Cargill plans $150 million product texturising facility

The Cargill group has unveiled $150 million investment plans for a HM pectin citrus texturiser production facility in Brazil, South America, with a wide application use including the confectionery sector.

According to the company, the project is part of a comprehensive plan to strengthen its specialist operations, including improvements to its existing three pectin plants in Europe (Germany, France and Italy), with its latest addition well placed to make use of local resources.

The business has been operating in Brazil since 1965, with its regional headquarters in São Paulo, and a total of around 10,000 employees working across 17 states.

As the business explained, its present starches, sweeteners and texturisers facilities in Europe processes corn, wheat, seaweeds, fruit-peels, sunflowers, rapeseed and soy to manufacture a comprehensive collection of value-added ingredients.

Bruce McGoogan, strategy and innovation leader for Cargill starches, sweeteners and texturisers business said: “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 texturiser 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.”

The intended 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.

“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.”

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