New gelatin plant comes with benefits

by Jeff Gelski
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CHICAGO — Gelnex, a global gelatin supplier based in Brazil, has started up its third production facility in Araguaina, Brazil, that produces bovine gelatin. The facility uses renewable energy sources, minimizes greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the use of petroleum-based electric power generation.

“All three of our plants take advantage of location and advanced technology to reduce energy demands, enhance water conservation and use renewable sources,” said Felipe Chaluppe, vice-president of sales and marketing for Gelnex. “This newest plant is the culmination of all we have learned, and all of the latest technology such as solar photovoltaic systems, solar water heating, wastewater recycling and use of renewable biomass fuels.”

Gelnex held a press event to announce the facility opening on July 17 in Chicago, which is hosting I.F.T. 10, the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and food exposition.

Gelnex, which has a U.S. office in Manhasset, N.Y., has other production facilities in the Brazilian cities of Ita and Nazario. Gelnex has achieved a silver certification through the Brazilian Greenhouse Gas Protocol Program. The company uses pork fat as fuel for electric power generation and solar power for lighting and energy generation. The company’s gelatin is used in such applications as dairy products, confectionery items and meat products.
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