CP Kelco Carrageenan

GENU® carrageenans have established their position within the food, household and personal care industries as uniform gelling and texturizing agents of high quality. CP Kelco is one of the leading carrageenan producers in the world.

With more than 40 years of experience in carrageenan production, CP Kelco is well prepared to serve customers as an acknowledged and reliable partner. Working with a broad portfolio of carrageenan products, CP Kelco can help customers master the art of creating texture or stabilization of consumer products.

Source: Red Seaweed – Rhodophyceae
Function: Gelling, thickening and stabilizing
Description: GENU® carrageenan products are a family of sulphated polysaccharides extracted from certain species of red seaweed.

Carrageenan is a cell wall hydrocolloid found in certain species of seaweeds belonging to red algae (class: Rhodophyceae). Carrageenan is extracted with water under neutral or alkaline conditions at elevated temperature.

Refined carrageenan is mainly recovered from solution by alcohol precipitation or potassium gelation.

Semi-refined carrageenan is washed and alkali treated seaweed. The carrageenan is not extracted out of the seaweed but is still contained in the cell wall matrix.

Commercial carrageenan products are frequently standardized for obtaining optimal gelling and thickening properties.

By using the appropriate carrageenan product, the formulator can create textures ranging from free-flowing liquids to solid gels. In addition to offering standard types, CP Kelco works in conjunction with customers to develop new products and formulations for specific applications.

  • Kappa carrageenan forms firm gels in the presence of potassium ions.
  • Iota carrageenan forms elastic gels and thixotropic fluids in the presence of calcium ions.
  • Lambda carrageenan forms viscous, non-gelling solutions.

Carrageenan from CP Kelco is marketed under the following names:

GENULACTA® types are standardized for milk applications.
GENUGEL® types are standardized for water and meat applications and are used in personal care and household products.
GENUTINE® types are gelatine alternatives.
GENUVISCO® types are used as thickening, stabilizing, gelling and texturizing agents.
GENU® PLUS types are standardized for use in marinated meat and poultry.
GENU® Texturizer types are blends of carrageenan and other hydrocolloids.