Starch – An Overview

The origins of starch as an industrial material date back to Egyptian times when it was used in the manufacture of papyrus parchment and starch-based adhesive. Various other references exist to its use in Roman times as a whitener and stiffener for textiles. In Europe, the starch industry was mainly based on potatoes and evolved […]

Glucose syrups – An Overview

The discovery of glucose syrup was made during the Napoleonic wars when Europe was suffering from a naval blockade by the British. A lack of sugar from the West Indies inspired many a chemist to look for ways of synthesizing a sweet alternative. An overview Glucose syrups, often called glucose or corn syrups in the […]