CHINA – Bunge-owned edible oils business, Bunge Loders Croklaan (BLC) has inaugurated a new edible oils processing facility in Xiamen, China.

The facility expands BLC’s capability to deliver plant-based specialty oils and fats ingredients for the food and foodservice industry to meet growing demand in China and around the world as well.

It also includes a Creative Studio, designed to develop innovative ingredient and food solutions for the Chinese market.

“China is an extremely dynamic and growing food market, and this state-of-the-art processing plant in Xiamen is illustrative of our commitment to not only invest in key local markets, but also create new opportunities for our customers around the world,” said Manuel Laborde, Vice President Asia at Bunge Loders Croklaan.

Location of the facility in Fujian region of Southern China enables the company to serve some leading domestic brands through a portfolio of confectionary, bakery, infant, dairy alternatives and culinary specialty oils and fats. 

The Xiamen facility is involved in oil refining, modification and packaging and has a pilot plant and quality control lab with analytical capabilities to ensure strict quality controls and compliance with regulatory requirements.

“Bunge Loders Croklaan is a leader in the sustainable plant-based oils and fats industry,” said Katherine Huang, General Manager, Bunge China Food & Ingredients.

“This new facility’s advanced processing capabilities combined with our Creative Studio are a real testament to our commitment to serving both the Chinese and global markets in new and innovative ways.”

Bunge Loders Croklaan is part of Bunge’s Food & Ingredients division and was formed after the agribusiness giant acquired a 70% stake in oils producer IOI Loders Croklaan in March last year.

Bunge Loders Croklaan released its first clean label liquid margarine product called Delica Pro Gold in September last year.

Delica Pro Gold contains 20% fewer calories than a conventional margarine solution, with no added artificial flavors.