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Cargill Opens New Pectin Production Facility in Brazil

Published on 2021-09-16. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Sustainability / Natural Cosmetics   

Givaudan new antiaging activeCargill has announced the opening of its new, cutting-edge pectin production facility, located in Bebedouro, Brazil. The plant, which represents a USD 150 million investment, significantly expands the company’s ability to meet growing global demand for the label-friendly texturizing ingredient.

Abundant Supply of Fresh Fruit Peels


Built in the heart of Brazil’s citrus-growing region, the new plant’s proximity to citrus fields ensures an abundant supply of fresh fruit peels, the raw material required for premium pectin production. It will produce a full range of Cargill’s HM pectins, significantly increasing the company’s pectin supply and expanding production presence to two continents – South America and Europe.

Demand for pectin is at an all-time high, fueled by global trends around sugar reduction and label-friendly formulation, as well as the popularity of fruit-flavored dairy drinks,” said Laerte Moraes, managing director for Cargill’s starches, sweeteners and texturizers business in South America. “Adding a fourth pectin production facility to our supply network further secures our position as a reliable supplier of this sought-after ingredient.”

Expands Global Pectin Production


The Brazil plant opening culminates a three-year plan to expand Cargill’s global pectin production, which also included improvements to its existing pectin facilities in France, Germany and Italy.

A versatile texturizer, the HM pectin produced at Cargill’s new plant will be used to make jams, fruit-flavored beverages, acidic dairy drinks, yogurts, fruit preparations and confectionery, as well as personal care products. In these applications, HM pectin fulfills a myriad of roles, serving as an excellent thickener and gelling agent, stabilizing proteins in acidic environments, and aiding in the production of sugar-reduced beverages.

This new plant is the latest example of how Cargill is working to lower our environmental impact across operations,” said Moraes. “Within the last five years, we’ve reduced the energy consumption of our European plants by 20%. Our Bebedouro plant will continue that commitment, using advanced technology to minimize our carbon footprint.”

When fully operational, the new plant will supply HM pectin to customers in South America and throughout the world. Initial shipments are expected to begin by year-end.

Source: Cargill

Sustainability / Natural Cosmetics


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