Free-flowing agents

Free-flowing agents are commonly known as anticaking ingredients across the food industry. They are included in products to keep powders, sugar, salt, and other granulated mixtures from clumping together during preparation and production.

Different types of Free-flowing Agents

At Brenntag Food & Nutrition, we provide food manufacturers with the ingredient-based solutions they need to bring their products to market. Depending on your industry, the following free flowing agents can enhance your products.


Magnesium and Calcium stearate exist as a fine powder for foods and dietary supplements. Consisting of stearic acid and magnesium or calcium, the compound acts as a lubricant in the separation of mixtures and ingredients. Stearates assist in controlling the consistency of foods so that components do not stick together throughout production and packaging. Both magnesium and calcium stearates can also be used as a lubricant in tableting processes.


Silica is also known as silicon dioxide. The ingredient can be found naturally within plants and water. For powdered foods, food formulators can include silicas as anticaking agents. This ingredient extends free flowing capabilities for a wide range of food products. Silica is one of the most effective free flowing agents.

Tricalcium Phosphate (TCP)

Tricalcium phosphate is used as a mineral for phosphate and calcium fortification. It is used as a carrier in tablets and it can also act as a free-flowing agent.

Applications for free-flowing agents in food industry

Companies working with the following food products might need free flowing agents to avoid the formation of lumps in production stages or on storage:

  • Table salt
  • Soup powders
  • Flour
  • Coffee
  • Teas
  • Baking mixtures
  • Milk powders
  • Creamers
  • Grated cheese
  • Powdered sugar

Free-flowing agents enable companies to create, package, and transport consumer food products for consumption. These additives will keep foods in their proper form once they leave your facility, preventing components to stick together and the food product to compact and harden over time.


At Brenntag, we make sure that all our ingredients align with the safety regulations and requirements of the food industry. We comply with ISO standards, follow HACCP food safety guidelines, and offer complete documentation and certificates for orders. Please check carefully the laws and regulations applicable for you. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

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For more information about free-flowing agents and how they can benefit your product please contact our Food Experts.

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