Our History of Innovation
Throughout our nearly 90 year history, CP Kelco has pioneered the development and application of hydrocolloids for industrial and commercial use.
We trace our roots to the founding of the Kelco Company in San Diego, California in 1929 and the launch of Copenhagen Pectin in 1934. Over the next 70 years, both companies pioneered and expanded the development and application of pectin and other hydrocolloids such as xanthan gum, gellan gum and carrageenan.
In 2000, Kelco merged with Copenhagen Pectin to form CP Kelco, creating a global organization with manufacturing capabilities in the US, Brazil, Denmark, Germany and the Philippines. In 2004, CP Kelco became part of J.M. Huber Corporation and merged with Huber’s Noviant CMC business the following year. As a result of combining capabilities, expertise, industry experience and products within Huber, CP Kelco is positioned as one of the world’s leading producers of specialty hydrocolloids in the 21st century.
Over the past 12 years, J.M. Huber and CP Kelco have invested in the company’s future through expansions in Brazil and Denmark, new manufacturing facilities in China, and the establishment of sales and service locations in emerging markets throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.
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|1883||Joseph Maria Huber founds J.M. Huber Corporation as a dry colors business|
|1929||Kelco Company founded in San Diego, California, USA|
|1934||As the foundation for Copenhagen Pectin, Danish entrepreneur Karl Pedersen begins his marmalade business in Copenhagen|
|1944||Äänekoski, Finland, CMC plant begins operations|
|1947||Pedersen builds pectin plant in Lille Skensved, Denmark|
|1950||Großenbrode, Germany, pectin plant begins operations|
|1954||Limeira, Brazil, pectin plant opens|
|1959||Kelco launches investment in world’s first commercial production of xanthan gum in San Diego|
|1977||Okmulgee, Oklahoma, USA, biogums plant begins production|
|1989||Copenhagen Pectin initiates effort to farm seaweed in Zanzibar, Tanzania, East Africa (CP Kelco is primary shareholder of Zanea Seaweed Co., Ltd.)|
|1992||Gellan Gum production begins in San Diego, California, USA|
|1997||Cebu, Philippines, carrageenan manufacturing plant built|
|1998||Copenhagen Pectin expands Limeira plant|
|2000||Kelco merges with Copenhagen Pectin to form CP Kelco
Sales and service office established by CP Kelco in Leatherhead, UK, Tokyo, Japan and Singapore
|2001||Huber acquires Noviant CMC
Wulian becomes home to one of the largest xanthan gum producers in China (now CP Kelco Shandong Biological Company, Ltd.)
|2003||CP Kelco and Noviant both establish sales offices in Shanghai, China|
|2004||Huber acquires CP Kelco|
|2005||Noviant becomes part of CP Kelco|
|2009||Taixing, China, begins CMC production|
|2010||CP Kelco announces LMA Pectin facility expansion, Denmark|