Application Development and R&D Support

The Mission of CP Kelco Innovation and Capabilities is to continuously evolve and innovate our product offering, improve our application knowledge and leverage learning across our manufacturing and product portfolio to the benefit of the customer.

CP Kelco Application Development and R&D teams thrive on customers who challenge us with their “What If…” These challenges have enabled CP Kelco to develop the differentiating service of food research consulting and application development expertise for a multitude of end-use fields.

Our goal is to leverage our fermentation, extraction and cellulosics knowledge to develop products and formulations that make our customers more competitive in their market space. Recent innovations span across multiple industries:

  • New cellulosic polymers tailored for the wet end of the papermaking process,
  • New biopolymers engineered to withstand hostile environments in deep oil drilling systems,
  • Nature-based stabilizers for use in the personal care and cosmetic industry,
  • Novel suspension aids for unique beverage creations.

CP Kelco’s teams of Chemists, Microbiologist, Chemical Engineers and Application Scientists bring industry training and decades of experience to customers to develop solutions to meet their specific market needs.

CP Kelco strives first to understand the core structure / function of our products and then apply this functionality to the customer’s application. Close cooperation with customers results in improved functionality of the end product through the use of our ingredients.

Centers Of Excellence/Regional Technical Centers

CP Kelco has 60 years proven track record in developing new hydrocolloid stabilizers and working with customers to create innovative solutions. Four established Centers of Excellence are linked closely with five Regional Technical support hubs for local application knowledge, cultural familiarity and close geographical proximity.

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San Diego, California

Center of Excellence

Fermentation Science
Rheology & Sensory
Beverages - Fluid Gels
Personal Care

North America Technical Support Hub

Gelling Systems
Oral Care
Household Products

Houston, Texas

Technical Support Hub
Center of Excellence


Limeria, Brazil

Latin America Technical Support Hub

Food, Beverages, Consumer and Industrial Citrus Peel

Leatherhead, UK

Europe, Middle East, Africa Technical Support Hub


Lille Skensved, Denmark

Center of Excellence

Pectin and Carrageenan
Pectin Modification
Fruit Application
Dairy Application

Europe, Middle East, Africa Technical Support Hub

Gelling Systems
Consumer and Industrial

Äänekoski, Finland

Center of Excellence

Cellulose Modification
Pulp Chemistry
Paper Coating and Surface Sizing
Paper Wet-end


Center of Excellence

Beverage and Food Applications

Southeast Asia Technical Support Hub

Gelling Systems

Shanghai, China

North Asia Technical Support Hub

Asian Foods
Personal Care
Oral Care

Tokyo, Japan

Regional Technical Support Hub