You heard it here first. These are the top five ingredients, specialty chemicals and food additives that we predict will be in high demand this year. Spanning industries and end-uses, these five ingredients have proven to change the game for our customers. You don’t want to miss out on these, trust us.
Stevia Reb-A and Reb-M
As the trend of consumers desiring more natural, healthier ingredient alternatives continues to increase in 2022, we expect that sugar substitutes will be heavy hitters, specifically Rebaudiosides A and M. Reb A and Reb M are steviol glycosides derived from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant species, aka “candyleaf”. They function as zero-calorie sweeteners, often used in food and beverages as they are about 300 times sweeter than sugar. Reb A has made a name for itself as the most popular steviol glycoside. The sweetest of all the natural compounds in the stevia leaf, Reb A has a minimal bitter aftertaste. Reb M is a more recently approved steviol glycoside, with no bitterness or aftertaste of licorice, but with a slightly higher price tag. Take into consideration factors such as cost, demand, and your specific product needs when making a choice.
Another sweet option for your food and beverage products is Erythritol. This is a type of sugar alcohol, found naturally in foods like fruits and mushrooms. Possessing a similar flavor profile to sugar and 70% of its sweetening power, Erythritol still sits at a caloric value close to zero. Plus it is non-cariogenic and has the highest digestive tolerance of polyols. Viachem carries both conventional and organic versions, including Erythritol made from a stevia and monk fruit blend, if that’s more your jam.
When it comes to the cosmetics and personal care industries, phenoxyethanol is the specialty chemical to beat. Chemically, Phenoxyethanol is known as a glycol ether, or solvent. Application-wise, it is a preservative and stabilizer used in many cosmetics and personal care products that otherwise would deteriorate, spoil, or become less effective too quickly. You can find Phenoxyethanol in perfume, foundation, blush, lipstick, soaps, hand sanitizer, ultrasound gel, you name it. According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, Phenoxyethanol is perfectly safe when used in concentrations of 1% or less, so a little goes a long way.
Our predictions suggest that both food-grade and industrial Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid will hold their own in the market this year. EDTA is a type of chelating agent that functions as a stabilizer, as it is used to sequester metal ions in aqueous solution. Solvitar®, the brand of EDTA Chelate Calcium Disodium Dihydrate we carry, stabilizes foods and beverages, delaying spoilage and increasing the shelf life of the food products. On the industrial side, Dissolvine®, or Disodium EDTA Chelate, improves the stability of some pharmaceutical products, detergents, liquid soaps, shampoos, agricultural chemical sprays, contact lens cleaners and cosmetics, and is also used in certain blood collection tubes used by medical laboratories. This product is also useful in the fields of metal finishing and plating, pulp and paper, textile dyeing, enzyme deactivation, photochemistry and bacteriocides. Dissolvine®, as the name implies, dissolves well in water and functions well under the most demanding conditions. Our producer partner Nouryon produces only the highest quality Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid. Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce this chemical; we’ve still got you covered.
Both conventional and organic glycerin are coming in full force this year especially in the food/beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. Glycerin is a simple polyol and sugar alcohol that functions well as a flavor carrier, humectant, solvent, preservative, moistener and bodying agent. Odorless, colorless and having a high viscosity and boiling point, there is not much this versatile ingredient can’t do. Glycerin shows up in personal care products like skin creams, serums, and toothpastes, pharmaceutical products like tinctures and elixirs, and food and beverage products like rolled oats and canned vegetables. You could call Glycerin a “jack of all trades.”
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