What Is Sodium Benzoate



Chemical formula NaC7H5O2

Sodium Benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid. Chances are, the public are probably consuming it on a regular basis, without even realising. Manufacturers however, know that it is classes as a one of the key ingredients in food and beverage manufacturing.

If you look at the ingredients on the back of your everyday food and beverages, you will likely see sodium benzoate listed.

Sodium benzoate is produced by a reaction of benzoic acid with sodium hydroxide, which makes it dissolve in water.

It is widely used in the food and beverage industries as a food preservative. Sodium benzoate preserves food by entering the individual cells in the food, balancing its PH Level, increasing the acidity of the food. Which in turn inhibits the growth of fungi.

Its raw form holds a white colourless, crystalline powder, which is then mixed with additional ingredients.

It can usually be found in beverages such as fizzy drinks and juice drinks that are particularly acidic. It’s also found in many store cupboard essentials, especially sharp products like sauerkraut, jellies jams, sauces, these are the most common sources of sodium benzoate that can be found in people’s homes.

Traces of sodium benzoate can be found naturally in fruits such as cranberries, cinnamon, prunes and apples and also produced synthetically for mass use.

As well as a food preservation, it can also be used in medicines, a recent report suggests adjuvant sodium benzoate can even improve symptoms of clozapine-resistant schizophrenia.

Sodium benzoate is used as a medication to treat hyperammonemia, a rare disorder that causes excess ammonia to accumulate in the blood.

The additive is an important to the various foods and beverages we consume. Without them, we would not be able to eat and drink some of the things we do.


  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Instant drinks
  • Syrups
  • Juice drinks
  • Bakery goods
  • Confectionary

Sodium Benzoate is a good choice for food and beverage manufacturers because it can be used on mass to extend the shelf life of products produced. As leading Sodium Benzoate suppliers and distributors, we supply 25kg bags and can deliver across the United Kingdom and Europe. If you would like more information on Sodium Benzoate, our team would be happy to help, get in touch today.


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