BENEO, one of the leading manufacturers of functional ingredients, has announced a multi-million investment programme for the coming years to expand capacity for its prebiotic chicory root fibre production sites in Pemuco, Chile and Oreye, Belgium.

The first step will see more than €30 million invested. The entire programme will ensure a significant capacity increase of more than 40% of BENEO’s global chicory root fibre production to meet rising customer demand and drive further growth within the market. The work on both production sites is beginning in 2022.

Christoph Boettger, member of the Executive Board at BENEO comments: “BENEO’s chicory root fibres meet key consumer needs of today and we are convinced that they will continue to play a central role in healthy nutrition in the future. With increased capacity, BENEO continues to offer a secure supply to its customers and partners worldwide.”

The chicory root fibres, inulin and oligofructose, are the only plant-based prebiotics. According to the International Scientific Association for Pro- and Prebiotics (ISAPP), they belong to the very few proven prebiotics. The use of chicory root fibres in product development allows manufacturers to respond to leading consumer trends such as digestive health and immunity, inner well-being, weight management, blood sugar management and bone health.

With two production sites in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, BENEO provides flexibility to customers, ensuring secure supply of prebiotic chicory root fibre around the world.

Boettger continues: “As announced previously, in summer 2022 a second refinery line in Pemuco will already increase the production capacity significantly. But we won’t stop there.

“The recent investment decision will ensure that BENEO’s production capacity is further growing.”