Gelatine is extensively used in Food industry,
Pharmaceutical industry and photographic industry.
Edible Gelatine is the most common form of Gelatine.
Due to its functional properties Gelatine is
extensively used in food production. The main reason
for this is its unique ability for Gel-Sol
transformation. Gelatine melts at 37 degrees Celsius
and regains firmness when it cools down. Its melt in
the mouth properties make it indispensable for the
Gelatine is a source of high-quality protein. It is
low in calories, free of cholesterol , sugar and
fat. It is easy to digest and has hardly any
potential for causing allergies.
Gelatine is extensively used in Confectionaries e.g.
chewy toffees, marshmallows, liquorices, gummy
bears, wine gums, jelly babies, Milk products and
deserts e.g. yogurts, curd, cheese, baked goods,
Meat, Fish and sausages and drinks e.g. Wines,
juices, cider and beer. Edible Gelatine is a natural
foodstuff and is therefore subject to stringent
quality control regulations.
Gelatine is indispensable in calorie-conscious diets
Gelatine is used in food production to enrich
protein, reduce carbohydrates and as a carrier for
Many meat and sausage products, as well as ready
meals, have very high concentrations of salt. Thanks
to the use of Gelatine hydrolysate, the proportion
of table salt can be greatly reduced without making
any compromises in flavour.
Gelatine can also play an important role in weight
loss. Due to its ability to gel it can partially
replace the high fat content in many products. The
development of many of the low-fat products, such as
half-fat margarine, fat-reduced cheese and yogurt
varieties, which can be found on the shelves labeled
light products, would not be possible without
calorie dishes can
also be prepared at home with gelatine. They are low
in fat, but still have the full flavour.
In the pharmaceutical industry, Gelatine is used
for the manufacture of capsules, tablets and dragees
. The film forming property, digestibility and
capability to mask the taste of the medicines make
Gelatine the ideal product for Hard and Soft Capsule
production. Owing to its good compatibility with
human tissue, Gelatine in sponge form is used to
treat wounds and as a replacement for blood plasma
Hard and Soft shell capsules are made of Gelatine.
Both Hard and Soft shell Gelatine capsules shield
the drugs against harmful effects i.e light and
oxygen. Whereas soft shell capsules are mainly used
to encapsulate vitamins and food supplements in oil
and paste forms, hard shell capsules are mainly used
for powder and granulated medicines and dietary
supplements. The Gelatine shells help to preserve
the active pharmaceutical ingredients for extended
periods of time.
Gelatine-coated tablets (caplets) are a new
technological development. The external coating with
Gelatine facilitates easier swallowing of caplets.
Gelatine sponges play an important role in dentistry
and surgery. The blood-stanching sponges are
completely absorbed by the body’s own tissue while
the wound is healing.
As an emergency medicine,
plasma expanders (blood volume replacements) based
on Gelatine are often used in cases of blood loss in
order to balance the patient’s blood volume again
Photographic industry :
Silver salt photographic materials consist of up to
15 layers containing Gelatine that are coated onto
film or paper. Here Gelatine acts as a binding agent
for light-sensitive silver halides. Due to their
swelling properties, the developing agents can
penetrate the layers and be removed again by
watering. Gelatine is an important component for
this complex layer technique. It has the ability to
form a solution during heating that sets to a gel
again on cooling down and can be kept after water
removal. Gelatine’s properties are needed to produce
photographic materials such as amateur films, colour
paper, graphic art films and X-ray films.
Gelatine is also indispensable for digital
photography. The ink-jet printer paper coated with
Gelatine guarantees brilliant colours and clear
shapes. This results in prints of the highest
Gelatine develops its healthy and stabilizing effect
not just in the food, pharmaceuticals and
photographic industries. Many industry
sectors benefit from the positive properties of this
natural product. The examples cited are a selection
from the broad spectrum of Gelatine applications.
Other applications :
Collagen hydrolysates and collagen surfactants based
on Gelatine are kind to the skin and fully
biodegradable as active agents in
As an additive in washing detergents they develop
their good compatibility with the skin and protect
it against the aggressive surfactants. In their
capacity as fiber-protecting proteins they have a
tangible effect in special detergents for wool, silk
and other delicate textiles.