What is Yeast extract?

What is
yeast extract?

Yeast extract is a natural origin ingredient derived from fresh yeast. Yeast is a unicellular microorganism belonging to the fungus family, occurring in nature for millions of years. This same yeast is used to produce bread, wine and beer.

The interest in yeast as a savory ingredient to improve taste started beginning of the 20th century and was introduced to the market in the 1950’s.

Like herbs and spices, yeast extract is used by food companies and restaurants as an aromatic ingredient to design more flavorful food and beverage recipes of various applications such as soups and sauces, seasonings and snacks but also in ready meals, in meats and more.

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What are the characteristics of yeast extract?

Through a great diversity of taste properties, Yeast extract’s main benefit is taste improvement of food and beverage applications. Some yeast extracts will round off taste of foods while others bring intense umami taste, or specific notes from beef to chicken, but also toasted, roasted and more.


Considered safe and clean label, yeast extract holds valuable benefits beyond its taste properties making it a natural flavoring ingredient appropriate for most food and beverage applications:


  • Process resistant ingredients (acid, heat, and freeze), from oven cooking to canning process
  • Non-animal ingredients, suitable for Vegan and vegetarian products
  • Non-GMO ingredients as the selected strains are non-genetically modified organism
  • Halal and Kosher certified ingredients
  • Do not contain gluten* for several Baker’s yeast extracts, as no gluten derivative is used during process

*Please validate the use and labeling with local regulation

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How is yeast extract produced?

Yeast extract production begins with fresh yeast and consists of 3 steps: fermentation, breaking of the cell wall (Autolysis) and separation. Through a natural mechanism, enzymes of the yeast will divide the components of yeast into taste providing elements.

What is yeast extract made of?

To produce yeast extract, the cell content is broken down by the yeast’s own enzymes and the cell wall is removed. About 60% of the yeast extract composition is a blend of proteins and amino acids, conveying specific notes and for some of them, a powerful Umami taste.

The expertise of Biospringer to obtain the “right” tasty components in the correct ratio allows to offer a wide range of products with a great diversity of taste profiles.

What are the benefits of Yeast extract in food and beverage formulation?

Yeast extract’s diversity in tastes and intensities allow food manufactures to address various formulation challenges:

  • Taste improvement: yeast extract can be used to strengthen the flavor base of a recipe. Yeast extracts will also bring specific flavor notes. Learn More…


  • Balance the nutritional profile: the Umami and long-lingering taste properties make yeast extract an interesting ingredient to compensate salt, sugar and fat reduction. Learn more…


  • Off-note masking: Yeast extract will mask off-notes originating from plant-proteins or sweeteners and their alternatives. Learn more…

Yeast extract can be used in these food & beverages applications:

  • Soups & Broths
  • Sauces & Dressings
  • Snacks & Seasonings
  • Meat, Fish and Analogues
  • Dairy products
  • Sweet products
  • Starchy goods
  • Beverages


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