K0111 Threats to Gelatine Use, Due Diligence Study

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Objective and Background

The objective of this study was to assist the client in carrying out their market due diligence in respect of the gelatine market.

Gelatine is an animal derived product competing in the market for hydrocolloids, including plant based hydrocolloids like carrageenan, modified starches, pectins, alginates and blends of these products. Gelatine is used in the food industry, the pharmaceutical industry (mainly hard and soft capsules) and in the photo industry. Especially in the food and pharmaceutical industries there have been many attempts and research to replace the ingredient. This replacement has been driven by BSE, vegetarian and Kosher/Halal issues. Several companies are trying to develop substitutes.

Therefore the most important questions to address to ensure market due diligence were:

1. What are the risks for the industry and how big are these risks?
2. What is the actual status in the industry (especially food and capsules in the food supplement industry) regarding the use of gelatine and gelatine alternatives?
3. What are the developments in the industry and what are the prospects for gelatine?

This study contained the following:

Description of Gelatine

  • Structure
  • Properties


Uses & Substitutes

  • Food and Beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals and Health Supplements

Consumer Issues and Safety Concerns

Market Trends

  • Hydrocolloids
  • Gelatine

Manufacturers of Gelatine Replacers/Substitutes

    Confectionery Manufacturers
    Dairy and Desserts Producers
    Meat Products Manufacturers
    Pharmaceutical Users
    Substitute/Replacer Manufacturers


    Gelatine Organisations
    Fish Gelatine Opportunity

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