Netherlands-based ingredients group DSM has joined forces with starch group Avebe on the development of creaminess-enhancing products for the food industry.

The two companies said the partnership had already led to the production of Etenia, a natural, clean label ingredient derived from potato starch designed for a variety of applications.

Avebe will handle the marketing and sales of Etenia in dairy applications and will introduce the product to the European market.

Avebe marketing manager Paul Sheldrake said: "Etenia has already demonstrated its unique creaminess and melt-in-mouth qualities in yogurts and dairy drinks and seems to be ideally suited as a fat replacer." 

"We are confident that this relationship will provide the ideal platform for successful new product development," added Alexander Wessels, business group director for DSM Food Specialties.