August 10/St. Louis/Press Release -- ROHA Food Colors is investing $5 million in an expansion of the company’s St. Louis facility to meet growing demand in the U.S. and Canada. The company is also completing a $15 million expansion at the world headquarters in Mumbai, India.

“ROHA has been manufacturing FD&C liquid and dispersion colors at the St. Louis facility since 2003 and Exempt (Natural) colors since 2009," explains Rohit Tibrewala, ROHA CEO. “This plant expansion is to accommodate the significant growth that we anticipate in these products. Increased production capacity will support the future growth plans that we have in the U.S. and provide us with some capabilities to better serve our customers."

ROHA has been growing at about 25% per year since 2006 and the company expects the same growth rate globally for the next four to five years. Construction in India will meet the growing global demand for ROHA products, including FD&C Dyes, Lakes and Exempt (Natural) colors.

Construction at the St. Louis location will begin on September 1, 2011, and will be finished by January 31, 2012. The expansion currently underway in India will be completed by the end of this year.

From the August 11, 2011,Prepared Foods' Daily News.