Qindao Kanten ® is the trade name of refined agar produced by Libangda.
Qiongzhi, known as Agar and called Kanten in Japan. It is a kind of polysaccharide extracted from red algae such as gelidium and gracilaria, is one of most widely used algae colloids. In China, at very beginning, it is made by Hainan province (shorted as Qiong) origin gelidium, therefore, it is called Qiongzhi in China.
In China and Japan, it has been several hundred years of edible history. It appeared at first in form of Jelly-like block which is still available nowadays. Before World War II, agar as farmer families’ sideline only can be handmade in cold winter days in forms of linear and square. Between World War II and after that, Western countries began to industrialize the production of agar powder. Powder agar was initially used as bacteria culture, later extended to food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries etc. Agar has unique gel performance and gel stability, which has a wide range of applications in food industry, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and biological engineering industries etc.
Libangda premium agar is produced from natural red algae from Pacific coast, which is a kind of natural, healthy, nutritional and innovative product.
With the popularization of food safety and health-conscious, consumers are eager for safe, natural and healthy food. Under this environment, to provide consumers quality assured foods, Qingdao Libangda Marine Technology Co., Ltd. located in the coastal city—Qingdao, began to study Qingdao Kanten® agar series —natural and healthy products from ocean.
Qingdao Kanten® agar is a result of 8 years of independent innovation. The premium agar is made from red algae seaweed from the Pacific coast, which is a natural, healthy, nutritional and functional product. It meets public’s food safety and health-conscious pursuit, also provides a diversified, high-quality agar products for major food companies
Tamarind, with a Latin name Tamarindus indica Linn, originally from Africa, now it has spread to all over tropic zone of the world, in China, it was planted in Yun’nan province. It is one of legume; evergreen arbor tree which can be more than 20 meters high. It grows slowly and has a long life. It takes long time, around 10years, for first batch of fruits available yet fruit bearing period can last more than 200 years.
The kernels, after drying, peel removing and milling, become tamarind kernel powder, which is used to be called crude tamarind polysaccharide gum. With further refining, it will become the gum.Tamarind polysaccharide gum is getting more and more popular all over th world. Nowadays, in developed countries such as Japan, the gum is already extensively used on the industry of frozen drinks, food sauces, jelly puddings, beverages, jam and flour products etc.
In China, it was late to start the research and production for tamarind polysaccharide gum. Libangda Company started production of tamarind polysaccharide gum since 2010, which is the first company to make tamarind polysaccharide gum in China.