Great Lakes Gelatin

Collagen Hydrolysate is an animal based protein free of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, steroids and GMO’s. Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate is also free of Allergens, gluten and MSG. Great Lakes Gelatin sources cattle that are traditionally graze freely on natural grasslands.

It is known that by our mid-twenties, our bodies start losing their natural ability to repair connective tissue, bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, blood cells, skin, tissue, hair and nails. Scientists have discovered that hydrolyzed collagen can provide the missing nutritional links to aid in the body’s ability to repair these critical areas. Hydrolyzed collagen is a unique combination of amino acids that can promote healing and conditioning over other protein, especially for bone and joint health care. Amino acids are collectively beneficial to cell reproduction and the distinctive spectrum of this product can promote the growth of healthy tissue.

What makes this product unique are the high amounts of Amino Acids – Alanine, Glycine and Proline – that you won’t find in other protein supplements. The same collagen which is found naturally in your bones, skin and cartilage can be replenished with hydrolyzed collagen. This bioactive product contains 92% protein and is easily assimilated by the human body. Hydrolyzed collagen promotes cell growth which produce synovial fluids that first lubricate joints and then build tissue.

Great Lakes Gelatin Products include:

Paleo Friendly & KETO Certified:

Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate

Our collagen, made of ONE simple ingredient, is a pure protein dietary supplement with a unique combination of beneficial amino acids…great for anyone looking to improve their overall well-being. Some of the amino acids, missing from many of today’s diets, are concentrated at levels that can promote healing in bones, joints and the digestive system. Collagen protein is nearly tasteless, colorless and odorless, and it is easily digested. It will not congeal in cold liquids making it a perfect addition to cold and hot beverages, smoothies or recipes. Just mix in and enjoy!

Great Lakes Gelatin Beef Gelatin

Our gelatin, like our collagen, is a pure protein dietary supplement. It has been used in cooking throughout the world for generations. It will dissolve in hot liquids, and it will thicken in cold liquids. It is also nearly tasteless, colorless and odorless.

Great Lakes Gelatin Porcine Gelatin

Our gelatin, like our collagen, is a pure protein dietary supplement. It has been used in cooking throughout the world for generations. It will dissolve in hot liquids, and it will thicken in cold liquids. It is also nearly tasteless, colorless and odorless.

Great Lakes Gelatin began as a premier gelatin maker in the world. Our journey began in 1922 as Grayslake Gelatin. From the beginning, our goal was to supply the highest quality gelatin to both the commercial and consumer markets. In 1988, Grayslake Gelatin became Great Lakes Gelatin Company as demand for our products continued to grow. Originally used as a functional ingredient in products such as gelatin desserts and vitamin capsules, our pure collagen protein gelatin soon became an important supplement to health conscious people around the globe.

Motivated by positive consumer feedback and passion for health, Great Lakes Gelatin continued on our mission as a forward thinking company. Built upon research and development, our efforts taught us about the tremendous benefits that collagen protein brought to our customers and even their pets. As processed foods became more popular, we realized that people were being deprived of the essential collagen protein that their bodies needed to sustain healthy bone and tissue function.
We have a passion for helping and educating people. In 2010 our president made a breakthrough that changed the industry in a way that that would benefit our customers for years to come. Great Lakes introduced a new product, Collagen Hydrolysate, which is made soluble in cold or hot liquids. This innovation made our collagen protein more convenient than ever for the health conscious consumer to integrate into their everyday lifestyles. 

The rest became history as the Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate became known as the world standard for the purest Collagen protein. 

At Great Lakes Gelatin, we go above and beyond to safeguard the quality of our products. The cattle that we source are grass fed and pasture raised in remote regions of Argentina and Brazil. We have built strong relationships with the local cattle farmers who nurture only pasture raised cattle as we believe that quality begins at the most basic source. We will continue to go the extra mile to bring you products that meet or exceed the U.S. Pharmacopeia Standards of quality.
When it comes to service, rest assured that the GLG team is experienced, knowledgeable and has a passion for helping and educating people.

About Our Gelatin

Great Lakes Gelatin is obtained from selected pieces of calf and cattle hides, de-mineralized cattle bones (ossein) and porkskin. Contrary to popular belief, hoofs, horns, hair, feathers or any keratin material is not a source of gelatin.

There are two types of gelatin - Type A, derived from acid processed materials, primarily porkskin; and Type B, derived from alkaline or lime processed materials, primarily cattle or calf hides and ossein.

Type A Gelatin is produced from fresh or frozen porkskin by washing with water and soaking in dilute acid. Acidified skins are washed free of acid and soluble proteins. Treated porkskins are placed in extraction kettles and partially hydrolyzed with successive portions of hot water. The dilute solution is filtered and evaporated. Concentrated solutions are chilled to a gel which is then carefully dried with filtered and conditioned air in drying tunnels or in continuous dryers to a solid containing approximately ten percent moisture. The dried gelatin is then ground and tested for grade and quality.

Calf skin or hide trimmings, sources of type B gelatins, are first washed and then treated with lime for one to three months. Limed skins are washed and neutralized with dilute acid. After this conditioning, the skin stock is transferred to kettles and heated with successive portions of hot water. A partial hydrolysis of the collagen occurs, resulting in extracts which are dilute solutions of gelatin. From this point on, the extracts of Type B gelatin are processed in a manner similar to Type A described above.

Ossein gelatin is derived from degreased, hard bones which are washed and then leached with repeated portions of dilute hydrochloric acid. The acid reacts with the mineral contents of the bone, which are removed in the acid solution, and a sponge-like material, called ossein, resins. This organic portion of the bone represents about 25 percent of the original bones. The ossein, washed free of acid, may then be either dried for storage, or limed immediately. Subsequent treatment of ossein, after liming, follows the procedure outlined above for the production of gelatin from calf skin.

All grades of gelatin are prepared under the most rigid sanitary conditions. Either stainless steel or glass equipment is used in the cooking and finishing processes.

Great Lakes Gelatin Company 

PO Box 917

Grayslake, IL 60030

Phone: 847-223-8141

Fax: 847-223-8144

Collagen Hydrolysate - Greak Lakes Gelatin - Paleo Friendly, KETO Certified - Paleo Foundation
Beef Gelatin - Greak Lakes Gelatin - Paleo Friendly, KETO Certified - Paleo Foundation
Porcine Gelatin - Greak Lakes Gelatin - Paleo Friendly, KETO Certified - Paleo Foundation

Avocado Lime Pudding

Berries n' Cream Pops

Mango Orange Jellies

Green Smoothie

Pumpkin Coconut Tart

Butternut Squash Puree

Protein Waffles

Chocolate Fudge

What are the benefits of Pork vs. Beef Collagen/Gelatin?

Answer: Collagen obtained from either source of raw materials are measured both by physical and chemical characteristics using the same test methods. Results are very similar although some choose to use type B over type A due to their theological beliefs.

What is Gelatin/Collagen hydrolysate?

Answer: Hydrolysate is either heated to a high temperature or enzymatically treated to reduce the "Molecular weight" which limits its ability to congeal. Hydrolysate is measured less than 5000 Dalton (mw) which makes it readily dissolvable in both cold and warm liquids.

It clumps in very cold and very hot liquids.

Answer: We suggest for gelatin to mix in liquids of room temperature, which makes it swell, then add heat to dissolve. If left in cold it will not dissolve, however it will be easier to swallow if at room temperature. Hydrolysate should be added to empty glass or cup, then pour your desired juice or drink over dry powder and it will more easily dissolve. We do urge using an electric mixer as it disperses with ease.

How are the cattle raised?

Answer: Our cattle are grass fed and slaughtered in Argentina and Brazil which is controlled by their respective Department of Agriculture. These countries have the same type of rigourous tests and inspections as the United States. Beef hides are the only product used to manufacture gelatin in these countries.

What does it mean to be USDA approved?

Answer: The USDA certifies that rindepest, foot-and-mouth disease, classical swine fever, swine vascular disease, African swine fever, and contagious bovine pleuropneumonia do not exist in USA products. In our case, all pigs have received ante- and post-mortem inspections by official veterinarians and are found fit for human consumption.

Are your pigs or cattle fed any hormones or other kinds of artificial fillers?

Answer: There is no way to be certain of all concepts of feeding of these animals, but what we can assure you is that of all tests that are known to us we find no disease, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, or herbicides in the skin or hides of animals used to produce gelatin. Therefore none of the above items are transmitted to our products.

Is Gelatin Gluten Free?

Answer: Gelatin and related products from Great lakes Gelatin are totally free from gluten. Glutens are the proteins found in wheat, barley and rye flours (all Triticeae plants). Wheat glutens are a problem for a small group of individuals who have allergies to these proteins (primarily for persons suffering from celiac disease). Glutens are plant derived proteins. Gelatin is produced entirely from animals and contains absolutely no gluten.

Does Gelatin Contain MSG?

Answer: Some believe that Glutamic acid or Mono sodium glutamate is contained in gelatin. This is simply not the case.

Great Lakes Gelatin® has a passion for health and educating our customers. We value your help in spreading this message, and invite you to join us as an affiliate partner.

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It’s absolutely free to join and there is no charge to apply to our affiliate program!

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That’s completely up to you. We can help if you need something specific to promote Great Lakes Gelatin®, but your profit potential is dependent upon your sales.

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Sorry, not at this time but check back soon!

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Yes, you can promote our products across one or all of your websites. The more links and content you place on your websites, the more qualified visitors you’re likely to send us, which should translate into a higher conversion.

7. Is my website eligible for your affiliate program?

Most websites will qualify to participate in the affiliate program. However, we reserve the right to refuse membership to a website or revoke your membership at any time, if we determine that your website contains objectionable material.

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This information is available to you on our website, once your application has been accepted.

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We are available at or 847-223-8141 Monday – Friday 8:30-5:00 CMT

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The Keto Diet product market may be in a unique position to improve tolerability, especially in social and cultural environments that typically feature carbohydrate-rich “special occasion” types of foods. In 2016, the Paleo Foundation launched the world's first Keto Certified program for products with standards that were developed for adherence to a classical ketogenic diet.