CP Kelco Introduces KELCOGEL HM-B Gellan Gum

CHICAGO, Nov 2, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CP Kelco, part of the J.M. Huber Corporation, introduces KELCOGEL(R) HM-B gellan gum, a unique hydrocolloid system made with gellan gum that has been specially designed to provide suspension of cocoa and minerals in ready-to-drink neutral pH dairy based beverages.

Chocolate-flavored dairy beverages are popular with consumers. Without proper stabilization, however, a cocoa powder dust can form on the bottom of the container. These stability issues can occur in neutral pH dairy beverages such as flavored milks, ready-to-drink coffee or tea beverages and nutritional beverages. In addition to cocoa, suspension of insoluble minerals and fibers in milk-based dietary and fortified beverages can also be a challenge. KELCOGEL(R) HM-B gellan gum is ideal for suspension in these applications. This gellan gum can be used at low use levels, providing minimal mouthfeel and having no adverse impacts on flavor. KELCOGEL HM-B gellan gum disperses well without lumping, hydrates easily and is heat stable, making it compatible with dairy UHT and HTST equipment.

On September 30, 2004 J.M. Huber Corporation acquired CP Kelco, a leading global producer of specialty hydrocolloids. Formed in September of 2000 through the union of the Copenhagen Pectin/Food Gums Division of Hercules Incorporated and the Kelco Biopolymers business of Monsanto Company, CP Kelco has more than 2,000 customers in over 100 countries, with facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With an extensive range of specialty hydrocolloid solutions, CP Kelco serves a wide variety of applications, including food, pharmaceutical, oral care, personal care, household and consumer, specialty industrial and oil field drilling. Product lines include: carrageenan, pectin, locust bean gum, gellan gum, xathan gum, diutan gum, welan gum, microparticulated whey protein concentrate and other novel biopolymers.

J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, NJ, is a diversified, multinational supplier of engineered materials, natural resources and technology-based services to customers spanning many industries from paper and energy to plastics and construction. With announced sales exceeding $1-billion, J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest family-owned companies in the United States. The company offers total solutions in inorganic chemistry, 3-D seismic exploration, engineered wood composites and other specialties. For more information, see www.huber.com.

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