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Glycerine (Food use)

Glycerine, also known as glycerin and glycerol, is a popular ingredient that acts as a sweetener, humectant and preservative.

We supply glycerine in bulk sizes to meet the needs of food and beverage manufacturers across the UK.


Beverage Ingredients

- Alcoholic beverages

Food Additives

- Baked goods
- Dairy
- Fruit preparations
- Fruits
- Ice cream
- Meat
- Sauces
- Seafood
- Table top products
- Vegetables

Healthcare Chemicals

- Over-the-counter products
- Pharmaceutical products


Rigest: leading UK suppliers & distributors of food-grade glycerine

A sugar alcohol compound holding the chemical formula C3H8O3, glycerine is a colourless and odourless liquid. It has a viscous structure and a sweet taste. As a food additive, glycerine is labelled as E number E422.

We supply glycerine to food and drink producers across the UK. To discuss your requirements, send a message to our product experts today.

Glycerine’s role in food and drink production: sweetener, thickener, solvent, humectant

With its natural sweet taste, glycerine is commonly used as a sugar substitute, as well as being added to help thicken food and beverage products.

Glycerine is a humectant — able to retain water and prevent drying — an important consideration for food quality and preservation. As a result of being clear in colour, the compound doesn’t affect the appearance of end products.

As a sugar substitute, glycerine has approximately 27 kilocalories per teaspoon — in comparison to 20 for sugar — and is 60% as sweet as sucrose. In addition to having a lower glycemic index than sugar, it does not feed plaque-forming bacteria that cause dental cavities.

Polyol sweeteners such as erythritol and xylitol can have a cooling effect in the mouth. Glycerine’s use as a food additive can help to counter this by providing a heating effect. Glycerine is also a common ingredient in electronic cigarette liquids.

For medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and personal care preparations, glycerine can improve smoothness, lubrication, as well as help to thicken and preserve products through its humectant properties.

Looking for bulk suppliers of glycerine?

Rigest is the trusted ingredients partner of many of the UK’s largest food, drink and healthcare producers and manufacturers.

With our own dedicated distribution fleet, we can facilitate and fulfil glycerine orders of any size quickly, securely and reliably — whether 25L, a 200L drum or a 1000L IBC.

To partner with Rigest as your glycerine supplier, talk to our food ingredient product experts today. Click the ‘Enquire now’ button below, get in touch through our contact page, phone 01535 631 313 or email

Glycerine is a colourless, odourless liquid that has a viscous structure.
Glycerine has a sweet taste.
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Available in the following sizes.

25L Drum

200L Drum

1000L Container

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