Gum Arabic is harvested from two types of wild Acacia trees, one is Acacia Senegal tree and other is Acacia Seyal.
This resin is obtained through special tappings made on the trunk of the tree. The resinous liquid which comes out of the tappings to heal the cuts on the bark, thickens on contact with the air, forming a hard and glassy gum. Gum Arabic is edible and has E number E414.
Source of Gum Arabic
Gum Arabic is harvested in the gum belt of Africa, this belt starts from Senegal at the west of Africa and ends at Sudan in the east, also known as African Sahel. Sudan is the world’s largest single producer of Arabic Gum.
Types of Gum Arabic that we supply
We supply both Hashab Gum ( Acacia Senegal ) & Talha Gum (Acacia Seyal )
Our company offers two types of gum Arabic mainly in the form of raw or in the form processed gum as mechanical powder and kibbled form upon customer’s request.
Hashab Gum ( Acacia Senegal )
We offer this type in one grade called the Cleaned Grade which is the standard grade varying from light to dark amber, comprises whole or broken lumps and it contains minimal amount of siftings (fine particles) but dust, bark and dirt is.
Talha Gum (Acacia Seyal )
We offer these type sort in four grades:
- Talha Sifting Grade – particles size (0.5mm ~ 4mm)
- Talha Grade 3 (G3) – particles size (4mm and above)
- Talha Dust Grade – particles size (under 0.5mm)
- Talha Cleaned – consist of minimum 35% sifting and 65 % G3.
Difference between Hashab & Talha Gums
A joint FAO/WHO committee of experts on food additives (JEFCA) indicated in its Compendium on food additives- Addendum 7 (1999) that no distinctions were made between Acacia Senegal and Acacia Seyal.
Since, currently, both Acacia gums are almost equal in industrial relevance, a complete description of both Acacia gums becomes a key tool for a better understanding of gum quality determinants, leading a better selection, use, and control of gums for speciﬁc applications.
|Country of Origin||Sudan|
|Packaging & Export||Packing is done usually in 25kg, 50 kg, in poly bags and stuffs in 20 feet containers which will carry 22 metric tons.|
|Labeling||As per buyer’s instruction.|
|Specification||Detail specification will be provided upon request.|
Uses of Gum Arabic
Gum Arabic is used primarily in the food industry as a stabilizer. Gum Arabic is a key ingredient in traditional lithography and is used in printing, paint production, glue, cosmetics and various industrial applications, including viscosity control in inks and in textile industries, though less expensive materials compete with it for many of these roles.
- Gum Arabic is used primarily in the food industry as a stabilizer. Gum Arabic is a key ingredient in traditional lithography and is used in printing, paint production, glue, cosmetics and various industrial applications, including viscosity control in inks and in textile industries, though less expensive materials compete with it for many of these roles.
- Gum Arabic is used as an emulsifier and a thickening agent in icing, fillings, chewing gum and other confectionery treats.
- Gum Arabic is also used as a water-soluble binder in fireworks composition.
- Gum Arabic has a long history as additives to ceramic glazes.
- Gum Arabic is used as a binder for watercolor painting because it dissolves easily in water.
- Gum Arabic is utilized worldwide in a multitude of ways. It’s used in everything from beverage emulsions and confections to functional dietary fiber. Gum Arabic is even utilized in common everyday food and beverages like granola bars and soft drinks.
Gum Arabic is an essential element in many industries such as:
- Food industry
- Confectionery, soft drink and beverages
- Dry fruit flavor, soup and premix
- Pharmaceutical Industry
- Printing Industry
- Cosmetic Industry
- Textile Industry
- Dietary Fiber Industry
Benefits of Gum Arabic
Acacia Gum is known as a good source of dietary fiber because it contains about 90 percent soluble fiber. This type of fiber, which dissolves in water, is an important part of your diet. It helps the digestive system run smoothly and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved acacia as an additive in foods and drugs. This means it’s considered safe for manufactures to use in their products. Recently, the FDA also approved Acacia as an ingredient in products such as breakfast cereals, snack bars, and baked goods. It’s also recognized as a source of dietary fiber and can be advertised as such.