Pectin is a natural component of plants especially abundant in fruit such as apples and citrus. Pectin is associated with cellulose in plant tissues, where it plays a fundamental role in determining their mechanical properties.
In plant cells, pectin is linked to cellulose to form protopectin which has the ability to absorb large amounts of water. Cellulose gives the supporting tissues their rigidity while the pectic components give the plant its flexibility.
Pectin can be used as a gelling agent, thickening agent and stabilizer in food applications. Cargill is a pectin supplier and hydrocolloid supplier to the food industry.
Pectin is used in diverse applications such as yogurt, confectionery and acid milk drinks. Pectin has the image of a natural product and has acknowledged nutritional benefits. Pectin is also used to adjust the mouthfeel of fruit-based beverages and as a protein stabiliser in acidified dairy products.
- Unipectine® pectin
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.