Label-Friendly Alternatives to Locust Bean Gum

Locust bean gum (LBG) is a popular, clean label-friendly ingredient that thickens, adds mouthfeel and helps with stabilization in a wide range of products. One of its strengths is its versatility. Application possibilities are as diverse as fruit preparations and water gel desserts; dairy products such as ice cream, yogurt and cream cheese; and plant-based dairy alternatives.

The problem is that LBG pricing has steadily and dramatically increased over the last 3 years. LBG market pricing is not always predictable for several reasons, including regional conditions, speculation, and traders who use their inventory of seeds as a fiber source for a secondary value stream. Supply and cost uncertainty has become a stress on food and beverage manufacturers.

Product developers are partial to LBG because it is a nature-based ingredient.  But if you think you need to compromise on clean label or functionality in order to find a suitable replacement for your formulation, you don’t. CP Kelco has developed several clean label-friendly solutions that can deliver a similar texture and mouthfeel experience, as well as potential cost savings and supply stability.

CP Kelco has also developed solutions for a variety of applications beyond those listed here. In addition, our team of technical experts is happy to work with you to minimize the amount of LBG needed in your formulation or find other ingredients to help with texture, stabilization, gelling, water-binding and syneresis control.  For more ideas regarding LBG alternatives, contact us here.

 

Label-Friendly Alternatives to Locust Bean Gum

Locust bean gum (LBG) is a popular, clean label-friendly ingredient that thickens, adds mouthfeel and helps with stabilization in a wide range of products. One of its strengths is its versatility. Application possibilities are as diverse as fruit preparations and water gel desserts; dairy products such as ice cream, yogurt and cream cheese; and plant-based dairy alternatives.

The problem is that LBG pricing has steadily and dramatically increased over the last 3 years. LBG market pricing is not always predictable for several reasons, including regional conditions, speculation, and traders who use their inventory of seeds as a fiber source for a secondary value stream. Supply and cost uncertainty has become a stress on food and beverage manufacturers.

Product developers are partial to LBG because it is a nature-based ingredient.  But if you think you need to compromise on clean label or functionality in order to find a suitable replacement for your formulation, you don’t. CP Kelco has developed several clean label-friendly solutions that can deliver a similar texture and mouthfeel experience, as well as potential cost savings and supply stability.

Applications & Locust Bean Gum Alternatives at a Glance

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is considered a food ingredient and can be listed as citrus fiber on label.
*The standard of identity may vary in different countries

Solutions for a Variety of Applications

CP Kelco has also developed solutions for a variety of applications beyond those listed here. In addition, our team of technical experts is happy to work with you to minimize the amount of LBG needed in your formulation or find other ingredients to help with texture, stabilization, gelling, water-binding and syneresis control.  For more ideas regarding LBG alternatives, contact us here.

 

Solve 4 Dairy Alternative Beverage Challenges with 1 Ingredient

Introducing KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum 

The demand for dairy alternatives has skyrocketed in recent years. New product development has also taken off with more brands launching plant-based options. However, for a plant-based, dairy alternative beverage to succeed, it must have…

Great taste and texture.

Consumers love the creamy taste and silky mouthfeel that dairy beverages have, and they want it in dairy alternatives as well.

A simple, easy-to-read label.

Consumers believe plant-based alternatives are better for the planet – so a long list of ingredients on the label may raise eyebrows.

As a leading, nature-based stabilizer ingredient for dairy alternative beverages, KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum was first discovered by CP Kelco more than 40 years ago as bacteria in a lily pond. Today, gellan gum is produced via fermentation and it continues to advance in technological innovation.

While gellan gum is typically paired with locust bean gum in dairy alternative beverages to deliver both suspension and mouthfeel, our new KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum serves as a single ingredient solution that can help you solve your top dairy alternative beverage formulation challenges:

1. Suspension.

Product developers often supplement plant protein with micronutrients and particulates such as extra protein, minerals, vitamins and cocoa powder. KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum uniformly suspends ingredients in a pseudoplastic, weak gel structure of molecules.

2. Viscosity and mouthfeel.

Formulators often use a combination of gellan gum and locust bean gum to achieve a desirable low viscosity when pouring and a pleasant, silky sensation while consuming. New KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum offers the same viscosity and mouthfeel profile all in one ingredient. Our graph shows how KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum compares to locust bean gum and standard gellan gum in almond milk.

3. Sedimentation.

Protein and other micronutrients are all prone to settle on the bottom of the container. Yet with multifunctional KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum, there is no shaking needed. All the ingredients stay suspended over the course of the product’s shelf life.

4. A simpler label and formulation.

KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum can help simplify your product label and formulation in two ways:

  • It can replace LBG in your formulation
  • It can enable reducing use levels of both LBG and gellan gum.

Have questions about a specific dairy alternative formulation you are working on now? Contact us. 

 

CP Kelco Launches New, Dual-Function Gellan Gum Solution for Formulating Dairy Alternative Beverages

Innovative, fermentation-derived ingredient can serve as locust bean gum alternative and enable simpler product label

ATLANTA, November 11, 2021 – CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredients, announced today the launch of KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum, a single-ingredient, dual-function solution for formulating plant-based, dairy alternative beverages.

Most dairy alternative beverage brands fortify their product with extra protein, calcium and vitamins, requiring help to ensure the micronutrients stay evenly suspended. In addition, these beverages often include locust bean gum as an additional texturizing ingredient to provide the viscosity and mouthfeel that consumers expect. KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum, CP Kelco’s latest innovation in the gellan gum product line, can help deliver both the desired suspension and mouthfeel, enabling product developers to simplify their ingredient list.

“As consumer demand for plant-based dairy alternative beverages continues to boom, locust bean gum supply and pricing have been volatile globally. Our new KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum serves as a proven alternative solution to replace or reduce locust bean gum in plant-based beverage formulations,” said Shaw Gilmer, Sr. Director, Biogums Strategic Platform at CP Kelco. “With our newest gellan gum grade, developers can deliver a simpler product label and potentially reduce their total cost in use without compromising on quality. It’s a win-win for both the dairy alternative drink producer and consumers.”

While KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum is the latest addition to the CP Kelco portfolio, the company’s dairy alternative beverage ingredient development and innovation started many years ago. CP Kelco offers a range of nature-based solutions: NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is a food ingredient that enhances body and mouthfeel and provides partial suspension; GENU® Pectin and GENU® Carrageenan provide protein protection; and other KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum products provide excellent suspension with low impact on viscosity for plant-based beverages. CP Kelco works with manufacturers around the world to help them create the mouthfeel, taste and texture that consumers are seeking.

As a leading nature-based stabilizer solution for dairy alternative beverages, KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum was first discovered by CP Kelco more than 40 years ago as a bacterial culture in a lily pond. Today, gellan gum is produced via fermentation and it keeps advancing in technological innovation.

About CP Kelco

CP Kelco is a nature-based ingredient solutions company with approximately 90 years of experience working with food, beverage, consumer and industrial product manufacturers worldwide. We apply ingredient innovation and problem-solving to develop customized solutions that leverage our regional insights, meet manufacturers’ goals and address consumer needs and preferences.

  • Unique Portfolio. Produces extensive range of high-quality, plant-based and fermentation-derived ingredients to formulate tailored solutions.
  • Technical Excellence. Offers strong collaboration with a global team of scientists and applications experts, leveraging our regional state-of-the art R&D facilities.
  • Sustainability. Committed to providing responsibly sourced and produced ingredients.
  • Market Insights. Understands market and consumer trends to help customers create relevant and innovative products.

Our key product lines include pectin, gellan gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan, diutan gum, refined locust bean gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate, fermentation-derived cellulose and our latest innovation, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber.

 

Solve 4 Dairy Alternative Beverage Challenges with 1 Ingredient

Introducing KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum 

The demand for dairy alternatives has skyrocketed in recent years. New product development has also taken off with more brands launching plant-based options. However, for a plant-based, dairy alternative beverage to succeed, it must have…

Great taste and texture.

Consumers love the creamy taste and silky mouthfeel that dairy beverages have, and they want it in dairy alternatives as well.

A simple, easy-to-read label.

Consumers believe plant-based alternatives are better for the planet – so a long list of ingredients on the label may raise eyebrows.

As a leading, nature-based stabilizer ingredient for dairy alternative beverages, KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum was first discovered by CP Kelco more than 40 years ago as bacteria in a lily pond. Today, gellan gum is produced via fermentation and it continues to advance in technological innovation.

While gellan gum is typically paired with locust bean gum in dairy alternative beverages to deliver both suspension and mouthfeel, our new KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum serves as a single ingredient solution that can help you solve your top dairy alternative beverage formulation challenges:

1. Suspension.

Product developers often supplement plant protein with micronutrients and particulates such as extra protein, minerals, vitamins and cocoa powder. KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum uniformly suspends ingredients in a pseudoplastic, weak gel structure of molecules.

2. Viscosity and mouthfeel.

Formulators often use a combination of gellan gum and locust bean gum to achieve a desirable low viscosity when pouring and a pleasant, silky sensation while consuming. New KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum offers the same viscosity and mouthfeel profile all in one ingredient. Our graph shows how KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum compares to locust bean gum and standard gellan gum in almond milk.

3. Sedimentation.

Protein and other micronutrients are all prone to settle on the bottom of the container. Yet with multifunctional KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum, there is no shaking needed. All the ingredients stay suspended over the course of the product’s shelf life.

4. A simpler label and formulation.

KELCOGEL® DFA Gellan Gum can help simplify your product label and formulation in two ways:

  • It can replace LBG in your formulation
  • It can enable reducing use levels of both LBG and gellan gum.

Have questions about a specific dairy alternative formulation you are working on now? Contact us. 

 

A Closer Look: Our Sustainable GENU® Pectin

From fruit tree to fertilizer, join us for a fun and full-circle look at the making of GENU® Pectin. This behind-the-scenes video explores our patented peel process and waste diversion efforts in making pectin.

CP Kelco Invests More Than $50 Million in Citrus Fiber Capacity Expansion

Strong Customer Demand & Market Potential Are Key Drivers to Build New Production Line

ATLANTA, September 9, 2021 – CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, announced today that it will invest more than $50 million to expand production capacity for NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber, based on strong customer demand and market potential. With this significant capital investment, the company will have ample capacity for supporting current and future customers’ citrus fiber supply needs.

The expansion project will add a second NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber production line to the company’s facility in Matão, Brazil, increasing total capacity to approximately 5,000 metric tons and establishing CP Kelco as a leading citrus fiber supplier to food, beverage and consumer product manufacturers worldwide. The new production line is expected to be complete and operational in 2023, with options to incrementally expand capacity in the future based on customer needs.

Launched in December 2019, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is a unique, next-generation ingredient made from sustainably sourced citrus peels, a byproduct of the juicing industry.  Developed in response to continuing consumer demand for food and beverage products with less ingredients, less sugar and less fat, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber can help manufacturers of these products   meet clean label needs while achieving critical functionality that ensures their desired taste and texture. Key applications include condiments, dressings, soups, fruit-flavored beverages, bakery goods, and dairy and alternative protein products.

“We are excited about reaching this important milestone in our journey with NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber, which originated as a proof-of-concept only four years ago,” said Didier Viala, President of CP Kelco. “As a result of strong collaboration amongst our global team members and development partners since that time, our citrus fiber has evolved into a robust product line for use across a range of food and beverage applications, with a growing customer pipeline globally. We look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities for NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber in additional application segments.”

About CP Kelco

CP Kelco is a nature-based ingredient solutions company with approximately 90 years of experience working with food, beverage, consumer and industrial products manufacturers worldwide. What sets us apart:

  • Unlocking Nature-Powered Success®. Apply ingredient innovation and problem-solving to develop customized solutions that leverage our regional insights and meet manufacturers’ goals to address consumer needs and preferences.
  • Unique Portfolio. Produces extensive range of high-quality, plant-based and fermentation-derived ingredients to formulate tailored solutions.
  • Technical Excellence. Offers strong collaboration with a global team of scientists and applications experts, leveraging our regional state-of-the art R&D facilities.
  • Committed to providing responsibly sourced and produced ingredients.
  • Market Insights. Understands market and consumer trends to help customers create relevant and innovative products.

Our key product lines include gellan gum, pectin, carrageenan, xanthan gum, diutan gum, fermentation-derived cellulose, refined locust bean gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate and our latest innovation, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber.

The appeal of plant-based products continues to grow as consumers continue to seek out more protein options. As a result, the market for yogurt alternatives is evolving quickly. However, creating and fortifying a spoonable yogurt alternative with plant-based protein can be a challenge. Solubility varies as the plant proteins can be hard to hydrate. Unwanted flavor notes can give yogurt alternatives a “beany” taste or make them lumpy, starchy or watery, lacking the structure of dairy yogurt.

Whether you are using soy, pea, coconut, oat, almond or a blend of plant protein sources, delivering that familiar, rich and creamy, dairy-like taste and hug-the-spoon texture is key. CP Kelco can help you achieve your desired viscosity, reduce syneresis and maintain texture over shelf life. Discover our portfolio of sustainably sourced and produced stabilizer solutions that can help you overcome plant-based challenges in spoonable yogurt alternatives and meet your clean label goals.

NEWEST INGREDIENT

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber

FUNCTIONAL BENEFITS: 
  •  Supports dietary fiber intake
  •  Enhances viscosity
  •  Provides light and refreshing mouthfeel
  •  Controls syneresis