Beneo is investing €50 million to expand the production of chicory root fibre at its factory in Chile, as it aims to meet the increasing demand for ingredients which support digestive health.
According to Beneo, the €50 million investment project will expand production of chicory root fibre at the site in Pemuco, Chile by 20%, and the company anticipates that the expansion project will be completed by 2022.
The project will also fund additional farming capacity for chicory, increasing the availability of raw materials for the facility.
Beneo’s fibre-based, prebiotic inulin and oligofructose functional ingredients can be used in food and beverage products to support the digestive health of consumers.
The health and wellness trend is gathering pace, and gut health is becoming a key priority for consumers. Beneo claims that food and beverage manufacturers are seeking to keep up with this consumer interest, and this has significantly increased the demand for its plant-based prebiotic ingredients, necessitating the expansion.
Eric Neven, commercial managing director at Beneo-Orafti said: “The market demand for chicory root fibre continues to increase. In order to keep up with this rising interest, we are investing significantly into expanding our production facilities in Pemuco, Chile.
“With 20% more volume, Beneo can continue to ensure reliable and consistent delivery to our customers.”
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