ACTION CALL: F23/128/1 Cellulose Alternatives

Challenge: Identify alternative bulking agents to Microcrystalline Cellulose

Client: Global FMCG manufacturer

Background: Microcrystalline Cellulose is used as a ‘bulking agent’ and flavour carrier. The client is looking to drive its development, innovation, cost and sustainability agenda through considering ingredients and technologies which could be employed as microcrystalline cellulose alternatives. It is anticipated that a change in the bulking agent used can deliver new functionality and greater product flexibility by providing a broader range of building blocks which will enable the tailoring of future products.

Goal: Any potential alternative bulking agents to Microcrystalline Cellulose must be:

  • A free-flowing, colourless powder.
  • Low bulk density (<360 g/L)
  • A particle size between 100 – 200um
  • Food grade
  • Insoluble
  • Neutral taste and odour
  • Approved for use within the US And European markets

Technologies at all stages of technology readiness, from early-stage research and development to commercially available solutions, will be considered.

Microcrystalline Cellulose Alternatives

All solutions must be submitted to Technology Scout ([email protected]), with a subject line ACTION ref:  F23/128/1 Microcrystalline Cellulose Alternatives detailing:

  • A specification detailing the key parameters.
  • An indication of cost (GBP/kg).
  • A summary of the process or technology.
  • Any technical or application limitations.
  • Commercial availability.
  • Contact details.

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