Propylene Glycol

Propylene Glycol

Food grade Propylene Glycol is used in a plethora of products, everything from pharmaceuticals to snack foods. It finds long-standing uses in personal care, flavors and fragrances, feed applications, and many other food and pharmaceutical formulations.

The proprietary Archer Daniels Midland Glycols technology uses a catalytic process known as hydrogenolysis to readily convert glycerin into propylene glycol. ADM uses renewable and sustainable glycerol which is a byproduct in the production of biodiesel from vegetable oils. This glycerol is then cleaned and sold or used as an input in the production of propylene glycol. The process of changing glycerol to propylene glycol is a simple chemical reaction that uses no environmentally harmful chemicals and uses only water for solvent; thus minimizing risk of harm to the environment.

For direct food applications, propylene glycol is primarily used as a solvent and carrier for food flavoring formulations for processed foods, colors, anti-oxidants, enzymes, and emulsifiers. It is also often used as a processing agent to extract flavoring from natural materials like vanilla.

The advantages of using propylene glycol are the variances with respect as to how they are used.

  • As an emulsifier
  • As an excipient
  • To increase the boiling temperature
  • To decrease the freezing temperature

Propylene Glycol has been proven to be safe and has never proved to be a carcinogen in lab animals. It has been used safely for more than 50 years and is FDA and EPA approved.

For more information about out propylene glycol suppliers or other food grade chemical ingredients, we invite you to contact our sales team at TLC Ingredients.

Solutions for the Nutritional and Feed Industry

Nutrition, as we all know, is essential in daily life.  Good nutrition is something we all strive for and it is making headlines all over the world.  Manufacturers require the best quality ingredients in this ever-changing market and TLC™ Ingredients has partnered leaders in the industry to provide superior ingredients for the Nutritional and Feed Industry.  As market demand in the Nutritional Industry increases, TLC™ remains committed to offering each one of their clients top quality and ensures that each one of their ingredients meets or exceeds the industry standard.

As the Nutritional Industry expands into different markets, TLC™ stays ahead of the trends by providing ingredients to help manufacturers formulate products in the following areas:

  • Nutritional Beverages
  • Nutraceutical Formulas
  • Nutritional Bars
  • Feed Additives


Key Ingredient Categories include:

  • Acidulants — Lactic, Citric, Acetic, Ascorbic, GDL, Phosphoric, Tartaric and pHase
  • Antifoams / Defoamers
  • Dairy Ingredients & Proteins
  • Free-flow Aids — Calcium Silicate
  • Emulsifiers — Lecithin, Mono & Diglycerides, Sorbitan Esters and Polysorbates
  • Enzymes
  • Gums / Thickeners — Xanthan, Carrageenan, Sodium Alginate
  • Humectants — Propylene Glycol, Glycerine and White Oils
  • Inulin and Dietary Fiber

  • Phosphates and Phosphate Blends
  • Preservatives and Antioxidants — Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium and Sodium Propionate
  • Process Aids and Additives — Sodium Citrate, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Sorbitol — Powder & 70% Solution
  • Sweeteners and Starches — Maltodextrin, Modified and Unmodified Starches, Corn Sweeteners, Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners, Sorbitol, Organic Agave
  • Vegetable Proteins — Pea Protein, Soy Protein
  • Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids
  • Products for “Clean Labels”: Sodium Reduction, PHO-free, Gluten-free, Allergen-free, Organic, etc.

Valued Supplier Partners

Archer Daniels Midland
Jones Hamilton
Natural Soda, Inc.
PQ Corporation
Prayon Inc.


TLC is committed to providing the highest quality in environmentally friendly ingredients to all our customers. Manufacturers from every aspect of the Nutrition and Feed Industry trust in TLC to supply safe and quality ingredients for all their development needs.

We invite you to get in touch with us so we can talk about your Personal Care Product ingredient needs. Give us a call @ 815/723-9900 or use our contact us form.

Food Formulation Trends: Alternatives for a Changing Industry

Food formulation trends are just that; TRENDS. With the changing climate of consumers across the world, it is almost essential for food manufacturers to stay abreast of what foods are being targeted as unhealthy or healthy and then to modify their food formulations accordingly.

Some of the “hottest” trends that we are seeing today are:

  • Reduced Sodium Formulations
  • Foods that are considered “sustainable”
  • “Clean” or “Free-From….” Labeling

All of these consumer concerns then become your concerns. Changing the manufacturing process, replacing key ingredients that are accepted by consumers and sometimes just educating them about what the chemical ingredients truly are.

Reduced Sodium Formulations

Jones Hamilton, one of our key suppliers, has done studies that show a sodium reduction of 8% – 42% in end products when those products have been re-formulating with their acidulant, pHase. Because pHase enhances the flavor of salt, less sodium is actually used in the manufacturing process.

Contact us and let us tell you about very effective sodium-free phosphate salts for various applications.

“Clean Labeling”

One of our key suppliers of G. S. Dunn, has studies showing how their deactivated ground mustard can be used in place of phosphates or soy protein in meat and poultry products, while delivering significant cost savings.

Pea Proteins can be used in fat-free and low-fat formulations. We have suppliers for pea protein!

”Sustainable Ingredients”

You’ve heard it in the news on a daily basis for many years, “Sustainable Energy Sources” are needed. Not only is ADM’s Propylene Glycol bio-based as opposed to petroleum-based PG, the production process results in a 61% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), compared to petroleum-based PG.

As a food ingredient distributor, TLC™ is keenly aware of your every changing industry and we work with our key ingredient suppliers to develop specialized formulations to meet your needs. Contact us to help you develop a superior product to meet today’s consumer’s demands.

Solutions for the Personal Care Industry

The Personal Care Industry has seen major growth in the past few years.  The market for these products extends to every member of society worldwide and it is showing no signs of slowing down.   As more and more consumers demand purity and eco-friendly ingredients, manufacturers of natural body care products are turning to companies like TLC Ingredients to meet these demands.  TLC provides the highest quality ingredients for personal care products to continuously improve the performance of these products.   Through extensive research, TLC has partnered with the top chemical manufacturers to meet the ever-changing requirements of manufactures in this highly competitive market.  These ingredients are used in the following major personal care markets:

  • Hair Care
  • Skin Care
  • Oral Care / Dentifrice
  • Cosmetics

Key Ingredient Categories include:

  • Antifoams / Defoamers
  • Borates-Boric Acid, Borax
  • Chelants & Sequestrants – EDTA, Sodium Gluconate
  • Emulsifiers – Glycerol Esters, Lecithin, PEG Esters, Polysorbates, Sorbitan Esters
  • Fatty Acids and Alcohols
  • Glycerine
  • Humectants – Glycerine, Propylene, Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitol, White Mineral Oil
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • pH Adjusters – Acetic, Citric, Glycolic, Lactic, Caustic Soda & Amines
  • Phosphates and Phosphoric Acid
  • Preservatives
  • Propylene Glycol – Bio-based & Traditional
  • Silicone – Antifoams, Emulsions, Fluids
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Surfactants
  • Thikeners – Xanthan, Guar

Valued Supplier Partners

Archer Daniels Midland
Hawkins, Inc.
Prayon Inc.
Akzo Nobel
Natural Soda, Inc.


TLC is committed to providing the highest quality in environmentally friendly ingredients to all our customers. Manufacturers from every aspect of the Personal Care Products Industry trust in TLC to supply safe and quality ingredients for all their development needs.

We invite you to get in touch with us so we can talk about your Personal Care Product ingredient needs. Give us a call @ 815/723-9900 or use our contact us form.