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CP Kelco Announces New South Asia Hub & Dairy Beverage Center of Excellence

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SINGAPORE, June 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CP Kelco, a leading global producer of specialty hydrocolloid solutions, today announced the opening of its South Asia Hub & Dairy Beverage Center of Excellence (COE) in Singapore. This move to a new and expanded space demonstrates CP Kelco's commitment to "Growing Asia with Innovation," while strengthening the company's global innovation footprint.

"As CP Kelco's first COE based in Asia, the facility in Singapore enables us to strategically implement the transfer of technology from our other research facilities and innovate locally to further the success of our customers in the East," said Didier Viala, Sr. Vice President, Growth & Innovation at CP Kelco.

The South Asia Hub serves as a cross-functional support center for customers in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia, as well as India, Australia and New Zealand. The Dairy Beverage COE strengthens CP Kelco's leadership position by bringing its expertise in this application space closer to customers in Asia.

"With the South Asia Hub's improved space utilization and greater resources, the CP Kelco team will be better equipped to help its customers succeed and prosper," said Pierre Perez y Landazuri, Vice President, Asia Pacific at CP Kelco. "The Dairy Beverage COE enhances our ability to develop new solutions for our customers across the entire region and eventually globally, helping them to introduce innovative concepts to the market more rapidly."

The opening ceremony featured remarks by CP Kelco executive leaders and a site tour allowing visitors to learn about the vision for the new facility, capabilities of the new laboratories and added functions of the South Asia Hub.

The South Asia Hub & Dairy Beverage COE is located at 151 Lorong Chuan #04-01A, Lobby A, New Tech Park, Singapore 556741.

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About CP Kelco

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, CP Kelco is a leading producer of specialty hydrocolloids with offices and facilities across the globe. Featuring an extensive range of specialty hydrocolloid solutions, CP Kelco leverages its capabilities to bring concepts and ideas to real-world products in a broad range of applications. Serving over 100 countries, CP Kelco established the quality and safety standards the industry is measured against. CP Kelco ingredients touch a wide variety of industrial applications, consumer and household products, tailored to meet the needs of regional consumers. Key product lines are Gellan Gum, Pectin, Cellulose Gum, Diutan Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Carboxymethyl Cellulose and Microparticulated Whey Protein Concentrate, as well as other unique biopolymers. Visit www.cpkelco.com for more information.

CONTACT: Michele Cacdac-Jones Director of Communications Office: +1 678 247 7149 michele.cacdac-jones@cpkelco.com Richard Yin Director of Marketing & Strategy, Asia-Pacific Office: +86 21 6154 8411 richard.yin@cpkelco.com

Source: CP Kelco