Enzymes for flour quality

Overcome fluctuations in flour quality for consistently high-quality baked goods

Industrial baker using flour

Standardize alpha-amylase activity

Flour quality fluctuates due to natural causes like weather and soil conditions. The aim of the milling industry is to control these fluctuations in flour quality and ensure consistent baking performance.

How fungal alpha-amylase works

Novozymes Fungamyl® can adjust the common deficiency in the alpha-amylase activity and standardize the flour if it has low inherent cereal alpha-amylase activity. Adding Fungamyl® ensures continuous production of short-chain oligosaccharides and dextrins during leavening. This results in a high bread volume and in a fine and even structure of the final baked goods.

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When you can and cannot use the falling number

A common standard procedure for measuring the quality of wheat flour is the falling number. A high falling number indicates the flour needs correction, either by adding a fungal alpha-amylase or supplementing with malt flour. 

Fungal amylases have several advantages over malt flour – they offer consistent enzyme activity and an optimal temperature range for baking. 

However, the falling number value of flour remains unchanged when most fungal alpha-amylases are added in amounts recommended for the baking industry. That’s because the test to determine the falling number requires high temperatures that inactivate the enzyme. Novozymes does recommend individual baking trials for the best dosage. 

Fungamyl® Prime, is a fungal alpha-amylase, that also corrects for the above mentioned and in addition does correct the falling number. Fungamyl® Prime is therefore a perfect enzymatic solution to match the effects of malt flour.

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Which solution is right for you?

Find the right solution for you in our global portfolio, shown below. To find out more about products available in your region, get in touch with your local Novozymes representative.


All the benefits, even less dust

Our new portfolio of low-dust baking enzymes gives you the excellent performance you expect from Novozymes. Nova G products also deliver improved working environments, easier reformulation and the competitive edge that comes from getting ahead of changing legislation.

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