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Acetic Acid is a versatile ingredient that is utilised in both the food and printing industry. It is often used to create vinyl acetate monomer, otherwise known as VAM. This is a building block that is used in many industries to make paints, packaging and adhesives. Acetic Acid is also used to make acetic anhydride, which is in turn used to make cellulose acetate. This is often used in photography. Acetic acid also produces esters – the esters from acetic acid are used in inks, paints, and coatings.

Let’s Talk Chemistry

Acetic acid is also known as glacial acetic acid and ethanoic acid. It is a clear liquid with a rather strong odour. Its molecular formula is C2H4O2: it has two carbon (C) atoms, four hydrogen (H) atoms and two oxygen (O) atoms. It has a boiling point of 118 degrees Celsius and is soluble in alcohol. Acetic acid is most commonly used to make vinegar. To give vinegar its potent flavour, 4 – 8% of acetic acid is dissolved in water and then mixed with other substances.

Ascorbic acid is familiarly known as Vitamin C, a vitamin that is needed for growth and to repair the body. It is most commonly known for its ability to prevent and treat the common cold. It has also been used to treat skin infections, bronchitis, and infections of the prostate and bladder. Ascorbic acid is also used in the treatment of depression, physical and mental stress, tiredness, dementia, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It can also be added to swimming pools to get rid of metal stains.

Usage in the Food Industry

About one-third of production is used in the pharmaceutical industry, the rest is used in the food industry. Some of the benefits of Ascorbic Acid include:

  • Protects the colour, smell and nutrient content of food products.
  • Acts as an antioxidant, preventing meat from oxidizing and changing colour in storage.
  • It improves the baking quality of wheat flour.
  • It prevents dough from collapsing during fermentation and baking.
  • It increases the clarity of beer and wine and reduces the oxidation of lipids and fats.
  • It can be added to fruits and vegetables to prevent enzymatic browning.
  • Restores nutritional value in fruit juices and enhances the taste.

    Note: Ascorbic acid will not upgrade inferior raw materials.

    Citric acid is used in a diverse range of products. It is both organic and biodegradable, and we supply two forms: Citric Acid Anhydrous (formula C6H807) and Citric Acid Monohydrate (formula C6H807.H2O). In the food industry, it is mainly used to flavour and preserve food and juices. It can also be used to replace lemon juice or vinegar when dry ingredients are necessary. When added to ice cream it acts as an emulsifying agent and it also provides tartness to jams and jellies. It prevents discolouration and odours in seafood by chelating trace metals. It is also used to enhance the flavour of canned food and pet food.

    Industrial Uses:

  • Citric acid can descale and clean boilers and metals, as well as remove rust.
  • It kills algae in reservoirs.
  • It is often used in soaps, washing powders and cleaning products to enable them to produce more foam.
  • Used in chemical peels and shampoo to wash out hair colouring.
  • Used to adjust the PH levels in gels and creams.
  • Used in bath bombs and bath salts.
  • Used to retard the setting of pigments in paints, it also slows the setting time of cement.
    Dextrose is a simple sugar that is made from corn. It is a white crystalline powder that is chemically identical to glucose. It is often used in baking products as a sweetener and can be commonly found in items such as processed foods and corn syrup. Dextrose is a “simple” sugar, and because of this, the body can quickly use it for energy. It is also utilised for its ability to neutralise food that is otherwise too spicy. Dextrose is 100% fermentable and is great to use in brewing beer and as a priming sugar for bottling. The formula for Dextrose Monohydrate is C6H14O7.
    Vegetable Glycerine is a slightly sweet, clear syrupy liquid that is made by heating vegetable fats (usually soybean, coconut or palm oils) under pressure. It is an odourless substance with a mild, sweet taste. It is a sugar alcohol derived from animal products, plants or petroleum. The chemical formula of glycerine is C3H5(OH)3.

    It can often be found in:

  • Drinks
  • Condiments
  • Cake icings
  • Bread
  • Soft candies
  • Canned soup
  • Marshmallows
  • Chewing gum

    It is often used as an ingredient in a variety of food and beverage products to help retain moisture, prevent sugar crystallization, and add bulk, smoothness, softness, sweetness and texture. It is more calorie-dense than other sugar alcohols and contains more calories per gram (4.32) than sugar (3.87).
    It’s generally preferred over other sugar alcohols, such as sorbitol and mannitol because it’s less likely to have a laxative effect when eaten.

    Phosphoric acid is a colourless, odourless crystalline liquid that is made from the mineral phosphorus. What many don’t know is that it is naturally found within the human body. Within the body, it works with calcium to form strong bones and teeth; it also helps support kidney function and affects how the body uses and stores energy. It serves as an acidic, fruit-like flavouring in food products such as jams and soft drinks. It can be found in:

  • Soft drinks
  • Dairy products like milk, cottage cheese, and buttermilk
  • Cereal bars
  • Flavoured waters
  • Bottled coffee beverages
  • Processed meats

    It is also utilised in foods and drinks to slow the growth of moulds and bacteria, which would otherwise multiply rapidly in sugary solutions. Phosphoric acid, also known as orthophosphoric acid, is a weak acid with the chemical formula H ₃PO ₄.

    Potassium sorbate is a white salt that is soluble in water. It is odourless, tasteless, and synthetically produced from sorbic acid and potassium hydroxide. It has been used to prolong the shelf life of foods by stopping the growth of mould, yeast, and fungi. It is primarily used as a food preservative. It is effective in a variety of applications including food, wine, and personal-care products. Potassium sorbate is the potassium salt of sorbic acid; it has a chemical formula of C6H7KO2.
    Propylene glycol is an odourless, colourless clear liquid, which is often used as a food additive, preservative and stabilizer. It is often found in fruits, vegetables, baked goods, sour cream, fat-free ice cream, salad dressings, antiseptics, wet wipes, lipsticks, eyeliners, eye shadows, antiperspirants and deodorants. It is used as a softening agent for cork seals. In Pharmaceutical applications, it’s used as an emollient for smoothing and softening, and as a humectant for moisture retention in skincare ranges. It is also mixed with water to make antifreeze where there is a possibility of any food or drink contact – for instance, in coolers at the breweries.

    If you’re looking for a food preservative and pickling agent, here it is. Sodium benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid. It is produced by reacting sodium hydroxide with benzoic acid. In the food industry, Sodium benzoate is often used to prevent spoilage that is caused by harmful bacteria, yeasts, and moulds. It also helps maintain freshness in food by helping to slow or prevent changes in colour, flavour, PH, and texture. It is particularly effective in acidic foods, such as lemon juice, pickles, jelly, salad dressings, soy sauce, and other condiments. It is a white crystalline chemical with the formula C7H5NaO2


    We understand your need for quality, which is why every product on our shelves has to meet a strict criterion, thereby ensuring that quality and affordability go hand-in-hand. We are one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of chemicals and raw materials for:

    Food & Beverages

    If you are passionate about food, then we are passionate about assisting you. We supply and distribute a wide variety of chemicals to every sector of the food and beverage market – in fact, this is where our business started.

    Industrial Products

    The raw materials and chemicals that we have available for Industrial use are extensive – this is by far our largest range. Over the years we have worked to build long-standing and supportive relationships with our clients.

    Agricultural Products

    Kayochem has become a recognized name in the agricultural industry, owing to our reputation of being able to source the finest agricultural materials and distribute these to the market at a competitive price.

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