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CP Kelco’s Großenbrode plant has been one of our company’s main producers of pectin since it was first developed in 1948. The production process starts with raw citrus peel material primarily from our Matão plant in Brazil. We use a patented peel process to extract the pectin and the leftovers are turned into fertilizer and cattle feed for local farmers. Additionally, we use sugar beet pulp to make a specialty pectin. Our pectin is supplied to manufacturers globally, with applications from food and beverages to vitamin supplements, personal care, cosmetics, bandages, medical supplies and pharmaceutical needs.

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We, CP Kelco, hereby notify our customers in Germany which are deemed to be end customers in accordance with German Packaging Act (VerpackG) that we are taking back packaging in accordance with § 15 Para 1 German Packaging Act (VerpackG).

Community & Environment

CP Kelco’s Großenbrode plant strives to operate in a way that minimizes its environmental footprint, prioritizes employee safety and acts as a good neighbor to the surrounding community. Großenbrode’s environmental commitment is evident through its eco-friendly practices. ‘Sludge’ from its wastewater treatment plant serves dual purpose for enriching farmland, and biogas is processed to generate electricity and steam. The plant also recently installed photovoltaic panels on their warehouse roofs to generate additional electricity.

Großenbrode’s active community involvement, reflects its deep commitment to social responsibility and philanthropy. This includes participating in initiatives like the Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei Bone Marrow Donor Center (DKMS) blood drive for leukemia, organizing a “Social Day” for students to raise money for special projects, making contributions to local causes like first responders, children and animal rescue and attending career fairs to encourage students to learn more about our company and become a part of our apprenticeship and internship programs.


Among its many certifications, the plant has achieved ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for designing and implementing an environmental management system. This certification requires Großenbrode to consider all environmental issues relevant to its operation, have proper procedures in place to measure and manage their impact and continually improve approaches to tackle these issues. In addition, the plant achieved zero waste-to-landfill* status in 2020.

*Zero waste is defined as >90% waste diversion from landfill.