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.

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. 

 

The Formulator’s Secret to More Biodegradable Home Care Formulations

Learn how to make ingredient choices that align with your product development goals yet are easy to use and better for the environment, too.

The Formulator’s Secret to More Biodegradable Home Care Formulations

Learn how to make ingredient choices that align with your product development goals yet are easy to use and better for the environment, too.

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. 

 

CELLULON® Cellulose Liquid Is The More Sustainable Suspension Aid

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The power of plants is everywhere these days – from what’s on your plate for dinner to how you clean it afterwards. According to Innova Market Insights (April 2021), there is a rising demand for more plant-based cleaning options. Newness is taking shape in plant-powered dishwashing liquid formulations that clean yet are skin-friendly and biodegradable. Consumers have an increasing awareness of synthetic ingredients and their effects, especially on the environment.

Formulators often wonder how using plant-based ingredients might alter functionality in a dishwashing liquid. Will they deliver the same cleaning power to remove tough, baked-on grease? Also, how will the ingredients hold together? Homemade dishwashing liquids are usually quite thin and need to be shaken.

CELLULON® Cellulose Liquid is the more sustainable suspension aid. It’s a biodegradable, nature-based alternative to thickeners such as carbomers. It suspends decorative beads, pearlescents, fragrance encapsulates and scrubbers independently of surfactant level. And it stabilizes in a wide range of conditions with minimal impact on the viscosity of the final product. Made by microbial fermentation, CELLULON® Cellulose Liquid is bio-identical to cellulose commonly found in nature. Yet our patented process creates a continuous, reticulated network with a very high surface area-to-weight ratio. This 3D net adds reliable structuring and a true yield value at low concentrations in a formulation. 

Ease of Use

Comes pre-activated and ready to use. No pH adjustment required. Easy to disperse under low-to-moderate mixing conditions.

Excellent Performance

Low use level of 0.5-5% w/w. Provides suspension and stabilization without significantly altering the pour viscosity of the formulation. Freeze-thaw stable to -20° C for at least 5 cycles.

Cost Efficient

Suitable for economic formulations as well as highly concentrated formulations, including unidose laundry systems. Cellulose is not water-soluble. Formulating into low/no-water formulations is possible! 

 

Have questions about a specific formulation? Contact us. 

 

Introducing GENU® Pectin for Long Shelf-Life Salted Buttermilk

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According to Innova Market Insights (2021), the category of drinking yogurts, including salted buttermilk, chaas and lassi, is expected to experience double digit growth in the next five years. What is driving the popularity of this traditional beverage, which has been around for almost 5,000 years? 

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It fits right in with several consumer megatrends, especially the continued focus on wellness. 

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Long shelf-life salted buttermilk can endure heat exposure during shipping and is very convenient for consumers to enjoy anytime.

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It’s refreshing in the summer heat.

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It has a reputation as a digestive aid after heavy meals. 

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It’s thought to be a healthier alternative to sugary soda. 

Salted buttermilk is a simple formulation made with yogurt, salt and spices. Challenges occur during the heat treatment when proteins tend to aggregate and form sedimentation as well as a gritty mouthfeel. GENU® Pectin can prevent protein aggregation by creating an electrostatic interaction with the protein molecules at an acidic pH to stabilize them. Salt can also complicate the interaction, increasing ionic strength. The higher the salt content, the more difficult it can be to stabilize the formulation. However, new GENU® Pectin YM-SAL-200 was developed to withstand a range of salt from 0.4% to 0.8% and protein (1% to 2%). This provides formulators with the recipe flexibility to create products with the higher salt content that consumers prefer.

Pectin acts by creating electrostatic interactions with the proteins to prevent aggregation. The particle size is kept low, resulting in:

  • Smoother Mouthfeel

  • Reduced Sedimentation

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Label-friendly GENU® Pectin is sustainably sourced from citrus peels, a byproduct of the juice industry. Easily recognizable by consumers, this nature-based ingredient is a stabilizer of choice for yogurt drinks. It provides protein stability throughout shelf life while maintaining a refreshingly low viscosity. It is also flexible for your recipe needs and suitable for your current production process.

Watch our salted buttermilk prototype video below and download the recipe card by clicking here or images below. 

Have questions about a specific formulation? Contact us.