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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

KELCO-VIS® Diutan Gum offers a versatile approach to product formulation. It was developed to address the rheology challenges of various industrial, agricultural and consumer applications. Its compatibility allows use in many different operating conditions where other materials may not work, including harsh temperatures, low-water systems and cationic formulations. Essentially, it improves performance by controlling flow. With excellent stability through very high pseudoplasticity, its potential is vast, including

  • Cleaners, foams and spray-on applications that effectively cover inclined surfaces
  • Even suspension of pigments in pourable paints and coatings
  • Household and industrial cleaners and sealants
  • Solvent thickening of glycol systems
  • Herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and other agrochemicals
  • Topical pesticide sprays, gels and pour-on liquids for companion animals, such as dogs and cats
  • Professional pest control, home lawn and garden and turf management products.

Formulations for the applications above often utilize an active ingredient suspended in water. However, the active ingredient can fall out of suspension, crystalize and lose potency due to temperature shifts and time.

KELCO-VIS® Diutan Gum helps to maximize shelf life and efficacy by preventing sedimentation of abrasive particles. This versatile rheology modifier provides excellent stabilization, high viscosity and high pseudoplasticity at low use concentrations.

Learn more about CP Kelco’s diutan gum ingredient solutions.

Performance of highly fluid, technically demanding systems such as concrete, mortar and grout can be challenged by variations in temperature, moisture and material content. This affects workability, rebar adhesion and penetration. KELCO-CRETE® Diutan Gum can help. Using KELCO-CRETE® Diutan Gum in the formulation can improve robustness so the product is far more consistent, flexible and easy to use. Mixes designed with KELCO-CRETE® Diutan Gum can fill framework and pass through congested steel reinforcement without bleeding. At rest and under shear, it exhibits an effective combination of pseudoplasticity to protect during production, transport, pumping and overall performance. When shear is applied (such as in pouring, mixing, troweling and leveling), the change in viscosity is nearly instantaneous so the mix readily flows for uniform distribution and excellent stability. This can reduce the probability of rejected loads at the jobsite.

KELCO-CRETE® Diutan Gum is fast-hydrating to increase plastic viscosity and yield stress, resulting in a fluid that readily flows, yet has excellent stability.

Learn more about CP Kelco’s diutan gum ingredient solutions.

Winner of the Innovation Zone Award 2021 – Silver Prize for Functional Ingredients at the In-Cosmetics® trade show held in Korea.

KELCO-CARE® Diutan Gum helps formulators develop next-level, nature-based skin care, sun care, cosmetics and hair care formulations including conditioners and hair color. It thickens, suspends and stabilizes across a wide pH range at low use levels. Compatible with polyols and alcohol, it delivers a silky, sensory experience with smoothing and conditioning benefits to your applications.

Suitable for vegan formulations, KELCO-CARE® Diutan Gum is a nature-based ingredient obtained by the age-old process of fermentation. Its high efficiency is due to high pseudoplasticity with a low shear rate and yield. In addition, it is easy to disperse and cold-processable. This versatile rheology modifier also provides excellent stabilization across a wide range of temperatures. Properties can be boosted with the addition of salt.

KELCO-CARE® Diutan Gum is exclusively distributed by The Lubrizol Corporation worldwide.

Learn more about CP Kelco’s diutan gum ingredient solutions.

GEOVIS®  Diutan Gum optimizes the rheological profile of drilling fluids and water-based circulating systems by increasing viscosity at low shear rates. It improves suspension and the carrying capacity, especially under low flow rate conditions. GEOVIS®  Diutan Gum is functional in both freshwater and salty seawater. Even at low concentrations, it helps to reduce daily maintenance treatments and retains its strength at elevated temperatures (up to 310º F). GEOVIS®  Diutan Gum is also more compatible with cement than most other biopolymers, making it an ideal candidate for slurry stability and fluid loss control as well as for spacer fluids.

Learn more about CP Kelco’s diutan gum ingredient solutions.

Diutan gum is a polysaccharide used for applications that require very high suspending characteristics such as cement, gypsum, mortar, agricultural chemical applications, and oilfield drilling fluids, among others.

Obtained by microbial fermentation, and possessing a similar structure to xanthan gum, diutan gum was developed specifically for a wide range of industrial applications, including the agricultural, construction and industrial sectors, and use with the newest class of superplasticizers (water reducers). Diutan also upholds viscosity at elevated temperatures as compared to traditional rheology (sheer thinning) modifiers.

Did you know that we are the leading manufacturer of diutan gum globally? With 50 years of experience, we understand how to obtain the most out of this versatile rheology agent.

We’ve earned high industrial regard by launching hundreds of quality diutan gum-based products that deliver excellent stabilization, high pseudoplasticity and impart high viscosity at low-use concentrations. We know how to develop formulas that improve the performance of hardened materials by controlling flow, segregation, sedimentation and bleed.