Edible Gelatins :

The most common form of gelatin is edible gelatin. Gelatin is a food stuff and not a food additive and is subject to stringent purity regulations. Edible gelatins contain no fat or carbohydrates, no purine or cholesterol and are in addition free of all preservatives. Gelatin’s unique feature of being both high in protein and low in calorie makes it a valuable ingredient in food industry. Gelatin is truly remarkable in terms of its many functional properties in food applications and has numerous and varied uses in the processing of many food products such as:

  • Confectionery
  • Gelatin desserts & frozen foods (flavored jellies, pastilles, cream cakes, ice cream, puddings, mousses)
  • Packed fruit juice (works both as a clarifying and thickening agent)
  • Dairy products (used as a stabilizer, helps in attaining smooth texture and avoiding granulation in milk base products such as cream, yoghurt and cheese)
  • Candies & sweets (pastille soft, toffees, foam wafers, chocolates, candies, chewing gum, marshmallow)
  • Meat products & canned food (meat and chicken rolls, sausages, canned meats)
  • Low-fat foods (simulate the mouth feel of fat and creates volume with fewer calories)
  • Soft drinks (works as a clarifying agent)
  • Bakery fillings & icings

Pharmaceutical Gelatins :

The most important application areas for pharmaceutical gelatin are the manufacture of capsules, coating and binding tablets, and the embedding of vitamins. Pharmaceutical gelatin is subject to stringent requirements of the official pharmacopoeia demanding supreme purity and absence of all pathogenic microbial contaminants. Depending on the nature of the substance to be encapsulated, either hard- or soft capsules can be used. Soft capsules are more suitable for liquid or paste fillings whilst hard capsules are used in general for powdered substances. Hard shell capsules are supplied as closed empty capsules that are later filled with the substance, while soft capsules are formed, filled and closed off in one process. Pharmaceutical capsules enable active ingredients to be formulated in precise dosage allowing easy and safe drug administration, while providing long shelf lives, protection from light and oxygen and masking unpleasant tastes.

  • Hard shell capsules
  • Soft shell capsules (Soft gels)
  • Suppositories
  • Tablets & tablet coating (works as a binder in the granulation process of the drug ingredient)
  • Encapsulation and micro-encapsulation (such as microencapsulated oils for various uses both in nutritional and pharmaceutical applications)
  • Blood plasma substitute (works as a blood substitute during major surgeries)
  • Absorbable gelatin sponge/Haemostatic sponge (a sterile, water insoluble sponge that controls bleeding during surgery)
  • Succinylate gelatin (used in IV injection serum)
  • Coating agent in special kind of surgical stitching thread
  • Cosmetics ( skin and hair care products, hand creams, facial masks, wave-set lotions, shampoo, hair thickening and conditioning gels, cosmetic gels and tooth pastes)

Industrial Gelatins:

Various types of gelatin are used in the most diverse sectors of industry and products such as:

  • Paper Manufacture (sensitive papers, high quality rag-based papers, water proof papers, carbonless papers used for airline tickets and security papers)
  • Matches industry (used as a binder to form the head of a match)
  • Bank notes (provides required crispness, abrasion resistance and good adhesion to printing inks in the currency notes)
  • Photographic industry (used as a binder in light-sensitive and high-speed photographic products such as photographic films and papers, X-ray films)
  • Electrolysis (used in purifying zinc & cadmium via electrolysis method)
  • Seal (used in making rubber seal)
  • Stiffening (synthetic flowers, textile material & fabrics)
  • Glue/ Adhesive industries
  • Printing Processes (used in printers, rollers and plate wiping rollers for multicolor presses and offset lithography)