Ingredion doubles APAC specialty starch capacity

By Gill Hyslop contact

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The demand for modified starch is growing in the APAC region. Pic: GettyImages/Pawarun
The demand for modified starch is growing in the APAC region. Pic: GettyImages/Pawarun

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The ingredients supplier is significantly expanding the production capacity of its integrated native and modified starch facility in Shandon, China, to meet growing customer demand from consumers looking for healthier and more diverse food options.

The company is building new complex adjacent to its existing facility, expected to be complete by early 2022.

It said the expanded capabilities will provide additional service and supply benefits for its local and regional customers while further optimising its global supply chain network for specialty starches.

“We see strong demand for clean-label ingredients and specialty starches coming from our established and emerging food customers,”​ said Valdirene Licht, senior VP and president, Asia-Pacific.

“Chinese consumers are seeking healthier, more diverse, premium and convenient food options. This investment enables us to further strengthen partnerships with our customers as a well-positioned local supplier. Ingredion’s local market insights, concept-to-launch expertise and technical and sales services will enable us to deliver consumer-preferred innovation on behalf of our customers.”

The enhanced facility complements Ingredion’s manufacturing network in Shanghai and is strategically located next to local farmers who provide high-quality raw materials, such as non-GMO corn.

“This facility not only provides us with faster access to raw materials, it also allows us to effectively implement our sustainable agriculture program benefiting local farmers,”​ added Jacques Guglielmi, VP and GM, Great China.

“We can produce high quality and diverse products that our customers require to meet the local market trends.”

Chicago-headquartered Ingredion is a global ingredient provider, turning grains, fruits, vegetables and other plant-based materials into value-added solutions, serving customers in more than 120 countries.

The company posted annual net sales of more than $6bn in 2019.

Related topics: Markets, Ingredients, Health, Convenience

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