What is HPMC and what are it’s functional properties & type of applications?


HPMC (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose) is a non-ionic polymer that has a high compatibility with other ingredients. It may be used in sugar-containing formulations of up to 45% sugar (Tanja, 2014).

Functions of HPMC

HPMC (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose) or known as Hypromellose has multiple functions which include thermal gelation, film formation, particles suspension, thickening, binding and water retention. It also helps to enhance emulsion stability. This polymer is soluble in cold water and some mixed solvents. However, it is insoluble in hot water due to thermal gelation (Ashland Inc, 2013).

Applications of HPMC

a. Pudding

b. Vanilla cream (“Custard” type)

c. Ice creams, sorbets, sherbets

d. Mousses

e. Whipped Toppings

f. Whipping Cream Concentrates

g. Bakery products

h. Creamy sauces and soups

i. Mayonnaise

j. Beverages

(Tanja, 2014).



Ashland Inc. (2013). BenecelTM Hypromellose (HPMC) and Methylcellulose (MC). Kentucky, US: Author.

Tanja. W. (2014). Cellulose and Cellulose Derivatives in the Food Industry: Fundamentals and Applications. Germany: John Wiley & Sons.

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