The construction of the new plant means that FrieslandCampina Domo can continue to meet the growing demand for prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharides. These are marketed under the brand name Vivinal GOS and used in infant nutrition, dairy products and drinks.
The opening of the new plant was attended by the Australian minister for Regional and Rural Development for Victoria, the Dutch Honorary Consul, representatives of the executive board of FrieslandCampina and Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory and the local business community.
FrieslandCampina’s total investment is €18.5m. The production capacity of Great Ocean Ingredients is 15,000 MT of Vivinal GOS.
The new plant will process raw materials from Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory (situated next to the new Great Oceans Ingredients plant) into nutritional and functional ingredients, such as Vivinal GOS. The new facility will use new, innovative technologies based on expertise in the production of high-quality FrieslandCampina ingredients.
FrieslandCampina Domo markets the ingredients from Australia to customers in the infant nutrition and the food industry, primarily in southeast Asia, China and the US.
“We’re really pleased with this new plant, which allows us to continue to meet the growing demand for the prebiotic ingredient, Vivinal GOS,” said FrieslandCampina Domo MD, Roelof Joosten. “It also means we can offer our customers better stock guarantees with two production facilities for Vivinal GOS. The new factory underlines FrieslandCampina Domo’s strategy to reinforce its position as a global player in value-added products.”
“Great Ocean Ingredients is ideally aligned with WCB’s growth strategy,” said WCB chairman, Frank Davis. “Utilising WCB’s raw materials, Great Ocean Ingredients will further value-add to the whey stream from the existing manufacturing process at our plant to create a cutting edge, high-value product for export.”
Vivinal GOS is a prebiotic ingredient, rich in galacto-oligosaccharides that have a positive effect on gut flora. The so-called prebiotic effect also has a favourable impact on the immune system. Vivinal GOS has Gras (Generally Recognised as Safe) recognition for use in such areas as infant nutrition, dairy products and drinks.
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