Glycerine is a sugar alcohol derived from animal products, plants or petroleum. Vegetable #glycerine is the variant made from plant oils. It is made by heating triglyceride-rich vegetable fats — such as palm, soy and coconut oils — under pressure or together with a strong alkali, such as lye. This causes the glycerine to split away from the fatty acids and mix together with water, forming an odorless, sweet-tasting, syrup-like liquid. Glycerine is widely used in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

It’s most common uses are:

  • Thickening agent in #Cosmetics and #Foods

  • Emulsifier and humectant in Cosmetics

  • Sweetening agent

  • Plasticizer in Packaging, Paints and Paper industry

  • Preservative in many industries, such as foods and #beverages, etc.

  • #Handsanitizer

In foods and beverages, glycerine functions variously as a humectant, solvent, preservative and sweetener. It is also used in skin creams, body washes, shampoos and soaps for its lubricating, moisturizing and clarifying properties. Due to its benign nature it can be safely ingested, and is used to sweeten and thicken cough syrups, elixirs and expectorants, toothpastes, mouthwashes and hand sanitizer. In liquid detergents, glycerin has an important role as viscosity regulator, solvent and clarifying agent.


Health Care:

• Excipient use only

• Used medical and pharmaceutical preparations, mainly as a means of improving smoothness, providing lubrication and #humectants

• Suppositories, cough syrups, elixirs and expectorants

Personal Care:

• Excipient use only • Serves as humectants, solvent and lubricant in personal care products • Competes with sorbitol, although glycerin has better taste and higher solubility • Toothpaste, mouthwashes, skin care products • Hand sanitizer

Foods and Beverages:

• Serves as humectants, solvent, and #sweetener

• Solvent for flavours and food coloring

• Humectant and softening agent in candy, cakes and casings for meats and cheeses

• Manufacture of mono- and di-glycerides for use as emulsifiers

• Used in manufacture of polyglycerol esters going into shortenings and margarine

• Used as filler in low-fat food products (e.g., cookies)


• Epichlorohydrin Production • Mono Propylene Glycol Production • Manufacturing of paper as a plasticizer, humectant and lubricant • Humectant for pet foods to retain #moisture and enhance palatability • Used in lubricating, sizing, and softening of yarn and fabric • Used in de-/anti-icing fluids

Blends is the UK's biggest supplier of Glycerine for the food industry. We supply other commodities such as Monopropylene Glycol (M.P.G), MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides), Citric Acid, Glucose, Sucralose, Sunflower Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Dextrose, Guar Gum, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate and many more.

We are constantly searching for and developing market-leading technologies and ingredients. For over twenty years we have been supplying the food industry with the highest quality products. Our experience allows us to confidently anticipate trends and changes in the international commodity market. 

Our dedicated and highly skilled team of experts study supply and demand situations, and our commercial knowledge of coverage levels, effective prices, and demand dynamics helps to offer the best price and the highest quality of ingredients for our customers.

Our site has BRC certification, and we have the accreditations to provide both Kosher and Halal products.  We have automated filling systems, which combined with our BRC compliant quality systems ensure that quality is second to none.

Dear Customer,

We know these are difficult times for everyone and we're all trying our hardest to 'carry on as normal', despite the constant worrying and sometimes contradictory news coming out of social media.

We are taking our responsibilities to respond to Coronavirus -COVID-19 really seriously. We consider our staff and customers health, safety & wellbeing the most important aspect of our business. We do not want to put anyone at any unnecessary risk and are therefore being proactive in implementing our plans to protect our staff and our customers alike.

Here at Blends it is business as usual, but we will be taking the following measures during these uncertain times.

• Onsite visits/meetings to Blends will be suspended

• Presentations/meetings at any customer sites will be suspended

• Additional cleaning materials/anti-bacterial hand cleanser available around Blends sites

• Delivery drivers to follow strict guidelines to help limit the spread of bacteria

• Staff to work from home where available

Hopefully implementing home working will allow us to maintain our level of service to our customers whilst protecting our staff. Health authorities believe it is a critical measure in slowing the COVID-19's spread, and if social distancing is a way of doing that, we want to do what we can in order to assist in these measures.

COVID-19 has presented extraordinary challenges that were hard to imagine a few months ago but we at Blends will continue to keep following all guidelines set out by the experts and will communicate any changes with you as the situation evolves.

If you have any concerns or questions, then please do contact us on 0151548 3000 and we'll do our best to help you in any way we can.

Yours Sincerely

Mike Rowark Managing Director

Blends Limited

Tel : 0151 548 3000 | email;

Consumers are looking for shoehorn ‘wellness’ into aspects of their busy lifestyles. We have people trying reach the wellness with CBD mocktails, ‘energy boosting’ smoothie or nootropics beverages. This wellness trend is being met with more flexible formats in food service such as yoga brunches or lunchtime classes in communal eating spaces.

The consumers are bombarded with headlines about the current climate crisis. This is leading to a feeling of powerlessness coined ‘eco-anxiety’. However, we live in an age where individuals have more power than ever before. As individuals take on more of the responsibility, consumer choices are changing.

Many of the trends for 2020 focus on your health and well-being, but there’s also increasing concern for the world. Now, brands that are following regenerative agriculture practices will be more specific in labeling.


Beverage companies can no longer look at sustainability as a goal they want to achieve in the next five to ten years, especially as regulations around single-use plastic increase. Packaging like aluminumcans, glass bottles, and cardboard cartons were replaced by polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and now we’re seeing a resurgence of these products, along with new concepts.

Many companies are taking great strides to introduce products that make use of ingredients that would go to waste including banana peel, table grapes and unsold baked goods.

Premium Beverages

“Less is more” has become a mantra for consumers as they trade up to premium brands and abandon more traditional categories. This has led to the growth of niche categories including craft beer, origin coffee and premium cocktails.


While consumers are willing to pay more, as reflected by the growth of premium beverages, they’re also expecting more functional benefits from their drinks. The jolt of energy from a low cost soda is no longer enough; consumers want clean ingredients, mental clarity, more energy, improved athletic performance, better mood, and lower stress.

New Routes to Market

Routes to market are evolving, in part due to new entrants that are providing more convenient options for purchasing compared to more traditional brick and mortar stores. Consumers are demanding beverages when, where, and how they want them.

Portfolio Management

Throughout 2020, we can expect to see plant-based drinks, hard seltzers, and FMBs to lead the surge in new product launches.

Beverage companies are no longer focused on a single category like soda or beer. They’re acquiring new or existing brands to fill gaps and divesting the products that are less relevant. In this rapidly evolving market, it’s important to assess portfolio gaps as well as the opportunity to reposition mature or orphan brands in the marketplace.

Source: KPMG - 2020 Beverage Outlook


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Overbrook Lane

Knowsley Business Park


L34 9FB

0151 548 3000


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