News & Events

News & Events

Polycos N-75 natural NATRUE

Polygal has faced NATURE's demanding certification process. On February 10, 2022 we received the "NATRUE certificate for raw materials" for our Polycos N-75.

Our purely vegetable and native guar gum can therefore be used in formulations for natural cosmetics.

Polycos N-75 is a naturally derived thickening agent with a high viscosity and performs as an emulsion stabiliser in various multi-phase formulations, like hair-, body- and skincare formulations.

NATRUE-certified products are subject to their strict principles, are not tested on animals and protect biological diversity. NATURE demands that natural cosmetics are formulated exclusively or predominantly from renewable and sustainable raw materials.

Tuesday, 15. March 2022

Voluntary commitment to climate protection

Climate protection is important to us. For this reason, it is a significant part of our sustainability strategy. With the voluntary participation in the program of the Swiss Private Sector Energy Agency, we are once again committed to reducing CO2 emissions and optimising energy efficiency.

Monday, 14. February 2022

INCE Statement - ETO contamination

Monday, 09. August 2021

"Polygum 240 series qualities“ Improve the properties of your products and make them unique, while saving costs!

Polygal AG with HQs in Switzerland offers a price competitive and safe solution to substitute Locust Bean Gum (LBG) - partially or completely - and thus realising significant cost savings.

For the food industry we produce, besides Locust Bean Gum, Tara Gum and exudate gums such as Gum Karaya, Gum Tragacanth und Gum Arabikum, a de-polymerized Guar Bean Gum which is used in applications where a native guar gum cannot be used due to its high viscosity. We manufacture this so called Polygum 240 series product line in our plant in Spain.

Guar gum is a carbohydrate polymer, a galactomannan with a mannose backbone and a galactose on the mannose backbone with an average galactose to mannose ratio of 1:2. During the de-polymerization process, the long mannose chain is cut into smaller units; the length is depending on the grade of hydrolyzation.

The characteristics of our Polygum 240 series qualities are a taste- and odour- neutral product with a less slimy, much creamier, and thus very pleasant mouthfeel, no flavour masking, but a superb flavour release and water retention, as well as an effective prevention of syneresis. Main applications are ice cream, cream cheese, fruit preparation, fruit juices and bakery products.

In the beforementioned applications and others, our depolymerised guar may be the perfect alternative to the very costly Locust Bean Gum if you are looking for a sustainable and cost-effective solution. 

Product safety is key for Polygal AG. Our Locust Bean Gum is “made in the EU” in an FSSC 22000 certified factory. Our supply chain is well controlled, and we can exclude any Ethylene Oxide risk or any risks of cross contaminations as e.g. dioxins and pentachlorophenol which had led to mistrust and panic over many years.


Wednesday, 21. July 2021

Polygal AG & Clariant team up to develop and supply natural tara-gum rheology modifiers to the personal care industry

Both partners joined forces to expand Personal Care formulators’ access to high-performing natural and readily biodegradable solutions for sensory and rheology modification. The new partnership combines Polygal’s long-term expertise in plant-derived hydrocolloids with Clariant deep technological innovation and formulation know-how in Personal Care.

Our technical director Dr Simon Diezi commented: “Polygal AG has wide-ranging, world-leading expertise in research and utilisation of vegetable hydrocolloids and natural polymers in industrial and food applications. Our comprehensive portfolio successfully supports customers in keeping up with market trends. We are thrilled that through our partnership with Clariant targeted on Polygal’s native tara gum technology for personal care and their expertise in skin care formulation, we’ll help their teams explore and overcome barriers to the use of renewable, biodegradable raw materials in cosmetics.”

Fabio Caravieri, Global Marketing Segment Leader Personal Care at Clariant, said: “This new partnership will be an exciting force in empowering natural cosmetic formulations. Renewable-based ingredients can contribute but effectiveness is key to their acceptance. With Polygal, we are looking forward to challenging common obstacles to formulating with naturals. Strengthening Clariant’s naturals portfolio over the coming years with plant-derived, readily biodegradable ingredients that combine excellent performance with superior sustainability. We want to equip formulators with both the inspiration and the tools to make the switch from synthetic formulation staples to naturals an easier step to take.”

Today, Polygal and Clariant already launched its first product within the new cooperation, addressing the market need for a better-performing natural rheology modifier. Plantasens® Biogum Tara is a new 100% Renewable Carbon Index (RCI) and readily biodegradable rheology modifier, based on food industry ingredient Tara Gum, succeeds in elevating the consistency and texture effect possibilities of natural skin care formulations.

The new product will be produced by Polygal AG and exclusively distributed by Clariant within their Plantasens® naturals portfolio.

For detailed technical information to Plantasens® Biogum Tara, please visit:

For further information, please contact:

Polygal AG
Jakob Meier
Global Division Manager Personal Care

Tuesday, 20. April 2021

„We create the future“

We feel committed to the future. What does it mean?

Polygal has an infinite amount of valuable knowledge, which we want to preserve and pass on to the next generation.

That is why we are a training company.

Young people get the opportunity to shape their future  in an international family company with a broad product portfolio for various industries. Our trainees can acquire an excellent knowledge and are well equipped for the future.

Just a few days ago a young lady and a young man started their apprenticeships as businesswoman and businessman. We wish them both an instructive time at Polygal.

Wednesday, 02. September 2020

DKSH enters exclusive distribution agreement for carob germ meal with Polygal for 14 markets in Europe

DKSH has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Polygal, the Swiss global leader in the research and utilisation of vegetable hydrocolloids for various industrial applications. As part of the agreement, DKSH will distribute Polygal’s Polygum Carob Pro-TN in Europe.

Zurich, August 18, 2020 – DKSH Business Unit Performance Materials has become a key distribution partner for Polygal in 14 markets across Europe, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK. Under the agreement, DKSH will provide marketing and sales as well as distribution and logistics for Polygal’s Polygum Carob Pro-TN (carob germ meal) for use in gluten-free bakery products and other applications.

Polygum Carob Pro-TN is a ground germ (cotyledons) from the seeds of ceratonia siliqua. It is a natural ingredient high in protein with a very interesting amino acid profile, further consisting of insoluble and soluble fibre.

DKSH first partnered with Polygal in Japan over half a century ago and, in the 2010s, continued to build on the successful relationship by expanding Polygal to China.

Christian Schink, Global Food Division Manager, Polygal, commented: “I am confident that we will continue our success story, this time on European soil, with a product fulfilling various criteria of current high demand: non-animal protein, rich in fiber, all natural, clean label.”

John Roemling, Vice President Performance Materials, DKSH, added: “Polygal are pioneers in the gluten-free bakery market and we are very pleased to exclusively partner with them for the introduction and market development of Carob germ meal, Polygum Carob Pro-TN in Europe. Their innovative products are an excellent fit for our diverse portfolio of food ingredients and will bring great advantages to our large customer base.”

About DKSH

DKSH is the leading Market Expansion Services provider with a focus on Asia. The Group helps companies to grow across the Business Units Healthcare, Consumer Goods, Performance Materials and Technology. The service portfolio covers sourcing, market insights, marketing and sales, eCommerce, distribution and logistics as well as after-sales services. Publicly listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, the Group operates in 36 markets with 33,350 specialists, generating net sales of CHF 11.6 billion in 2019. With its Swiss heritage, DKSH has been deeply rooted in Asia Pacific since 1865. The DKSH Business Unit Performance Materials distributes specialty chemicals and ingredients for food, pharmaceutical, personal care and various industrial applications. With 46 innovation centers and regulatory support worldwide, we create cutting-edge formulations that comply with local regulations. With around 1,100 specialists, the Business Unit generated net sales of CHF 1.0 billion in 2019.

About Polygal AG

Polygal AG is the global leader in the research and utilization of vegetable hydrocolloids for various industrial applications. Customers from around the world are supplied from our four production facilities in the vicinity of the most important areas for raw materials and sales. For more than 60 years and in more than 70 countries around the world, Polygal has been synonymous with a high standard of quality and expertise in application technology. 

For further information, please contact:

DKSH Performance Materials
Daniel Hollister                        
Senior Manager, Group Marketing       
Phone +44 20 8879 5500            

Polygal AG
Christian Schink
Global Food Division Manager
Phone +34 609 35 32 15

Monday, 24. August 2020

Galileo on channel Pro 7 examines locust bean gum

Sunday, April 19th, 2020 an interesting television report was shown in Galileo on the German TV channel Pro 7.

On the one hand it was about the best before date and on the other about the ominous E-numbers and what is behind them.

In this show E-410, or well known among the producers as locust bean gum, was examined.

The locust bean gum is obtained through the gentle processing of the locust bean kernels. It is a purely vegetable and absolutely natural gum, which may be used without hesitation in the food industry.

Even private households have already discovered the positive properties of locust bean gum and thicken homemade ketch-up and sauces or replace part of conventional wheat flour with locust bean gum.

Polygal AG is synonymous for hydrocolloids and has developed the unique Polygum Carob Pro-TN in cooperation with its partner DKSH.

This purely vegetable product, called locust bean germ meal is part of the locust bean gum production. It is used in recipes for gluten-free bakery products, increases the nutritional profile and optimises the enjoyment of gluten-free bakery products. The delicious gluten-free breads, cookies, pizzas or crackers are a real treat.

Have a look at the Galileo’s report from 19. April 2020.
It gets interesting from minute 19.  (please note, the report is in German)

Tuesday, 28. April 2020

Borated Cationic Guar Gums Still on the Market in Spite of the EU Regulation 2019/831

EU Regulation 2019/831 is calling since June 2019 for borate-free finished cosmetic products, but borated cationic guar gums are still in use.

In contrast, POLYGAL products are fully compliant with the current EU Regulation 2019/831.

The innovative 100 % borate-free qualities from Polygal, as the only supplier on the market, can be used without issues in true one-to-one replacements to traditionally known borate-containing qualities, without any performance limitations in application, and adjustments of formulation set-up (via the pH-value) or the production processes.

These also Halal and Kosher approved grades have been proven to be excellent conditioning polymers for use in hair and body care products such as shampoos, conditioners, body washes.

This development enables existing cosmetic formulations to be converted in resource-efficient and secure ways in order to fully comply with the EU regulation 2019/831.

Tuesday, 07. January 2020

Organic Locust Bean Gum

As of December 2018, Polygal AG offers organic Locust Bean Gum as part of their wide product portfolio. The highest and still growing demand originates from the United States of America. Innovative companies in Europe have started demanding organic qualities, specifically for the application in fruit preparations.

Currently Polygal AG offers 3 organic Locust Bean Gum qualities, which differ in viscosity and absence of specks:

Brand name                           Viscosity

Polygum 15 Organic              *2‘300 – 2‘700 mPa.s

Polygum 18 Organic              *2‘600 – 3‘000 mPa.s (high grade with low specks)

Polygum 18-S Organic          *2‘600 – 3'000 mPa.s

*Viscosity, 1% solution, Brookfield RVT, 20 rpm, 25°C

Are you interested in those qualities? We are pleased to be of service. Please contact us by phone +41 71 658 70 10 or e-mail

Thursday, 09. May 2019

Voluntary Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency

We are glad to inform you that polygal ag has obtained the Certificate of the Swiss Private Sector Energy Agency for 2019. By participating in the energy managment system by the Swiss Private Sector Energy Agency polygal ag commits to actively reducing CO2 emissions and optimizing energy efficiency.

Certificate by Swiss Energy Agency for 2019 - Voluntary Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency

Friday, 15. February 2019

Quality management audit successfully passed

Polygal was audited in June 2018 by one of its pharmaceutical customers in regards to quality management. We are pleased to announce that Polygal has successfully passed and that all necessary actions have been implemented. The customer is a global pharmaceutical company active in research and development related to a variety of human diseases.

Thursday, 15. February 2019