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Supporting our future sports stars: Joanna Mazzoleni

UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG wishes to be recognized as a company and employer that cares for the environment and the community in which we live and work. We support, recognize and reward innovation, initiative and leadership of people throughout the organisation and in our community. The commitment to support our younger generation in their development and career is of particular concern to us and allows us to give something back to the community.

UNIPEKTIN is proud to announce the sponsoring and support of one of Switzerland’s promising and upcoming sportspersons, Joanna Mazzoleni, a player in the Volleyball NLA (National League A) for the Club Raiffeissen Volley Toggenburg.

In National League A, the best Swiss national teams compete with each other. In the 2020/2021 season, ten teams will duel for the women, and eight for men. The most successful team in both men and women’s at the end of the season will receive the hotly coveted title of Swiss champion.

Their NLA team did it! For the first time in more than 15 years, the team made it to the playoffs for the top 8 teams in Switzerland!

We wish Joanna and her team every success in the fight for the title.

Clean label pectin market to bounce back after pandemic

Article published in “What’s New in Food Technology and Manufacturing”

New research has found nearly 80% of the clean label pectin demand has been concentrated in the food and beverage sector.

Consumers have been increasingly focused on cleaner and simpler ingredient lists. Even as the demand for packaged food is rising, food-makers are replacing synthetic additives with natural ingredients.

In recent years, pectin has been a solution to this issue. The starch, which occurs naturally giving structure to fruits and vegetables, has become a commercially essential ingredient for preserves and jams.

The ingredient, which claims many health benefits, can be used as a substitute for a range of preservatives and artificial ingredients.

This is why ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights (FMI) forecasts the clean label pectin market will exhibit nearly 6% CAGR in 2021.


Pectin has determined and influenced UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG throughout its more than 80 years of company history. For example, soon after its foundation in 1936 by the Schauwecker family in Eschenz, Northern Switzerland as a trading company for pectin and fruit concentrates the establishment of pectin factories in Switzerland, Italy and France were initiated and realized.

The degree of involvement of UNIPEKTIN in these pectin ventures changed during the following decades and eventually stood back behind other hydrocolloid activities like galactomannans. However, early in the new Millenium, it was decided to resurrect the pectin business by using UNIPEKTIN’s broad experience base with countless years of experience in pectin production, standardization and application among its management, the laboratory personnel and technical sales-people as well as the international distributors, making UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG once again a trusted source for pectin globally.

NEW: VIDOFIBRES KF 15 – our functionally unique plant fibre from carrots.

Carrot Fibre VIDOFIBRES KF 15. High water-binding capacity paired with very strong swelling capacity, for superior functionality and ease-of-use.

VIDOFIBRES KF 15 is 100% pure Carrot Fibre, produced from carrot pulp after juice processing.

VIDOFIBRES KF 15 is one of the most interesting plant-based, vegetable texturizers, through its high water-binding capacity and particularly very strong swelling capacity, its superior pulpiness and pasty texture, its light-yellow colour and appealing taste, its availability, sustainability and cost-in-use benefits.

VIDOFIBRES KF is initially available as the fine particle size grade, VIDOFIBRES KF 15 C.

VIDOFIBRES KF 15 C carrot fibre provides stabilisation, water binding, structure, texture, freshness and insoluble & soluble dietary fibre.

VIDOFOBRES KF 15 perfectly complements our extensive range of VIDOFIBRES BF (sugar beet), VIDOFIBRES CF (citrus), VIDOFIBRES AF (apple) and VIDOFIBRES PF (pear) fibres.

Please check back regularly for more and updated information, or subscribe to our newsletters

VIDOPECTINE – new application information available now

Pectin has determined and influenced UNIPEKTIN throughout its more than 80 years of company history. For example, soon after its foundation in 1936 by the Schauwecker family in Eschenz, Northern Switzerland as a trading company for pectin and fruit concentrates the establishment of pectin factories in Switzerland, Italy and France were initiated and realized.

The degree of involvement of UNIPEKTIN in these pectin ventures changed during the following decades and eventually stood back behind other hydrocolloid activities like galactomannans. However, early in the new Millenium, it was decided to resurrect the pectin business by using UNIPEKTIN’s broad experience base with countless years of experience in pectin production, standardization and application among its management, the laboratory personnel and technical sales-people as well as the international distributors, making UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG once again a trusted source for pectin globally.

Learn about pectin application in various products, and the different VIDOPECTINE pectin types, UNIPEKTIN has to offer.

‘Sample Request Form’ added to our website.

Inspired by the request and suggestions of our distributors, customers and staff we recently added a ‘Sample Request’ tab to the top navigation bar of our website. The tab opens the sample request form, which is submitted by a click on the button directly to our sample despatch team.

Our test run during the past weeks confirmed our hopes that this will make the sampling process more straightforward and with less administrative work required.

Please in future request your samples using this online sample request. It will help you receive the samples faster. We will also email you a tracking link after the parcel has been dispatched.

We also again would like to suggest to subscribe to our newsletters to always be among the first to know what’s new.

BIO SUISSE Knospe Urkunde für Bio-Apfelfaser VIDOFIBRES BIO AF

UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG ist Lizenznehmer der Bio Suisse
und gemäss Knospe-Lizenzvertrag vom 16.10.2019 berechtigt, für das lizensierte Produkt Bio Apfelfaser VIDOFIBRES AF die eingetragene Marke «Knospe» zu verwenden.

Diese Produkte werden jährlich auf die Einhaltung der Bio Suisse Richtlinien und Weisungen kontrolliert und zertifiziert.

Diese Urkunde ist gültig bis am 31.12.2021.

BIO SUISSE Knospe Certificate for Organic Apple Fibre VIDOFIBRES BIO AF

UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG is a licensee of Bio Suisse and is entitled to use the registered trademark “Knospe” for the licensed product Bio Apfelfaser VIDOFIBRES AF in accordance with the Knospe license agreement of 16.10.2019.

These products are checked and certified annually for compliance with Bio Suisse guidelines and instructions.

The certificate is valid until December 31, 2021.

2020, our year in review

While 2020 has certainly been a year of ongoing challenges, there remains plenty to celebrate for UNIPEKTIN Ingredients AG.

Strong demand for our established and new product lines, the constant adjustment of our marketing and communications strategy, our dedicated staff willing to go the extra mile, significant improvements in production technology and capacity, and the commitment of our distribution partners, made 2020 a truly successful year for UPI.

2020 brought yet another significant increase in sales volume, of more than 40% compared to the previous year, with 2019 having been the most successful year in the company history with the turnover more than double compared to 2018.

Ever since Covid-19 came along, travelling to meet and exchange information with suppliers, customers and distributors has become near impossible. This lack of face-to-face exchange is particularly felt when it comes to critical planning and budgeting decisions for products like ours, where raw material planning is crucial. You get it right, you are fine – you get it wrong, you are in trouble.

The Locust Bean Gum market remained strongly volatile throughout 2020, and raw material prices increased further and reached new historical heights. We started to publish regular market updates on LBG on our website to make sure our distributors and customers are fully informed about the developments in our core market. These market updates obviously created confidence in UPI as one of the main LBG producers and helped existing and new customers to make the switch to our LBG and the available alternatives which we had further optimized in anticipation of the market development.

Our VIDOFIBRES range of plant fibres has quickly become one of the main pillars of our business, we added citrus and recently also carrot fibre to our sugar beet, apple and pear fibres. The VIDOFIBRES product family now complements perfectly our VIDOGUM Galactomannan product range of Locust Bean GumGuar Gum and Tara Gum, the VIDOPECTINE pectin product line, relaunched in 2020, the VIDOGUM PRO carob and tara proteins as well as the VIDOGLACE ice cream stabilizer product line. With these, we offer our customers a wide range of functional solutions for thickening, stabilization, gelling and texture for countless applications in the food industry.

Good information = Good decisions.

Already in 2019, we began to optimize our marketing efforts with the implementation of a new strategy centred around our website www.unipektin.ch and the News blogs as the central information hub and sales support database. Since then, our website has developed into a powerful and particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, indispensable marketing and communication tool for the numerous new product launches we had. A large number of regular and new visitors now use our website. We have also gained a large number of subscribers to our News blogs, many of our distributors and customers alike have subscribed to receive the newsletters and blogs automatically.

In the past 15 months, we have published more than 50 News blogs covering topics like, e.g. LBG market updates, company updates, new presentations, new product launches, updated or latest information etc. about our company, markets, products, services.

We have regularly updated our product information sheets, brochures, presentations etc. and we expanded the number of downloadable product information significantly, making them quickly and directly accessible.

So, while 2020 has brought about unprecedented uncertainty, it is worth acknowledging that challenge and opportunity do tend to go hand-in-hand. And we remain very positive about the opportunities the year ahead presents.

We wish you all a safe and happy 2021.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Management and staff of UNIPEKTIN INGREDIENTS AG would like to thank our customers and distributors for their support and business in 2020.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe, happy New Year and look forward to working with you again in 2021.

Our offices will be closed from 3 P.M. on December 18, we will be back on January 04, 2021. In urgent cases, please send an email using this link, and we will get back to you soonest.

Das Management und die Mitarbeiter der UNIPEKTIN INGREDIENTS AG bedanken sich bei unseren Kunden und Distributoren für Ihre Unterstützung, die Zusammenarbeit und das gemeinsame Geschäft im Jahr 2020.

Wir wünschen Ihnen frohe Weihnachten und ein sicheres, glückliches neues Jahr und freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit im Jahr 2021.

Unsere Büros sind vom 18.Dezember um 15 Uhr geschlossen. Wir sind wieder für Sie da am 4.Januar 2021. In dringenden Fällen können Sie uns jederzeit per e-mail erreichen, wir melden uns schnellstmöglich bei Ihnen.

“Tools and Helpful Links” page added to our website

We have added a new page ‘Tools and Helpful Links‘ in the ‘APPLICATIONS‘ section of our website.

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Here you can find some tools, links and helpful documents which could be useful for product development work, in the laboratory and production. These are meant to be guides and should be used as starting-point.

Please check back regularly as we will add more information to this page over time.

If you have something that you would like us to add here, please get in touch with us webmaster@unipektin.ch

Deep-fried chicken coatings: Less fat, fewer calories with VIDOFIBRES BF Sugar Beet Fibres

A small addition of VIDOFIBRES BF 5 sugar beet fibre to a coatings mixture significantly reduces the oil uptake in deep-fried chicken. In addition, it also reduces the water loss from the meat, resulting in an improved texture.

This rather impressive result is from a study made by the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology at the University of Zagreb.

Just a relatively small addition of sugar beet fibre like, e.g. VIDOFIBRES BF 5 E reduces the oil uptake by almost 50% in coated/crumbed deep-fried chicken breast pieces, meaning a good potential for using less oil and reducing calories creating value for the consumer and producer.

The lower oil uptake, according to the authors, can be explained as an effect of the physical characteristics of the swelling fibre during frying, thus creating a barrier effect preventing the oil from reaching the meat.

In the same way, sugar beet fibre (e.g. VIDOFIBRES BF 5 E) also seems to have the ability to retain the natural moisture inside the meat by preventing it from evaporating through the coating, seen from the hardness tests in the study where it contributed to the improved softness of the meat.