HPMC: Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose / Hypromellose

In fried food, Headcel Hypromellose (HPMC) significantly reduces the oil intake thanks to its water-absorbing and thermal-gelation properties. As products are heated in oil water will evaporate, creating a void which tends to fill with oil during deep frying. With the addition of Hypromellose, water will be retained, preventing it from evaporating. The hypromellose in combination with water will transform into a thicker substance when heated, and will return to its original form when cooled.

Headcel Hypromellose is used in gluten-free bread to provide the characteristics that the gluten would normally provide. Due to its thermal gelation and subsequent water binding, adding Hypromellose will improve the structure of the bread during the baking process. Hypromellose will also add volume to the product due to its foam-promoting properties.

HPMC (Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose / Hypromellose) is permitted to be used as a food additive for use within the European Union. Its unique identification code (E-number) is E464.

Technical specification

Item Grade: 60HD Grade: 65HD Grade: 75HD
Methoxy (WT%) 28.0-30.0 27.0-30.0 19.0-24.0
Hydroxypropoxy (WT%) 7.0-12.0 4.0-7.5 4.0-12.0
Gelation temperature (˚C) 58.0-64.0 62.0-68.0 70.0-90.0
Viscosity (mPa.s) (2% solu., 20˚C) 3, 5, 6, 15, 50, 4000 50, 4000 100, 4000, 15000, 100000
Loss on drying (%)   ≤5.0  
Residue on ignition (%)   ≤1.5  
pH   4.0-8.0  
Heavy metals (ppm)   ≤20  
Arsenic (ppm)   ≤2.0  

Packing: 25kg paper bags with PE inner, 600kg pallet, 12MT. in 20"FT FCL.

Application suggestions

Headcel product Viscosity, Brookfield LV (2%, 25˚C) Bakery products Formed and extruded foods Fillings
Headcel 60HD5FG 5      
Headcel 60HD15FG 15      
Headcel 60HD4000FG 4000   X  
Headcel 65HD50FG 50 X    
Headcel 65HD400FG 400 X X  
Headcel 65HD450FG 450   X  
Headcel 65HD4000FG 4000 X    
Headcel 75HD100FG 100      
Headcel 75HD4000FG 4000 X   X
Headcel 75HD15000FG 15000      
Headcel 75HD100000FG 100000      
Headcel product Confections Batters and coatings Soup & sauces/salad dressing Desserts Beverages
Headcel 60HD5FG   X      
Headcel 60HD15FG   X      
Headcel 60HD4000FG       X  
Headcel 65HD50FG X        
Headcel 65HD400FG          
Headcel 65HD450FG          
Headcel 65HD4000FG          
Headcel 75HD100FG X     X X
Headcel 75HD4000FG     X X X
Headcel 75HD15000FG     X X  
Headcel 75HD100000FG     X X