Cellulose gum or carboxy methylcellulose (CMC) is an additive used in many food and beverage formulations to thicken, bind and emulsify. However, it may be perceived by consumers as not being clean label-friendly or “natural.” And for product developers, there may be challenges with supply reliability.

Depending on the functionality you are trying to achieve in your application, CP Kelco may have alternative ingredients that can help. Reformulation can even present an opportunity to save by using fewer ingredients overall, lowering cost in use, and cleaning up your label with nature-based, vegan-friendly ingredients. For example, easily recognizable GENU® Pectin is a label-friendly alternative that offers protein protection, great mouthfeel, texture and viscosity. KELTROL® Xanthan Gum is a workhorse ingredient that can provide mouthfeel and add viscosity. KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum can help you solve syneresis problems while offering stability, texture and mouthfeel. As an Upcycled Certified® ingredient*, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber can help you meet your sustainability goals as it supports mouthfeel, viscosity and syneresis control.

See the chart below for ideas and then contact us to discover the most suitable option to help solve your challenges while providing the best cost in use for your formulation.

Xanthan Gum
Citrus Fiber
Baked goods such as cake mixes, breads, pizza, tortillas X
Condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, barbeque sauces and dressings X X
Confectionery and fortified gummies X X
Fruit-flavored drinks, juice beverages and soft drinks X X
Dairy and dairy alternatives such as milk, cottage cheese, cream cheese/spreadable cheese, yogurt X X
Ice cream and frozen desserts X X
Meat, ready-to-eat meals and prepared foods such as soup mixes X X X
Sports nutrition supplements X X X

*Upcycled Certified® is a registered trademark of the Upcycled Food Association.

You couldn’t find a better designer than nature. Renewable. Functional. Adaptable. All things we strive for in our products. That’s why we use only nature based ingredients and renewable raw materials, modified as little as possible to preserve nature’s amazing functionality. You’ll find the products in our unique portfolio come with a wide variety of functions, including rheology modification, thickening, suspension, stabilization and even gelation. Thanks to ongoing research and collaboration with clients, our portfolio of customized solutions continue to grow every year.

By working closely with our customers, we’re able to define and develop solutions for their unique needs. This collaboration, coupled with years of manufacturing and application expertise, has given us a deep understanding of consumer needs and preferences. We aim to exceed those expectations in every product we create.

Learn more about CP Kelco ingredients and products:

Carrageenan | Citrus Fiber | Diutan Gum | Fermentation-Derived Cellulose (FDC) | Gellan Gum | Microparticulated Whey Protein Concentrate | Pectin | Refined Locust Bean Gum | Xanthan Gum