The global packaged food market will reach an annual revenue of over USD 3 trillion by the year 2020. In this highly competitive industry, your company must use the latest ingredients to keep up. We partner with food processing additive suppliers across the world to provide you with solutions.


Food processing facilities use additives for the following purposes:

  • Enrichment
    Certain foods lose their nutrients during processing. During the enrichment process, the
    producer adds them back in. For example, grain products such as flour and rice lose B
    vitamins, iron, and folic acid. The facility enriches them with these vitamins and minerals
    to keep consumers healthy.
  • Fortification
    Fortified foods contain added nutrients that were not in the original product. Milk receives
    vitamin A and D fortification from most dairy producers.
  • Preservation
    The world would not have modern packaged food without preservatives. Ascorbic acid,
    BHT/BHA, sodium benzoate, and other additives keep products from spoiling.
  • Addition of Texture
    Giving food a different texture can make it more appealing to consumers. Gelatin, pectin,
    and carrageenan add body and thickness to a variety of products.
  • Moisture Retention
    Humectants such as glycerine prevent packaged food from drying out. Phosphates hold
    moisture in meat products and keep them fresh.
  • Emulsification
    Products that contain fat and water separate over time. Emulsifiers like lecithin prevent this
    separation from happening. They also provide a creamy and smooth texture.
  • Enhancement or Addition of Flavor
    Just like cooking at home, creating manufactured food involves creating a good taste.
    Sweeteners like sucrose and stevia add a sugary taste. MSG and proteins enhance a food's
    savoriness. Menthol and vanillin add the flavors from their original sources.
  • Color Change
    A food's appearance influences the consumer experience almost as much as taste. Natural
    and artificial colors create products that look tastier.
  • Prevention of Caking
    Powdered foods and ingredients clump together without anticaking agents. Silicates and
    other additives keep every granule separate.


Added ingredients form the basis of modern food processing. Innovation in additive technology gives producers complete control over their products. They can now determine a food's appearance, flavor, shelf life, and marketability. Companies who target a specific audience use products like clean label ingredients to tailor items.

Modern ingredients from Brenntag help the food processing industry move forward. They follow the latest trends in packaged food, keeping your company ahead of the competition. When you count on Brenntag as your distributor, you will get expert advice relevant to your industry. Our food processing account managers keep track of the latest developments, and one of these team members will help you find solutions that let you achieve your business goals.


We value our relationships with our clients, and our team understands that it takes more than a one-size-fits-all approach to succeed in today's food market. The Brenntag network includes suppliers in over 190 locations who provide tailored solutions. We will even offer custom blends of ingredients delivered in packaging that matches your company's branding.

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