World-Leading Gellan Gum Producer Responds to Growing Global Market Demand

ATLANTA, March 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CP Kelco, a leading global producer of specialty hydrocolloid solutions, announced today the completion of new production capabilities in its Okmulgee, Oklahoma plant for manufacturing KELCOGEL® gellan gum. This expansion of gellan gum production capacity enables the company to respond to growing market demand for this high-performance product line, used in a wide range of food, beverage and other applications.

“As the world’s leading producer and innovator of gellan gum, CP Kelco is committed to serving the industry as a sustainable provider of this versatile, multi-functional ingredient over the long term,” said Don Rubright, President of CP Kelco. “We have invested in expanded gellan gum production capacity to deliver on this commitment.”

Until now, CP Kelco’s San Diego, Calif. facility was the main source of KELCOGEL gellan gum. “Our gellan gum product from Okmulgee matches the quality and functional performance of product from our San Diego facility, based on our manufacturing and quality protocols,” said Shaw Gilmer, Sr. Director, Biogums Platform at CP Kelco. “We are prepared to work with our customers to ensure a smooth qualification process.”

Anchored by a strong customer focus, deep technical expertise and the highest standards of quality and food safety management systems, CP Kelco has completed extensive product testing and validation of gellan gum product from the Okmulgee site. CP Kelco customers have begun receiving new product samples for trial, and full deployment of the new gellan gum production capability is planned for April, 2017.

About KELCOGEL® Gellan Gum
CP Kelco introduced KELCOGEL gellan gum to the industry almost 30 years ago. We have deep experience with this versatile, high-performance ingredient in application segments ranging from food and beverage to personal care and pharmaceuticals. Gellan gum can be used at low levels in a wide variety of products that require gelling, texturizing, stabilizing, suspending, film-forming and structuring.

About CP Kelco
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and part of J.M. Huber Corporation, CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty hydrocolloids with offices and facilities across the globe. Featuring an extensive range of hydrocolloid solutions and serving over 100 countries, CP Kelco leverages its capabilities to bring concepts and ideas to real-world products in a broad range of applications. The company’s specialty ingredients touch a wide variety of consumer and household products and industrial applications, tailored to meet the needs of regional consumers. Key product lines are Gellan Gum, Pectin, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Diutan Gum and Microparticulated Whey Protein Concentrate, as well as other unique biopolymers. Visit for more information.

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