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Gum Arabic

Learn everything about the production and applications of gum arabic and agar agar!

GUM ARABIC

Gum Arabic (Acacia Gum) is a natural raw material from plant origin. It is obtained from the exudate of acacia species naturally growing in the “Gum-Belt” region of Africa.

Gum Arabic is a natural hydrocolloid with polyvalent properties for a wide range of industrial applications. It is used as a film-building agent or surface-protective colloid, it also has outstanding binding, emulsifying and stabilizing properties. Furthermore, it is a natural food-grade adhesive as well as an encapsulating agent.

Norevo has been involved in the sourcing, trade and processing of Gum Arabic (Acacia Gum) for more than 100 years and belongs to the leading producers of this natural hydrocolloid on a worldwide scale. Norevo offers Gum Arabic in kosher, halal and organic certified qualities.

APPLICATIONS

Confectionery

Texturizer, barrier & film-building agent, coating agent. Used in gums, jellies, pastilles, chewy toffees and pan-coated products.

Beverages & Flavours

Emulsifier, suspending and stabilizing agent for soft drinks, smoothies, cocktails. Carrier and encapsulating agent for flavoured emulsion concentrates and spray- dried flavor powders.

Fine food

Emulsifier, binder, suspending and stabilizing agent for dairies, desserts, dressings, dips, sauces.

OENOLOGY & BEER PRODUCTS

Clearing and stabilizing agent for wines (oenology). Stabilizing and emulsifying agent in beer-mix beverages.

Cosmetic

Emulsifier, stabilizer, thickener, binder, texturizer or creams, lotions, masks and decorative cosmetics.

PHARMACEUTICALS

Film-building and coating agent, binder, thickener for pills, pastilles, dragées, capsules. Stabilizer for medical suspensions and emulsions.

TECHNICAL APPLICATIONS

Emulsifier, suspending and stabilizing agent for inks, colours, encapsulating agent for pigment powders. Adhesive for pyrotechnic articles and cigarette paper.

QUALITIES

Quick Gum

Norevo’s brand of purified, homogenized and quick-soluble Gum Arabic powder. Quick Gum is available in standardized and tailor-made qualities, offering and easy dosage, handling and storage.

MECHANICAL POWDER

Ground Gum Arabic in powder form obtained from Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal.

PIECES OR GRANULES

Gum Arabic in pieces or granulated qualities obtained from Acacia senegal or Acacia seyal.

KEY FACTS ABOUT GUM ARABIC

ORIGIN

Gum Arabic is the gummy exudate of acacia species naturally growing in Africa and mostly coming from the geographic „Gum Belt“ region that stretches across the continent from Nigeria to Ethiopia and Somalia south of Sahara desert. The main supply countries are Sudan, Chad, Nigeria.

COMMERCIAL NAMES

PRODUCT & SOURCING

ACACIA

There are over 2.000 species of acacia trees. However, only 2 acacia species give the genuine Gum Arabic (Acacia Gum) according to the international food additive standards: Acacia senegal (Grade 1) and Acacia seyal (Grade 2).

HARVEST

To harvest the gum, the bark of the Acacia trees is cut (“tapping”), the resin comes out as little tears or drops. The exudate dries up at the air and is then manually harvested. There are 2 tappings per season in December and March.

DRIED RESIN

After the harvest, the Gum Arabic tears are still soft and have to dry under the sun before the sorting, packing, storage, transport and export.

PROCESSING BY NOREVO

GRANULATING / MILLING

The raw Gum Arabic pieces are processed by and in Norevo´s production units near Hamburg (Germany).

PULVERIZING

The Gum Arabic is dissolved in water, purified (by sieving and centrifugation), pasteurized, and finally transformed into standardized powders through our company-own drying process.

QUALITY CONTROL

Norevo’s Quality Assurance department and laboratory supervise the entire production process, carrying out regular quality checks to ensure the product safety and the classification of our Gum Arabic qualities according to their functionalities and applications.

Agar Agar

Agar agar is a hot-water-soluble hydrocolloid, a natural gelling agent and thickener with high gelstrength levels that allow for the preparation of highly stable and thermoreversible gels for food applications and other industrial uses.

As a worldwide specialist in agar agar, Norevo has a thorough knowledge of the product, its geographical growing areas and its gelling properties that determine the application possibilities of agar agar in food and non-food sectors. Cooperating closely with Setexam, the leading Moroccan Agar specialist, Norevo provides various grades of agar agar and certified-organic agar along with an outstanding technical and scientific support.

APPLICATIONS

CONFECTIONERY

Gel-building, thickening and texturizing agent for jellified candies, angel kisses, fruit jellies and fillings, meringues, marshmallows, ice-creams. Applicable for the production of vegan and vegetarian sweets.

Pharmaceuticals

Bacteriological agar for the microbiology and dental technics.

FOOD

Jellifying, thickening and texturizing agent for pudding, desserts, sauces, preserves, pâtés, meat/fish in aspik, and fine food. Applicable for the production of vegan and vegetarian food stuffs.

COSMETIC

Thickening and jellifying agent for cosmetics and lotions.

key facts about agar agar

ORIGIN

Agar agar is the ground and purified extract of red seaweeds (bot. species Rhodophyceae, fam. Gelidium and Gracilaria). Gelidium seaweeds mostly grow on the atlantic coastline of Morocco and are harvested manually by professional divers whereas the largest producing regions of Gracilaria seaweeds are found in Asia and Chile, where they can also be cultivated in shallow waters and are therefore easier to collect.

 

 

PRODUCT & SOURCING

Production

Our supply partner, Setexam, is established in Kenitra, near the main agar agar harvesting region on the Atlantic coast of Morocco.

Qualities

Norevo‘s supply partner for Moroccan agar agar and certified-organic agar is equipped to extract the seaweeds and produces a full range of agar agar qualities with standardized gelstrength, both for food grade and pharma grade.

Gelling

Agar agar solutions have to be heated up. The thermoreversible agar-gel is obtained by cooling the solution down to abt. 35°C. Heated up again, the gel melts at abt. 85°C and jellifies again when cooled down.

Foam-inhibited gum arabic solution?

Foam develops…

…during the dissolving or stirring process of gum arabic. Norevo developed a higher agglomerated powder to diminish this effect.

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Looking for the right gum arabic quality?

Gum arabic…

…is diversly applicable. The diffentent gum arabic types fulfill specific functions. We’ll help you to find the right qualitiy for your application.

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Natural Emulsifier?

The emulsifying properties…

…of gum arabic distinguish the raw material as a natural and vegetable emilsifier.

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Natural adhesive?

The strong…

…natural adhesiveness of gum arabic makes the raw material universally applicable. The raisin is an excellent film-building agent and a natural, vegetable adhesive.

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Inexpensive gum arabic?

The composition…

…of different gum arabic types defines the respective function. We find out which blend is the most efficient for your application.

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