Copenhagen / DK. (das) Danisco A/S broke ground on a major plant expansion at its cultures plant in Wisconsin, USA. The investment includes one of the largest ultra-cold storages in the U.S. as well as pelletising production rooms, the company said in a press release.
The new Madison facilities are expected to go into operation in August 2010 to meet the growing U.S. demand for frozen Direct Vat Inoculants (DVI) cultures of the highest quality standard. The investment is part of the recently announced 90 million USD that will be invested by Danisco to expand its cultures capacity worldwide. «In addition to the capacity expansion, this investment will deeply remodel our Madison site. It will allow us to optimise production and logistics flows using best-in-class food safety standards and improve overall working conditions», said Eloi Fontaine, Madison Plant Manager, in the release.
The planned expansion will increase the surface of the Madison manufacturing site by nearly a third with a new shipping area, offices, maintenance shop as well as the new storage and pelletising area. Doug Willrett, Cultures Division Executive Vice President, states: «This investment reflects the strong commitment that Danisco has always demonstrated to Madison since acquiring local operations in 2004».
Originally founded in 1906 by A.J. Marschall, Danisco´s site in Madison currently employs over 150 employees and supplies the food and supplement market with frozen and freeze-dried cultures, antioxidants, colours and flavour enzymes. Danisco is one of the world leaders in cultures and currently has industrial operations in Germany, France, Poland, the U.S. and China.