We’re the experts in enzymatic solutions. How can we help you?
SternEnzym has been developing enzymes and enzyme compounds for the food industry since 1988. These active ingredients can save energy, reduce environmental impact and even cut production costs for food manufacturers. More enzyme functions are being discovered everyday and with that, the potential applications for enzyme systems in food production are limitless.
Enzymes are proteins that act as biocatalysts. They can slow down, speed up and even prevent specific chemical reactions. In enzymatic processes, there is little or no risk of unintentional side reactions since each enzyme fits only one substrate—like a key in a lock.
Enzyme systems are currently used in many food production processes. Some raw materials that had to be broken down by chemical reactions can now be hydrolysed by enzymes. This greatly reduces energy requirements and cuts down production costs.
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Sodium metabisulphite is widely used for preserving food and beverages. In cracker production, it makes dough more pliable and improves dough machinability. However, it can cause severe health problems when inhaled.
We created Sternzym BK, a tailor-made enzyme that serves as a substitute for sodium metabisulphite and other chemical reducing agents. Sternzym BK promotes the browning of biscuits by the use of amylase.
But by deploying enzyme systems in sugar production, manufacturers can hydrolyse dextran to lower the viscosity of the sugar solution and even increase sugar crystallisation to enhance sugar quality.
Enzyme systems can inhibit the hardening process in marzipan or rum balls, and even lower the viscosity of batter to shorten the baking time for wafers. This in turn reduces energy consumption.
Alcoholic beverages & cereal drinks
Meat and fish products
We design enzymes for you
Every customer is different. We therefore approach enzyme design with research tailored to the specific requirements of each challenge. As pioneers of enzymatic solutions for food, we pride ourselves on continuously developing new strains of micro-organisms for enzyme production.
Our modern enzyme laboratory at the Stern-Technology Center in Germany works closely with the Hamburg University of Technology, the University of Greifswald, independent institutions, and biotech startups to lead industry innovation.