Ingredion ties up with Desert King International to take natural foaming agents to a global audience

By Elaine Watson contact

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Yucca Schidigera and Quillaja Saponaria are natural foaming agents widely used in carbonated soft drinks, syrups, frozen carbonated beverages, beer, juices, and other products.
Yucca Schidigera and Quillaja Saponaria are natural foaming agents widely used in carbonated soft drinks, syrups, frozen carbonated beverages, beer, juices, and other products.

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Ingredion has struck a deal with Desert King International (DKI) to become the exclusive global distributor of DKI's natural foaming agents from Quillaja saponaria (the soapbark tree) and Yucca schidigera (the Mohave yucca plant) for use in food and beverage applications.  

San Diego-based Desert King​, which is a leading supplier of jojoba oil, is the world's largest producer of products from Quillaja saponaria ​and Yucca schidigera - ​which are widely used in carbonated soft drinks, syrups, frozen carbonated beverages, beer, juices, and other products.

The firm, which has manufacturing facilities in Baja California, Mexico (Yucca schidigera​) and Chile (Quillaja saponaria),​ has been working with Ingredion on Q-Naturale, a natural emulsifier for beverages derived from Quillaja saponaria​, since 2007.  

Quillaja saponaria Desert King International
Quillaja saponaria

Ingredion will introduce the foaming agents to the North American market, under the FOAMATION brand, on November 1, with a global roll-out to follow in 2015. 

Quillaja saponaria​ extracts are approved for use in food and beverages by the US Food & Drug Administration under 21 CFR 172.510​, FEMA GRAS number 2973. They are also approved by the EU for use in water-based non-alcoholic drinks under code E 999.

Yucca schidigera Desert King International
Yucca schidigera

Yucca schidigera​ is approved for use in food and beverages by the FDA under 21 CFR 172.510, FEMA number 3121, but is not approved for use in the EU.

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