Cargill has announced the opening of its new, cutting-edge pectin production facility, located in Bebedouro, Brazil. The plant, which represents a $150 million investment, significantly expands the company’s ability to meet growing global demand for the label-friendly texturizing ingredient.
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.
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. With the combined added capacity, Cargill is now the world’s second largest pectin producer.
A versatile texturiser, 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.