Agar Gum

Agar Gum

Agar, derived from seaweed, is a natural hydrocolloid widely used in the food industry for its versatile functional properties. Widely known for its gelling ability, it also aides in stabilizing, texturizing, and thickening of food and beverage products.

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Agar acts as an emulsifier and binding agent and also aides in gelling, stabilizing, texturizing, and thickening of various items such as beverages, baked goods, confections, dairy products, dressings, processed meats, and sauces. Agar is also used as a vegan gelatin substitute, a thickener for soups, preserves, and ice cream, and used as a clarifying agent in brewing.

Agar, extracted from red algae plants, is a type of algal gum. It is compromised of agarose and agar pectin. It forms a gel at low concentrations, resulting in an opaque color and chewy texture, offering versatility for use in both cold and hot food products.

Appearance: Opaque color with a chewy texture.

Particle size: Dependent on application.

Solubility: Soluble in hot water.

Viscosity: Various external factors contribute to agar’s viscosity such as concentration, temperature, presence of metal ions, electrolytes, non-electrolytes, and mechanical stirring shear.

American International Foods, Inc. is a leading agar supplier with an additional full service portfolio of over 2500 food and beverage ingredients. We offer one of the most extensive lines of food and beverage ingredients distributed to manufacturers and processors in the food, beverage, pet food, health and nutrition sectors. With a strategic nationwide warehouse network, we can supply your business in an efficient manner at a low cost. Our passion for delivering innovative solutions and developing unique partnerships allows us to ensure that we meet customers’ unique needs and help them solve complex problems.