Cellulose Gum


A highly purified stabilizer with thickening properties for a range of neutral and low-pH applications


Cellulose gum, also known as Sodium CMC or Sodium carboxy-methylcellulose, is a food ingredient derived from cellulose, the most abundant organic compound on earth.

Cellulose is found in the cell walls of all plants and is typically the biggest source of insoluble fiber in fruits and vegetables. Cellulose gum is often used in foods and beverages to create texture and improve mouthfeel, as well as to retain moisture and stabilize recipes.

We’re a global leader in cellulose gum and other cellulose derivatives such as methylcellulose and hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose. Our products have helped enable some of the most popular food trends with flexitarian, plant-based and gluten-free recipes.

Key Benefits

  • Adds viscosity
  • Creates texture and improves mouthfeel
  • Retains moisture
  • Stabilizes recipes


Cellulose gum has helped enable some of the most popular flexitarian and plant-based food trends through its ability to add viscosity, bind water and stabilize drinks.


Digestive health

Cellulose gum is especially useful in food applications for patients with dysphagia.






Binds water and provides texture while maintaining freshness.

  • Texturizes
  • Thickens
  • Stabilizes
  • Controls the rheology/viscosity of aqueous food formulations
  • Provides high water-binding capacity and reduces syneresis
  • Provides excellent freeze-thaw stability
  • Contributes film-forming properties that enhance mouthfeel and can be used to create barriers

Compatible with other hydrocolloids

Soluble in cold and hot water

Odorless, with no impact on flavor or color

Protects against the effects of heat

Stabilizes solids during heating

Prevents phase separation

Neutral pH applications including:

  • Bakery
  • Beverages
  • Culinary
  • Dairy
  • Frozen desserts
  • Meat, poultry and seafood
  • Plant-based food
  • Soups
  • Sauces


The clear choice for food and beverage stability.

  • Thickens
  • Provides protein protection in acidic dairy or plant-based products
  • Stabilizes acidified beverages, sauces and other products
  • Prevents turbidity, flocculation, sedimentation, and phase separation

Excellent clarity in low pH beverages

Neutral taste

Helps maintain the stability of acidic products throughout their shelf life

Low pH/Acidic applications including:

  • Dairy beverages
  • Wine
  • Drinks
  • Sauces

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