Huntsman's role as one of the world's largest producers of maleic anhydride, a highly versatile intermediate used to create additives approved for human nutrition, positions it as a leading provider of vital components for gelling agents, food preservatives and flavor enhancers. We are also the world's premier licensor of maleic anhydride manufacturing technologies.
Malic acid, with similar applications to citric acid, is the preferred ingredient in many low-calorie beverages, cider and apple drinks and is also used to add sour flavors. With very low solubility, fumaric acid is a key ingredient in beverages, baking powders, pudding mixes and powdered drinks. Maleic anhydride is also used in the production of artificial sweeteners. Huntsman is the world's largest licensor of maleic anhydride and related technologies, meaning our customers can benefit from increased production capacity.