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Essem provides chemical expertise, products, and service across a broad range of industries.

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    We also cater to following areas...
  • Laboratory Chemicals
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  • Degreasers
  • Boiler & Water Treatment
  • Metal Treatment Specialties
  • Automotive Cleaners
  • Food Processing Sanitation
  • Laundry
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Additives - any substances that become part of a food product when added either intentionally to produce a desired effect or unintentionally through processing, storage or packaging.

Preservatives - any additives that help maintain a food's freshness and keep it from spoiling or oxidizing.

Amino acids Compounds needed by the human body in a certain combination. Animal protein usually has the needed composition, but amino acids are also used to fortify vegetables.
Anti-caking agents Chemicals such as silicon dioxide, calcium silicate and iron ammonium citrate are added to powdered foods to prevent clumping.
(butylated hydroxytolulene)
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene) are preservatives that block oxidization in fats and oils, preventing rancidity. These chemicals can also be found in snacks, cereals and instant potatoes.
B vitamins Niacin, thiamin and riboflavin. Vitamins added to or used to enrich bread, flour and cereals to help combat nutritional deficiencies.
D & C Prefix meaning that a dye is FDA-approved for drugs and cosmetics.
Emulsifier An additive used in the preparation and processing of foods, used to blend or mix ingredients together and keep them from separating.
Ext. D & C Prefix signifying a dye is FDA-approved for externally applied drugs and cosmetics only.
FD & C Prefix for a dye that is FDA-approved for foods, drugs and cosmetics.
Glycerine An additive used to retain moisture and to keep marshmallows and candies soft.
Iodine Added to salt to prevent a goiter, an iodine-deficiency condition.
Iron Added to foods to help prevent anemia and other iron-deficiency diseases.
Lecithin An emulsifier, or mixing agent, that helps fat and water stay together. Lecithin is present in egg yolks and milk; it aids mixing in mayonnaise and ice cream.
Mono- and Dyglycerides Emulsifiers present in bread, margarine and peanut butter.
MSG (monosodium glutamate) A flavor enhancer derived from beet sugar. MSG is found in some prepared foods and is widely used in restaurants. In some people it causes a reaction known as "Chinese restaurant syndrome," consisting of tightness in the chest, a burning feeling in the neck and forearms, and a headache. This syndrome usually ceases without the need for medical attention.
Nitrites Chemicals used in combination with salt to impede the growth of the bacterial spores that cause botulism. Nitrites are also used as preservatives and flavor and color enhancers.
Red #3 A dye whose uses in foods may be banned in the near future because of health concerns.
Red #40 The most common food dye.
Sorbitol A sweetener that also helps retain moisture.
Sulfites Antioxidants used primarily to prevent discoloration in dried fruits and other preserved products and to retard bacteria growth in wine. A small number of people may react adversely to sulfites, with problems varying from difficulty breathing to hives to stomachache to anaphylactic shock. Sulfite-sensitive people should avoid foods whose labels list the sulfites sulfur dioxide, sodium sulfite, sodium or potassium bisulfite, and sodium or potassium metabisulfite.
Vitamin D Common additive to milk. This enrichment has helped prevent the childhood bone disease known as rickets, which was caused by a vitamin D deficiency.
Yellow #5 The second most common food dye. In a small number of people, Yellow #5 may cause itching or hives. It is listed on labels so that sensitive people can avoid it.

Flavors are available in liquid, powder form or spray dried, natural, natural and artificial or artificial. Custom formulation and kosher certification available upon request. All of our liquid products are available in quarts, single gallons, five gallon pails and fifty-five gallon drums. Powders are available in twenty-five pound boxes, fifty, one hundred, and two hundred pound drums.

  • Powders or Liquids
  • Concentrated or Non-Concentrated Flavors
  • What is Value?
  • Natural WONF an Alternative
  • Artificial, Natural or Natural and Artificial
  • Flavor Definitions
  • Organic Flavors

    Powders or Liquid?

Here is a debate that may never have an end but does provide some specific points. Certainly each of us may have a personal preference as to which is easier or better. However, in some applications there are definitely some advantages or disadvantages. For dry mix manufacturing, powders certainly provide easy scaling, low water content and general disbursement by dry blending. In non dry mixes, oil or water based liquids can provide easy disbursement and easy volume measuring. To some, liquid is favorable, considering that most flavor components begin in liquid form.


Concentrated or Non-Concentrated Flavors

First let's briefly understand what is meant buy concentrated - that which is considered many times stronger than an average strength product. (Note: other than pure vanilla extract and pure oils there are no government specifications regulating how a company may determine or evaluate a strength or level of concentration). For example, a gallon of ten fold vanilla will flavor as much product as ten gallons of single fold vanilla. A gallon of eighteen fold vanilla equals eighteen gallons of single fold vanilla in flavoring potential.

What is Value?

Value means much more than a low price and it should be more than just getting what you pay for. Our company is dedicated to value. Value should include an unfailing quality at a competitive price with performance when and where you need it most. A product priced cheaper does not always mean better value. Sometimes a few cents more per batch can yield a superior finished product resulting in greater customer satisfaction. Never the less, always examine the quality, the performance and the true end price which is determined by your usage level.

Natural WONF an Alternative

With Other Natural Flavors, W.O.N.F.'s can be a method of obtaining the best value in natural flavors. Direct concentrates of some of the more delicate or subtle flavors like Blueberry, Strawberry or Raspberry can get quite expensive and require special handling. W.O.N.F.'s on the other hand allow you to obtain a naturally stronger flavor without the use of artificial enhancers, providing you with the luxury of "All Natural" in flavoring your product.

Artificial, Natural or Natural and Artificial

In addition to the desired result you want in your product, your product specifications and labeling may also play a part of determining your flavoring requirements. Other variables include: direct cost, the strength or subtlety noticed in the finished product, heat stability, etc. This may seem complicated, but skilled professionals working together can simplify this process. Gold Coast Ingredients, Inc. is dedicated to providing you with the exact flavor you need for your product.


Flavor - A product that gives taste or enhances flavor in an existing product, other than flavor oils, essences and botanicals. It may contain water, propylene glycol, alcohol, etc.

Extract - A flavor whose predominant solvent is alcohol.

Emulsion - A flavor whose components have been dispersed and encapsulated in either a gum or starch suspension.

W.O.N.F. - A natural flavor that has been enhanced with other natural flavors.

Artificial - Denotes a product whose components are derived from synthetic process.

Artificial and Natural - A blend that combines both synthetic and natural products by predominance. Also natural and artificial.

Natural - A product in which all components come from natural sources. Also W.O.N.F.

Spray Dried - A uniform encapsulated flavor system that offers extended shelf stability.

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Additives have been used in foods for centuries from flavorings to dyes. But in today’s society more and more people are wondering if additives do more harm than they do good. There are various preservatives, colorings and enhancers used it today’s food. Most are used to preserve shelf life or make a food look more edible. Some of these additives may effect some medical conditions and some people may suffer from allergic reactions. For the most part these additives are safe and additives are first approved through the food and drug administration, before they can be used in foods.

There are three main categories of additives. There are preservatives, colorings and flavor enhancers.

Benzoic acid and benzoates are preservatives and are used in soft drinks, beer, fruit products, and margarine. They are used in these products to extend shelf life and protect the food from fungus and bacteria. Nitrites and nitrates are also preservatives. They can be found in sausages, hot dogs, bacon, ham and most lunchmeats. They also protect the food from fungus and extend shelf life of these products. Ascorbic acid, vitamin c, ascorbates, BHA, and tocopherols, vitamin E are all antioxidants, which are also preservatives all these can be found in foods such as fruit jams, juices, canned fruit, baked products, cereals and potato chips. Their main function is to prevent the fruits from starting to turn sour, and it prevents the oils in the fatty foods from separating and becoming sour.

Beta Carotene, caramel, carrot oil, citrus red #1, blue# 1,2, red#3,40, and yellow#5 and 6 are colorings used in processed foods such as candies, soft drinks, baked goods, frosting, jams and processed meats. The only purpose these have is to make the food look good. Make the food look like we think it should. Strawberry frosting, pink, hot dogs pink. There is no preservative measure involved.

Flavor enhancers are mainly used to enhance the flavor in processed foods. When you read a package of prepared foods, flavor enhancers are the ones you wonder where they came up with these names. Words such as; Dioctyl sodiumsulfosuccinate, disodium guanylate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and Monosodium glutamate, are all used to enhance the flavor in foods such as canned meats and meat based foods, dry mixes, Chinese foods, and frozen meats. The are there to enhance the perception of taste so that you as consumers think they taste good.

Guar Gum powder is manufactured by mechanical extraction from the guar seed endosperm which contains about 80% Galactomannan (gum).

Refined Guar splits are first obtained by splitting the guar seed into two halves and dehusking and polishing the grains. These splits are then pulverized and tailor made for usage in different industries. After pulverization, sieving is done to get the required mesh. The sieved gum is then passed through blenders to make it homogenous. Neelkanth Polymers uses the most modern technology and equipments at all stages of production to ensure high and consistent quality of our products.

Besides above we also deal in Alcohol & absolute, essential oils, aromatic compounds and organic & inorganic compounds.