SHANGHAI, CHINA — Royal DSM has undertaken two major plant expansions in China to boost both gellan gum and pectin capacities. The company also has announced plans to establish a Global Innovation Center for hydrocolloids adjacent to its gellan facility.
The expansions are expected to further strengthen DSM’s global position in hydrocolloids, following its investments in pectin and gellan gum assets in China in 2013 and 2010, respectively. Both expansions are expected to be completed in 2016, and the innovation center is planned to be inaugurated in the third quarter of 2017.
Produced by a natural and sustainable fermentation process, gellan gum plays a critical role as a stabilizing and texturizing agent in a wide variety of foods and beverages, according to DSM. The company said it plans to meet increasing demand for gellan gum through the expansion of its plant in Tongxiang, Zhejiang province.
Pectin products are used in a variety of food and beverage applications such as jams, confectionaries, dairy drinks, yogurts and nutritional supplements. DSM said it is expanding its pectin capabilities at its Andre Pectin facility in Yantai, Shandong province.
|Xiangwei Gong, global BU director of DSM Hydrocolloids|