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Overcoming Challenges Associated with Formulating Gelatin-free Gummy Vitamins

New Video: Agglomeration

Status of Gum Acacia as a Source of Dietary Fiber

Interns Reflect on Their Experiences

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The clean label trend has penetrated nearly all other food categories so it’s only natural that the trend is now a driver in the nutritional supplement and vitamin category. This is especially true in the gummy vitamin category where consumers are demanding gelatin-free varieties.

Finding a suitable replacement for gelatin in gummy candies and vitamins has long been a goal for food formulators but, until recently, such a replacement was elusive.

Why do consumers want gelatin-free gummy vitamins?

The demand for gelatin-free options has been attributed to consumer desire for more transparency into the ingredients used in foods. Some consumers choose to avoid gelatin in order to adhere to religious dietary rules such as kosher or halal, while others avoid gelatin because they are following vegan or vegetarian dietary guidelines. 

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Despite the many advances in food manufacturing, the process of dispersing powders in liquids remains a challenge. Without proper dispersion, powders like food gums form lumps which can cause production issues, including:

  • Clogging pumps and filters, resulting in production slow downs
  • Hydrating incompletely, possibly leading to quality variations between batches and increasing the need to rework out of spec product

Several techniques have been employed over the years in an effort to reduce lumping, including slurrying the gum with oil and preblending the dry ingredients before addition to the mixing tank but these production techniques have shown mixed results. However, manufacturers see nearly immediate and dramatic process improvements when they switch from powdered gums to agglomerated gums.

This episode of our Basics of Food Gums video series explores the benefits of using agglomerated gums.

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TIC Times newsletterIn this issue:

Texturizing Non-GMO Instant Protein Beverages

Preventing Bleeding and Weeping from Fresh and Frozen Berries

4-H Campers Get Hands-On Experience with Food Science

Clean Label Steals Spotlight Again at IFT

Video: Cellulose & Pectin--Basics of Food Gums

Three Grades of Non-GMO Project Verified Xanthan Now Available


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Once relegated to a post-workout supplement for the most active consumers, instant protein beverages are now a staple meal replacement for consumers across all demographic categories.

How popular are sport powders like protein drinks?

According to data from Innova Market Insights, the number of new product launches in the US bearing claims of “Added Protein” or “High Source of Protein” was rather flat between 2011 and 2014. That trend was busted in 2015 when 695 new products were launched in the category, more than double the number launched the prior year.