FrieslandCampina Ingredients has announced that it will increase its production of lactoferrin by 60 metric tonnes by 2022, drastically expanding its production of the ingredient.
To achieve this, the company will expand its lactoferrin production site in Veghel, The Netherlands. The expanded site will reportedly feature ‘state-of-the-art’ production technologies and will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
According to the company, this expansion will increase its total lactoferrin production to 70 metric tonnes per year, and the company claims this move would make it the largest lactoferrin producer in the world.
This move aims to enable opportunities for growth in both the early life and adult nutrition markets, as scientific studies have suggested that lactoferrin provides health benefits such as boosting anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory activity, as well as enhanced iron absorption.
Herman Ermens, president at FrieslandCampina Ingredients, said: “Lactoferrin is a key ingredient in early life nutrition and has also shown potential health benefits for adults related to the immune system 1-9. Global demand for lactoferrin almost doubled between 2014 and 2019.
“By significantly expanding our production capacity, we can meet the needs of our customers. In addition, this investment exemplifies our strategy of growth through value-added ingredients. Thanks to our technological leadership and unique experience, we’re perfectly placed to offer lactoferrin of the highest quality that complies with the strictest global regulatory requirements.”
Anne Peter Lindeboom, managing director, early life nutrition at FrieslandCampina Ingredients, added: “FrieslandCampina was one of the first companies to start producing lactoferrin over 25 years ago. Today’s announcement shows we’re committed to identifying and investing in the ingredients that bring the best possible value for our customers.”
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