The company will expand its operations at Eastman Business Park in Monroe County as part of its overall plan to increase probiotics production capacity in the US. The DuPont facility manufactures probiotics for food, beverages and dietary supplements.
“This expansion will help us meet the growing demand from our customers for probiotics,” a spokesperson for the company told NutraIngredients-USA. “Here in the United States, consumer awareness about probiotics is at an all-time high (75%), according to the Natural Marketing Institute.
“And, more evidence of worldwide probiotic acceptance is reflected in Euromonitor data that shows an increase in the compound annual growth rate for 2015 to 2020 in every global region – from 4.5% in Asia Pacific to 26% in South America. We’re seeing this growth because health-conscious consumers are addressing personal health concerns by including probiotics in their daily health and wellness routines.”
In November of 2016, DuPont announced that it would expand its U.S. probiotics production capacity through a significant investment in a multiphase plan, totaling over $100 million. The company expects the majority of expansion work at the Eastman Business Park to be completed in the second half of 2018. The on-site development will result in the creation of 48 new jobs and an additional 56 jobs will be retained.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, welcomed the announcement. “DuPont's decision to expand its manufacturing operations in Rochester is a testament to the area's growing business climate and top-notch workforce,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.
“By supporting the expansion of this global innovative company, new jobs will be created for men and women across the region to continue our efforts in moving the Finger Lakes forward.”
“The Rochester facility is an important part of our global probiotics program and we are grateful to our employees here, the community and the state of New York for their ongoing support,” said Matthias Heinzel, DuPont Nutrition & Health President.
“Our business combines in-depth knowledge of food and nutrition with current research and expert science to deliver unmatched value to the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries. The work we do in Rochester plays a critical role in helping us provide those solutions.”
DuPont Nutrition & Health also owns and operates a site in Madison, Wisconsin that manufactures cultures and probiotics.