Alginate is classified as a hydrocolloid (a water-soluble biopolymer of
colloidal nature when hydrated). The first scientific studies on the
extraction of alginates from brown seaweed were made by the British
chemist E.C. Stanford at the end of the 19th century, and the
large-scale production of alginate was introduced 50 years later.
Alginate is one of the most versatile biopolymers and is used in a wide
range of food, pharmaceutical and specialty applications for:
- Film forming
Today, FMC BioPolymer is
among the world’s largest alginate manufacturers. Together with our
carrageenan and cellulose gel (microcrystalline cellulose) we offer a
full range of functionalities and capabilities to assist formulators in
creating and launching innovative products and systems.