GELITA Develops First Vegan Gelling Agent in Sheet Form

Gelatin and collagen peptides producer GELITA AG has expanded its gelling agent portfolio by presenting the new agar-agar sheets.

Plant-based agar-agar has only been available in powder form (often as a mixture with other gelling agents) until now; GELITA has succeeded in producing pure agar-agar as a standardized sheet, using a new manufacturing process.

This format offers numerous advantages in culinary applications. Agar-agar sheets eliminate the ambiguity of spoon measurements and complicated conversions of different powder solutions. Every single sheet has an exactly defined and identical gelling strength, greatly simplifying its use in recipes, ensuring a successful dish every time.

Agar-agar has a higher melting point than many gelling agents. Dishes prepared with agar-agar are able to maintain stability (not melt) for longer periods of time – even under the most extreme conditions. As agar-agar is plant based, it is ideal for creating vegan or vegetarian dishes.

“We have worked intensively on this matter over the past few years and launched in-house technology development programs. We knew that consumer-friendly products had to be extremely easy to use. This is why we applied the long-established advantages of the standardized sheet format to agar-agar. Our core business remains classic gelatin, but we are keen to meet regional requirements and consumer preferences, and offer optimal solutions,” says Dr. Franz-Josef Konert, CEO of GELITA AG.

GELITA will present the agar-agar sheet at international trade fairs in the coming months.

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