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Know How - R&D

As the expert of Gum Acacia in the world, Alland & Robert is heavily investing time, talents and resources in Research and Development.

A dedicated team

Alland & Robert laboratory is based in Normandy, working on testing and enhancing products, and meeting the customers expectations. A team of 4 persons is fully dedicated to Research & Development in order to keep innovating, and be at the service of our customers.

Our belief is that today’s knowledge provides the foundation for future innovation. The challenge of innovation is to bring out new products. It aims at supporting our clients in providing the most natural, safe and environmental friendly products to end-customers, while following today’s market trends that are embodied by Gum Acacia: sugar reduction, fat reduction, and a demand for organic products.

A High Tech equipment

Alland & Robert’s laboratory regularly acquires the latest equipment in order to be on top of the research possibilities. Recent acquisitions include for example SEC* / quadruple detection (MALLS**-UV-RI-visco) equipment. This equipment is necessary to study and characterize polymer. It measures the molecular volume and shape function as defined by the intrinsic viscosity.

*Size Exclusion Chromatography – ** Multi-Angle Laser Light Scattering

Partnerships with Universities

Alland & Robert has developped close partnerships with various internationally recognized universities. Alland & Robert develops R&D programs in order to acquire the best knowledge of gum, with the support of Ph.D students, master trainees and up-to-date research teams.

– Partnership with URCOM- University of Le Havre – France

This partnership provided us a solid knowledge of gum acacia’s properties:

  1. Correlation between analytical parameters and emulsifying ability
  2. Correlation between flavours retention/diffusion and emulsifying ability
  3. Correlation between fundamental of gum acacia and industrial

– Partnership with IATE- University of Montpellier – France

We have started a five year long partnership, with specific goals:

– Acquire new leads:

  1. New additives produced with gum acacia
  2. New textures
  3. New applications

– Acquire new expertise:

  1. Structure, behaviour and techno-functional properties of gum acacia
  2. Mechanisms (solubility properties…)