Investing for a More Sustainable Future

In CP Kelco’s continued effort to better serve our customers and invest for a sustainable future, we are embarking on a change to improve several aspects of our existing packaging. This change will improve customer experience by continuing improvement in food safety & quality, and result in significant carbon footprint* reductions related to CP Kelco’s new bag packaging materials compared to previous packaging options. Learn more about this change in the video and linked resources below.


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*Carbon footprint measured by the carbon dioxide emissions associated with biomass combustion measured for all components in the tested packaging.

Create Liquid Hand Soaps & Cleansers with Xanthan Gum

Hand soaps and cleansers are among the most essential items now – and the hardest to find. CP Kelco’s KELTROL® CG-SFT Xanthan Gum is a nature-based thickening solution that can be combined with 60% alcohol.

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Xanthan Gum cannot be used in products marketed as hand sanitizer in the U.S.

CP Kelco U.S., Inc. (“Kelco”) is not a manufacturer of hand cleanser or hand soap and any formulation contained herein is purely illustrative and not intended to convey to User any specific methodologies for manufacturing the same and cannot guarantee how any products associated with this information will perform in combination with other substances or in User’s process.

7 Ways to Clean Up Your Label

Making Sense of ‘Clean Label’

One thing is certain: consumers are paying more attention to the label. But the term ‘clean label’ embraces a range of concepts. Understanding your consumers’ perceptions will allow you to better tailor product innovation. Take a quick look at seven ways we can help you meet the challenge.


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Helping to Improve the Dysphagia Diet

We tend to view swallowing as a simple reflex, but it actually requires the use of 26 muscles and six nerves. Disease, head/neck injuries and aging can deteriorate these muscles and make swallowing difficult. The medical term for this condition is dysphagia. We’ve all felt that disturbing sensation when food “goes down the wrong pipe.” For someone suffering from dysphagia and constantly worried about choking, mealtime can be both embarrassing and terrifying.

Dysphagia affects more people than we think, especially with our growing aging population. According to the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, it’s estimated that up to 22 percent of individuals over age 50 and most individuals by the age of 80 will experience it to some degree. CP Kelco is proud to play a part in the management of dysphagia, helping people to enjoy food and beverages again with less risk of choking.

Manufacturers use our ingredients to create three kinds of dysphagia diet texture modifications:

  1. We help thicken liquids so they flow more slowly, which gives the muscles more time to react and protect the airway. Fluids have always been an essential part of any diet – up to eight glasses of liquids per day is recommended. In the past, these liquids would have been thickened with starch, which had a chalky after-taste as well as a tendency to solidify and cause bloat. We offer nature-based ingredient solutions instead and can ensure the patient is receiving a tastier option.
  2. We help with the creation of soft foods. The innovation in this fast-growing segment is amazing! In Japan, where we’ve been working with manufacturers for 20 years, necessity has led to the invention of sophisticated, pureed meals for the elderly that are molded to look and taste like their original counterparts.
  3. We help with formulas for enteral tube nutrition. For those who can’t accept food and beverages by mouth, we modify the rheology of the tube feeding fluid to enhance nourishment delivery. Exciting progress is being made with plant-based protein formulas that use organic-compliant ingredients for increased tolerance and more complete nutrition.

Besides providing sensory/texture benefits, CP Kelco’s ingredients are exceptionally easy to use. We offer several, convenient, nature-based thickening and gelling agent solutions:

KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum is a soluble dietary fiber produced by fermentation that enables the preparation of soft-gel foods such as fish, soups, meats, vegetables and desserts. Available in two types, low acyl or high acyl, gellan gum can produce a wide variety of textures and provides excellent suspension of insoluble ingredients.

GENU® Pectin is extracted from citrus peel and is another superior stabilizer that can protect proteins and other nutrients in food formulations. It can often support organic label claims too.

GENUGEL® Carrageenan is derived from red seaweed and can be used to reconstitute a broad variety of foods into a cohesive, easy-to-swallow form.

For beverages, KELTROL® Xanthan Gum is optimized for use in hot, cold and acidic beverages with a consistent, gel-like viscosity and no off-taste.

Contact CP Kelco for more information to meet your dysphagia ingredient needs.



“How Aging Affects Our Swallowing Ability,” The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, March 2013.


Answering Protein Appetites

Protein Problem-Solving, Insights & Innovation

Nutrition. Energy. Diet. Consumers are clamoring for protein! But is dairy protein popular in your region? Or do your consumers prefer plant-based sources? Gain helpful insight on what’s driving protein innovation around the globe and how we can help you unlock your next protein-powered success.

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A highly functional and popular ingredient, xanthan gum is the go-to agent across food, personal care and industrial sectors to meet specific thickening, stabilization and suspension formula goals.

Xanthan gum is a soluble fiber created by fermenting sugar using the bacteria Xanthomonas campestris. When added to liquid, it quickly disperses and creates a viscous and stable solution. This unique combination of properties allows xanthan gum products to perform beyond the limits of many other commercially available thickeners and stabilizers.

We’ve been working with xanthan gum since the 1960s, so we know our stuff. We have developed specialty xanthan gum products to meet customers’ requests for specific product application attributes so not only do we know xanthan gum – we know it well.

Our experts offer extensive experience in xanthan gum food applications, such as salad dressings, bakery goods and gluten-free products – a growing category.

Because it enables thickness with good flow, we also have earned high industry regard in personal care applications, including toothpaste, creams, shampoos and lotions. Last, due to xanthan gum’s ability to withstand different temperatures and pH levels with good flow, our extensive industrial application experience encompasses paints, adhesives, and drilling fluids.