Cargill offers a broad range of hydrocolloids including products such as carrageenans, pectins and biopolymers (xanthan gum and scleroglucan). These hydrocolloids are used as gelling and thickening agents in all areas of the food industry and in a growing number of cosmetic, pharmaceutical and technical applications.
Hydrocolloids are polysaccharides of high molecular weight extracted from plants and seaweed or produced by microbial synthesis.
The polysaccharide industry started in the first decades of the 20th century. Since then, the knowledge of carbohydrates combined with the latest industrial techniques has permitted the production of hydrocolloids with consistently higher purity, continuously meeting more demanding market specifications.