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as an export success story. It's a growing
business, as gum Arabic is embraced by the
food and beverage industry as a natural,
clean-label ingredient.

FBN: How is Edible Glitter produced?
Mr. Watson: We produce Edible Glitter in our
West Haven, Conn., facility that is 100% powered by renewable wind energy. The flakestyle Edible Glitter is made from an aqueous
solution cast onto a stainless steel belt on
the production line. The solution is heated
to evaporate off the water, leaving dried film
sheeting. The film sheet is collected at the
end of the production line, where it is milled
into randomly shaped flakes and sifted to the
desired mesh size. Mesh sizes range from 8 to
60, with the latter resembling dust.
Edible Glitter shapes include an additional
step. The dried film sheet is wound up on a
roll at the end of the line. This film is then
passed through a die to cut out the desired
shape. We have standard shapes, such as
stars and hearts, and can also customize
dies for our customers.

Edible Glitter Slow Soluble provides entertainment value to
bottled water. It's added via a dried drink mix and may be
formulated to change color and add flavor.

FBN: What are some other
customized attributes that can be
designed into Edible Glitter?
Mr. Watson: Our original flake line is made
with FD&C colors, while our newer natural
line uses colors sourced from nature, such
as red cabbage juice, turmeric and radishes.
We also offer metallic-colored flakes for
innovators looking for a product with even
more shine and shimmer. These include a
mica-based pearlescent pigment. All three
glitters hold up well on products with low
active moisture, which means you can put
it on frostings and baked goods, but they
will dissolve in water. They also work well
in cereals, confections, gelatin desserts,
hard and soft candies (including lozenges),
nutritional supplement tablets and gelatin
capsules, and chewing gum.
Edible Glitter Slow Soluble was designed
for use in high-moisture systems when a
very-slow dissolving particle is desirable.
This is achieved through the addition of
sodium alginate. There's also Edible Glitter Insoluble, which is made from calcium
alginate and water-insoluble FD&C colors.
Both of these can be used with drink mixes
to provide entertainment value. Or, they
can be part of the mix-in portion of a yogurt cup. The innovation opportunities are
Lastly, we also offer a hydroxypropylmethylcellulose-based glitter. This was specially
designed to withstand deep frying temperatures long enough to set most batters.


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