Did you know that the “CP” in CP Kelco stands for Copenhagen Pectin, the location of our first pectin plant? It was the nature-based ingredient that started it all for us almost 75 years ago. Today, as the world’s leading producer of pectin, we have expanded to three plants to serve our customers. With increasing demands for easy-to-understand, label-friendly ingredients, pectin is even more popular now for food, beverage and personal care applications.
Our sustainability story
1. Start with citrus peel byproducts
2. Byproduct is distilled into FERPEC™ fertilizer for nearby citrus orchards
3. Biomass boilers use steam from eucalyptus, a non-fossil fuel resource
4. Water byproduct is recycled as fertigation (fertilized irrigation) for eucalyptus & citrus crops
5. Leftover citrus peel is turned into Braspolpa™ animal feed
Start with citrus peel byproducts
Byproduct is distilled into FERPEC™ fertilizer for nearby citrus orchards
Biomass boilers use steam from eucalyptus, a non-fossil fuel resource
Water byproduct is recycled as fertigation (fertilized irrigation) for eucalyptus & citrus crops
citrus peel is
turned into Braspolpa™ animal feed
From fruit tree to fertilizer, click the image above or button below to watch our short video to see how GENU® Pectin is sustainably sourced and upcycled.
From thickening and gelling to stabilizing emulsions and foams, the special properties of pectin can be beneficial to solve a variety of personal care formulation challenges. For example, pectin is a preferred hydrocolloid for skin patches because of its ability to absorb moisture and provide wet adhesion. Pectin can enable formulation of non-wax sticks for color cosmetics containing water-soluble, active ingredients. It can also be used to prepare water-in-silicone emulsions.
Instead of dissolving when added to water, some pectin grades swell to form soft particles with a high moisture content that can provide an extra emollient texture to skin creams. The viscosity of pectin solutions can also be utilized to help evenly distribute and provide spreadability of hair conditioners and hair styling products with a smooth and silky appearance. By protecting against water loss, pectin is a great humectant in creams and lotions, and keeps skin pleasantly moisturized.
Skin creams and lotions
Masks and skin patches
Color cosmetics and mascara
Shampoos and conditioners
Hair color and hair styling products
Pectin protects skin's acid mantle
Cleansers and soaps can increase skin’s pH levels and disturb the acid mantle, a very thin, slightly acidic surface layer that acts as a barricade to bad bacteria and pollutants. However, pectin can help you create skin care products that work with – not against – nature.
GENU® pHresh Pectin can help restore the skin to its natural pH when it is affected by endogenous or exogenous factors. It has a gentle buffering capacity that can be used in formulations to help neutralize the alkalinity and bring the pH back into desirable levels that can help preserve skin’s acid mantle. With its unique pH balancing attributes, GENU® pHresh Pectin helps support anti-irritation and soothing claims in skin care, tissues, scalp/hair care, shaving products and more.
Grades to suit your needs
Ask us about our ingredient grades to meet halal, kosher, COSMOS® Certified, vegan, non-GMO and organic-compliant product claims. Let us show you how formulating with pectin can be the best move for your applications.