Lecithin is a multi-purpose, plant-based, clean-label emulsifier that will support your label-friendly formulations in a wide range of applications from bakery and beverages to soups and sauces.
Lecithin is the “go-to” solution for label-friendly emulsification, making it a great choice for use in chocolate, confections, bakery, sports nutrition, instant products, beverages, and more. Univar Solutions is partnered with Cargill to offer a variety of lecithin options and we have the formulation expertise to help optimize your products.
- Lecithin options include soy, sunflower, and canola
- Available in liquid and powder (deoiled) forms, for easier processing and handling
- Ideal for label-friendly, non-GMO*, and organic products**
Example applications that use lecithin:
- Confectionery, including chocolate, compound coating and chewing gum
- Bakery, including breads, cakes, biscuits, pastries, cookies, bars, cereals, and frozen dough
- Sauces, soups, gravies, salad dressings, dips, and spreads
- Dairy & non-dairy products, including coffee creamers, plant milk, ice cream, and yogurt
Sunflower lecithin is non-GMO* and does not have to be declared as a major food allergen. It offers comparable taste, color, and functionality to soy lecithin and is available as liquid or deoiled. Sunflower lecithin has shown double-digit growth in new product launches since 2013, according to Innova market trends data.
Canola lecithin Emulpur RS™ is the latest exciting addition to our lecithin portfolio! Canola lecithin is available in powdered (deoiled) form. This is a non-GMO* option that may be used in organic products** and does not have to be declared as a major food allergen. It is more cost effective than sunflower lecithin and may be used as a one-to-one replacement for other deoiled lecithin types, making it easy for food manufacturers to incorporate into their product lines with only minor adaptations.
Soy continues to dominate the lecithin market and is available in either liquid or deoiled form. Try our non-GMO* soy lecithin as a label-friendly option for your non-GMO needs.
Use our Lecithin Selector Guide to help you select the right option!
|Sunflower Lecithin||X||X||X||X||Deoiled only|
|Canola Lecithin||X||X||X||Deoiled only|
|Non-GMO Soy Lecithin||X||X||X||Deoiled only|
|Standard Soy Lecithin||X||X|
Learn more about the benefits of lecithin in these applications:
Applications from bread, cakes, and cookies to pizza crusts, tortillas, and instant waffles can all benefit from lecithin.
Lecithin improves mouthfeel and enhances the texture of non-dairy plant-based milks.
Lecithin creates a nonstick barrier between foods and contact surfaces to help with cleanup and can be used in water- or oil-based release systems.
*There is no worldwide definition of the term “non-GMO.” The definition of “non-GMO” varies widely from country to country. Some countries have no regulatory definition of “non-GMO,” and some countries consider a product to be “non-GMO” if it is exempt from mandatory GMO-labeling in that country. Requirements for mandatory GMO-labeling also vary widely from country to country. Various private standards groups and certifying agencies have also developed their own definitions of and standards for non-GMO.
** Under certain circumstances per 7 CFR §205.606