of the berry’s final texture, size, shape, and water activity. MicroDried technology retains much of the natural taste thereby eliminating the need for artificial sweeteners. MicroDried technology meets consumer expectations as well as industry certification standards including Kosher, USDA, BRC, Organic, and AIB.
Unlike infused drying techniques which soaks fruit in fruity baths, MicroDried’s drying process does not include the addition of sugars, artificial colors or preservatives. The process is unique because it dries the berry without significantly altering its shape or size. MicroDried whole fruit pieces have much better eye appeal, plus a higher nutritional value than some other drying processes.
Air drying is not as uniform as Milne’s MicroDried process, which ensures that berries are dried to a precise texture. The latter technology is more suitable for drying berries and other fruits in whole pieces, fine and coarse powders, fragments, wedges and slices, and cubes. This makes it the most attractive drying method for multiple applications.
MICRODRIED’S DRYING PROCESS
The proprietary technology used to dry berries at Milne MicroDried results in wholesome, additive-free and preservative-free dried berries, vegetables, and other fruits. The process preserves much of the characteristics of the fruit apart from its moisture content. Everything else, from the taste to the color, is better retained compared to other drying methods.
MicroDried technology creates 100% fruit ingredients with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, or coloring agents. It also leaves the fruit with a natural sweetness and unique texture that greatly improves its mouth appeal.
Most other dried products suffer from a loss of color and a lack of mouth appeal due to texture changes during the drying process. Milne MicroDried’s innovative drying process dries berries in a vacuum using microwave heat. As the fruit or vegetable loses moisture, the vacuum keeps it from collapsing under air pressure. This is what makes the final product a whole fruit or vegetable piece that looks better, is tastier, and healthier. Milne’s drying technique is highly versatile, so texture, piece size, shape, and water activity can be customized to create different ingredients for different applications without altering the taste or mouth appeal.
Poor drying techniques often lead to the loss of useful nutrients, the decay of the natural flavor profile and poor coloring. Likewise, a superior method of drying can preserve the very best a fruit has to offer.
Conclusion – The Superior Dried Berry Supplier
The proprietary MicroDried food preservation techniques have been creating healthier, more nutritious dried berries, vegetables, and other fruits for the years. Innovative drying technologies minimize nutritional loss during the drying process while making it easier to retain most of the nutrients.
Better mouth appeal, texture, durability, portability, longer shelf life, ease of use, and overall nutritional content is what sets MicroDried’s drying process apart from the rest. With the ability to retain each dried berry’s natural flavors as well as colors, we have eliminated the need for artificial sweeteners and coloring agents, leaving our products free of chemical additives. That allows you to have clean labeling on all of your products.
For a free sample of dried berries and other products, or to learn more about Milne Microdried products, please call 208-461-5100.