CP Kelco Completes $60 Million Citrus Fiber Capacity Expansion Project

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

ATLANTA (Apr. 29, 2024)CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, has completed a $60 million expansion in production capacity for its citrus fiber product line, based on strong customer demand and market potential. With this significant expansion, the company has ample capacity to support current and future customers’ citrus fiber supply needs.

The production line expansion for NUTRAVA® and KELCOSENS™ Citrus Fiber in the company’s facility in Matão, Brazil, increases the total capacity to approximately 5000 MT, establishing CP Kelco as a leading citrus fiber supplier to food, beverage and consumer product manufacturers worldwide. This expansion provides options to incrementally expand capacity even further in the future based on customer needs.

Launched in 2019, CP Kelco’s citrus fiber products are highly versatile and unique ingredients upcycled from citrus peels, a byproduct of the juicing industry. With the continued growth in consumer demand for clean-label, sustainable products, citrus fiber addresses the need for nature-based and easily recognizable ingredients in a variety of food, beverage and personal care products.

“We are delighted about reaching this important milestone in our growth journey with citrus fiber, which continues to demonstrate tremendous versatility and potential across many application segments and geographic markets,” said Didier Viala, President of CP Kelco. “As a result of strong collaboration amongst our global team members and customers since its commercial launch in 2019, our citrus fiber has evolved into a robust product line with growing interest and demand, especially from those interested in meeting consumers’ needs for sustainably sourced and label-friendly products.”

“We look forward to serving even more customers and application segments with the significant expansion of our citrus fiber production capacity,” Viala added.

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber supports dietary fiber intake and offers unique water-binding, texturizing and stabilization capabilities in a wide range of food and beverage applications, from condiments, dressings and soups to bakery goods, dairy and plant-based products. In personal care products, KELCOSENS™ Citrus Fiber serves as a gentle emulsifier alternative, providing stabilization and a light skin feel to help product developers create SENSational textures, from serums to gels and luxe creams.

In 2023, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber became the first citrus fiber in the industry to achieve upcycled certification from the Upcycled Food Association, now part of WhereFoodComesFrom, Inc. Then, in March 2024, KELCOSENS™ Citrus Fiber won the prestigious Cosmetics & Toiletries  Allē Award for best new natural/bio-derived ingredient.

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 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 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. Learn more at www.cpkelco.com.

CP Kelco wins Best Ingredients Supplier Again!

Members of the CP Kelco Brazil team were proud to receive the prestigious industry award from Aditivos Ingredientes at the recent ceremony in São Paulo. We won first place for our GENU® Pectin and KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum; and second place for KELTROL® Xanthan Gum, SIMPLESSE™ Microparticulated Whey Protein Concentrate and GENU® Carrageenan. CP Kelco has a long history of winning that dates back to the inception of the BIS Awards in 2015. Congratulations to our team!

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KELCOSENS™ Citrus Fiber Wins Prestigious 2024 Allē Award!

BEVERLY HILLS (Mar. 7, 2024) – CP Kelco is proud to announce that its KELCOSENS Citrus Fiber was named the winner of the new “Natural/Bio-derived” ingredients category at the Cosmetics & Toiletries  Allē Awards. The ceremony and red-carpet event honoring “the best in R&D and brand innovation” was held last night in Beverly Hills, California.

John Swazey, CP Kelco (left) and Rachel Grabenhofer, managing scientific editor, Cosmetic & Toiletries (right) at the Allē Awards
red-carpet event.

The annual C&T Allē Awards program recognizes the scientific discipline, formulating skills, resourcefulness and creativity of innovators throughout the cosmetic product development process – from ingredient suppliers and finished product manufacturers, to test method/tool designers, digital tech developers and more. KELCOSENS Citrus Fiber was rated on its merits of sustainability, multifunctionality, novelty, proof of efficacy and safety, among other qualities.

Competition in the overall Base Ingredients category was intense! The CP Kelco team is incredibly honored to receive this recognition and wishes to thank Cosmetics & Toiletries as well as their esteemed panel of independent judges.

KELCOSENS Citrus Fiber is an Upcycled Certified® ingredient* derived from citrus peels, an abundant byproduct of the juice industry near our plant in Brazil. This gentle emulsifier alternative provides stabilization and a light skin feel to help personal care product developers create SENSational textures, from serums to gels and luxe creams. Read more about it.

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, fermentation-derived cellulose, diutan gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate, and our new upcycled ingredients, NUTRAVA® and KELCOSENS™ Citrus Fibers. Learn more at www.cpkelco.com.

*Upcycled Certified® is a registered trademark of the Upcycled Food Association.

CP Kelco Invites All to Indulge with No Compromise at Fi Europe 2023

ATLANTA (Nov. 21, 2023) – CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, is heading to Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) in Frankfurt this Nov. 28–30. Attendees are invited to “Indulge with No Compromise” as the company showcases innovative prototypes and discusses the latest texture trends at Booth 3.0C40, next to Azelis.

“With the demands and stresses of our daily lives, consumers are turning to indulgent food and beverages for comfort. However, they still prioritize their health and wellness and are mindful of the environment,” said Camille Berdugo, CP Kelco Senior Marketing Specialist. “When making food and beverage choices, consumers do not want to compromise on sustainability, wellness or enjoyment, while also keeping an eye on their budget.”

CP Kelco will show how it is possible to achieve indulgent texture in products that are “good for you” and good for the planet. Using the company’s nature-based ingredients, some of which are upcycled, extracted from plants, or derived from fermentation, it is possible to indulge with no compromise. “For example, consumers are buying more vitamin and mineral supplements than ever and will choose a soft and chewy gummy that tastes like a confectionery treat but is made without animal-based gelatin,” said Berdugo.

At FiE, CP Kelco invites show attendees to Booth 3.0C40 to indulge in a breakfast tasting session of vegan scrambled egg alternatives featuring KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum every day from 10 to 11am. In the afternoon, CP Kelco will host a soft-serve ice cream break featuring NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. CEST and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.

 

CP Kelco will also showcase a variety of additional new prototypes including…

  • Cold cut alternatives with a meat-like sensory experience and short ingredient list, featuring GENU® Carrageenan.
  • Heat-stable, vegan gummies, including a sugar-free, Vitamin C gummy and a calcium-enriched gummy, made with GENU® Pectin.
  • A high-protein yogurt alternative made with label-friendly GENU® Pectin.
  • Oat-based matcha latte alternative featuring KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum for excellent suspension and smooth mouthfeel.
  • An indulgent and silky rich, emulsifier-free chocolate sauce made with NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber.

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 citrus fiber, pectin, gellan gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan, fermentation-derived cellulose, diutan gum, refined locust bean gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate. Learn more at cpkelco.com.

CP Kelco Citrus Fiber Becomes First in the Marketplace to Achieve Upcycled Certification

ATLANTA (Oct. 18, 2023) – CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, announces today that its citrus fiber, marketed as NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber for the food and beverage sector and KELCOSENS™ Citrus Fiber for the personal care sector, has been certified as an upcycled ingredient by the Upcycled Food Association.

“We are proud to be the first in the industry to have our citrus fiber recognized as an Upcycled Certified® ingredient,” said William Letsinger, Senior Director of Strategic Growth Initiatives for CP Kelco. “Our team is committed to ensuring we achieve a near-wasteless lifecycle for NUTRAVA® and KELCOSENS™ Citrus Fiber products.”

A nonprofit focused on preventing food waste, the Upcycled Food Association offers the first third-party certification program in the world for upcycled food ingredients and products through its Upcycled Certified Program. The association defines upcycled products as those containing food that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains and have a positive impact on the environment.

CP Kelco’s citrus fiber is upcycled from spent citrus peels, an abundant byproduct of the juice industry near the company’s manufacturing facility in Brazil. Supporting a circularity mindset, leftover materials from the citrus fiber production process are repurposed. Nutrients in the process water are used to fertilize local crops, such as sugar cane.

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber is a highly versatile food ingredient that can be listed simply as citrus fiber on the label. It supports dietary fiber intake while providing emulsion stability, viscosity, mouthfeel enhancement, syneresis control and water-holding capacity. Easily recognizable by consumers, it can be beneficial for applications as diverse as baked goods, beverages, condiments, sauces, dairy, dairy alternatives, and meat and meat alternatives. In addition, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber supports the replacement or reduction of ingredients including traditional emulsifiers and stabilizers, starch, egg, butter, xanthan gum, tomato solids as well as fruit pulp.

Introduced in March 2023, KELCOSENS™ Citrus Fiber is a next-generation ingredient for personal care product development. It can be used in a range of products, from silky serums to luxe creams, to help formulators stabilize emulsifier-free formulations and deliver SENSational textures.

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, fermentation-derived cellulose, diutan gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate, and our new upcycled ingredients, NUTRAVA® and KELCOSENS™ Citrus Fibers. Learn more at www.cpkelco.com.