Hawkins, Inc.

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Innovation powered by the Hawkins Food Group

Hawkins, Inc. was founded in 1938. Our evolution into the liquid food ingredient marketplace in 1994 resulted in the creation of a patented liquid sodium phosphate system called Chees-Phos® used in the production of process cheese. Because of our vast infrastructure and expertise in acid base reactions, our customers know that we are the most flexible resource available when they need customized liquid products or blends. 

Today we are recognized as a leader in the development, production and application of antimicrobial systems. Our primary lines; UltraLac and Ultra-Pure are based on the proven science of lactates, diacetates, acetates and vinegar to help you:

  • Control Listeria
  • Control Pathogens
  • Extend Shelf Life
  • Improve Food Safety

We have developed a unique process that diminishes the harsh and bitter aftertaste characteristic of other commercial products. We also lead the development of unique customized blends to meet the ever changing needs and challenges facing the processed meat and poultry industries. With our customer’s success, Hawkins has expanded to be the only manufacturer with 2 domestic SQF/ISO Certified production facilities.

Our growth and investment in product development benefits you. We align with industry, academia, government and laboratories to bring science solutions to you.

Science, Research, Application

We are leading the industry with our newest liquid antimicrobials designed to be used at low inclusion levels.
e(Lm)inate® is the result of research, application and validation. e(Lm)inate® offer processors

  • Proven superior control of Listeria
  • Lower formula costs
  • Cleaner flavor
  • Sodium reduction
  • Clean label vinegar option

Hawkins is your resource for food safety and we continue to expand our product and application capabilities. We have also expanded our ingredient capabilities by developing customized functional dry blends and flavor systems. To support this effort we have expanded our R&D and Technical application team. The focus is on solving issues beyond food safety with customized product solutions that will:

  • Improve efficiencies
  • Address yields and moisture management
  • Help reduce overall costs
  • Unique flavors
  • Low sodium formulation
  • Improve end product quality

Let Hawkins be an extension of your R&D Team. Give us a call and let us work for you.

Click here to learn more about our Ingredient Works Group

Meat & Poultry Solution Portfolio:


  • UltraLac SL-60: Sodium Lactate, 60% USP
  • UltraLac KL-60: Potassium Lactate, 60% FCC
  • UltraLac SL-564: Sodium Lactate, 56% + Sodium Diacetate, 4% USP/FCC
  • UltraLac KL-564: Potassium Lactate, 56% + Sodium Diacetate, 4% FCC
  • UltraLac KSL-564: Potassium Lactate, 28% + Sodium Lactate, 28% + Sodium Diacetate, 4% FCC
  • UltraLac KL-726: Potassium Lactate, 72% + Sodium Diacetate, 6% FCC

Ultra-Pure Bestate:

  • Ultra-Pure Bestate-DS3: Sodium Lactate, 52% + Sodium Diacetate, 8% FCC
  • Ultra-Pure Bestate-DP3: Potassium Lactate, 52% + Sodium Diacetate, 8% FCC
  • Ultra-Pure Bestate-P: Potassium Acetate, 40% + Potassium Lactate, 20% FCC
  • Ultra-Pure Bestate-P4218: Potassium Lactate, 42% + Potassium Acetate, 18% FCC
  • Vinlac-DS2: Sodium Lactate, 52% + Vinegar, 48% FCC
  • Vinlac-DP2: Potasium Lactate, 52% + Vinegar, 48% FCC


Our newest line of antimicrobials that benefit the Meat & Poultry industries.

  • e(Lm)inate® LAD : potassium lactate, potassium acetate, sodium diacetate FCC
  • e(Lm)inate® 411 : potassium lactate, potassium diacetate, potassium propionate FCC
  • e(Lm)inate® 411S : potassium lactate, potassium diacetate, sodium propionate FCC
  • e(Lm)inate® 6810 : concentrated potassium lactate and sodium diacetate
  • e(Lm)inate® VL : vinegar, potassium lactate
  • e(Lm)inate® V : vinegar

Other liquid products include:

  • Acetates and Diacetates
  • Benzoates
  • Potassium Carbonate
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Calcium Chloride
  • Dipotassium Phosphate
  • Chees-Phos ® - 45% MSP
  • Disodium Phosphate
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Propionate
  • Custom Blends


Contact the Food Ingredients Group

Contact the Food Ingredients Group for more information on our products and services.

Fritz J. Wagner
Business Manager

Phone: (612) 617-8572
Fax: (612) 331-5304
Email: fritz.wagner@hawkinsinc.com

General Customer Service
Phone: (612) 617-8500
Email: customer.service@hawkinsinc.com


  • Kosher Certification
  • ISO Certification
  • SQF Certification

For products not listed, or for further information, please contact: customer.service@hawkinsinc.com