“Locust bean gum is a victim of its own success.
The ingredient, which comes from the locust bean tree, functions as a thickener, stabilizer, emulsifier and gelling agent while providing texture.
In addition to these applications, locust bean gum hits on a number of other attributes in demand with consumers, including the fact that it is plant-based and natural. The tree, according to ingredient supplier International Flavors & Fragrances, also reduces soil erosion, restores carbon to the ground and requires little, if any, fertilizer or irrigation, making it a valuable tool when it comes to sustainability.
Together, these attributes have created a spike in prices for locust bean gum following a shortage in the market for the popular ingredient that is unlikely to end anytime soon.”