A Look Inside Our Newest Global Innovation Center

As part of CP Kelco’s growing network of innovation and technical support facilities around the world, we recently launched our newest global innovation center in Atlanta. This open, collaborative space was designed for scientists and customers alike to engage in ingredient research, problem-solving, development and pilot plant scale-up of food, beverage, home care, personal care and other consumer and industrial products. We’re excited to share an inside look.


“With our new innovation center, we’ve invested significantly in our commitment to provide a world-class customer experience and deliver on our brand promise of ‘Unlocking Nature-Powered Success’ through innovation and problem-solving. We’re excited about taking our global capabilities to a new level and further exploring the possibilities presented by key trends and growth opportunities – all with a sharp focus on meeting the evolving needs of our customers and consumers, today and into the future.”
– Didier Viala, President of CP Kelco


The test kitchen and lounge area.

Collaboration was an important consideration when designing the new innovation center, as we wanted to create a space that fosters and inspires an environment of creativity and ideation. Our customers are passionate and intent on staying ahead of industry trends and desire partners who are highly skilled and can help them through the product development process – we’ve built the new innovation center with this in mind. When we’re collaborating with our customers to solve their formulation challenges and discover new applications and custom solutions, the possibilities are endless.

Our patent wall showcasing our patents from around the world.

Some great features of our 24,000 square-foot innovation center:

  • Labs devoted to microbiology, fermentation science, R & D, and consumer and industrial applications development
  • A food and beverage pilot plant to support customers with production scale-up
  • A sensory evaluation space to conduct sensory studies to better understand customer preferences
  • A large chef’s kitchen to develop and test recipes featuring our nature-based ingredients
  • Open meeting spaces that encourage collaboration and can be customized for various events
One of our research and development labs.

Staffed with a team of more than 20 scientists and application specialists, the new center is open for customer visits and working sessions, in accordance with all recommended guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We’re excited to welcome new and existing customers to the new innovation center to see our capabilities firsthand and collaborate with us.

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2021 Personal Care and Household Care Trends

In this recorded webinar, CP Kelco’s Director of Marketing for Strategic Segments, Sandra Catarino, and Kaitlyn Shipskie, our Marketing Intelligence Analyst, share how the pandemic and an ongoing focus on sustainability influenced this year’s home and personal care trends.

Click here to discover our innovative solutions for home and personal care applications.

2021 Personal Care and Household Care Trends

In this recorded webinar, CP Kelco’s Director of Marketing for Strategic Segments, Sandra Catarino, and Kaitlyn Shipskie, our Marketing Intelligence Analyst, share how the pandemic and an ongoing focus on sustainability influenced this year’s home and personal care trends.

Click here to discover our innovative solutions for home and personal care applications.

CP Kelco Reports Progress Towards 2022 Sustainability Objectives

ATLANTA, April 20, 2021 – CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, is pleased to announce the results of the company’s global sustainability activities for 2020. The company is committed to more sustainable manufacturing to minimize its environmental impact, in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and its own Triple Bottom Line commitment to people, planet and profit.

Key highlights from 2020 progress towards CP Kelco’s 2022 sustainability objectives include:

  • 12% reduction in water use intensity globally across its six plant sites
  • 4% reduction in energy use intensity
  • 8% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity
  • 4 of CP Kelco’s 6 sites have achieved a >90% landfill waste diversion rate
  • 78% of major capital expenditures went toward projects with significant people/planet/profit Triple Bottom Line benefits
  • 45% of purchased electricity from renewable sources
  • Direct alignment with 4 UNSDGs: (6) clean water and sanitation, (7) affordable clean energy, (8) decent work and economic growth, (12) responsible consumption and production
  • Positive contribution to 6 other UNSDGs
  • World-class safety performance with no high-energy injuries in 2020

“Despite the global pandemic, teamwork enabled CP Kelco to safely maintain and grow its operations,” said CP Kelco President Didier Viala. “I am especially proud of our outstanding achievements in maintaining our Triple Bottom Line focus. Last year, CP Kelco achieved best-in-class performance for occupational and process safety. We continued to lighten our environmental footprint and we had a significant charitable impact in our local communities,” he added.

Thomas Laursen, Senior Vice President of Operations, also praised the efforts of site employees: “Safety is always our top priority. In a challenging year like 2020, it is even more so. To think we attained a best-in-class safety rating and made great progress towards our sustainability goals is just an amazing achievement. I am very proud of our team at CP Kelco,” he emphasized.

“CP Kelco also made great progress in 2020 towards its UNSDGs, even exceeding our goal of reducing water use intensity of 10%,” said Brian Williams, Vice President of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability for CP Kelco. “This demonstrates that our deployment strategy of using capital spending to fund projects with Triple Bottom Line benefits is working,” he continued. “We have been very intentional in how we evaluate our projects, ensuring continuous improvement at each step. Every small win for us adds up. It emphasizes that everyone’s participation at every plant matters.”

For more information, please see our sustainability story come to life at cpkelco.com/sustainability.

* Intensity is defined as the total water/energy used or carbon produced divided by the metric tons of product produced.

About CP Kelco

CP Kelco is a nature-based ingredient solutions company with over 85 years of experience working with food, beverage and consumer products manufacturers worldwide. We unlock nature-powered success by applying ingredient innovation and problem-solving to develop customized solutions that leverage our regional insights and meet manufacturers’ goals to address consumer needs and preferences. What sets us apart:

  • 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.
  • Committed to providing responsibly sourced and produced ingredients.
  • Market Insights. Understands market and consumer trends to help customers create relevant and innovative products.

Key product lines include gellan gum, pectin, xanthan gum, carrageenan, diutan gum, refined locust bean gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate, fermentation-derived cellulose and our latest innovation, NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber. Learn more at www.cpkelco.com.

Ingredients for Success With Plant-Based Yogurt Alternatives

With campaigns such as ‘Veganuary’ attracting global attention and 51% average annual growth in food and beverage launches with plant-based claims (Innova Market Insights: Global, CAGR 2015-2020), the plant-based diet has gone mainstream. One in four consumers globally is “actively trying to increase consumption of plant-based protein,” according to Global Data’s 2020 dairy trend report.

It’s no wonder that plant-based, dairy alternative products continue to grow in popularity. They can appeal to consumers with lactose intolerance and dairy allergies as well as the flexitarians and food explorers. There has been a boom in new product launches of spoonable, non-dairy yogurt alternatives since 2015, projected to be seven times that of dairy yogurt, according to Innova Market Insights. Drinking yogurts – both dairy and plant-based – are also becoming a popular protein snack loved by all ages. Making the snack even more convenient for both consumers and companies alike, the idea of ambient drinking yogurts (ADY) was born. Without a need for refrigeration, ADY can be stored anywhere and enjoyed anytime. See why we’re making the case for long shelf-life drinking yogurt here.

Taste and texture are key – especially when trying to reach the flexitarian consumer and compete with traditional dairy counterparts for shelf space. Consumers expect plant-based, non-dairy yogurt alternatives to have all the great qualities of dairy – the same rich mouthfeel, texture and creaminess – even a similar appearance. Textural challenges can arise from the absence of milkfat as well as the natural grittiness of plant protein. Earthy or beany notes can also impact flavor.

Choosing The Right Stabilizer System

The true secret to achieving success in plant-based, non-dairy yogurt alternatives is choosing the right stabilizer system. It can help solve the most common challenges in both stirred and sippable formulations: syneresis control, suspension of insoluble particles and protein protection, in addition to contributing to texture, body and mouthfeel.

GENU® Pectin is an easily recognized, label-friendly ingredient extracted from citrus peels. It can be used to protect proteins at an acidic pH and provide long-lasting stability over shelf life while also preventing sedimentation and syneresis. A well-known gelling agent, pectin can help formulators create a creamy, spoonable texture by delivering that missing “fat sensation” and optimize mouthfeel as it helps with flavor deliver.

KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum is a multifunctional, fermentation-derived ingredient for solving plant-based protein challenges, with a composition identical to the naturally occurring bacteria on water lily pond plants. It provides stabilization and suspension of insoluble protein, calcium, minerals and other particles in yogurt drinks while contributing minimal mouthfeel and ensuring a smooth pour.

The Health Halo

For its 2020 Top Ten Trends Survey, Innova Market Insights asked consumers around the globe why they chose to eat plant-based foods. Their top reasons included “it is healthier” and “it is better for the planet.”  With a health halo adding to the growing interest in trying plant-based applications, a clean, recognizable label is also critical. Product developers should honor this perception of health and sustainability in their choice of stabilizers. Using nature-based ingredients such as GENU® Pectin and KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum will complement your plant proteins. Ask about grades available to meet claims of organic compliance, non-GMO, gluten-free and other clean label goals. Because of their multifunctional qualities, GENU® Pectin and KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum can also help formulators shorten their ingredient list overall.

When a product developer is able to connect all of the elements of innovation, there is no limit to the potential for success with plant-based, non-dairy yogurt alternatives.

1 Innova; Global, CAGR 2015-2020 YTD

2 Veganuary.com

3 GlobalData 2020 Dairy Trend Report

4 Innova Nutrition & Health Survey 2020

5 Innova Market Insights

2021 Consumer Food & Beverage Trends: An Evolution From 2020

In this recorded webinar, CP Kelco’s Jessica Knutzon, Senior Marketing Manager for the Americas region, and Kaitlyn Shipskie, Marketing Intelligence Analyst, share an inside look at the top trends impacting consumers in 2021 and how last year’s “new normal” influenced the food and beverage industry.