April 16/Copenhagen, Denmark/Press Release -- DuPont Nutrition & Health is expanding its microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) offering through an extended agreement with Taiwan-based Mingtai, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of MCC. The agreement includes development, production, distribution, marketing and sale of the hydrocolloid to the global food industries.

In 2009, DuPont Nutrition & Health entered into the MCC gum industry via a strategic partnership with Mingtai with the goal of developing MCC-based solutions for the global food industry. Following the success of the partnership and growing MCC demand from the food industry, Mingtai significantly increased its food grade MCC capacity, and that expansion is now complete and product is available. DuPont Nutrition & Health will continue to serve its customers with high-quality products sold under the GRINDSTED trademark, which is part of the DuPont Danisco ingredient portfolio.

“MCC facilitates unique functionalities and after the launch of our food grade MCC product range, we have seen major interest from the market,” said Jean-Baptiste Dufeu, cellulosics business manager for DuPont Nutrition & Health. “MCC is one of the fastest growing hydrocolloids and this expansion allows DuPont to continue growing with our customers. The new production line in Taiwan includes state-of-art technology”