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Demand for Healthier Foods Stirs Up Growth in Hydrocolloids

10:58 AM MDT | August 7, 2007 | Kate Phillips

The global hydrocolloid market is expected to grow at about 2.8%/year, valued at $3.9 billion by 2012, says Dennis Seisun, president of IMR International (San Diego), a consulting firm that specializes in the hydrocolloid industry. Factors feeding demand include increases in processed/prepared foods, and growing consumer interest in healthier and more nutritional products. Hydrocolloids—including carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), pectin, and xanthan gum, as well as starches—can help enhance the texture and taste of food, which would otherwise be reduced...

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