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Benecel® A4M

Benecel® A4M

Benecel® A4M is a high purity, water-soluble cellulose derivative sourced from wood. Benecel™ methylcellulose (mc) performs many functions, depending on the type, grade, use level and conditions. Among these functions are film formation, thickening, binding and water retention.


The polymeric structure of these products, which is different from other cellulosics, improves cohesion and texture. Small amounts of Benecel™ MC can significantly enhance emulsion stability as well.

Benecel™ A4M has a viscosity range of 3,000 to 5,600 cps and particle size of 170 to 250 micrometers. Typical gelation temperature 56 – 64oC.

  • Generic and alternative names

    chemical name: methylcellulose

  • Claims / benefits / efficacy

    • Used to thicken, bind and retain water; emulsify; suspend particulates; and form films
    • Soluble in cold water and some mixed solvents; insoluble in hot water due to thermal gelation
    • Supplied as a white to off-white, free-flowing powder
    • Reversible hot water gelation
    • Oil barrier formation
  • Function

    • texturizer
    • rheology modifier
    • viscosifier
    • thickening
    • suspending and stabilizing
    • film forming
    • binding
    • gelation
    • emulsifier
  • Application

    • Bakery: Batters, Breading, Donuts & fried pastry, Gluten-free bread, Fillings & toppings
    • Dairy: Cream cheese, ice cream
    • Meat: Extruded fried meat & seafood, Meatballs & patties, Nuggets & snacks, Sausages
    • Prepared food: Batter for deep-fat frying; Cheese and potato croquettes
    • Soups, Sauces and Glazes
    • Meat and dairy alternatives: Vegetable burgers, Patties, Vegan sausages, Plant-based cheesecakes
  • Packaging

    16kg - box

  • Shelf life

    (Minimum) 3 years

  • Certifications & Compliance

    • Kosher
    • Halal
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