Xanthan gum is a functional, versatile stabilizer used across the food and beverage industry as a workhorse ingredient. Personal care and other industrial applications also utilize Xanthan for its ability to add viscosity and cling. Working with a qualified xanthan gum supplier makes all the difference. There are several different grades with differences that include country of origin, overall texture, and dispersibility.
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Xanthan gum serves two primary roles across food, beverage, and personal care applications.
Thickener – Xanthan gum is an excellent thickening agent and is used to provide a uniform viscosity in products including sauces, instant beverages and toothpaste. Emulsifier – Its proven ability to bind moisture as well as maintain even distribution of droplets through suspension, makes xanthan gum a star ingredient for shelf stable beverages, sauces, salad dressings and certain personal care products.
Xanthan Gum Food Products
Xanthan gum is an ideal ingredient in a number of finished foods, including:
- Salad dressings and sauces
- Bakery mixes
- Dry mix beverages
- Seasoning mixes
- Dessert mixes
Pectin vs Xanthan Gum
In many food applications, xanthan gum and pectin are used as equally effective thickening agents. Xanthan gum can serve as an effective replacement for pectin, though a blend of xanthan, inulin, and pectin often serves as the best formulation. Your Tilley representative can provide more insight on crafting suitable high-quality formulations to ensure excellent sensory acceptability and textural property.
Gellan Gum vs Xanthan Gum
Gellan Gum is similar to xanthan gum, however, functions much differently across applications. Both are polysaccharides and produced through bacterial fermentation. Gellan gum and xanthan gum are sometimes used together in certain applications to complement the slightly longer storage capabilities of Gellan gum with the versatile viscosity levels of xanthan gum.
Grades of Xanthan Gum Available
Xanthan gum is available in two different grades that are optimally suited to each application.
Cosmetic grade xanthan gum –Cosmetic xanthan gum has a lower micro count which leads to better stability. Xanthan gum is better suited than many similar ingredients due to its pH stability and resistance to temperature changes.
Food grade xanthan gum – Food grade xanthan powder has a higher micro count, though the exact number varies. In food applications, xanthan gum can be certified as gluten-free, organic, and will be tested for verification upon request.
Organic compliant xanthan gum must meet specific requirements that change based on the regulatory body. To ensure accurate labeling, please reach out to one of our technical representatives.
Xanthan Gum Product Range
We offer a wide variety of xanthan gum products, including:
- Xanthan 80 – a standard mesh product that is easy to disperse.
- Xanthan 200 – a fine mesh product with rapid hydration, making it suitable for dry mix formulations.
- Quik-Xan – an agglomerated product that provides a combination of easy dispersion, optimal hydration, and minimizes dusting during manufacturing.
- Xanthan CG – cosmetic grade xanthan that meets the specifications outlined in NF/USP. Suitable for cosmetic and personal care applications.
These options are just the start. Let our team develop the ideal solution to your food or cosmetics needs.
Is Xanthan Gum halal?
Xanthan Gum can be certifies halal upon request.
Is Xanthan Gum kosher?
Xanthan Gum can be certified kosher upon request.
Is Xanthan Gum organic?
Xanthan Gum is one of several organic-compliant gums available for food production.
Choose Tilley and ISI to Be Your Xanthan Gum Supplier
Tilley and ISI source the highest-quality ingredients available, but it’s our customer service and supply chain management that truly set us apart. With an advanced research laboratory and industry-leading supply chain, Tilley Distribution is the right partner to help your business grow.
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