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Locust Bean Gum Market Segmented By Product Form such as Powder and Gel having Type such as Food Grade, Technical/Industrial Grade
Locust Bean Gum is a polysaccharide which is extracted from seeds of Ceratonia Siliqua (carob tree, or locust bean tree). It is also known as carob bean gum or carob gum. It is a type of galactomannan with a high molecular weight.
It has close structural and chemical resemblance to guar gum. However, Locust Bean Gum possesses functional properties that are quite distinct from guar gum. This, unlike other hydrocolloids, is only partially soluble in water at room temperature.
It is soluble in water with the addition of heat, dissolving in water above 80°C. Also, Locust Bean Gum solutions do not form a gel by itself, but witnesses increased viscosity at higher temperatures and forms a gel when synergized with other types of hydrocolloids such as xanthan, kappa-carrageenan and agar.
The carob tree produces pods which contain the brown colored, hard seeds or beans. The pods are processed to separate the seeds, peel off their skins, split the seeds and separate the germ from the endosperm. The endosperm is milled and ground to produce the flour or powder.
Locust bean gum powder is further processed and refined to produce the required grade or particle size. Since the carob tree is mostly found in countries of the Mediterranean region, there is high concentration of this producers in the region, which is exported to global markets. It is widely used as a food additive, and also finds applications in other sectors such as pharmaceuticals and textiles among others.
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Locust Bean Gum is used extensively in the food & beverage industry, most often as thickening, stabilizing & gelling agent, and also as emulsifier. This is identified by the emulsifier code E410 globally. It is also an efficient binder of water, which helps prevent the problem of syneresis in food products.
Moreover, the highly synergistic effect it produces when used along with additives such as carrageenan and xanthan to create stable gel systems have also increased the demand for it. The gels so created with the use of it find application in the production of processed cheese, pet foods, cream cheese and desserts.
It inhibits the formation of ice crystals, and thus find application in the manufacture of ice creams as a stabilizing agent to delay melting of ice cream. Given the non-ionic nature of this, it is suitable for use across a broad pH range and finds application in neutral as well as acidic systems.
Locust Bean Gum being a polysaccharide with a flavor similar to chocolate, it is also used to impart sweetness to food products and as a replacement of chocolate. Moreover, the fact that it is gluten-free has increased its demand for healthy foods. Also the organic origin of this has helped its demand grow as a natural food additive, as an alternative to artificial ones.
The petroleum industry uses it to thicken their end products. In the textile as well as paper industry, It is used as a finishing and thickening agent. The market for Locust Bean Gum will mostly be driven by the food industry.
The production of raw Locust Bean Gum is concentrated mostly in countries belonging to the Mediterranean region, with Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain accounting for nearly three quarters of global production. The demand for consumption however is spread across the world, with end users from the food, textiles, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and other industries requiring it for various applications.
Asia Pacific region is expected to be a key demand center for this, given the region’s enormous population, increasing use of read to eat food products, and growing per capita purchasing capacity. The application of this as a gluten-free food additive has led to increasing demand from developed economies across North America and Europe. China, India, Germany, U.S., Western Europe etc are some of the key regional markets for this.
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