Malic acid is responsible for the refreshing taste you get when you bite into certain sour fruits like apples, grapes, and cherries. Its smooth, lasting tartness makes it the perfect food additive. When malic acid food grade ingredients are blended with other acids, sugars, sweeteners, and seasonings, it can result in highly pleasing flavors, allow for extended flavors, and even act as a food acidity regulator.

This ingredient's commercial uses are wide-ranging and occur from the food and beverage industry to personal care products and beyond. As a result, malic acid is one of the most in-demand food additives on the market today. If you are a supplier of food grade ingredients, you need a malic acid distributor like Brenntag North America with a well-established global distribution network and facilities that meet all ISO standards and HACCP food safety regulations.

  • Synonyms: apple acid, DL malic acid, E 296, hydroxybutanedioic acid, hydroxysuccinic acid, malic acid
  • INCI: Malic acid
  • Chemical formula: C4H6O5
  • CAS #: 617-48-1 and 6915-15-7
  • Hazard: GHS07 Harmful, Causes severe skin burns and eye damage, Causes serious eye damage


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Malic Acid FCC-Granular
Malic Acid 50% FCC kosher
Malic Acid FCC coarse granular


AppearanceLiquid, clear to hazy
SolubilitiesSoluble in water
Freezing point-20°F (-28.89°C)
Molecular weight134.09 g/mol
Weight per gallon10.16 lbs/gal
ClassAcid, Acidulant, Dry Acid
GradesIndustrial, ACS, USP, NF Grade, Kosher


Malic acid uses include acidulant, anti-ageing creams & lotions, baby shampoo, baby wipes, beverage mixes, beverages, body wash, buffer, carbonated beverages, chelating agent, chewing gum, conditioners, exfoliant scrub, eye creams, facial cleaner, flavors, fruit fillings, hair conditioner, hard candy, jellies & preserves, masks cosmetic, moisturizing cream formulations, mouthwash, nail polish.

  • Food and Nutrition: It is a prized additive as flavors in beverage industry and it also helps to stabilize pH levels.
  • Personal Care: Its presence naturally increases the flow of saliva in the mouth, it is used in many dental cleaning products, such as toothpastes and mouthwashes. Plus, its ability to bring out strong fruit flavors makes it an ideal additive in many fruit-flavored coughs drops, syrups, and lozenges.
  • Pharmaceutical: Helps in decreasing the skins’ number of dead cells and boosting its hydration. It can even help combat acne. In addition to its dermatological benefits, malic acid is being studied as a treatment for kidney stones and fibromyalgia.
  • Oil and Gas: It is used as an additive when transporting crude oil from well sites to refineries.

Quick Answers

Malic acid is a dicarboxylic acid that is naturally produced by all organisms. As an essential part of the metabolic cycles on a cellular level in plants and animals, malic acid gives energy to cells and provides the carbon skeleton that amino acids can be built on — such as during the glyoxylate and Krebs cycles. Even in the human body, a substantial amount of malic acid is both formed and broken down on a daily basis. While malic acid occurs naturally, a mix of L- and D-malic acid can be synthetically produced. Malic acid’s esters and salts are termed malates.

For professionals ranging from food and beverage scientists to personal care procurement professionals, when the need for malic acid arises, Brenntag can help. With a portfolio of over 10,000 products and an international distribution network that spans 74 countries and 530 locations, we can consistently meet all of your food grade additive needs.

Buy malic acid — and all your food grade ingredients — from Brenntag North America. We are GFSI-certified and committed to food safety and traceability. For high-quality products and well-established distribution, contact us today.

Malic acid is available in bags metal drums, totes in variable quantities.

You can download a copy of the SDS for malic acid from Brenntag Connect.

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