Plant-based Lecithins

Lecithin is a multi-purpose plant-based emulsifier that will support your label-friendly formulations in a wide range of applications from bakery and beverages to soups and sauces.

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Lecithin is a multi-purpose plant-based 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. Cargill also offers lecithin with high phosphatidylcholine content, which has unique functional and nutritional properties that may be suitable for dietary supplement and pharmaceutical applications.

  • 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**

Sunflower lecithin

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

Canola lecithin Emulpur RS™ is the latest exciting addition to our lecithin portfolio! Canola lecithin is available in the 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 lecithin

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.

Univar Solutions is the premier distributor of food ingredients in the USA

  • Vast network includes over 60 FDA-registered sites in the USA
  • Efficient private fleet with dedicated drivers servicing local regions
  • Partnership with world class food ingredient manufacturers
  • Experienced sales force with broad ingredient and food industry knowledge
  • Food scientists available to help customers through their new product development (NPD) cycles

Use our Lecithin Selector Guide to help you select the right option!

FluidDeoiledNon-AllergenNon-GMO*NOP Compliant**
Sunflower LecithinXXXXDeoiled only
Canola LecithinXXXDeoiled only
Non-GMO Soy LecithinXXXDeoiled only
Standard Soy LecithinXX
Characteristics
  • Label-friendly
  • Non-GMO* options available
  • Organic compliant** options available

Forms available

  • Liquid (fluid)
  • Powder (deoiled)
  • Granules (deoiled)
Industries & Applications

IndustriesApplications
Confectionery
  • Chocolate
  • Compound coating
  • Gummies
  • Chewing gum
Bakery
  • Breads
  • Cakes
  • Biscuits
  • Pastries
  • Cookies
  • Bars
  • Extruded products/Cereals
  • Frozen dough
Convenience
  • Salad dressings
  • Dips
  • Margarines & spreads
  • Retorted soups/Canned products
  • Oil sprays
  • Sauces
  • Gravies
Dairy
  • Cheese release
  • Coffee creamers
  • Non-dairy creamers
  • Plant milks
  • Ice cream
  • Yogurt
Instantizing
  • Milk powder
  • Protein powder
  • Infant formula
  • Cocoa powder
Choline supplementation
  • Lecithin is a source of dietary choline
  • An essential nutrient
Other
  • Pet food
  • Animal feed
  • Supplements
  • Home care
  • Personal care

Bakery
Applications from bread, cakes, and cookies to pizza crusts, tortillas, and instant waffles can all benefit from lecithin.
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Dairy alternatives
Lecithin improves mouthfeel and enhances the texture of non-dairy plant-based milk.
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Release agents
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.
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