Palsgaard has commenced major expansion work at its Netherlands factory specialised in production of high-grade PGPR emulsifiers, which is scheduled for completion by 2024.
PGPR (polyglycerol polyricinoleate) is a co-emulsifier primarily used in chocolate production to control flow, reduce viscosity and optimize moulding and enrobing. It also reduces fat content in margarine spreads and is a highly effective, plant-based colour-dispersing aid that replaces petrol-based waxes in plastics.
Palsgaard’s Netherlands plant, which also makes speciality ingredients for margarine and bakery, will see its production capacity of PGPR to double to meet global demand which is growing at 10% annually.
Palsgaard Netherlands Site Director Joris Dhont said: “Apart from almost doubling our PGPR capacity to 11,500 tons annually, this expansion will substantially increase storage capacity for raw materials and finished goods, which will secure business continuity in times of supply chain disruptions.”
Palsgaard’s Chief Operations Officer Kim Bøjstrup added, “We are already market leaders in PGPR and the world’s only commercial source of fully sustainable emulsifiers. Our expanded Netherlands plant will continue to manufacture the highest quality, palm-free PGPR products.”
Palsgaard is also investing heavily in its main production site in Denmark and is currently installing a new 30,000 metric tons spray cooling tower. This facility will be supported by the construction of multiple new reaction, distillation, and esterification plants. The €125 million (US$133 million) investment will double its production capacity by 2024.
Palsgaard is the world’s only full-service emulsifier and stabiliser company. It offers sustainably produced, customer-tailored solutions for the global food industry, as well as non-food markets such as polymers and personal care.
Emulsifiers and stabilisers enable manufacturers of bakery, confectionery, condiments, dairy, ice cream, margarine and plant-based products to improve their quality, taste, mouthfeel, texture and shelf-life, and to create better-for-you foods with leaner labels, less fat and better nutritional value, while using fewer resources.
Palsgaard is the world’s only commercial source of fully sustainable emulsifiers based on RSPO SG-certified palm oil and produced by CO2-neutral factories (scope 1 and 2) in Denmark, the Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, China and Malaysia. All products are non-GMO and meet Halal and Kosher requirements.
Palsgaard recorded sales turnover of US$343 million in 2022.
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