Glycerine from CREMER OLEO

CREMER OLEO is one of the world's largest independent distributors of vegetable and sustainable glycerine. With several locations in Europe, North and South America and Asia, we are closely networked globally. At short notice, we are able to supply glycerine from all raw materials, such as rapeseed, soybean or palm, in many purity grades and with dedicated certifications. In our worldwide storage facilities and tanks, we keep market-standard refined glycerine with a purity of 86.5% or 99.5% in stock. And we also offer technical glycerine produced from tallow (animal-based) or recycled oils (UCO).

We have been working closely with very reliable partners for many years and can thus also respond to very individual requests. Do you need an individual logistics concept for your supply chain? Just take advantage of our vast know-how! The CREMER OLEO glycerine team will be happy to help you!

Please find and download the current certificates of CREMER OLEO on the Quality page.

CREMER OLEO Glycerine Portfolio:

  • Crude Glycerine 80,0% (What ist Crude Glycerine?)
  • Glycerine 86,5% / CremerGLYC 86,5%
  • Glycerine 99,5% / CremerGLYC 99,5%
  • Glycerine 99,7% / CremerGLYC 99,7%
  • Glycerine 99,8% / CremerGLYC 99,8%
  • Glycerine 99,9% / CremerGLYC 99,9%
  • Glycerine 99,5% / CremerGLYC 99,5% based on 100% rapeseed
  • Glycerine 99,5% / CremerGLYC 99,5% RSPO MB
  • Glycerine 99,5% / CremerPHARM 
    (EXCiPACT™-certified Glycerine)
  • Organic Glycerine / CremerGLYC Bio
  • Organic Glycerine / CremerGLYC Bio RSPO/IP

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Glycerine for pharmaceutical excipients
EXCiPACT™-certified glycerine in several qualities

CREMER OLEO Standards:


  • Allergen free, Ph. Eur., GMO, Non GMO, USP, E422, JP, BP, DAB, Non Palm, 100% Rapeseed, Foodgrade, Feedgrade, Natrue conform, COSMOS non-organic approved, Vegan, China compliant,


  • Liquid


  • Loose / bulk in tank truck
  • ISO containers
  • IBC containers
  • Flexi-bags
  • Drums
  • Cans


  • Kosher
  • Kosher Passover
  • Halal
  • GMP+ / QS
  • ISO 9001
  • IFS Broker (GFSI)
  • Bio-Glycerine additionally COSMOS, NOP, EU-Bio

Industrial Applications for Vegetable Glycerine:


Glycerine is harmless to health and the environment. Due to its good skin compatibility, it is used as a moisturizer, substance carrier and emollient. In creams, glycerine supports skin care. Since glycerine is odorless, it forms a good basis for fragrances.

Toothpastes can contain up to 20-30% glycerine. It improves the taste, prevents the products from drying out and gives them shine.

Food and Beverage

Glycerine also has a wide range of applications in foods and beverages: It is used as a preservative, consistency and flavor improver and acts as a solvent for flavorings and food colorants in beverages and confectionery.

Glycerine is used as a humectant and plasticizer in candy, cakes, praline wrappers, meat pellets and cheese rinds.


Glycerine is a commonly used ingredient in medicines and pharmaceuticals. It serves as a solvent, moisturizer, humectant and consistency enhancer in medicinal tinctures, remedies and ointments. Other well-known applications include gargles, cough suppressants, capsules, pastilles, suppositories, anesthetics and adjuvants for antibiotics and antiseptics.

Our EXCiPACT-certified glycerine fulfils the recognised GMP and GDP standards


Glycerine is also contained in many household products and detergents, for example as a humectant or softener. It is very kind to the skin and harmless to health and the environment.

Animal Feeds

Glycerine is used in dry feed to retain moisture and improve palatability.

In veterinary medicine, glycerine serves as a source of glucose in bovine ketosis.

Technical Uses 

As a chemical alcohol, glycerine is widely used to produce other chemicals in chemical reactions. It is used as a lubricant and for the production of antifreeze and alkyd resins. It is also used in paper and textile production.

What is Glycerine?

Glycerine is a by-product of saponified, hydrolyzed or transesterified fats and oils. It was discovered in 1779 by the German-Swedish chemist and pharmacist Carl Wilhelm Scheele during the saponification of olive oil. The name of the liquid is derived from the Greek word glykys, "sweet."

Physically, glycerine is a water-soluble, colorless, odorless, clear and viscous liquid with a high boiling point. Chemically, glycerine is a trivalent alcohol that can be made to react and yet is stable under most conditions. Because of these unusual properties, its good compatibility with many other substances and its ease of processing, glycerine is used in many applications.

In 1854, the English entrepreneur, chemist and plant breeder George Fergusson Wilson developed a process to synthesize glycerine on an industrial scale. Today, it is generally refined by distillation after extraction in its raw state.

Glycerin, Glycerine or Glycerol? All names are correct and trivial names for a substance that chemically correctly, according to UIPAC nomenclature, is called propane-1,2,3-triol. The most common name is glycerine. The name glycerol is also frequently used. It has the correct suffix "-ol" for an alcohol (the suffix "-in" stands for alkynes or amines). Glycerine is a sugar alcohol and the simplest trivalent alcohol, a so-called triol.

Depending on the application or labeling standard, other terms are used for glycerine: The correct molecular formula is C3H8O3. Its CAS number is 56-81-5, and in  the european food industry its designation is E 422. Glycerine is used here as an additive to improve consistency, flavor and preservation.

Some members of our Glycerine Team at the CREMER OLEO Glycerine Logistics Hub for the European continent

Production of Vegetable Glycerine

There are two different types of glycerine − vegetable and petrochemical glycerine. Nowadays, the petrochemical production process is only seldom used. Vegetable oils, so-called triglycerides form the basis for the production of glycerine.

Today, vegetable glycerine is produced on a large scale using three established processes. What they have in common is that the glycerine is a by-product of a reaction that is mainly used to manufacture another product. Glycerin is therefore a so-called co-product.

  • Saponification – co-product in soap production 
  • Hydrolytic cleavage – co-product in fatty acid production 
  • Transesterification – co-product in biodiesel production

Physical and Chemical Properties of Glycerine

Alternativ designations:

Glycerine Structural Formula

Molecular formula:

CAS number:

Molar mass:

  • 92,09 g·mol−1

Aggregat state:

  • Liquid


  • Colorless


  • Odorless

ph value:

  • Neutral


  • 1,26 g·cm−3 (20 °C)

Melting point:

  • 18°C

Boiling point / decomposition temperature:

  • 290°C

Flash point:

  • 199°C

Spontaneous ignition:

  • 400°C

Danger of explosion:

  • The product does not present an explosive hazard; however, explosive vapor-air mixtures can form.

Solubility in / miscibility with water:

  • Fully miscible

Your contacts for Glycerine at CREMER OLEO

Janine Otto

Business Manager Glycerin
Telefon: +49 151 10 50 72 45