BENEO invests $50m in Chile capacity

9 Mar 2020

BENEO has announced a significant expansion for its chicory root production facility in Chile by 2022.

It is being funded by an investment of more than €50 million as the company responds to rising demand for its chicory root fibers, inulin and oligofructose, as consumer interest in digestive health continues to grow.

BENEO invests $50m in Chile capacity

Eric Neven, Commercial Managing Director at BENEO-Orafti, said: “The market demand for chicory root fiber 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.”

As well as expanding production capacity at the Chilean plant, raw material sourcing will be supported by additional surface (hectares) dedicated to chicory farming in the region. The existing plant already operates using 75% renewable energy. The recent investment will enable BENEO to make further strides against its aim to increase the use of renewable energy over the coming years.

Inulin and oligofructose, such as those produced by BENEO, are said to be the only plant-based proven prebiotics according to ISAPP (International Scientific Association for Pro- and Prebiotics). They have been scientifically shown to support a range of functional health benefits, including a balanced gut microbiota and a person’s overall well-beingi. There is a wealth of scientific evidence available (in excess of 150 high quality studies) and Orafti Inulin even has an exclusive 13.5 EU health claim for its promotion of digestive health, which is proving successful in various countries.

As digestive wellness continues to trend across the globe and more consumers come to realize the impact it has on their health, this significant production expansion will, according to the company, ensure BENEO is well-placed to maintain efficient delivery of its high quality ingredients throughout the years to come.

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