Agrifood company Cargill has announced that following the announcement in March of the acquisition of pectins company Citrico - Cargill company Cerestar Food & Pharma Specialties has now fully incorporated pectin into their product portfolio.

This move will strengthen the company's existing texturising ingredient portfolio and facilitate the creation of value and growth for customers, the company said.  Cargill and Cerestar Food & Pharma Specialties had not previously supplied pectin.

Pectin is a natural hydrocolloid that is extracted primarily from citrus peels, such as lemons, limes or oranges.  It provides unique texturising and stabilising benefits and enhances the overall "mouth feel" of food and beverages.  It is used widely in a variety of applications, including fruit processing, confectionery, bakery, dairy and non-carbonated beverages.

 "The addition of pectin to our portfolio means we are in a strong position to offer our customers a unique range of texturising solutions," said Mark Wastijn, marketing director of Cerestar Food & Pharma Specialties. "In bakery applications pectins have special properties which make it ideally suited for this market."