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Cargill has a broad variety of lecithins all with the highest quality you can count on.

Lecithin is primarily used as an emulsifier to help maintain a stable emulsion between unmixable liquids. The emulsifier decreases the surface tension between the liquids and allows them to form a stable blend.

Cargill offers the most extensive range of lecithin products on the market for all types of applications.

Cargill's branded fluid, de-oiled and fractionated lecithin products are classified in a unique quality system of four major grades, which guarantee the food safety and quality according to the requirements of the individual final application.

Type of lecithin Brand name(s)
Fluid lecithin Topcithin®, Leciprime®, Lecisoy®
Tailored fluid lecithin Emulfluid®, Metarin®
Standard de-oiled lecithin Emulpur®, Lecigran®, Epikuron®, Lecimulthin®
Tailored de-oiled lecithin Emultop®, Metarin®
Fractionated lecithin Epikuron®,  Emulfluid®


Cargill Lecithins in Bakery

Lecithins in Bakery

Next to our proteins, we also offer high quality lecithin solutions that are suitable for bakery, as well as other applications.

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Lecithin can be used in a variety of applications such as chocolate and confectionery, instant products, beverages, margarines and spreads, bakery, snacks, dietary supplements, industrial applications, pharmaceutical and care products.

Lecithins for innovative textures

Lecithin was discovered in 1846 by the French chemist Maurice Gobley. He isolated an orange-colored substance from egg yolk and called it lecithin after the Greek name for egg-yolk (“lekithos”).

The industrial production of lecithin started in the 1920s when the Bollmann extraction process enabled large quantities of lecithin to be obtained from soybeans instead of eggs. This paved the way for the production of various lecithins of different plant origins for a wide variety of uses.

Cargill started to work with lecithin more than 70 years ago. A wealth of specialized experience gives Cargill a thorough knowledge of the characteristic properties of lecithin’s components, individual application requirements of a broad spectrum of industries and a wide range of available processes and technologies.

Production sites

Today, Cargill's manufacturing plants in the Netherlands, Germany, China and the USA are among the most advanced lecithin production facilities in the world. Using highly sophisticated manufacturing processes, the company is able to ensure a fast and flexible response to customers' requirements.

  • Hamburg (Germany): ISO 50001:2011 - FSSC 22000:2013 certified
  • Zaandam (Netherlands): BRC - FSSC 22000:2005 certified
  • Decatur (US): FSSC 22000:2010
  • Tianjin (China): FSSC 22000


Some Cargill products are only approved for use in certain geographies, end uses, and/or at certain usage levels. It is the customer's responsibility to determine, for a particular geography, that (i) the Cargill product, its use and usage levels, (ii) the customer's product and its use, and (iii) any claims made about the customer's product, all comply with applicable laws and regulations.