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What is Gum Acacia?

Gum acacia is an exudation, coming from the Acacia trees.
This natural product is obtained by the incision of the stems and branches of the Acacia.

It is commonly known as E414 in the food industry.
Other commonly used names for the gum acacia across the industry:
Gum Acacia, Gum Arabic, Acacia Fiber.

This natural product is multi-functional. It can be used in food industry, in the Pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries or for technical needs.

It is natural, healthy and without any negative impact for our Health. This additive is practically colourless, odourless and tasteless.


Since when?

This natural product has been used for many centuries.
Egyptians were already using it in the 17th century before JC. Gum acacia had its own hieroglyph, translated as “Kani”, which gave the word “Koum” and finally “Gum”. We started to call it “Gum acacia” from the time Arabia exported it. Gum acacia was finally brought to Europe in the Middle-Ages by Italian merchants.

Where can it be found ?

The “Gum belt” is situated in the south of the Sahel, from the Sudan to Senegal.