A multi-functional thickener possessing several key functional properties including great pH stability, excellent emulsion stabilizing ability and good particulate suspension characteristics. These features make Xanthan gum the stabilizer of choice for salad dressing, salsas, acidic beverages and liquid, nutritional feeding preparations. Xanthan gum is rapid hydrating and cold soluble making it highly useful in instant beverages and desserts, such as chocolate mousse. Xanthan has excellent moisture retention properties preserving the shelf life of various baked items, such as cakes, and its excellent heat stability helps the consistency and stabilization of various thermally processed foods, particularly retorted soups and pet foods.