Food and drink
The UK’s largest manufacturing sector, food and drink companies form a critical part of many local communities. It’s a sector which embraces innovation, and chemicals form a major role in that.
We supply chemicals to dairies, breweries and bakeries as well as to major food and drinks manufacturers.
The chemicals we supply for use in this sector include:
With many industrial uses, calcium chloride is often used as a de-icer for roads, as well as for wastewater treatment. Used within the food industry during the production of cheese and beer, it is also used as a food additive for firming purposes. Widely used in refrigeration fluid, it can act as an accelerator ingredient for concrete and is also used by the oil industry. Within the agricultural industry it is often added to fertiliser and animal feed.
The primary applications of caustic potash liquor include the manufacture of biodiesel and soft soaps, as an electrolyte and for surface disinfection. Potassium hydroxide holds various industrial and niche uses such as detergent and cleaning products, pharmaceutical applications, food and cosmetic uses.
Citric acid has a wide range of applications including as an acidifier, as a flavouring agent, or as a chelating agent. It can also act as a preservative for many foods and beverages, stabilising tastes and flavours and maintaining colours and vitamins. Citric acid is also used within the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries for a variety of purposes.
Demineralised water, also called demin or deionised water, is used in a wide variety of industrial, commercial and manufacturing applications, including the pharmaceutical, automotive and engineering industries. Routinely used within the beverage industry, it can also be used during the production of cosmetics or as a wash water.
Widely used in industrial and chemical processes, hydrochloric acid has a large number of applications from battery production to steel production to leather treatment. It is used to hydrolyse starch and proteins during food preparation, as a chemical reagent for plastics and as a cleaner. Hydrochloric acid can also be used within the rubber, textile and photographic industries.
Used as an oxidiser, bleaching agent and antiseptic, hydrogen peroxide has many industrial applications as well as within many cleaning products. Commonly used within the paper and pulp industry, it is also utilised by food producers as a flour bleaching agent, as a propellant in the aeronautical industry, and the cosmetic industry.
Also known as orthophosphoric acid, phosphoric acid is used in a wide range of products such as agricultural feed and fertilisers, soft drinks, dyes and soaps. It can also be used in dentistry and cosmetics. The food industry uses it to sharpen tastes in sugar-based food products and to act as a preservative as it slows bacterial and mould growth.
With a variety of general applications, sodium bisulphate (also known as dry acid) is used as a sulfonation agent in CTMP production by the pulp and paper industry as well as to remove residual bleaching chemicals. Similar to sulphur dioxide, it can be used as a reducing agent and can be used as a food additive. It can act as a technological additive, a preservative, an acidity regulator and as a cleaner.
With uses across the brewing, dairy and food industry, sodium hydroxide solution is utilised as a strong principal chemical base as a drain cleaner and in the manufacture of drinking water, soaps and detergents, textiles, pulp and paper. The granules and flakes are easily dissolvable in water with heat release and are also soluble in methyl and ethyl alcohols.
Sodium metabisulphite, also known as sodium pyrosulphite, is a salt of sulphurous acid, mainly used as an antioxidant and preservative to prevent the enzymatic and bacterial spoilage of food. Also used for the sterilisation of equipment, or as a disinfectant. Other uses include in water treatment, textiles, pulp processing, gas purification and within the leather industry.