Cargill set to break ground on Brazilian pectin production plant

Global ingredients group Cargill has confirmed that it will break ground in June on the construction of its pectin plant in Bebedouro, Brazil, for use in a range of sectors including confectionery.

According to the company, the facility, which will see $150 million investment, will be completed by the end of 2021, will produce HM pectin, a versatile texturising agent derived from citrus fruits to help meet the growing and global demand for label-friendly pectins for fruit preparations.

“Consumers want ingredients in their foods they recognise. Pectin a nature-derived texturiser with superior functionality helps to meet these needs.” states Judd Hoffman, Cargill’s texturisers segment leader of Starches, Sweeteners and Texturisers. “The investment in Brazil in combination with our European pectin facilities illustrates our commitment to customers around the globe to provide innovative and label-friendly solutions.”

Hoffman continued: “Adding a new plant in Brazil is part of our comprehensive pectin strategy. By growing our pectin footprint and investing in our plants in Europe (France, Germany and Italy), we aim to meet the growing demand for label-friendly ingredients. In this context we are also announcing the modernisation of our pectin plant in Redon (France).”

The Bebedouro location (Brazil) is in the centre of the citrus region, offering an abundant supply of fresh peels needed to produce HM pectin. The construction of the new unit will begin in the first half of 2019 and expected to be completed by end of 2021. It is expected to add 120 new direct jobs in the production and support areas.

“With a cost-competitive structure based on innovative production processes, the new plant only further strengthens Cargill’s commitment to Brazil’s growth,” said Laerte Moraes, Cargill’s managing director of Starches, Sweeteners and Texturisers in South America.

“The new plant represents an investment of approximately $150 million. This will not only open global market possibilities for our pectin business but also boost the innovation of our portfolio and offers the option to expand our high-end pectin offering for the European markets.”

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