Cargill completes acquisition of FMC’s pectin operations, expanding capacity to meet growing customer demand
Acquisition strengthens Cargill’s texturizing portfolio of label-friendly food ingredients
MECHELEN, Belgium, September 15, 2015 – Following the regulatory approval process, Cargill has completed the acquisition of FMC’s pectin operations in Milazzo, Sicily (Italy). The acquisition includes a pectin production line, dry peel storage silos, a quality control laboratory, commercial portfolio and a dedicated, experienced workforce.
“The acquisition strengthens our offer of label-friendly food ingredients and customers will benefit from our sourcing and supply chain expertise,” says Colleen May, president of Cargill’s texturizing solutions business. “For many years now, pectin has been one of the star products in our texturizing portfolio and the Milazzo facility will contribute to our offering by producing high quality HM (high methoxyl) pectin.”
Cargill has been eager to expand its capacity, as well as its expertise. “The Milazzo workforce is a great addition as they have highly specialized knowledge and capabilities, in addition to outstanding processing and safety records. As such, this acquisition is a perfect addition to our existing network of facilities in Europe and will help us meet our customers’ growing pectin demand,” concludes Colleen May.
Christine Nicolay, +32 15 400 493, [email protected]
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Cargill Texturizing Solutions
Cargill’s texturizing solutions business specializes in the production of texturizing ingredients that link the core food-building blocks (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and water) into finished foods and beverages. Our nature-derived ingredients portfolio is comprised of extracts from major crops (starches, soy proteins and lecithins), seaweeds (carrageenans and alginates), fruits (pectins and locust bean gum) and sugar fermentation (xanthan gum). These specialized ingredients are also applied to offerings in the personal care, pharmaceutical and industrial categories.
Through our expertise in origination, global supply chains, research and formulation, we help our customers achieve consistent product quality at an affordable price.
Our texturizing business is operational in all continents with 31 sales offices and 21 manufacturing plants (France, Germany, Morocco, the Netherlands, the United States, Brazil, China and the Philippines)