AURORA, ILLINOIS, U.S. — At the IFT Food Expo in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., SternMaid America showcased its comprehensive services: besides blending powders, the contract manufacturer offers co-packing, warehousing and logistics on customer request. With a sophisticated micro-blending line designed to German standards, the company is optimally equipped for customized contract production of food ingredients and food supplements in powder form, SternMaid America said. 

On the company’s semi-automatic blending line, liquid constituents can be applied homogeneously to powder through special nozzles in amounts from 0.01% to 60% of the formulation. Microcomponents like flavorings, oils or emulsifiers are very finely dispersed through atomizing spray nozzles, enabling high blending precision of 1:100,000. Large percentages of fats and other highly viscous liquids like lecithin can be worked in too. The plant can handle orders starting at 500 lbs and offers flexible solutions for filling into bulk or consumer packaging. Substances in powder form can be blended on the line, from food supplements like protein mixtures, collagen products and functional foods to stabilizers, instantized powders and dairy products.  

 “We regard ourselves primarily as solution providers for powder blending problems that others can’t solve,” said Jan Thoele, executive, vice-president of SternMaid America. “Our customers come to us with all manner of different requirements and questions. We offer them the entire service chain in powder handling as a one stop shop. Customers can either take advantage of the whole package or choose individual services, according to their needs.”

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