Ingredion opens new plant-based protein manufacturing facility as part of its US$185m investment

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USA – Plant-based ingredient solutions provider, Ingredion has cut ribbon of its newly built state-of-the-art plant-based protein manufacturing facility in South Sioux City, Nebraska, midwestern USA.

The newly opened facility, according to Ingredion will produce high-quality protein isolates primarily for the nutrition, health and wellness categories.

“We’re excited to take this next step to further advance our specialties strategy and capitalize on the global trends shaping the food industry,” said Jim Zallie President and Chief Executive Officer Ingredion.

“As demand for food and beverages with plant-based proteins continues to grow, our South Sioux City location will significantly expand our product portfolio providing more innovative solutions to our customers,” he added.

The launch of the new facility is part of the US$185 million in investments that Ingredion targets to make in expanding its portfolio of plant-based proteins in 2020.

“This plant is an important milestone for Ingredion, and we look forward to making meaningful and lasting impacts to the future of sustainable food, the local community and for our employees and customers.”

Plant Manager – Eric Hazuka.

This will bolster its ability to enable on-trend, consumer-preferred innovation.

This latest facility further expands Ingredion’s broad range of plant-based protein solutions that are 100% sustainably sourced from North American farms supporting the increased global consumer demand.

“By combining our expertise in product formulation with high-quality North American-sourced pulses, we are well positioned to be a reliable source supporting our customers with great-tasting and sustainable plant-based proteins for food and beverages,” said Jorgen Kokke Executive Vice President, Global Specialties, and President, North America Ingredion.

“I’m incredibly proud of my dedicated and talented South Sioux City team who has stepped up in a remarkable and inspiring way,” said Plant Manager Eric Hazuka.

“This plant is an important milestone for Ingredion, and we look forward to making meaningful and lasting impacts to the future of sustainable food, the local community and for our employees and customers,” he stated.

As part of its plan of extending its plant-based protein portfolio, Ingredion entered into an exclusive commercial agreement with Northern Quinoa Production Corporation to globally distribute and market NorQuin’s quinoa flours, which will be grown and milled in the Canadian plains.

In addition to the commercial exclusivity, the company also concluded a financial agreement, which includes the option of a future equity investment in NorQuin.

The multinational ingredient provider also completed its acquisition of PureCircle Limited, the world’s leading producer and innovator of plant-based stevia sweeteners and flavors for the food and beverage industry.

Ingredion now owns 75% of PureCircle, with former PureCircle shareholders own the other 25%.

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