Lesaffre’s Biospringer business unit has announced an expansion project at its yeast extract site in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, US.
With eight manufacturing plants around the world, Biospringer by Lesaffre is a global producer of yeast extract and yeast-derived ingredients.
The business’s offerings are used in multiple applications in the food industry, with yeast extract being a popular flavouring ingredient in soups, sauces, seasonings, ready meals and more.
Lesaffre says that the newly announced investment in Iowa will support a trend for natural origin ingredients derived from fermentation. The project will increase production capacity by 50% through an extension and new processing equipment.
“With our product range and dedicated technical and scientific teams, we support our customers in the development of flavourful recipes and solve specific development challenges: taste improvement, formulation of healthy and nutritionally balanced recipes,” said Brice Audren Riché, CEO of Biospringer by Lesaffre.
“The North American market for yeast extract is growing at a robust rate. This significant investment is in line with our will to increase our ability to answer our customers’ needs.”
Edouard Gestat, Biospringer North America, general manager, added: “At Biospringer by Lesaffre, we believe that proximity with customers is the key to providing quality products and services, this is why we are present locally, worldwide.
“After this significant investment in our facility in Iowa, we are looking forward to supplying the North American market with yeast extract made at Cedar Rapids.”
The expansion project will also support the production of yeast-based products for industries including biopharma, diagnostics, food and feed bioingredients, renewable chemicals and bio-agriculture.
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