Bolstered by Strong Demand, CP Kelco’s Citrus Fiber Expansion Project Well Underway

ATLANTA, August  9, 2022 – Work is progressing on our second NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber production line in Matão, Brazil. The new build is well underway and expected to increase our total production capacity to nearly 5,000 metric tons, with options to further expand capacity
as needed in the future.

With global demand on the rise and limitless market potential, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is definitely growing in its appeal. A renewed focus on healthier eating habits is driving the search for functional, nature-based ingredients. NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber was developed specifically to help formulators meet consumer demand for foods and beverages with less sugar and less fat, as well as simpler, easily recognizable ingredients.

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is upcycled from citrus peels, an abundant byproduct of the juice industry that populates the region where our plant is strategically located. With this great local source of raw materials at the ready, we are well-positioned to help formulators innovate a wide range of clean label-friendly products – from dairy and dairy alternatives to beverages, condiments, sauces, bakery, fruit-based applications, meats and plant-based meat alternatives.

“With the sheer scale of this project and ample capacity we are adding, CP Kelco is positioned to be the world leader in citrus fiber production.”

-Didier Viala, President

CP Kelco’s award-winning Matão facility is known for its commitment to sustainability. According to William Letsinger, Senior Director of Strategy, the new production line is being developed with the most efficient technologies to meet water, energy and emissions reduction goals, while also creating employment opportunities to help the local community. Our production of citrus fiber includes a proprietary and patented peel wash process, which drastically reduces the need for fresh water compared to traditional peel washing while also retaining a high level of pectin and soluble fiber. The project is scheduled for completion in Q3 of 2023.

Especially A-Peeling Facts about NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber

  • Officially launched in December 2019 at Food Ingredients Europe.
  • Upcycled from citrus peels, an abundant byproduct of the nearby juice industry in Brazil.
  • Our proprietary and patented peel wash process was designed to lessen its environmental impact by drastically reducing the use of fresh water as compared to traditional peel washing.
  • In addition, our peel wash process helps to retain a high level of pectin and soluble fiber.
  • Spent citrus peel is processed into animal feed. In 2020, we fed roughly 30,000 local farm animals with our BRASPOLPA® feed. What remains as liquid byproduct is distilled into FERPEC® organic fertilizer for nearby citrus orchards.
  • A fiber ingredient, it can be listed as citrus fiber on the label and does not require an E number in Europe.
  • Supports dietary fiber intake and offers unique water-binding and texturizing capabilities across many food and beverage applications.
  • Key applications include dairy and dairy alternative products, beverages, condiments, sauces, bakery, fruit-based products, meats and plant-based meat alternatives.
  • In certain applications, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber can help reduce use of or act as an alternative to starch, sugar, oil, locust bean gum, methylcellulose, egg and other ingredients that may be hard to source currently due to shortages and supply chain issues. Ask us for application recommendations.

CP Kelco Reports Extensive Progress in Expansion of Biogums Production Capacity at U.S., China Facilities

ATLANTA, July 26, 2022 – CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, announced today that it has made extensive progress in expanding biogums production capacity at two of its plant facilities:  Okmulgee, Oklahoma, USA and Wulian, China.

These expansion initiatives are integral pieces of the company’s significant, multi-year investment program focused on advancing both its biogums production capacity and capabilities. Alongside its biogums production facility in San Diego, California, USA, CP Kelco provides its customers with critical supply security through centralized coordination of three geographically distinct production sites for gellan gum, xanthan gum, diutan gum and fermentation-derived cellulose.

In 2020, the first phase of this expansion was completed at our site in Wulian, China, adding the capability to produce high acyl (HA) gellan gum and increasing overall plant production capacity by 30%. We plan to add low acyl (LA) gellan gum production capability at this facility in 2023.

CP Kelco is also scheduled to complete an expansion of 40% in production capacity in 2023 at our plant in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  Individually and collectively, these initiatives reflect CP Kelco’s commitment to providing world-class customer support and innovation despite the unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and exacerbated by rampant inflation and supply chain disruptions.

“We remain committed to serving our customers worldwide and supporting their growth plans, particularly as the market trends and consumer demands continue to evolve and point toward formulating with nature-based, clean label-friendly and sustainably produced ingredients,” said Didier Viala, President of CP Kelco. “The expansion of our biogums capacity enables us to more effectively collaborate with our customers in developing innovative food, beverage, personal care, home care and other products for consumers.”

About CP Kelco

CP Kelco is a nature-based ingredient solutions company with approximately 90 years of experience working with food, beverage, consumer and industrial product manufacturers worldwide. We apply ingredient innovation and problem-solving to develop customized solutions that leverage our regional insights, meet manufacturers’ goals and address consumer needs and preferences.

  • Unique Portfolio. Produces extensive range of high-quality, plant-based and fermentation-derived ingredients to formulate tailored solutions.
  • Technical Excellence. Offers strong collaboration with a global team of scientists and applications experts, leveraging our regional state-of-the art R&D facilities.
  • Sustainability. Committed to providing responsibly sourced and produced ingredients.
  • Market Insights. Understands market and consumer trends to help customers create relevant and innovative products.

Our key product lines include pectin, gellan gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan, diutan gum, refined locust bean gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate, fermentation-derived cellulose and our latest innovation, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber.

 

The Clean Label-Friendly Alternative to Traditional Stabilizers for Meat Applications

Many of the current global consumer trends are having a big impact on today’s meat industry:

  • The demand for protein has never been greater.
  • Snacking – especially meat snacks as convenient sources of protein – is on the rise.
  • More consumers are cooking meals at home and turn to packaged meats for help.
  • Consumers are reading the package label and want to feed their family the best. They seek out cleaner label meat products that are free from hormones, antibiotics, artificial preservatives and stabilizers.
  • Consumers are very interested in more nature-based or recognizable ingredients.

There has been growing interest over the years to help meat producers find a cleaner label alternative to the stabilizers and phosphates traditionally used for meat and poultry applications. However, stabilizers serve several purposes. They help to increase water-holding capacity that leads to higher yield and stabilize emulsions, improve texture, and enhance other sensory properties such as tenderness and juiciness. Because of their functionality, it has been hard to find an alternative, let alone a cleaner label alternative – until now…

A Nature-Powered Solution

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is nature-based and upcycled from citrus peels, an abundant byproduct of the juice industry. A fiber ingredient, it is also a unique solution for solving a number of key challenges for meat producers:

  • Strengthens brand positioning as clean label-friendly and provides differentiation
  • Aligns with consumer needs for more recognizable ingredients
  • Can be listed as citrus fiber on the label*
  • Supports dietary fiber intake
  • Maintains juiciness and tenderness
  • Texture, color and taste of meat products remain optimal
  • Increases cooked yield
  • Reduces purge
  • Compatible with standard manufacturing processes, including injection

Want more details about how NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber performs in meat applications? Find out if NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber or another great solution from our nature-based portfolio is right for you. Contact us today!

*National labeling requirements should be considered in the country of use.

 

6 Reasons Why Citrus Fiber is A-peeling to Food & Bev Formulators

1. Start With an Upcycled Ingredient

It all starts with an abundant supply of sustainably sourced citrus peels, a byproduct of the juice industry. Citrus peels have a high pectin content. In addition, this novel composition of soluble and insoluble fiber has excellent water-holding capacity. It’s a win-win for consumers and formulators alike.

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2. It Supports a Range of Clean Label-Friendly Solutions

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber was developed to support your clean label goals:

  • Supports fat reduction
  • Supports sugar reduction
  • Egg substitution/vegan formulations
  • No E-number required in Europe
  • Can help you meet requirements for kosher, halal, vegan, non-GMO, allergen- & gluten-free food products
  • Can be listed as citrus fiber on the label*

*National labeling requirements should be considered in the country of use

3. The Possibilities–and Applications–Are Endless

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber supports water-holding, texture, mouthfeel enhancement, emulsion stabilization and syneresis control in a wide range of applications and can be used in combination with other CP Kelco portfolio offerings. See how we can help you create consistent emulsion stability by viewing our prototype video for a low-fat, vegan mayonnaise-like dressing here.

4. It Can Be a Great Alternative to Supply-Challenged Ingredients

If you have been looking for an alternative to starch or locust bean gum, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber can help. Find more information here or contact us for assistance.

5. It Is Easy to Work With

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is compatible with standard manufacturing processes. Enjoy this prototype video for a refreshing mango-flavored drink to see how easy it is to activate with a low use level. We also invite you to join us at one of our innovation labs to discover more of our amazing prototypes.

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6. Our Commitment to Sustainability

Consumers want products that are not only good for you but good for the environment too. CP Kelco strives to be a sustainable partner in your supply chain. See the steps we are taking to live up to our commitment.

Keep in Touch!

Want more details about NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber for your applications? Find out if this ingredient or another great solution from our nature-based portfolio is right for you. 

6 Reasons Why Citrus Fiber is A-peeling to Food & Bev Formulators

1. Start With an Upcycled Ingredient

It all starts with an abundant supply of sustainably sourced citrus peels, a byproduct of the juice industry. Citrus peels have a high pectin content. In addition, this novel composition of soluble and insoluble fiber has excellent water-holding capacity. It’s a win-win for consumers and formulators alike.

CPK-website_6 reasons insights infographic_06-2022

2. It Supports a Range of Clean Label-Friendly Solutions

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber was developed to support your clean label goals:

  • Supports fat reduction
  • Supports sugar reduction
  • Egg substitution/vegan formulations
  • No E-number required in Europe
  • Can help you meet requirements for kosher, halal, vegan, non-GMO, allergen- & gluten-free food products
  • Can be listed as citrus fiber on the label*

*National labeling requirements should be considered in the country of use

3. The Possibilities–and Applications–Are Endless

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber supports water-holding, texture, mouthfeel enhancement, emulsion stabilization and syneresis control in a wide range of applications and can be used in combination with other CP Kelco portfolio offerings. See how we can help you create consistent emulsion stability by viewing our prototype video for a low-fat, vegan mayonnaise-like dressing here.

4. It Can Be a Great Alternative to Supply-Challenged Ingredients

If you have been looking for an alternative to starch or locust bean gum, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber can help. Find more information here or contact us for assistance.

5. It Is Easy to Work With

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is compatible with standard manufacturing processes. Enjoy this prototype video for a refreshing mango-flavored drink to see how easy it is to activate with a low use level. We also invite you to join us at one of our innovation labs to discover more of our amazing prototypes.

CPK-website_6 reasons-insights-preview-06-2022

6. Our Commitment to Sustainability

Consumers want products that are not only good for you but good for the environment too. CP Kelco strives to be a sustainable partner in your supply chain. See the steps we are taking to live up to our commitment.

Keep in Touch!

Want more details about NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber for your applications? Find out if this ingredient or another great solution from our nature-based portfolio is right for you. 

Personal Care Recipe Card Downloads

Click the images or buttons below to download our personal care recipe cards. 

Bee Sweet Honey
Body Wash

This cold-processed body wash has a smooth, honey-like appearance and luxurious texture, thanks to COSMOS® Certified GENUVISCO® CG-129 Carrageenan. Our lambda grade provides viscosity in surfactant systems that cannot be thickened with salt.

Clearly, It’s The Fluid Gel Exfoliating Foam Cleanser

COSMOS® certified KELCOGEL® CG-LA (E) Gellan Gum helps this eye-catching cleansing foam stay water-thin but exceptionally clear and stable as it suspends actives like gently exfoliating jojoba beads.

My Beauty Pillow
Day-to-Night Cream

A blend of COSMOS® certified low-acyl (LA) and high-acyl (HA) gellan gums provide stabilization, gloss and a soft, cushiony feel. This great moisturizing cream has clean, stiff pick-up without the use of synthetic polymers. HA gellan gum adds the light feel and structure while LA gellan gum helps suspend and stabilize the emulsion.

Lotus Enlighten
You Shampoo

Our shampoo has a luxurious feel and mimics the rheology of traditional, salt-thickened shampoos. COSMOS® certified ARBALON® R-50 (EV) Cellulose Liquid suspends the pearlescent mica without altering viscosity or feel. Our COSMOS® certified grade of lambda carrageenan thickens without gelling, creating a thick, smooth texture and high viscosity.

Let’s Get Physical
Sunscreen

The removal of emulsifiers and other lipid stabilizers contributes to the light, non-greasy texture and also makes the formula cold-processable. Our pectin-based lotion format can incorporate physical UV protection such as titanium dioxide. It goes on quickly without leaving a white cast.

Innovating for Sun & Skin Care

Click the images or buttons below to download sun & skin care recipe cards. 

My Beauty Pillow
Day-to-Night Cream

A blend of COSMOS® certified low-acyl (LA) and high-acyl (HA) gellan gums provide stabilization, gloss and a soft, cushiony feel. This great moisturizing cream has clean, stiff pick-up without the use of synthetic polymers. HA gellan gum adds the light feel and structure while LA gellan gum helps suspend and stabilize the emulsion.

Let’s Get Physical
Sunscreen

The removal of emulsifiers and other lipid stabilizers contributes to the light, non-greasy texture and also makes the formula cold-processable. Our pectin-based lotion format can incorporate physical UV protection such as titanium dioxide. It goes on quickly without leaving a white cast.

Innovating for Skin & Hair Cleansing

Click the images or buttons below to download skin & hair cleansing recipe cards. 

Bee Sweet Honey
Body Wash

This cold-processed body wash has a smooth, honey-like appearance and luxurious texture, thanks to COSMOS® Certified GENUVISCO® CG-129 Carrageenan. Our lambda grade provides viscosity in surfactant systems that cannot be thickened with salt.

Clearly, It’s The Fluid Gel Exfoliating Foam Cleanser

COSMOS® certified KELCOGEL® CG-LA (E) Gellan Gum helps this eye-catching cleansing foam stay water-thin but exceptionally clear and stable as it suspends actives like gently exfoliating jojoba beads.

Lotus Enlighten
You Shampoo

Our shampoo has a luxurious feel and mimics the rheology of traditional, salt-thickened shampoos. COSMOS® certified ARBALON® R-50 (EV) Cellulose Liquid suspends the pearlescent mica without altering viscosity or feel. Our COSMOS® certified grade of lambda carrageenan thickens without gelling, creating a thick, smooth texture and high viscosity.

3 Ways to Clean Up with Bio-Based Ingredients

1. Sustainable is the new clean.

Consumers are developing a better understanding of how their personal care habits can impact the environment – especially our waterways. Biodegradable ingredients break down to water, CO2 and organic matter within six months.

2. Help maintain skin health.

Another cleansing trend going mainstream is a better appreciation for managing stress and skin health. Goodbye harsh surfactants that can dry out skin. Say hello to gentler, calming ingredients that keep moisture in without upsetting skin’s pH and acid mantle.

3. Have fun with innovative textures.

Suspend exfoliating scrubbers or beads. Go luxuriously thick or water-thin or even waterless. New powders, bars, gels and jellies add life to the daily routine.

Nature-Powered Ingredients to Help

ARBALON® Cellulose Liquid

Our biodegradable, fermentation-derived stabilizer has a unique cellulose structure that forms an invisible 3D net to evenly suspend scrubbers, decorative or fragrance beads and more. Effective in high-surfactant or low/no water formulations. Ready to use and fully activated.

KELTROL® Xanthan Gum

This versatile, fermentation-derived ingredient is known for its unique smooth flow behavior, silky feel and even texture. It provides high viscosity at low shear rates for foams, suspensions and emulsion stability. It also provides low viscosity at high shear for pumpability. Plus, you get exceptional stability and thickening characteristics for a wide range of products.

GENU® Carrageenan

A multifunctional water-binding agent, this ingredient provides a creamy texture to emulsions and a honey-like flow as it locks in moisture to increase hydration. It can be used to replace synthetics in shampoos and other products.

Our Nature-Powered Ingredient Portfolio

Carrageenan

Extracted from red seaweed

Pectin

Upcycled from citrus peels, a byproduct of the juice industry

Gellan Gum

Bio-fermentation of Sphingomonas elodea, found on lily pond plants

Fermentation-Derived Cellulose

Bio-fermentation of Komagataeibacter xylinus, similar to nata de coco

Diutan Gum

Discovered in a marsh of redwood trees in California - instead of harvesting, we use bio-fermentation of Sphingomonas
sp. ATCC 51539

Xanthan Gum

Bio-fermentation of Xanthomonas campestris, found on cabbage

Clean Label-Friendly Options to Help You with Starch Supply Issues

If you’ve been having difficulty finding starch, you are not alone. Starch and its many derivatives are mainly produced from corn and wheat. In addition to the food and beverage sector, paper and packaging manufacturers are also competing with you. Between labor shortages, agriculture and supply chain issues, plus global uncertainty, it may take a while for starch production to catch up and meet increased demand.

A unique opportunity

In food and beverage applications, starch is relied on for thickening, water-holding or moisture control, texture and mouthfeel in recipes. Without it, sauces separate, plant-based burger patties crumble, and syneresis occurs in yogurts and beverages. Replacing this workhorse ingredient can be a challenge but it is possible. In fact, your quest to find a starch alternative may have a silver lining. It could be an opportunity to find an ingredient that

  • is clean label-friendly (gluten free, non-GMO)
  • supports dietary fiber
  • is compatible with your process and can help simplify it

For example, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is a fiber ingredient that supports dietary fiber intake. With its unique water holding capacity, it can enable starch replacement in a variety of plant-based, dairy, meat and beverage applications. As an easily recognizable ingredient, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber has no E number and can be listed as citrus fiber on the product label. It is suitable for cold or hot processing, tolerant to broad pH and temperature ranges, and compatible with standard manufacturing processes. NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber can also help you meet ingredient reduction and clean label goals, as it is vegan, non-GMO, allergen- and gluten free.

GENU® Pectin YM-FP-2100, a clean label-friendly ingredient, can be added at the fruit prep stage of fruited drinking yogurts and the stabilization carries over to the final yogurt product where it improves texture and pumpability. GENU® Pectin YM-FP-2100 has viscosity similar to a combination of pectin and starch together, with superior flavor release and mouthfeel. It means one less step and one less ingredient for your process. Ask us about ingredient grades that can help you clean up your label.

Here are some ideas:

With so many diverse applications, we understand that there may not be a simple one-to-one replacement for what you are currently doing. Our team of technical experts is happy to work with you to find the right ingredients for your formulation. For more ideas on how to meet your unique goals, contact our team of ingredient enthusiasts.