CP Kelco eyes holistic approach to sustainability


29 Sep 2017 --- Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, CP Kelco serves customers in more than one-hundred countries with manufacturing facilities in the US, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Germany, China and the Philippines and commercial offices around the globe. As well as giving food and beverage manufacturers the tools to create products that consumers around the world need and want, CP Kelco ranks sustainability as one of the top priorities in the company’s business strategy.

Earlier this week FoodIngredientsFirst featured a key interview with Steve Sullivan, Sr. Director, Supply Chain and Quality Management. You can read the full interview here. In a combined interview, FoodIngredientsFirst also spoke with Rodney Canada, VP, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability for CP Kelco.

“At CP Kelco, we are tackling sustainability the way many of our customers do – we are taking a holistic approach,” Canada says. “It’s not just about being able to reduce energy and water use. We look at sustainability in terms of how it touches the whole value chain of our company.”

“We start with our existing assets or plants, and work to make them more efficient – this is the more traditional approach to sustainability. We also look at how we are approaching capital investments and expansion plans, and incorporate sustainable design from day one into those projects to ensure their efficiency,” Canada explains. “Then, we also look at how to engage our supply chains in our sustainability strategy – how do we ensure that our suppliers are managing their facilities in a sustainable way, so we have confidence that they will be in business over the long-term and can provide the products we need?”

“We also look at engaging with our customers relative to their own sustainability strategies, by supporting their needs and goals,” adds Canada.  “Whether that is through water or energy efficiency, or providing products that can help address or improve their sustainability goals, we are proactively engaging with customers to further the value and impact of sustainability. Lastly, we are engaging our own employees, getting them involved in sustainability through volunteerism and philanthropy programs, which makes them an active part of our wider range of solutions and commitment to sustainability.”

“With our holistic approach to sustainability, we are willing and committed to moving beyond a traditional approach focused only on environmental aspects and to reach all aspects of our business,” Canada says. 

Over the past few years, CP Kelco has made significant investments in the organic expansion of its existing facilities, as well as the construction of a new peel processing plant in Brazil. Canada notes:  “We built a new plant in Brazil to provide dried citrus peel to our pectin manufacturing operations; we have also invested in adding and expanding production capabilities of our biogums plant in Oklahoma and also made several capital investments in our food gums plants in Europe.”

What are the main trends that allowed these expansions to take place over the past few years? “First is the demand for our products across both developed and emerging markets around the world,” claims Canada. “We believe the consistently high quality of our hydrocolloid products is at a higher level than many of our competitors, and this has driven growing demand for our products, leading to our need to expand.”

With many of CP Kelco’s products tied to the food and beverage industry and as the global population increases and focuses more on health and wellness, the industry’s demand for hydrocolloids in food and beverages continues to grow. He adds: “Our products are used in some food application segments which have been experiencing high growth, such as drinkable yogurts, alternative dairy beverages and protein beverages.”

“CP Kelco has a long history relative to occupational safety, food safety and quality performance, and now we are striving for that world-class standard in terms of sustainability,” says Canada. “It goes back to the family roots of our parent company, JM Huber Corp. – sustainability is a core value of the company and we are proud of our achievements to date. But, it’s important to us to advance further not only for the business, but for our employees, our local communities, and our customers, who are committed to achieving their sustainability goals. We view sustainability as a significant part of our business strategy going forward.”  

By Elizabeth Green

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CP Kelco is a global leader in the production of specialty hydrocolloids. Its pectin, gellan gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan and cellulose gum products are used for thickening, stabilization and suspension in a range of popular products including dairy goods, beverages, condiments and bakery items.

CP Kelco gives food and beverage manufacturers the tools to create products that consumers around the world need and want. Drawing on CP Kelco’s broad portfolio of ingredients, manufacturers can create textures that enhance both the look and taste of different foods. CP Kelco’s nature-based hydrocolloids can be used to thicken and gel aqueous solutions and eliminate gritty mouthfeel by stabilizing emulsions, foams and dispersions. Its ingredients can also create extra body in a beverage, moisture in a bakery item, cling in a sauce and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel in a dessert.

CP Kelco operates its worldwide network of manufacturing facilities with a single quality standard to ensure consistent, defect-free, high performance food ingredients that meet the most stringent food quality requirements. An unwavering commitment to quality, innovation and customer service sets CP Kelco apart from other ingredient suppliers. CP Kelco’s pectin, gellan gum, carrageenan, xanthan gum and cellulose gum brands are known and respected by food manufacturers around the world.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, CP Kelco serves more than 100 countries with manufacturing facilities in the US, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Germany, China and the Philippines and commercial offices around the globe. Learn more about CP Kelco’s innovative solutions at www.cpkelco.com.

CP Kelco’s extensive portfolio of products includes brands that offer consistently high performance in food and beverage applications.  These products are most often used for viscosity modification, thickening, suspension, stabilization and gelation.

GENU® Pectin – Polysaccharide derived from naturally occurring structural components in fruits and vegetables. CP Kelco pectin is made primarily from citrus peel and sugar beets.

KELTROL® Xanthan Gum – Produced by commercial fermentation of the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris. Widely used for thickening and stabilizing.

KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum – Polysaccharide that creates an innovative, highly pseudoplastic “fluid gel” suspension system which functions with minimal viscosity.

GENU® Carrageenan – Sulphated polysaccharides extracted from certain species of red seaweed. Carrageenan allows formulators to create textures ranging from free-flowing liquids to solid gels.

CEKOL® Cellulose Gum – Highly purified, cold water-soluble polymer derived from cellulose that offers a cost-effective means to thicken, stabilize and add viscosity.

SIMPLESSE® Microparticulated Whey Protein Concentrate – Whey protein processed to decrease tendency to aggregate and gel upon heating. Provides emulsion and foam stabilization, heat and pH stability, texture, creaminess and smoothness in a wide range of full-fat and low-fat applications.

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