MINEAPOLIS — Cargill on Sept. 8 opened its new pectin production facility, a $150 million investment, in Bebedouro, Brazil, that will expand the Minneapolis-based company’s ability to meet demand for the texturizing ingredient.

The new plant will produce HM (high methoxyl) pectin that may be used in jams, fruit-flavored beverages, acidic dairy drinks, yogurts, fruit preparations, confectionery items and personal care products. HM pectin works as a thickener and gelling agent, stabilizes proteins in acidic environments, and aids in the production of sugar-reduced beverages, according to Cargill.

“Demand for pectin is at an all-time high, fueled by global trends around sugar reduction and label-friendly formulation, as well as the popularity of fruit-flavored dairy drinks,” said Laerte Moraes, managing director for Cargill’s starches, sweeteners and texturizers business in South America. “Adding a fourth pectin production…

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