Lallemend Animal Nutrition is to expand the capacity of its yeast production plant in Józefów, Poland, to meet growing demand.
The firm said ‘major investments’ would double both its yeast drying and micro-encapsulation capacities.
It is to supply, in particular, the Titan range of protected live yeast products, which are encapsulated to offer protection from industrial pelleting conditions.
Yannig Le Treut, General Manager for Lallemand Animal Nutrition commented: “This represents one of our major investments in production facilities of the past decade.
“Since the launch of the TITAN technology 10 years ago, we have seen a tremendous growth in the demand. We used to produce all our live yeast products in one plant.
He added: “Then, we extended this production to 5 yeast plants in Canada, South Africa and Europe, including 2 European facilities dedicated to TITAN microencapsulation.
“Today, TITAN forms of our live yeast products represent much more than 50% of the total supply. This growing demand has been fuelled by an increase in pelleted feed production, even in markets where mash feed was traditionally the main feed form.
“Moreover, as the pelleting processes are becoming increasingly stringent to answer feed quality and safety standards, it is a real challenge for heat sensitive feed additives. Feed producers and pre-mixers need stable probiotics that can withstand such pelleting processes and remain stable during storage. We are committed to offering the market the best yeast product.”