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Strong customer demand & market potential are key drivers behind new production line

CP Kelco, a global leader of nature-based ingredient solutions, has completed a USD 60 million expansion in production capacity for its citrus fiber product line, based on strong customer demand and market potential. With this significant expansion, the company has ample capacity to support current and future customers’ citrus fiber supply needs.

The production line expansion for NUTRAVA® and KELCOSENS™ Citrus Fiber in the company’s facility in Matão, Brazil, increases the total capacity to approximately 5000 MT, establishing CP Kelco as a leading citrus fiber supplier to food, beverage and consumer product manufacturers worldwide. This expansion provides options to incrementally expand capacity even further in the future based on customer needs.

Launched in 2019, CP Kelco’s citrus fiber products are highly versatile and unique ingredients upcycled from citrus peels, a byproduct of the juicing industry. With the continued growth in consumer demand for clean-label, sustainable products, citrus fiber addresses the need for nature-based and easily recognisable ingredients in a variety of food, beverage and personal care products.

NUTRAVA® Citrus Fiber supports dietary fiber intake and offers unique water-binding, texturising and stabilisation capabilities in a wide range of food and beverage applications, from condiments, dressings and soups to bakery goods, dairy and plant-based products. In personal care products, KELCOSENS Citrus Fiber serves as a gentle emulsifier alternative, providing stabilisation and a light skin feel to help product developers create SENSational textures, from serums to gels and luxe creams.

The Cartersville plant expansion is a pivotal step for Döhler North America. Doubling capacity and introducing advanced production lines for Compounds, Liquid Flavours, Extractions, and Syrups, this initiative underlines the company’s commitment to the Americas. With AI developments and automated flavour compounding system, Döhler aims to deliver agility and quality to the flavour industry. The recent groundbreaking ceremony signifies a dedication to transformative growth in the year ahead.

Döhler North America is gearing up for an exciting start to 2024 with the launch of the Cartersville, GA, plant expansion. Following a 2023 filled with significant achievements and partnerships, the company is ready for continued success, underlining its commitment to research, and enhanced production capabilities. The expansion demonstrates Döhler’s dynamic approach to shaping the future of the food and beverage industry and bringing ideas to life.

Last year, Döhler achieved remarkable milestones that strengthened their commitment to make the life of their customers better and easier. Including a strategic US-based global partnership with Ixora Scientific, an innovative hub in New Jersey, and the global acquisition of SVZ made a substantial impact in North America, broadening Döhler’s reach and capabilities.

Now, building on the successes, Döhler embarks on the expansion of its Cartersville plant, a key player in the company’s North American operations. The first phase of the expansion not only addresses immediate growth needs but lays the foundation for future expansions. The Cartersville facility will host advanced production lines and technologic R&D labs, with a specific focus on Compounds, Liquid Flavours, Extractions, and Syrups.

Paul Graham, General Manager Regional Cluster Americas, emphasises the strategic significance of the expansion, stating, “The Cartersville plant has been an integral part of Döhler’s success in North America for over a decade. This expansion reflects our dedication to meeting the evolving needs of our customers, and it positions us for even greater accomplishments in the future.”

Charles Spenceley, Head of Operations Regional Cluster Americas, adds, “We are excited about the potential this expansion brings. It enlarges our capacity for hot fill bottling and increases our flavour production capacity. This significant boost in capability enables us to better serve our customers and solidify our position as industry leaders.”

Looking ahead, Döhler plans to continue its investment across the Americas region adding an automated flavour compounding and sampling system to their taste innovation hub in North Brunswick, NJ, and a bigger version of it to their Cartersville plant. This system, capable of transforming raw materials into flavour samples in just a minute, will be complemented by AI developments from Germany.

To mark the initiation of the Cartersville plant expansion, a ceremony was conducted in January, signifying Döhler’s commitment to fortify its presence in the North American flavour industry.

The authentically fresh juice brand’s rapid growth furthers its mission to provide world-class juice for generations to come with minimally processed blends

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, the nostalgic and authentic juice brand beloved for its use of high-quality, clean ingredients, is responding to persistent consumer demand across the West Coast in the US with the announcement of several major retailer partnerships in the region to significantly increase the availability of its award-winning juices. This expansion will bring consumers in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington the quality juices that Natalie’s is best known for producing. Over the next several months, consumers across the West can expect to find Natalie’s products at retailers including Albertsons, Brookshire Grocery Co., Rouses, Stater Brothers, and new divisions of Whole Foods in over 500 locations.

Natalie’s has experienced tremendous growth with regional sales up + 230 % YTD, primarily driven by over 2,700 new points of distribution in the West. After building strong brand affinity and awareness on the East Coast, Natalie’s is shifting its focus to the West with the company-wide goal of achieving 25 % growth and $ 150 million in sales by the end of 2023, while continuing to provide local customers with easy access to world-class juices.

Natalie’s is now sold in over 42 states in the US and 15 countries. What started as a simple dream for a small family business has grown into an internationally recognised and renowned brand with over 220 team members throughout the US and unrivaled customer loyalty.

SIG set for growth with new state-of-the-art production plant in China

As the Asia-Pacific region continues to be one of the major growth engines for aseptic carton packaging, SIG has announced investment in the region with the construction of a second production plant in Suzhou, China.

To meet current and future customer demand, the new 120,000 square meter plant is expected to be operational in early 2021 and will be situated at the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), close to the company’s existing production facility and Tech Centre. With a total investment of EUR 180 million, the new plant will ensure exceptional delivery on outstanding opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, where most countries continue to grow significantly. The plant is expected to achieve world-class environmental, safety and operational performance right from the start.

The new production facility is testament to SIG’s strong partnership with SIP and the local government, as well as its unparalleled commitment to deliver world-class packaging, service and the most modern solutions to the rapidly growing Asian markets and to China in particular. SIG’s recently opened cutting-edge Tech Centre in Suzhou supports customer collaboration in the development and implementation of innovative product concepts and market-ready packaging solutions.

Across Asia, millions of people are only now starting to consume packaged food and beverages. The rise of new consumers, driven by increasing income, changing lifestyles and new consumption habits, represents a huge opportunity for aseptic carton packaging with its long shelf life without the need of a cooling chain.

At the same time, young and growing populations are adopting modern lifestyles in urban areas, with more on-the-go consumption, an increasing awareness of health and wellness, and a growing demand for high-quality nutritional food and beverage products.