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Beneo Plans New $52M Pulse Processing Plant

The facility in Offstein, Germany will manufacture protein concentrate, starch rich flour and hulls from Faba beans.

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A new facility in Germany will process Faba beans into starch rich flours and hulls and protein concentrate.Image courtesy of WILDLIFE GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

Functional ingredients manufacturer Beneo is committing €50 million (about $52.7 million) to open a new pulse processing plant in Offstein, Germany that will expand its capacity for food and animal feed ingredients.

Once operational, the location will initially produce protein concentrate, starch rich flour and hulls from Faba beans. The company said opening the new facility will expand its portfolio of plant-based protein solutions.

“The recent investment by Beneo into a new pulse production site is only the starting point,” Christolph Boettger, member of the firm’s executive board, said in a release. “We strongly believe in plant-based ingredients and therefore see the new plant as an important first step in enlarging our protein offering moving forwards. This will enable us to produce a wider variety of sustainable plant-based protein ingredients over the coming years.”

Construction on the site is underway, and the company anticipates that the Offstein location will become operational in the second half of 2024. Up to 25 new jobs will be created when the plant opens.

Beneo will process raw ingredients at intermediate production facilities until the new plant starts up. The company’s Faba bean concentrate and starch rich flour can be used in protein enrichment and texture improvement applications in meat and dairy alternatives, along with gluten free cereals and bakery goods.  

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