Pectin is a fruit-derived ingredient, found in apples and several citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes. This makes it a purely plant-based product and perfectly suited for various food and beverage applications – it is used for texturising, as a gelling agent, thickener or stabiliser.
NATURAL GELLING, THICKENING AND STABILISATION
Alongside flavour or colour, texture is a key factor in food and beverage products.
If something tastes or looks appealing, consumers expect a pleasant texture. Due to its natural properties, pectin is excellent at improving the texture of many foods and beverages and providing a good mouth feel. Pectin is also an excellent stabiliser, ensuring that products remain in perfect condition and maintain an appealing appearance during the entire shelf life. This encourages consumption and means that products are not wasted unnecessarily.
Pectin is gaining popularity in various applications, providing numerous benefits in the realm of plant-based products. Traditionally, gelatine has been used in foods like fruit gummies, aspic and dairy desserts, but the demand for vegetarian and vegan options is on the rise. Pectin serves as an excellent substitute for gelatine, enabling the development of plant-based variants in these food categories. Pectin’s versatility extends beyond its texturizing properties in acidic environments.
Specialised pectins can effectively stabilise and gel low-acid products like chocolate mousse or marshmallows. By tailoring pectin to specific applications, manufacturers can achieve desired functionalities and textures.
VERSATILE FOOD APPLICATIONS
In many application areas, pectin can complement or replace other texturizing ingredients. For example, when combined with starch, pectin effectively combines the advantages of both stabilisers and generates additional benefits in bakeable fruit fillings, dairy products or gummy confectionery. In yoghurt fruit preparations, this positive effect can also be achieved with pectin in combination with other hydrocolloids like locust bean gum or guar.
Pectin offers a wide range of functional and sensory benefits across various applications. Whether in beverages, plant-based dairy products, gummy confectionery, bakery goods, fruit preparations, or jams and fruit spreads, pectin proves to be a valuable ingredient, catering to the needs of both manufacturers and consumers seeking plant-based alternatives.
SAFE AND RELIABLE INGREDIENT
For many decades, Pectin has been safely and widely used by food manufacturers for the formulation of recipes. As with the use of food and beverage ingredients, pectin is strictly regulated around the world. Consumers can therefore rely on the safe production and high quality of Apecx pectin’s in their products. The consumer market is more attentive and focused on healthy, high quality products making pectin a very appealing product for the simple labelling possible on products.