CP Kelco has announced that its NUTRAVA citrus fibre for the food and beverage sector and KELCOSENS citrus fibre for the personal care sector, has been certified as an upcycled ingredient by the Upcycled Food Association.
“We are proud to be the first in the industry to have our citrus fibre recognised as an upcycled certified ingredient,” said William Letsinger, senior director of strategic growth initiatives for CP Kelco. “Our team is committed to ensuring we achieve a near-wasteless lifecycle for NUTRAVA and KELCOSENS citrus fibre products.”
A non-profit focused on preventing food waste, the Upcycled Food Association offers the first third-party certification program in the world for upcycled food ingredients and products through its upcycled certified programme. The association defines upcycled products as those containing food that otherwise would not have gone to human consumption, are procured and produced using verifiable supply chains and have a positive impact on the environment.
CP Kelco’s citrus fibre is upcycled from spent citrus peels, a by-product of the juice industry near the company’s manufacturing facility in Brazil. Supporting a circularity mindset, leftover materials from the citrus fibre production process are repurposed. Nutrients in the process water are used to fertilise local crops, such as sugar cane.
NUTRAVA citrus fibre is a versatile food ingredient that can be listed as citrus fibre on the label. It supports dietary fibre intake while providing emulsion stability, viscosity, mouthfeel enhancement, syneresis control and water-holding capacity. Easily recognisable by consumers, it can be beneficial for applications as diverse as baked goods, beverages, condiments, sauces, dairy, dairy alternatives, and meat and meat alternatives. In addition, NUTRAVA citrus fibre supports the replacement or reduction of ingredients including traditional emulsifiers and stabilizers, starch, egg, butter, xanthan gum, tomato solids as well as fruit pulp.
Introduced in Mar 2023, KELCOSENS citrus fibre is an ingredient for personal care product development. It can be used in a range of products, from silky serums to luxe creams, to stabilise emulsifier-free formulations and deliver sensorial textures.