Pectin Substitutes for Food Manufacturers
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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.
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
Dry Mix--Nutriloid Gum Arabic FT-90, Ticaloid 1155
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
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.