June 13/Quatá, Brazil/Press Release -- Biorigin will start an expansion of its unit located in Quatá, Brazil, aiming at doubling its production capacity.

With investments of around $120 million and expected to start in June 2013, the expansion plan includes the fermentation, pure culture, autolysis, and drying sectors. Production is expected to increase in 2014.

According to Mario Steinmetz, Biorigin’s general director, “This investment will allow Biorigin to continue its process of sustainable growth in the market of food and feed ingredients, as well as to innovate in products and services, as we have done during the last 10 years.”

Biorigin is a business unit of Zilor, one of the leading sugar and alcohol producers in Brazil. Biorigin has a unique setup, where the main raw material and utilities are produced in a sustainable manner and with full control of the entire production chain.

“This expansion initiative was brought about by positive market perspectives and by health and wellness market trends of an increasing search for natural ingredients. Moreover, we have a production model that allows the traceability of the ingredients applied. In addition, we use renewable energy sources that supply the requirements of sustainability,” explains Steinmetz.