USA – The global agricultural company Cargill is planning to invest US$150 million in a new pectin production facility in Brazil, South America to meet market demand for high-quality pectin.

The facility will produce HM pectin, a versatile, citrus fruit-based texturizer used for jams, beverages/juices, acid dairy drinks and confectionery.

According to Cargill, the project is part of a comprehensive plan to strengthen Cargill’s full pectin footprint, including improvements to its existing three plants in Europe (Germany, France and Italy) and adding a new plant in Brazil to take advantage of local resources.

“The pectin market has seen a strong growth for several years, primarily driven by the acid dairy drink market, as well as the growing global consumer demand for label-friendly ingredients.

HM pectin plays a significant role in delivering on both trends—as it is a plant-based texturizer designed for acid dairy drinks as well as for jams, beverages and confectionery products.

The intention to invest in a plant in Brazil, which has an abundant citrus fruit supply, allows Cargill to deliver the pectin our customers need and consumers demand,” said Bruce McGoogan, strategy and innovation leader for Cargill starches, sweeteners and texturizers business.

With the new Brazilian facility, Cargill is set to compete with Atlanta based leader in hydrocolloids, CP Kelco.

“Adding an industry-leading pectin asset in Brazil will complement Cargill’s existing European network and create the capacity to serve our customers around the globe with premium pectin ingredients,” said Laerte Moraes, managing director of Cargill’s starches, sweeteners and texturizers business in South America.

“The intended investments also illustrate Cargill’s commitment to its employees and the economies in both Europe and Brazil through job growth and financial contributions.

The intention is to start construction early 2019.”