Danisco to expand production capacity for cultures

by Jeff Gelski
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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Danisco will add more than 2,000 tonnes to its existing cultures production capacity over the next three years through an investment of €60 million ($85.4 million). The investment will help the company meet the growing global demand for frozen and freeze-dried Direct Vat Inoculants (DVI), according to Danisco.

The additional capacity will be located both in Europe and in North America. Danisco will transform a former enzyme production unit in Rochester, N.Y., from its Genencor division into a cultures plant.

"Rochester’s transformation into a cultures plant will enable us to save on time and capital expenditures and be ready in the U.S. during the course of 2009," said Doug Willrett, executive vice-president of Danisco’s Cultures division.

Danisco’s Cultures division experienced 9% sales growth and 23% profitability growth in the fiscal year ended April 30. Dairy manufacturers are converting to the more reliable DVI solutions from traditional bulk starter cultures, according to Danisco.

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