The product portfolio of Citrique Belge comprises citric acid as well as citrate salts in various forms and granulations. The products are primarily sold to the European market and serve a broad range of applications in the food, beverage, pharmaceuticals and detergents sector. Citric acid can be ordered by our customers in anhydrous and monohydrate forms as well as solutions. The citrate salts are available as trisodium and monosodium citrate crystals.
Our customers highly appreciate the clean and tangy natural taste as well as the overall quality of our products. Due to years of experience and development, our citric acid is a free flowing product.
The main application for citric acid is in the beverage industry. Citric acid and citrates are used extensively as acidulants in carbonated beverages as well as flavour enhancer and preservative. The main application is in non-alcoholic beverages. Soft drinks (carbonated beverages, juices and juice drinks) often contain a level of up to 0.5% citric acid. Its characteristics qualify citric acid as preferred ingredient additive to the beverage industry. Citric acid and citrate salts are used as a natural pH regulator and are easier to handle and store than other acids such as phosphoric acid. By adjusting the pH level, the bacterial growth in beverage can be slowed or avoided. In fruit-containing products, citric acid modifies and enhances fruit flavours.
Food is the second largest application for citric acid. Citric acid and its sodium salt are used at low concentrations to adjust pH for optimal pectin gelling in jams and jellies. Citric acid and sodium citrate are also used as pH adjustment for an optimal gelatin setting in gelatin desserts. They further contribute to tartness and refreshing properties in such desserts. In candies, citric acid enhances the flavour of fruits and berries and promotes sucrose inversion. It is also used for improving the taste of ice cream, cake fillings and fruit creams. Some cheese preparations contain sodium citrate as a stabilising agent for emulsified fat, as a complex builder of calcium ions and for the improvement of the microbiological stability of cheese.
In the meat industry, citric acid sustains the effect of food colouring and prevents formation of sliminess and smell during slaughtering and processing. Citric acid is also used in bakeries, in flour processing and as a baking additive for leavening and acidulating dough.
Another important application is in pharmaceutical products. Citric acid is used extensively by the pharmaceutical industry because of its safe and nontoxic nature, pleasant acid taste, high water solubility and its chelating and buffering properties. Its use produces effervescence for antacids and other active compounds. In addition, it imparts a tart taste to mask sweet medicinal flavours and has diuretic properties. Due to the above mentioned characteristics, citric acid can be found in a broad range of pharmaceutical products, such as chewable or effervescent tablets, oral liquids, etc.
The remaining citric acid and citrates volumes find there use in the detergent market. Citric acid is used as a binding agent in order to extend and improve a detergent’s cleaning properties by increasing dirt and soil removal and by decreasing dirt and soil redeposition. In addition, citric acid provides a less-harmful formulation than phosphates to the aquatic ecosystem as it is rapidly biodegradable. The field of application in the detergent industry comprises a broad range of cleaners such as surface cleaners, boiler cleaners, metal cleaners etc.