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By Ana Mano
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The Brazilian unit of U.S. commodities dealer Cargill has completed constructing a brand new facility to supply pectin, a fruit by-product utilized in jams, drinks, dairy merchandise and confectionery, the corporate stated on Friday.
The plant is Cargill’s solely pectin facility outdoors of Europe, the place it owns three such items.
It’ll make Cargill the world’s second largest producer of the meals ingredient, Laerte Moraes, Cargill’s director for starches and sweeteners in South America, stated in an interview.
Situated near Brazil’s orange belt – the place Cargill will supply orange peel because the uncooked materials – the manufacturing unit ought to assist trim firm manufacturing prices as presently two of its crops in Europe need to import orange peels for processing there.
The Brazilian unit will primarily cater to export markets, notably purchasers in Asia, and can make use of 120 individuals, the corporate stated.
Cargill’s transfer displays a must steadiness large-volume companies which have decrease margins whereas boosting its presence in market segments with smaller volumes however increased costs.
It is usually a response to evolving industrial buyer and client dietary necessities. International demand for pectin, a pure ingredient that can be utilized as an emulsifier, stabilizer and thickener agent in cooking and baking, is predicted to develop by as much as 4% per yr, Cargill stated.
The corporate, one of many largest soy and corn merchants in Brazil, introduced development of the brand new plant in 2018. Although the work was barely delayed in 2020 as a result of pandemic-related restrictions, the plant will start operations this month, Moraes stated.
The brand new plant can produce some 6,000 tonnes per yr of the high-value product, a kilogram of which might value between $15 and $20, Moraes stated.
Cargill invested 550 million reais ($106.52 million) within the manufacturing unit, in keeping with Moraes.
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