CP Kelco Invests More Than $50 Million in Citrus Fiber Capacity Expansion

Strong Customer Demand & Market Potential Are Key Drivers to Build New Production Line

ATLANTA, September 9, 2021 – CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, announced today that it will invest more than $50 million to expand production capacity for NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber, based on strong customer demand and market potential. With this significant capital investment, the company will have ample capacity for supporting current and future customers’ citrus fiber supply needs.

The expansion project will add a second NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber production line to the company’s facility in Matão, Brazil, increasing total capacity to approximately 5,000 metric tons and establishing CP Kelco as a leading citrus fiber supplier to food, beverage and consumer product manufacturers worldwide. The new production line is expected to be complete and operational in 2023, with options to incrementally expand capacity in the future based on customer needs.

Launched in December 2019, NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber is a unique, next-generation ingredient made from sustainably sourced citrus peels, a byproduct of the juicing industry.  Developed in response to continuing consumer demand for food and beverage products with less ingredients, less sugar and less fat, NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber can help manufacturers of these products   meet clean label needs while achieving critical functionality that ensures their desired taste and texture. Key applications include condiments, dressings, soups, fruit-flavored beverages, bakery goods, and dairy and alternative protein products.

“We are excited about reaching this important milestone in our journey with NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber, which originated as a proof-of-concept only four years ago,” said Didier Viala, President of CP Kelco. “As a result of strong collaboration amongst our global team members and development partners since that time, our citrus fiber has evolved into a robust product line for use across a range of food and beverage applications, with a growing customer pipeline globally. We look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities for NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber in additional application segments.”

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 products manufacturers worldwide. What sets us apart:

  • Unlocking Nature-Powered Success®. Apply ingredient innovation and problem-solving to develop customized solutions that leverage our regional insights and meet manufacturers’ goals to 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.
  • 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 gellan gum, pectin, carrageenan, xanthan gum, diutan gum, fermentation-derived cellulose, refined locust bean gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate and our latest innovation, NUTRAVA™ Citrus Fiber.

How to Clean Up Home Care Products

Consumers across all segments like to read product labels before purchasing. They have great expectations for ingredient transparency and would like brands to show how “clean” their labels are. We’ve seen the rise of ‘clean beauty’ transforming the personal care market. The trend has also reached home care, including laundry detergent, fabric softeners and dishwashing detergent. (Should we call it clean cleaning?) Let’s take a look at how it started and how it’s going.

In 2020, a survey by IBM and the National Retail Federation looked at consumer shopping behavior in 28 countries.

Nearly eight in 10 survey respondents said that sustainability was important. Seven in 10 said they were looking for specific attributes in their product choice, and nearly six in 10 would change their shopping habits to help reduce negative environmental impact.

What do consumers look for? Here is a partial list of issues that could be important:

Not containing chemicals harmful to my family

Not containing chemicals harmful to the environment

Biodegradable

Free from plastics

Made from plants/vegan

Food-grade ingredients

Paraben free

Understanding of fragrance ingredients/use essential oils

Hypoallergenic/Gentle on skin

Cruelty free

Concentrated formula

No product waste/recyclable packaging

Treatment of employees and concern for community

As we can see from the list above, the issues reflect a concern of “doing no harm” to the health of humans, animals and our waterways.

Why Biodegradability Is Central to Sustainability

Manufacturers are turning to more plant-based surfactants, enzymes and other functional materials rather than petroleum-based solutions, and more concentrated formulations for less packaging. However, ingredients also need to be biodegradable to break down rapidly in a way that is not harmful to the environment or waterways.

Researchers estimate that about eight million metric tons of waste plastic enters the ocean every year. Microplastics – those scrubbing, pearlescent and fragrance beads used to differentiate home and personal care formulations – were part of the plastic problem. They began to appear in body washes, liquid face soaps, dishwashing liquid, liquid laundry detergents and fabric softeners in the ‘70s. Consumers liked the idea of scent capsules that helped provide long-lasting freshness. Manufacturers liked that they were economical and rinsed off easily. 

However, the microplastics also passed straight through wastewater treatment systems, which were not designed to filter them. Since the microplastics were not biodegradable, they tended to accumulate in waterways and could be ingested by marine life, potentially entering our food supply. Many countries now ban the use of microplastics, and the search is on for a biodegradable alternative.

CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid: A Biodegradable Stabilizer

Any new technology to replace microplastics will require something to stabilize it in liquid formulations. CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid may be just the hero stabilizer that formulators need. Chemically identical to plant-derived cellulose, CELLULON™ Cellulose Liquid is produced by a microbial fermentation process.

This provides several unique benefits:

  • It is biodegradable and eco-friendly with a lifecycle not dependent on land and water usage
  • It forms a 3D, net-like structure to easily suspend opacifiers
  • High surface area-to-weight ratio
  • Not sensitive to temperature, salt or pH
  • Compatible with highly concentrated formulas
  • Disperses easily
  • Dilutes quickly
  • Won’t thicken or affect pour viscosity
  • Dependable, batch-to-batch repeatability for
    scale up
  • Low cost in use

In summary, biodegradability should be an essential part of your sustainability commitment when looking to clean up your home care formulations.

Ingredients for Success with Plant-Based Spoonable Yogurt Alternatives

As demand for plant-based, dairy alternative products continues to accelerate worldwide, consumers are focusing on their choices: not only great taste and texture but cleaner, easier-to-understand labels as well. In this webinar, we joined Innova Market Insights and Food Ingredients First to share useful insights about the global market for plant-based spoonable yogurts and show how CP Kelco can help you unlock nature-powered success through innovation with its unique portfolio of sustainably sourced and produced ingredients.

Ingredients for Success with Plant-Based Spoonable Yogurt Alternatives

As demand for plant-based, dairy alternative products continues to accelerate worldwide, consumers are focusing on their choices: not only great taste and texture but cleaner, easier-to-understand labels as well. In this webinar, we joined Innova Market Insights and Food Ingredients First to share useful insights about the global market for plant-based spoonable yogurts and show how CP Kelco can help you unlock nature-powered success through innovation with its unique portfolio of sustainably sourced and produced ingredients.

The appeal of plant-based products continues to grow as consumers continue to seek out more protein options. As a result, the market for yogurt alternatives is evolving quickly. However, creating and fortifying a spoonable yogurt alternative with plant-based protein can be a challenge. Solubility varies as the plant proteins can be hard to hydrate. Unwanted flavor notes can give yogurt alternatives a “beany” taste or make them lumpy, starchy or watery, lacking the structure of dairy yogurt.

Whether you are using soy, pea, coconut, oat, almond or a blend of plant protein sources, delivering that familiar, rich and creamy, dairy-like taste and hug-the-spoon texture is key. CP Kelco can help you achieve your desired viscosity, reduce syneresis and maintain texture over shelf life. Discover our portfolio of sustainably sourced and produced stabilizer solutions that can help you overcome plant-based challenges in spoonable yogurt alternatives and meet your clean label goals.

Plant-based cheese alternatives can be one of the most technically challenging applications to formulate. Besides replicating that all-important dairy taste, consumers also want a product that spreads, melts or stretches like cheese. Let us help you find the functionality and structure you’re looking for in your plant-based cheese alternative. We can help you create textures, bind water, compensate for lost creaminess, reduce syneresis, and improve melt-down and flavor release. Discover our portfolio of sustainably sourced and produced texture solutions that can help you overcome these unique plant-based challenges and meet your clean label goals.

Thanks to consumers’ fast-paced lifestyles and an increase in health awareness, the drinkable snack market is booming. So are sales of plant-based products. One product that tops both lists is drinking yogurts. Portable and packed with protein, drinking yogurts appeal to children and adults alike. The idea of drinking yogurts with a long shelf life also continues to grow worldwide as consumers love the added convenience factor.

However, formulators know that creating and fortifying a drinking yogurt alternative with plant-based protein can be a challenge. There can be issues with sedimentation, protein stability and creaming that affect your product’s shelf life. Whether you are using coconut, oat, almond or a blend of plant protein sources, CP Kelco can help you achieve mouthfeel, taste and texture you desire. Discover our tested and proven portfolio of sustainably sourced and nature-based solutions that can help you overcome challenges and meet your clean label goals.

In today’s protein-centric marketplace, dairy plays a leading role. Consumers are looking to support their busy, active lifestyles and wellbeing with dairy products that offer convenience and a clean label. Fortification with extra vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein can make a healthy product even healthier. Fun inclusions and new flavors can broaden your appeal and help you reach a whole new generation. You need a trusted partner who understands application challenges, offers clean label-friendly solutions, and can help you get to market quickly. Because of CP Kelco’s global reach, we have gained many years of expertise working with our customers across the regions we serve. We have tailored strategies for achieving the creamy, indulgent taste and mouthfeel discerning consumers expect. Our team of experts can help you optimize the functions and sensory appeal of your new dairy formulations.