DuPont Expands Microcrystalline Cellulose Supply

May 6, 2013

DuPont sells MCC under the trade name Grindsted.

DuPont Nutrition & Health (Copenhagen, Denmark) will continue to offer an expanded supply of the hydrocolloid microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) thanks to an extended agreement with leading Taiwan-based MCC producer Mingtai.

The companies began their partnership back in 2009. DuPont sells MCC under the trade name Grindsted. Through a production line expansion, Mingtai has increased its food-grade MCC capacity, growing supply as a result.

“MCC is one of the fastest-growing hydrocolloids, and this expansion allows DuPont to continue growing with our customers,” says DuPont cellulosics business manager Jean-Baptiste Dufeu.

MCC is derived from natural wood pulp and can be used to substitute fat in most food products. It also provides a fat-like mouthfeel and replaces fat in emulsified products, such as mayonnaise, creamy dressing, processed cheese, and desserts. It is also well suited for suspending particles in chocolate and diluted milk as well as nutritional drinks.