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The TIC Times is your source for the latest news on food texture and stability.

In this issue:

Alleviate FSMA Compliance Obstacles With GuarNT® USA

Letter From TIC Gums President Brian Briggs

Video: Food Gum Blends

TIC Gums Celebrates Earth Day With New Initiatives

TIC Gums and Cornell University Award 2017 Ice Cream University Winner

New on SlideShare! Suppressing Age Gelation & Stabilizing RTD Dairy Beverages

Visit us at VitaFoods Europe!

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Brian Briggs, TIC Gums president2017 is off to a busy start here at TIC Gums! We are proud to now be a stand-alone business inside the Ingredion family. Our focus will be to continue to provide you with the outstanding customer experience you have come to expect from us. We are partnering with Ingredion to collectively look at best practices across our two organizations and to implement what works best for our customers. We are focused on continuing to provide solutions for small and mid-sized enterprises as you drive much of the innovation in the food and beverage space. We are here to meet your needs and to support you in achieving your goals faster with our combined capabilities in an unprecedented breadth of gum and starch solutions. We look forward to continuing our excellent business relationship and we’re confident that the collaboration between TIC Gums and Ingredion will result in even greater capabilities to meet your on-going needs. Our mutual commitment is to continue providing you, our customer, with the best business experience possible.

As you can imagine, we’ve fielded questions from some of our customers about any operational changes they might experience. I can reiterate to you that we remain focused on our customers, our people, our solutions, responsiveness, product quality and food safety.

Dedication to Our Customers

We remain steadfast in our dedication to provide you with the superior service you have come to expect from TIC Gums. For over 108 years we have helped deliver the solutions to your most difficult food texture and stability challenges. That focus won’t change. The contacts you work with in sales, quality, regulatory, customer service and accounting remain the same.


Guar Gum subject to new food safety rules

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Guar gum is a label-friendly ingredient derived from the guar plant (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) almost exclusively grown in India and Pakistan. Food developers use this highly versatile hydrocolloid to build viscosity and control water migration in a wide range of finished goods including ice cream, instant beverages, sauces, baked goods, fruit preparations and syrups.

The recent implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to ensure the U.S. food supply, including imported food and ingredients, is safe. Focus has shifted from responsive measures concerning contamination risks to implementing enhanced preventative measures. This heightened responsibility has been placed with all food manufacturers and importers.

Although there are many items to consider in FSMA regulations, GuarNT® USA can help alleviate concerns around two key elements pertaining to guar:

  • Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) which includes verification activities like on-site audits and review of supplier records
  • Preventive Controls for Human Food which includes a written Food Safety Plan and Supply Chain Program as well as updated Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs)

GuarNT® USA eliminates the need for costly international audit trips and introduces a validated microbiological kill step early in the supply chain to ensure preventive controls.

Benefits of GuarNT USA from TIC Gums

To talk with a Gum Guru about your specific food texture and stability needs, call our technical support hotline +1-800-899-3953 / +1-410-273-7300 or chat live online.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FSMA and how does it affect me?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to ensure that the U.S. food supply, including imported foods and ingredients, is safe by implementing new authorities and mandates. FSMA concentrates on the preventative steps that can be taken to avoid contamination, instead of focusing on how to respond after a food safety emergency has occurred. Some key requirements of FSMA include Preventive Controls for Human Food and Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FVSP).


In this latest episode of the Basics of Food Gums video series, we look at the benefits of solving texture and stability challenges using blends of multiple gums rather than single ingredients.


Videos in the Basics of Food Gums Series

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TIC Times newsletterThe TIC Times is your source for the latest news on food texture and stability.

In this issue:

New Clean Label Stabilizer Options for RTD Dairy Protein Beverages

Troubleshooting Yogurt: Formulating for "Indulgent" Texture

New Video: Food & Beverage Emulsions

New White Papers in our Resource Center

Ingredion Acquires TIC Gums


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