Colloid or a colloidal system is defined as a chemical system composed of finely divided particles dispersed in a continuous medium. Hydrocolloids are those colloidal long chained polymeric systems which are composed of fine particles dispersed in water. Depending on the quantity of the medium namely water, these hydrocolloids exist as gels or as sols. These hydrocolloids find a variety of applications especially in food industry owing to their exceptional ability to modify the rheology of the system to which it is added. Besides, these also find application in pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry. As an ingredient in food and beverages, these may be used as thickening agents, gelling agents, emulsifying agents, stabilizing agents among other applications. Food hydrocolloids may be obtained from natural sources such as plants, animals, microbial sources or may be synthesized artificially. Global Food hydrocolloids market is slated to witness a steady growth during the forecast period.
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Food Hydrocolloids Market: Drivers & Restraints
The growing population across the globe coupled with increasing disposable income, increasing standard of living of people, especially in developing regions of the globe, is expected to result in a steady growth in demand for specialty & processed food products. This in turn is expected to translate into steady growth of global food hydrocolloids market. Moreover, increasing demand for healthy food products is likely to in turn translate into growing demand for food hydrocolloids, fuelling the growth of global food hydrocolloids market.
Food Hydrocolloids Market: Segmentation
Depending on the type of product, that is, the type of food hydrocolloid, the global food hydrocolloid market can be segmented into the following key market segments:
• Guar Gum
• Xanthan Gum
• Locust Bean Gum