CP Kelco is expanding its gellan gum production capabilities in the US as it responds to the continued global demand for the product.
The ingredients company has announced “a significant investment” to increase capacity at its Okmulgee, Oklahoma, biogums production facility.
The expansion will allow the firm to boost production of its Kelcogel Gellan Gum, which provides stabilisation, suspension and texture for a variety of food, beverage and personal care applications.
“Always mindful of our customers’ needs and the quickly evolving market and consumer trends, we continue to anticipate an increased focus on naturally derived, clean-label ingredients, now and in the future,” said Jérôme Béra, senior vice president, global marketing at CP Kelco.
“With the additional gellan gum capacity in our Okmulgee plant, we can better work with our customers worldwide to develop innovative foods, beverages and other products for consumers.”
Thomas Laursen, senior vice president, operations, at CP Kelco, added: “Our continued investment in our biogums plants, along with our focus on sustainability and safety, ensures that we meet our customers’ expectations for supply, quality and innovation.
“Along with the gellan gum expansion project kicked off at our Wulian, China, plant in July, the Okmulgee project strongly positions CP Kelco with multiple supply points to support customers in every region globally.”
Last November, CP Kelco revealed plans to expand its pectin production capacity at its Lille Skensved, Denmark, facility by about 15%.
The investment is focused on increasing production of low methyl ester pectin, which is suited for products such as ambient drinking yogurts, jams, jellies and fruit preparations.
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