The stars were out in full force at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in Anaheim, Calif. Not the usual handsome leading men or beautiful starlets. No, these featured actors were the starches, flavors, sweeteners, oils, and others playing the roles of flavorings, thickening agents, antimicrobials, and so much more in many of our favorite foods and beverages coming to a store near you. Cakes and other baked goods may benefit from a new two-phase leavening system, which offers controlled release to prevent the premature reaction with other ingredients.

Some perennial crowd pleasers like whey protein and oils continue to be reinvented to provide the best func…

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