Food Processing - Modified Starch


Modified starches offer a tremendous number of functional benefits to a multitude of food products such as bakery goods, snacks, beverages as well as nutritional and convenience foods. Applications for modified starch include fat replacement and texture improvement. It has a high shear and temperature stability, and it supports the encapsulation of flavors and oils. Other functions performed by modified starches in prepared food are stabilization, emulsification, thickening, dusting, binding, or giving freeze-thaw stability.

Modified starches can be used, among other things, in food products that need to be microwaved, freeze-dried, cooked at high temperatures, or baked and fried to prevent their texture from changing during the cooking process. These are products such as chips, canned soups, instant pudding, low-fat ice cream, cheese sauces, confectionery, etc.

Rieckermann has developed a state-of-the-art modified starch drying, milling, and packaging system that integrates the latest technology solutions. Target starches are cold-water-soluble, pre-gelatinized, or instant starches.


Mr. Hans Baumeister
Industry Manager, Food Processing Industry
Email: [email protected]

Native starch selection

  • Tapioca
  • Waxy maize
  • Cassava
  • Rice
  • Wheat
  • Potatoes

Modification of native starches

  • Enzymatic
  • Physical
  • Chemical

Slurry storage & flow distribution

  • Storage tanks designed to avoid sedimentation
  • Recirculation loops
  • Valve clusters
  • CIP systems

Downstream processing

  • Drum drying
  • Fine milling
  • Vacuum transport
  • Bagging systems
  • Warehousing

Development & consultancy

We offer and carry out testing of your modified starch recipes on dedicated pilot lines. This testing enables you to

  • Optimize the recipe formulations
  • Produce test batches for marketing and R&D purposes
  • Guarantee process upscaling

A team of process and application specialists will realize your modified starch recipe for an industrial production line.

Your benefits

  • Development of new & optimized recipes
    • Consultancy by application experts
    • Testing on pilot & LAB equipment
  • Low production footprint
  • Flexible production process
  • Energy & cost saving
  • Facility design fit for international audits

Engineering & realization

We develop facilities with a focus on the final modified starches to be produced. The process philosophy is at the heart of this approach, that also considers the required deliverables for product characteristics, regulatory constraints, choice of process technology, choice of packaging technology, process flow diagram (PFD), operating times and shifts as well as capacity simulation.

Once the process philosophy and manufacturing process have been determined, we work together with you to develop the most suitable operational concept for your modified starch facility. In this step all aspects regarding automation, energy efficiency, facility expansion, GMP, HVAC, utilities, safety, as well as warehouse and waste management are covered and decided.

In a final step, we create the conceptual layout that includes equipment positioning as well as diagrams for material flow, personnel flow, visitors flow, samples flow, waste flow, production areas classification, and equipment access.

The concept design guarantees that the process equipment selected for your modified starch project is fit for purpose. We deliver the process line from one single source and manage process critical interfaces between the modification kitchen, starch slurry distribution, the drying line, milling, and the packaging section. Furthermore, wet line CIP is an integral part of a complete SCADA automation, where the lines are run from a central operator room.

Rieckermann not only provides core process equipment for modified starches but also the services of a team that has years of experience in life science planning and construction.

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Food Processing - Modified Starch Solutions




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