Alland & Robert has expanded its acacia gum facility in Saint-Aubin sur Gaillon, Normandy, with the inauguration of a fourth production line.
The facility, established in 2007, has undergone extensive upgrades, including the addition of a new drying tower and workshop, effectively doubling its production capacity from 8,000m² to 16,000m². With an investment exceeding €11 million, this expansion reflects Alland & Robert’s dedication to meeting the rising demand for acacia gum across various industries.
The investment not only increases production capacity by 50%, enabling the processing of almost 30,000 metric tons of acacia gum per year, but also brings tangible benefits to the local economy with the creation of over 30 new jobs.
Charles Alland, who assumed leadership of the company last March, emphasised the strategic importance of this expansion in driving growth and diversification. Alland & Robert’s success in international markets, now spanning over 70 countries, underscores the growing preference for natural, plant-based products like acacia gum among modern consumers.
Aligned with its CSR plan and sustainable development goals, Alland & Robert is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% per kilo of gum manufactured by 2025, following the 2015 Paris Agreement. The expansion includes improvements in energy efficiency.
In addition, the company has introduced the Beyond Acacia range, which offers high-density granules with enhanced solubility, catering to diverse industrial applications including cosmetics, confectionery, soft drinks and pharmaceuticals.
The range, developed over two years, aims to preserve all functional properties of acacia gum while reducing volume requirements by 32% compared to instant acacia gum, contributing to a lower carbon footprint throughout the value chain.
This efficiency translates into reduced production time and energy requirements. Notably, these granules dissolve effortlessly even at high concentrations, without the need for heating, further optimising resource utilisation and minimising environmental impact.
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