Read the rest of this issue of the TIC Times

Download Gelatin-free, Pectin-free Gummies Paper

Pectin is the one food gum consumers recognize on product labels and may even keep in their pantry for canning jams and jellies. Commonly used as a gelling agent, stabilizer and thickener, the use of pectin more recently expanded into other applications including juice beverages, where it enhances mouthfeel, and acidified dairy applications, where it provides protein stabilization.

Pectin Replacement

Sources of Citrus Pectin

Commercial pectin is most commonly manufactured from the peels of apples or citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. Like any agricultural product, the supply of pectin has fluctuated at times when weather damaged or otherwise limited crop yields; this happened most recently with the 2014 crop when citrus greening devastated the lime industry in Mexico and a freeze in Argentina damaged the lemon trees.

Current Pectin Shortage

The winter conditions in Argentina were much milder and the 2015 peel crop was larger than the previous year. However, this year brought a major renegotiation of long term contracts between peel suppliers and pectin producers. As a result of these negotiations, the amount of material secured by pectin producers is not aligned with manufacturing capacity. Despite a larger raw material supply, there is a bottleneck to convert material into pectin. These manufacturing capacity constraints affect both apple and citrus pectin. The result is limited pectin availability and price increases.

Replacing the Functionality of Pectin with Other Stabilizers

Despite this pectin shortage, food formulators have options for replacing the functionality of pectin in their specific food application. Because we offer a full-line of gums and stabilizers, our Gum Gurus® are able to offer recommendations that are suitable for most applications. Below are suggestions for some of the most requested applications:

Pectin Substitutes for Beverages

Acidified Protein--Dairyblend Acidified Beverage 120

Citrus--Ticaloid 310 s

Coffee--Ticaloid Pro HC-988

Drinkable Yogurt--Dairyblend Acidified Beverage 120Dairyblend Acidified Beverage 880FDairyblend YG-AG

Dry Mix--Nutriloid Gum Arabic FT-90, Ticaloid 1155

Protein/Juices--Dairyblend Acidified Beverage 120Dairyblend YG-AG

Smoothies--Ticaloid 310 s

Pectin Substitutes for Other Applications

Fruit Pops--Stabilizer ICE-200

Fruit Preps & Fillings--TICA-algin 400

Glazes--Ticaloid 881 M

Gummies--Ticagel GC-581 B

Syrups--Ticaloid 750

Yogurt--Locust Bean Gum POR/A2, Agar RS-111, Ticaloid 710 H

Pectin Substitutes 

Talk with Our Gum Gurus about Your Specific Stabilizer Needs

Our Gum Gurus are always available to help you select a stabilizer that meets your specific needs. You can reach them via our technical service hotline (800) 899-3953/+1 (410) 273-7300 or online chat.