Gellan Gum

We take great pride as the gellan gum industry leader. We have extensive experience with this unique, nature-based ingredient.

Gellan gum is a polysaccharide produced by fermentation of a pure culture of Sphingomonas elodea. After the fermentation process, it is dried and milled into powder for use in a variety of applications.

Gellan gum is a soluble dietary fiber. This multifunctional gelling agent can be used alone or in combination with other products to produce a wide variety of interesting textures. Pretty great, right? Oh, and this mighty ingredient is extremely effective at low use levels in forming gels and is available in two types, high and low acyl content. Low acyl gellan gum products form firm, non-elastic, brittle gels, whereas high acyl gellan gum forms soft, very elastic, non-brittle gels. Varying the ratios of the two forms of gellan produces a wide variety of textures.

With the continued growth in consumer demand for clean-label products, gellan gum can help address the need for nature-based, organic-compliant*, Non-GMO Certified* ingredients in a variety of food applications.

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*Subject to local regulations and certifications; designations may not apply in all countries

Gellan Gum on Purpose

It grows naturally on waterlily pond plants, but they are much too pretty to harvest. That’s why we sustainably produce this soluble fiber through fermentation, a centuries-old, food-safe technique that provides precision quality every time. It’s hard to believe that in 40 years, gellan gum has evolved from a pond plant to becoming the plant-based ingredient of choice. Learn more…

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Uses for Gellan Gum

Function Gelling Stabilizing Suspending Film-forming Structuring
Source Sphingomonas elodea (found on plants like lily pads)

Our Gellan Gum Products

GELZAN™ CM Gellan Gum

A low acyl gellan gum designed for use in microbiological assay and tissue culture media.

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KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum

For use in food, beverage, personal care, oral care, household cleaner formulations.

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KELCOGEL® F Gellan Gum

A nature-based gelling agent used to stabilize your food and beverage applications.

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A multifunctional gelling agent that is particularly suited for neutral soy, nut and other plant-based beverages with no added sugar.

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A gelling agent specially formulated for use in neutral pH dairy applications.

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KELCOGEL® LT100 Gellan Gum

A multifunctional gelling agent that can be used alone or in combination with other products.

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