ROCHESTER, N.Y. — DuPont Nutrition & Health has completed construction of a new probiotics fermentation unit at its Rochester facility. The unit is part of a multiphase nearly $100 million investment to expand probiotics capacity by 70% and enhance DuPont’s leadership in delivering clinically documented probiotics to dietary supplement makers and food and beverage manufacturers.

The fermentation unit, which DuPont said is now the largest of its kind in the world, will serve as a resource in propagating bacteria and enabling high potency, stability and efficacy of probiotics. The fermentation unit also will optimize DuPont’s production capability, enabling the company to increase the pace of delivery to market.

“Completing the construction on our new fermentation unit marks a major milestone in delivering essential innovations for our customers and achieving our ambitious probiotics growth plans,” said Matthias Heinzel, president of DuPont Nutrition & Health. “Today, we are witnessing a significant rise in demand for probiotics as consumers make health and wellness a daily priority. We are proud to continue to deliver on our commitment to invest in this fast-growing segment, which can also enable sustainable growth for our customers around the world.”

Additionally, DuPont has completed a probiotics capacity expansion at its facility in Madison, Wis. The company invested in upgrading equipment and speeding new product development at the facility, DuPont said, as well as improved delivery times on pilot material for clinical trials and customer evaluations.