Gum Arabic Market to Grab the Largest Market Share by 2023

Gum Arabic Market to Grab the Largest Market Share by 2023

  • Submitted By: amyjames
  • Date Submitted: 03/03/2016 2:47 AM
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Gum arabic, also known as acacia gum, meska, chaar gund/goond, is a natural emulsifier derived from hardened sap obtained
from two species of the acacia tree (Senegalia senegal (Acacia) and Vachellia (Acacia) seyal). The acacia trees are found on the
west coast of Africa and on the Indian Subcontinent. Gum arabic is a versatile emulsifier that is used in several industries
including food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, textiles, inks, paper, ceramics, and paints. The gum has amber color and is sticky.
It is extracted by skillfully peeling a thin layer of bark on the acacia trees without causing any injury to the tree. The sap slowly
oozes out and is collected as amber-colored gum after it is exposed to air. The hardened gum/sap is treated to remove dust and
sold in the form of syrup made by dissolving the hardened sap in water.
Gum arabic is mostly produced in the sub-Saharan coastal belt by local farmers. Although discovered and named in Senegal, the
trees are farmed for production of gum arabic in Somalia, Sudan, and Senegal. Sudan is the largest producer of gum arabic,
which is usually exported to Europe for treatment, refinement, and further sale to different parts of the world.
Gum arabic is widely used as an emulsifier in the food & beverages industry. It is one of the key emulsifiers used in the
manufacture of syrups for soft drinks such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Gum...

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