Spray-dried products are difficult to reconstitute or evenly mix with water. Therefore, a process called agglomeration was developed to “instantize” the powder or make it more dispersible. This involves rewetting the finished powder with a media (soy or sunflower lecithin). This media acts like a glue, allowing the fine particles to stick together to create a much larger particle. When liquid is added, the particle’s large surface area increases its mixability, allowing it to dissolve faster.
At our processing facility in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, both spray drying and fluid bed agglomeration take place in-line. This enables us to achieve high production efficiencies. It also means we can readily custom tailor a product’s hygroscopic characteristics to meet your specific needs.