Richardson International Limited

Richardson International Limited

May 02, 2011 15:03 ET

Richardson Launches Non-Hydrogenated Icing Product

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2011) - Richardson Oilseed Limited has developed an icing shortening product using canola oil, which has the lowest saturated fat among all major vegetable oils. Richardson is showcasing its new icing shortening at the Baking Association of Canada's Congress 2011 today in Montreal.

Ice-It is a non-hydrogenated, trans fat-compliant icing shortening ideal for butter cream and ready-to-use icings, cakes, fillings, rosette decorations and more. Ice-It contains 25 per cent less saturated fat compared to high palm content products.

"By using canola oil as one of the main ingredients to formulate this icing shortening, we were able to lower the saturated fat content and preserve the good taste and functionality of the product," says John Haen, Vice-President, Nutrition. "People can have their cake and feel better about eating it, too!"

Formulated for creaminess, high-aeration, high-volume and colour retention, Ice-It requires less mixing time than high saturated fat palm equivalent products and is functional over a wide temperature range.

"At Richardson, we are focused on producing functionally-superior, canola-based products with healthier nutritional profiles," notes Haen. "Our research and development team continues to work on new non-hydrogenated, canola oil-based products specifically designed to provide food processors with ingredients to develop products that address tomorrow's consumer trends today."

Richardson has invested $15 million to expand its canola oil processing plant in Lethbridge and $1.5 million in a lab to improve its research and development capabilities. The company recently launched Pop-It and Top-It, a healthier canola-based popcorn popping oil and popcorn topping, and Bake-It Freedom, a non-hydrogenated margarine with no artificial preservatives or flavours.

Richardson Oilseed is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Richardson International Limited, Canada's largest, privately owned agribusiness. Recognized as a global leader in agriculture and food processing, Richardson International is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds. Based in Winnipeg, Richardson is one of Canada's 50 Best Managed companies.

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