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New Cargill Salt Facility Enables Customers Assured Supply of Potassium Chloride

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19 Jun 2017 --- Cargill Salt is opening a new potassium chloride production facility in Watkin’s Glen, NY in late 2017. The new potassium chloride investment was driven by food customers’ growing need for the ingredient. 

Cargill Salt will be able to supply potassium chloride to customers seeking to reduce the amount of sodium in their products. Potassium chloride (KCI) can help enable sodium reduction rates of up to 50 percent in a wide range of applications, including baked goods, soups, ready to eat meals, snacks and sauces.

“Potassium chloride can help bakeries, food processors and food service operators dramatically reduce the amount of sodium in their products, while still meeting consumers’ taste and appearance expectations,” said John O’Dwyer, food product line manager, Cargill Salt.

Speaking to FoodIngredientsFirst, O’Dwyer said: “KCl products are typically used up to 30-50% to replace salt based on end applications and flavor profiles.” 

“The intention is for the KCl product to be used in food,” he explains. “But, as with most minerals, you can shift it to different segments based on changes in the market.”

“We have a broad portfolio of specialty salt products in addition to KCl products and we work very closely with our customers to find the right solution for them,” he notes.  

Cargill’s investment comes as the US Food and Drug Administration continues to recommend lower levels of sodium in the Click to Enlargenation’s commercially processed, packaged and prepared foods. According to Innova Markets Insights, there were over 1,100 lower sodium positioned food product launches in the US in 2016. 

“We have provided potassium chloride to our food customers for a long time,” said O’Dwyer. “However, as demand continues to grow, we needed to upgrade our potassium chloride portfolio and capacity to provide the supply our customers need.”

Sodium chloride (salt) plays a critical role in food. Beyond flavor, it impacts yeast and gluten development, texture, appearance and shelf life. Potassium Chloride gives food manufacturers an ingredient that delivers all of those functional benefits, while also allowing consumers to enjoy the products they know and love with up to half the amount of salt.

Because it mirrors salt’s function and flavor, potassium chloride is easy to formulate into existing product lines. Cargill Salt’s potassium chloride product offerings include: Potassium Pro Potassium Chloride, FlakeSelect Potassium Chloride (potassium chloride and salt) and FlakeSelect Potassium Chloride/Sea Salt. 

by Elizabeth Green

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