Microencapsulation is the process of applying a protective barrier around a particle of product or active material. This can stabilize products, allow oil-based products to be mixed with water, alter the release of ingredients, improve ingredient handling, and provide many other benefits. Depending on the application, the shell can be made of wax, oil, gum, starch, or cellulose. Microcapsules form small compartments with diameters ranging from submicrons to millimeters.
So often, we look to ingredients to solve product problems, but microencapsulation, a technology that modifies ingredients, is often the better choice. Perhaps the most versatile tool in a product developer’s tool kit, microencapsulation can provide solutions at all points in the process: from ingredient storage, to production, to shelf-life, to the consumer experience. This technology is used in a wide variety of foods, beverages, and supplements. Get a detailed look at the benefits of and options for microencapsulation in our handy guide.