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.

Innovating to Reduce Plastic Usage

The global theme for Earth Day 2024 is Planet vs. Plastics. When it comes to consumer care and plastic, the better choice is to “reduce” instead of “recycle.” Most products are packaged in single-use plastic and recycling rates are extremely low: The British Beauty Council estimates that only 9% of packaging is recycled. As formulators know, personal care and home care products are largely water-based. Reduce or eliminate the water and there’s much less product to ship, lowering freight costs as well as opening up new packaging opportunities.

Earth Day bonus! Try our free recipe for a waterless hand cleanser:

Versatile, fermentation-derived KELTROL® CG-SFT Xanthan Gum is known for its unique smooth flow rheology and transparent thickening. COSMOS® Certified, vegan, non-GMO and organic-compliant ingredient grades available.

Key Attributes 
AppearanceTransparent Gel
Viscosity – Brookfield® RV5 viscometer @ 20 RPM
3,000-5,000 cP
Order of IngredientsIngredientINCI/Chemical NameWeight %
ASodium Coco SulfateSodium Coco Sulfate83.00
BKELTROL® CG-SFTXanthan Gum8.00
CDisodium EDTA,
Sodium Benzoate,
Potassium Sorbate,
Citric Acid Powder
Disodium EDTA,
Sodium Benzoate,
Potassium Sorbate,
Citric Acid


  1. Add Phase A to vessel.
  2. In Phase B, sift KELTROL® CG-SFT Xanthan Gum into batch and mix.
  3. Add remaining Phase C ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Instructions for Usage

  1. Add 200 mL of warm tap water to a container.
  2. Pour 20 grams of hand soap powder into water and hand mix for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Let the mixture sit for 30–60 minutes and mix again.
  4. Your new cleanser is ready to use.

Solving the microplastics problem

Between regulatory efforts and brands policing themselves, the use of non-biodegradable microplastics in home care and personal care products is well on its way out. There are also more eco-friendly alternatives available that can act as exfoliating scrubbers or fragrance encapsulates to help you differentiate your product. Because no one likes to pay for water, CP Kelco can also help you develop more concentrated and low-water formulations. Read more about how to clean up home care products like laundry pods, liquid laundry detergent, fabric softener and dishwashing detergent with CELLULON® Cellulose Liquid.

Learn more about our solutions for sustainable personal care and home care formulations.

Brookfield® is a registered trademark of AMETEK Brookfield Inc.

The information contained herein is, to our best knowledge, true and accurate, but all recommendations or suggestions are made without guarantee, since we can neither anticipate nor control the different conditions under which this information and our products are used. There are no implied or express warranties of fitness for purpose. Each manufacturer is solely responsible for ensuring that their final products comply with any and all applicable federal, state and local regulations. Further, CP Kelco disclaims all liability with regard to customers’ infringement of third-party intellectual property including, but not limited to patents. We recommend that our customers apply for licenses under any relevant patents.

Why NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber?

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Get to know the story behind our next-generation fiber ingredient, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber. Upcycled from citrus peels, a plentiful byproduct of the juice industry, our citrus fiber provides great water-holding capacity, emulsion stability and mouthfeel enhancement to help formulators innovate a wide range of applications.

Want a sample? Have questions? We’re happy to help you! Contact us here.

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!

*Not all products and claims are available/approved in all markets. Check your National labeling requirements for guidance.


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

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber can help reduce the use of or act as an alternative to starch, sugar, oil, locust bean gum, xanthan gum, methylcellulose, egg and other ingredients that may be hard to source now. 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. 

Formulating Dairy Alternative Beverages with Better Suspension and Texture

In the competitive dairy alternatives market, taste and texture are what drive loyalty – and consumers do not want to compromise. They expect the products they purchase to meet their taste and texture standards, which are based on their familiarity with dairy.

For formulators, competing with dairy milk means attaining the suspension of insoluble ingredients for added nutrition, viscosity, mouthfeel and stabilization for visual appeal. KELCOGEL® HA-B Gellan Gum is considered the gold standard for suspension of insoluble ingredients. It can be used in combination with other texturants to tailor mouthfeel.

Now CP Kelco has a new, strong value proposition for achieving stability and viscosity in dairy alternative beverages: Try KELCOGEL® HA-B Gellan Gum together with NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber for body, viscosity and mouthfeel. NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber addresses the need for nature-based, clean label-friendly and recognizable ingredients. it can be listed as simply citrus fiber on the label. Upcycled from citrus peels, an abundant byproduct of the juice industry, NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber supports dietary fiber intake and increased viscosity with a light, refreshing mouthfeel. It may also provide cost savings for dairy alternative beverage manufacturers who typically add gums for mouthfeel, such as locust bean gum that is in short supply.

CP Kelco’s Portfolio of Dairy Alternative Beverage Solutions

CP Kelco offers a nature-based portfolio of ingredient solutions to help meet your formulation needs and deliver a dairy-like drinking experience for consumers.

We can help…

  • Support clean label-friendly formulations
  • Support stability, suspension, body and texture
  • Support mouthfeel enhancement
  • Provide flexibility for easier processing
  • Provide potential cost savings opportunity

Let us help you find the solution that is best for your plant-based beverage formulation. Contact us for ideas and recipes!



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