Cargill announced the launch of a new range of LM conventional (LMC) pectins that have been developed with proprietary technology to deliver novel texture and is also applicable in products marketed with ‘organic’ claims.
UniPECTINE LMC caters to low sugar and high fruit jam and bakery fruit fillings and allows for higher performance in terms of gel strength and spreadability compared to standard LMC. Suitable for both organic and conventional market applications, LMC offers a cost competitive solution for its customers that are looking to meet macro consumer trends such as increased interest in sugar reduction and clean label.
“We know the importance of catering to the demand for more label-friendly options and saw a clear gap in the market. These pectins, which are made using proprietary technology, go above and beyond to meet our customers’ needs in terms of formulation and texture while remaining relevant to market trends such as sugar reduction, plant-based, and label-friendliness,” explained Toygun Atlan, Product Line Manager Pectin, Cargill.
The launch of the new pectin range follows a significant investment in Cargill’s pectin production technology at Malchin, Germany. According to the company, the pectin site uses 70% green energy consumption (electricity/steam) and is efficient in terms of the reuse of water.
“The technology developed at Cargill’s Malchin facility in Germany enables us to produce LMC pectins under faster and more gentle processing conditions – resulting in a high performing pectin. Through this new process, we are protecting more of the inherent properties of the pectin – in effect we are creating more label-friendly products, that deliver greater value to our customers,” added Atlan.
Cargill’s recent investments in pectin also include the opening of its pectin plant in Bebedouro, Brazil. The facility, located next to one of the world’s biggest fruit orchards, has enabled Cargill to expand its pectin output volume by 50%, complementing its three European plants in Redon (France), Malchin (Germany) and Milazzo (Italy).
The investments have enabled Cargill to expand its value-added range in Europe while increasing volumes of LMC sales globally. The company has plans to expand the UNiPECTINE LMC range to cover dairy and fruit yoghurt applications by early 2024 ina move to position itself in the global pectin market.
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