Solutions to replace guar in food formulations

Guar gum, widely used in multiple food applications, is in short supply thanks to unprecdented demand from the oil and gas industry and its growing use in hydraulic fracturing to prevent fluid loss. This has resulted in substantially higher prices which has food formulators increasingly looking for alternatives. DuPont Danisco reports it has a wide range of solutions to help.

The current high demand of guar has generated a lack of guar availability for food applications, and the current shortage is likely to continue, according to Adrian Zingg, global product manager, Guar & LBG at DuPont Nutrition & Health: “As a result of that shortage, guar prices have sharply increased, reaching 10-fold the levels just 18 months ago and we expect demand to continue to grow in the future.

“The problem today is not so much price as availability; demand from the shell gas industry has increased so much that there is not enough capacity in India – where the majority of guar gum is produced,” says Zingg.

To address this issue, DuPont says it offers:

• The widest range of hydrocolloids in the food industry. Products includes alginate, carrageenan, cellulose gum, guar gum, locust bean, microcrystalline cellulose, pectin, xanthan gum as well as customised solutions/blends of hydrocolloids, emulsifiers, enzymes etc., sold under the DuPont Grindsted and Cremodan trademarks.

• A wide series of guar gum alternatives have already been developed. Alternative solutions are offered across a broad range of industries and applications and with cost savings of up to more than 50 percent for 1:1 substitution solutions.

• A strong technical expertise in all hydrocolloids and application know-how extended through several food Applications & Development centres close to customers worldwide.

• A full control of the supply and manufacturing of its hydrocolloids and systems blends. DuPont operates its own BRC-certified production facilities dedicated to the manufacture of hydrocolloids or customised blends.