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Eaton Helps Winemakers Meet Needs of Growing Vegan Wine Market

Posted on May 02, 2016

To better serve the growing vegan population, winemakers can now rely on the Filtration Division of diversified power management company Eaton for pure vegan fining agents.

Winemakers can substitute gelatin with pea protein easily and directly without any adaption of the established fining process and no special tools or additional equipment. SIHA Pea Protein can be combined with Eaton’s SIHA Active Bentonite and silica sol fining agents to improve the clarification effect and wine stability. Pea protein will be added to the wine first, in the second step bentonite will follow. Silica sol should be added last for the best fining result.

Today, winemakers use gelatin as a fining agent to clarify and stabilize wine prior to filtration and bottling. Because gelatin is an animal byproduct, it does not meet vegan dietary guidelines. The alternative, pea protein, which Eaton sells under the SIHA brand, serves as a substitute for gelatin in winemaking. Vegan consumers as well as those religions that prohibit pork consumption can now add wine to their diets.

"Today’s consumers want alternatives to gelatin fining,” explained Dr. Ilona Schneider, an enologist involved with product management beverage treatment and research and development at Eaton’s Filtration Division. “We are pleased to offer one that is vegan and free from genetically modified organisms and allergens. It is also in agreement with kosher and halal dietary requirements.”

Eaton’s vegan fining product range is rounded off by SIHA Activated Carbon powder correcting color and odor deficiencies and off-flavors prior bottling. To enhance the riddling characteristics of sparkling wines and champagne, winemakers can use SIHA Brilliant and SIHA Tannin riddling aids. Both positively influence the maturity and typical flavor while fermenting in the bottle.

Eaton's Filtration Division is a leader in liquid filtration that can help companies improve product quality, increase manufacturing efficiency, protect employees and equipment, and help achieve sustainability goals. Eaton employees around the world make a difference for their customers by creating an exceptional customer experience, solving problems with application expertise and developing innovative filtration solutions. Eaton manufactures and sells their filtration products worldwide. For more information, visit www.eaton.com/filtration.

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.

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