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Preservatives in food

Preservatives work by killing the micro organism or preventing it from growing

Humans have always found ways to preserve their food to stop it spoiling before it can be eaten. Many of the bacteria and moulds that grow on food can be dangerous. Salmonella, listeria and botulism are familiar forms of food poisoning caused by bacteria, and one of the most infamous

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Gelling agents, thickeners & stabilisers

The texture of food is important for the look and feel of food, and also for digestion. Thickening and stabilising agents are gums that work with emulsifiers to maintain the texture of food, and create texture in water-based products that would otherwise be runny. Ingredients such as flour, cornflour and

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Anti-caking agents

Anti-caking agents are used to prevent powdery and granular food products from absorbing water and clumping together

Many powdery and granular food products have a tendency to absorb water and clump together. Whether it’s table salt, icing sugar, non-dairy creamer, instant soup or even grated parmesan cheese, if the ingredients don’t flow freely then they are difficult to use. Salt cellars wouldn’t dispense salt, drink vending machines

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Univar

Univar is a leading global chemical distributor.  Univar’s strong sales and marketing teams complement chemical producers and create value for customers. The company provides technical expertise in application development, excellence in logistics support, and outstanding customer service to help its partners grow their business.

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Unbar Rothon

Unbar Rothon supplies food manufacturers with a range of functional and natural ingredients, including dried spices, dried herbs, dried fruits, dried vegetables, seasoning, essences, oleoresins, natural extracts, natural colours, natural flavours, and smoke extracts.

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TasteTech

A specialist manufacturer of controlled release flavourings and ingredients. Since we began in 1992, we have been at the forefront of microencapsulation technology, pioneering solutions to leading food manufacturers worldwide. We already offer creative solutions to the bakery, confectionery, chewing gum and sports nutrition markets and are always looking for

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ROHA Caleb UK

ROHA Caleb UK Ltd are one of Europe’s premier food colour suppliers, specialising in Natural and Artificial Food Colours, supplying to many well known multi-nationals in all sectors of the food and pharmaceutical industries. ROHA Caleb UK Ltd are the UK’s leading quality food colour supplier with: Product range and

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Ingredion

Ingredion are a global ingredient solutions company built on a rich legacy of exceptional performance and market-leading innovation. Our geographic footprint and diverse organization give us the capability to deliver solutions on a global scale and the agility to meet the needs of local markets. We make it our business

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LycoRed

Committed to meeting consumer demands of the 21st century and beyond, LycoRed develops a range of ingredients to provide functional and nutritional ingredient solutions. Building on its extensive carotenoids portfolio, the company produces natural lycopene, lutein and beta carotene designed for food fortification, dietary supplements and food coloring. LycoRed is

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Kudos Blends

Kudos Blends provides bakers with technically driven raising agents that optimise the quality, texture, taste and shelf life of baked products. Combining chemistry with baking, Kudos Blends is leading the international development of alternative raising agents for industrial bakeries and pre-mix manufacturers around the world. Founded in 1999 with the

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Ashland Specialty Ingredients

In more than 100 countries, the people of Ashland (NYSE: ASH) provide the specialty chemicals, technologies and insights to help customers create new and improved products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Our chemistry is at work every day in a wide variety of markets and applications, including architectural

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Givaudan

Givaudan is the global leader in the fragrance and flavour industry, offering its products to global, regional and local food, beverage, consumer goods and fragrance companies. Our Flavour Division has four business units: Beverages, Dairy, Savoury and Sweet Goods. The Fragrance Division has three business units: Fine Fragrances, Consumer Products

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Fibrisol Service Ltd

Fibrisol, through its international links and active membership of UK bodies, is at the cutting edge of development and legislative matters. Our dedicated Technical and QA teams ensure that we can offer a quality guarantee which is second to none. As you would expect from a quality conscious company, Fibrisol

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DSM Nutritional Products

DSM Nutritional Products is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and

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DuPont Danisco

DuPont Danisco has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food

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Colorcon

Colorcon is a world leader in the development, supply and technical support of formulated coatings and other excipients for the pharmaceutical and dietary/food/nutritional supplement industries. Our best-in-class products and pharmaceutical technologies are complemented by our value-added services which support all phases of solid oral dose design and development.

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Cargill

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, our privately held company employs 140,000 people in 65 countries. We help customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and are committed to sharing our global knowledge and experience to help meet

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Acidulants in food

Acidulants are an essential ingredient in sharp, zesty food products. These acids are what give fruit its characteristic tang, and most of those that are added to food products are common in nature. For example, citric acid occurs naturally in citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons, malic acid is

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PQ Corporation

PQ Corporation is a leading worldwide producer of specialty inorganic performance chemicals and catalysts. PQ traces its beginnings to a family soap and candle business started in Philadelphia by Joseph Elkington in 1831. The company began producing and selling “silicate of soda” or sodium silicate in 1861 to replace rosin in soap formulations. Today, PQ

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RSSL

RSSL is an independent global leader at the forefront of scientific analysis, consultancy, product development and training, serving the food, drink, pharmaceutical, healthcare, biopharmaceutical and consumer goods industries. We apply leading edge science with passion and uncompromising integrity to exceed expectations and deliver enhanced value to our clients. At RSSL

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BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. We offer intelligent system solutions and sophisticated products to most industries. Sales to customers in the UK and Ireland in 2011 totalled about £2.8 billion. Following the acquisition of Equateq, Cognis, Ciba, and Sorex, BASF companies now employ nearly 2000 people in the

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Antioxidants

Oxidation is a real problem for food products. Oxidation, for example, causes raw apples and potatoes go brown, but this can prevented in the kitchen by adding lemon juice. It’s very effective because lemon juice contains a very strong antioxidant – ascorbic acid or vitamin C (E300). By preventing or

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