Beneo, one of the leading manufacturers of functional ingredients, has announced a significant expansion for its chicory root fibre production facility in Pemuco/Chile by 2022, funded by an investment of more than EUR 50 m . The news comes following rising demand for the company’s chicory root fibres, inulin and oligofructose, as consumer interest in digestive health continues to grow.
Eric Neven, Commercial Managing Director at Beneo-Orafti comments: “In order to keep up with this rising interest, we are investing significantly into expanding our production facilities in Chile. With 20 percent more volume, we can continue to ensure reliable and consistent delivery to our customers.”
As well as expanding production capacity at the Chilean plant, the raw material sourcing will be supported by additional surface dedicated to chicory farming in the region. The existing plant already operates using 75 % renewable energy. The recent investment will enable Beneo to make yet further strides against its aim to increase the use of renewable energy over the coming years.