Pectin is an ingredient encoded by European legislation as E440a (high methoxyl pectin and conventional low methoxyl pectin) and E440b (amidated pectin), an additive which is well accepted by consumers because the large part of them knows the sources (fruit ) and is considered as a natural product also suitable for the production of organic products.
Among the gelling / stabilizers is the additive which for more than a decade has a consumption constantly increasing (5-8% per year).
The changes made by modern technology for the extraction of apple juice (at present using the enzymatic extraction against the older technology with simple apples pressing) have meant that apples are no longer available for subsequent extraction of pectin. This is why manufacturers have adjusted their plants using peels of citrus fruits as raw material.
One can safely say that the pectin was born in Europe and still the main producers of pectin are all based in the north of Europe, including Denmark and Germany, and the United States, even if for reasons of availability of raw materials have opened manufacturing units in Mexico and Brazil.
The European production of lemon peel concentrated between Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey is not sufficient to meet the demand for this specific raw material, which is why producers are importing large quantities of dried lemon peel from other countries such as Argentina (which is the largest world producer of lemon with more than 38% of world production), Mexico and the United States. It must be said that the absence of peel drying plants in the south of Europe prevents its full use.
Some of main producers are herebelow listed:
Cargill Texturizing Solutions - Belgium
PKelko – USA
DuPont Danisco – USA
Naturex - Switzerland
Yantai Andre Pectin – China
Silvateam - Italy
FIDIA Engineering develops its Pectin’s extraction technology because integrates engineers and technologists that worked in Pectin extraction plants (both during engineering/construction and operation) together with experiences in detailed engineering projects and supply of turn-key plants.