CP Kelco Announces Pectin Capacity Expansion Plans

ATLANTA, Georgia, USA, June 21, 2013 – The Board of Directors of CP Kelco, a world-leading pectin producer, approved the first phase in a series of projects to expand its Brazilian pectin operation by 30 percent. The expansion project will significantly increase the facility’s capacity to produce grades of pectin with a sustainable new innovative technology leveraging the local cost-effective raw material sources. Global pectin demand continues to exceed regional GDP rates as consumers in all markets demand nature-Based, safe, high-quality food ingredients.

“Global pectin growth has rebounded for various reasons, and we are experiencing high rates of adoption in new product launches in both emerging and mature markets,” says Susanne Sörgel, marketing director for the product line. CP Kelco offers the broadest portfolio of pectin grades, including new patented forms, which provide higher functionality in solids and pH and the ability to create unique textures. Sorgel continues, “Because of the product’s capability to create customized textures and due to pectin’s nature-Based association with fruit and fruit pulp, we’ve seen the application space broaden for GENU® pectin.”

CP Kelco believes this expansion enables the company to keep pace with the growing popularity and demand for the ingredient. “This expansion ensures that CP Kelco will remain well positioned to meet our customers’ needs both now and in the future,” summarizes Sorgel.


CP Kelco is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of specialty hydrocolloids, with facilities in Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America. Owned by J.M. Huber Corporation, CP Kelco’s product lines include pectin, xanthan gum, carrageenan, cellulose gum, gellan gum, diutan gum, and other novel biopolymers, marketed under brand names including BRAPOLPA®, CEKOL®, FERPEC®, FINNFIX®, GENU®, GENUGEL®, GENUVISCO®, GENULACTA®, KELTROL®, KELZAN®, KELCOGEL®, SLENDID®, SIMPLESSE®, and XANTURAL®.

See the PDF of the press release here.