Cargill is investing $45 million (EUR 38 million) to add soluble fibres to its European portfolio of starches, sweeteners, and texturizers.

The move marks the company’s first entry into the European soluble fibre market and will strengthen the company’s ability to offer customers complete sugar-reduction solutions.

Its soluble fibre product line will be manufactured at the company’s existing Wroclaw, Poland, facility. Cargill is constructing a new production unit, with full commercialisation of the company’s initial offerings, which is expected to be completed next year.

Manuj Khanna, Business Development Manager for fibres, commented: “Unlike most of the soluble fibres currently available, our new offerings were specifically designed to address the unique challenges facing food manufacturers as they aim to improve the nutritional profiles of their products, with fewer calories and less sugars.”

Customer trials with Cargill’s new soluble fibres are already underway. Initial customer feedback affirms the ingredients result in improved appearance and great taste, while maintaining processability similar to sugar or glucose syrups.

The patented technology will also enable Cargill to produce next generation fibres. As with the initial offerings, these future soluble fibres will address key market needs targeting sugar and fat reduction.

Willian Oliveira, Segment Director Sweetness for Cargill’s European starches, sweeteners, and texturizers business, added: “This critical investment, combined with our existing portfolio of sweetness solutions and deep formulation and application expertise, ensures we have all the tools necessary to support our customers’ product development journeys.”