CEH: Citric Acid Report

CEH: Citric Acid

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Nov 2020. Citric acid is the most widely used food acidulant. The acid and its derivatives are also ingredients in detergents and cleaners, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and industrial applications.

 Nearly two-thirds of world consumption of citric acid is in beverages and food, primarily as an acidulant; carbonated soft drinks account for most use. Citric acid adjusts acidity (pH), provides sourness and tartness, enhances flavors, and controls the growth of microorganisms. Food applications include candies, jams and jellies, canned fruits and vegetables, and processed cheese.

 In household laundry detergents, citric acid and sodium citrate act as builders, enhancing detergent performance by sequestering hardness ions and decreasing soil and dirt redeposition. Because citric acid eliminates common household bacteria, it is widely used in hard-surface cleaners and disinfecting wipes.

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  • Publish Date: 2020-11-30
  • Chemical Focus: Renewables and Nutrition
  • Number of Pages: 120
  • Content Type: Report
  • Delivery: Email with link to PDF file


    • Global summary; regional coverage
    • Producers with annual capacities and plant sites
    • Consumption and five-year forecast by end-use application
    • Price and production figures and trends
    • Trade imports and exports

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