DuPont Danisco offering guar gum alternatives

by Keith Nunes
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BRABRAND, DENMARK — With the price of guar gum climbing due to demand, DuPont Danisco is offering several alternatives to help food and beverage processors replace it in formulations. Adrian Zingg, global product manager for guar and L.B.G. at DuPont Nutrition & Health, said the current high demand for guar gum has created a shortage that is likely to continue.

“As a result of that shortage, guar prices have sharply increased, reaching 10-fold the levels just 18 months ago and we expect demand to continue to grow in the future,” he said.

To help processors alleviate some of the pressure due to the shortage, DuPont Danisco offers a range of hydrocolloids that include alginate, carrageenan, cellulose gum, guar gum, locust bean, microcrystalline cellulose, pectin, xanthan gum and customized blends. The company also said a series of guar gum alternatives have been developed, and that some of the solutions feature cost savings of more than 50% for 1:1 substitution.

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