ATLANTA — CP Kelco said it plans to expand pectin production capacity at its facility in Lille Skensved, Denmark, by about 15%. The company said it will focus on increasing production of low methyl ester pectin, which is suited for products such as ambient drinking yogurts, jams, jellies and fruit preparations.

“From a functional and clean label perspective, pectin is the stabilizing and texturizing ingredient of choice for many food and beverage companies, and we foresee continued increase in its demand and application, especially in emerging markets,” said Susanne Sörgel, senior director of platform strategy — pectin and carrageenan at CP Kelco. “Over the years we have invested heavily to secure sustainable raw material supply and advance our pectin production capacity and capabilities to support global customers’ growth, while continuously innovating to improve product quality, minimize environmental impact and achieve new levels of sustainability.”