Great Lakes Gelatin

Great Lakes Gelatin

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

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 produces synovial fluids that first lubricate joints and then build tissue.



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[toggles title=”Collagen Hydrolysate”]Our collagen, made of ONE simple ingredient is a dietary supplement with a beneficial combination of amino acids. At Great Lakes Gelatin Company, we believe that a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet including collagen, is the cornerstone to a life well-lived. Collagen 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![/toggles]

[toggles title=”Beef Gelatin”]Our premium gelatin, made of ONE simple ingredient, provides you with exceptional cooking functionality at a fair price. Great Lakes Gelatin has been used for generations, and it can be found in kitchens worldwide.

Great Lakes Gelatin is a versatile cooking ingredient that is used in many thickening and gelling cooking applications from gelatin desserts to puddings to sauces. It will dissolve in hot liquids, and it will thicken upon cooling. It is also nearly tasteless, colorless and odorless.[/toggles]

[toggles title=”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.[/toggles]

[toggles title=”Collagen Bone Hydrolysate “]Our Bone Collagen Hydrolysate is pure collagen derived from grass-fed, pasture-raised cattle bone. Cattle bones are composed of protein and minerals, and these essential nutrients are what make up our Bone Collagen Hydrolysate. Most bone is replaced every ten years, and collagen plays a very important role in maintaining healthy bones. Collagen protein is nearly tasteless, colorless and odorless, and it easily mixes into cold or hot liquids making it the perfect addition to your favorite beverages, smoothies or recipes. Just mix and enjoy![/toggles]


Here at Great Lakes Gelatin Company, our mission is simple – help people live healthier lives by providing top quality collagen-based health products at a fair price. It’s what we’ve stood for since 1922, and every day we continue to provide products with an impeccable record for safety and quality.

We’ve been studying the health benefits of collagen (& gelatin) for decades, so we truly understand the science behind our products. We pioneered the ‘original’ Collagen Hydrolysate, and this amazing product has helped thousands of people see the benefits of healthier, hydrated skin, fuller hair, stronger nails, reduced joint pain, more restful sleep, improved digestive health, and numerous other healthy aging and beauty benefits.*

We’ve been a family-run business since the beginning, so we have been able to keep honest family values at the heart of everything we do. We sincerely appreciate all customers big and small and look forward to helping start you (and your customers) on the path to a healthier life.

We began as the world premiere Gelatin maker.

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.

An industry alerting discovery!

Created from the passion and endless drive of our company president, our cold liquid soluble formulation does not clump or congeal so you can now enjoy the benefits of our pure collagen protein in your favorite cold beverage. Because it can be mixed into hot or cold foods, you can mix Great Lakes Gelatin® Company’s Collagen Hydrolysate in your favorite drinks, smoothies, cereals, oatmeal, or any other foods that you regularly enjoy. Check out our recipes for great-tasting ways to integrate our Collagen Hydrolysate into your everyday diet.

Commitment to quality and product research.

Quality is our focus every day. We test each lot of raw material BEFORE it is accepted into our facilities. Our commitment to stringent quality assurance standards results in gelatin and collagen products of the highest purity and appeal.

Through constant research and development, Great Lakes Gelatin® continues to bring the highest quality unflavored gelatin and collagen to the market. Our unflavored products are nearly tasteless and odorless making the perfect neutral, low-calorie protein supplement.

Great Lakes Gelatin® packaging is all about you and your lifestyle.

Originally available only in 1 pound cans, our collagen protein is now available in a variety of packages and pre-packs to meet all of your needs. Whether it’s our new Collagen Endurance Plus® on the go packs, Collagen Hydrolysate Convenience Pack single-serving packages, or our 8-pound Collagen Hydrolysate bag, all of our packages are designed to keep our product fresh and readily available for your best use. Our 1 pound can is 95% biodegradable and offers better protection than plastic containers.

When it comes to service, rest assured that the GLG team is experienced and knowledgable.

Please do not hesitate to share your questions, concerns, suggestions and successes with us. From everyone at Great Lakes Gelatin® Company, we thank you for your patronage and confidence in us and our products. We look forward to helping you achieve and surpass your goals on your way to improved performance and the best of health.

Collagen Hydrolysate - Great Lakes Gelatin - Certifed Paleo Friendly, Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients: Bovine Collagen Hydrolysate
Collagen Types 1 & 3
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Beef Gelatin - Great Lakes Gelatin - Certifed Paleo Friendly, Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients: Bovine Gelatin
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Porcine Gelatin - Great Lakes Gelatin - Certifed Paleo Friendly, Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients: 100% Gelatin powder (from pigskin)
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Collagen Bone Hydrolysate - Great Lakes Gelatin - Certifed Paleo Friendly, Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients: Bovine Collagen Hydrolysate
Collagen Types 1 & 3
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Great Lakes Gelatin Company 
253 Commerce Drive
Grayslake, IL 60030
Fax: 847-223-8144

Call us at 847-223-8141. A customer service representative will answer your questions between 8:30AM and 5:00PM Central Time, Monday - Friday, except holidays.

Or fill out our contact form and we'll get back to you quickly.

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.

About Great Lakes Gelatin

Thank you for your interest in Great Lakes Gelatin Company. We are continually pursuing relationships with distinguished sales partners who are interested in advancing brands and providing best-in-class customer service. If you are an organization that puts the customer and quality first, we want to hear from you.

Selling GLG products is more than just profitable; it’s about becoming a valued member of our team. Our protein supplements are sourced from the highest quality materials resulting in the finest products available. This focus on quality greatly appeals to the health conscientious consumers you need visiting your website or store.

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Our mission – help people live healthier lives by providing premium collagen-based products at a fair price. Since 1922 we’ve had an impeccable record for safety and quality. We’ve studied collagen for decades, so we understand the science behind our products. We pioneered the ‘original’ Collagen Hydrolysate helping thousands of people see the benefits of healthier skin, hair & nails, reduced joint pain, improved digestive health, and other healthy aging and beauty benefits. We'll pay you a 10% commission on sales generated through links unique to you. Once accepted into our program, we offer all the tools you need to start spreading your (and our) passion for collagen!

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