ATLANTA — CP Kelco plans to increase pectin production capacity by 10% at its facility in Limeira, Brazil. The investment will enhance market supply by the end of 2019, the company said.

“All around the world our customers are creating innovative beverages that require nature-based ingredients,” said Jérôme Béra, senior vice-president of global marketing for CP Kelco. “In Asia, for example, we see robust growth in drinking yogurts and low-pH protein drinks, in which pectin is an essential ingredient for creating high-quality products. As these markets expand, we are committed to continuing our investments and already have other projects planned to add capacity as needed and in a timely manner to support our customers’ growth aspirations.”

CP Kelco produces GENU Pectin, a specialty ingredient made from citrus peel and used in a range of foods, beverages, personal care products and other consumer goods. CP Kelco’s GENU Pectin portfolio includes non-G.M.O., vegan, and organic compliant products.

The Brazil investment follows a similar announcement by CP Kelco at the end of last year.  In November 2018, CP Kelco said it planned to expand pectin production capacity at its facility in Lille Skensved, Denmark, by about 15%.